Kings and Hawks to relocate to Albury ahead of NBL season

The Sydney Kings and Hawks will move to Albury and live under strict protocols ahead of the NBL season, given the coronavirus outbreak in NSW.

With the NBL set to tip off on January 10 next year, both teams will relocate to the border town on Boxing Day.

The NBL season has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.Credit:Getty Images

"This will give us time to assess and work through the next steps required as we prepare for the start of the NBL season on January 10," NBL commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said.

"We hope the restrictions in Sydney and resulting border closures will be eased as quickly as possible but we will need to stay flexible in our approach and we will continue to be guided by the advice of the relevant state health authorities.

"I want to thank both the Kings and Hawks and all of their players and staff for their patience and understanding as we navigate this latest challenge. We are strongly committed to putting on the best season we can in front of our fans and supporting all of our clubs and players over the coming weeks and months."

Loeliger said the league would deal with any potential changes to the fixture but still expected the Kings and Hawks to play 14 home games on their home courts.

NSW recorded eight new cases of coronavirus on Thursday but Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned the state was not yet out of the woods following the outbreak, which has taken hold in Sydney's northern beaches.

"Both clubs will continue to monitor the situation and work with the NSW government to ensure their loyal members and fans are able to attend home games in a COVID-safe environment," the Kings said in a statement.

"With reported case numbers continuing to decline in NSW, the move is a precautionary one; it is necessary to ensure the health and safety of the players and staff, but also to allow for ease of travel to other states so both clubs will be available to play their first away games of the season."

The Hawks are set to play South East Melbourne Phoenix in round one, with the Kings taking on the Perth Wildcats.

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