LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Clippers gathered for training while the NBA season was suspended – via a video conference call.
Up to 10 players simultaneously listened to the training led by the team’s performance staff since the league closed the training facility due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They have also used sports equipment specifically designed for each player and provided by the team.
“They are challenging each other, a lot of rubbish talks,” coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday through a conference call with reporters. “When we get out of this, (there will be) some funny stories that men will have about watching each other succeed.”
Rivers estimates that when the league is finally resumed there will be high-level competition as a result of layoffs that allow players like Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to train at levels that are not possible during offseason, when they transact. with injury.
“If we come back to this, and with rhythm and all that, the body will not hurt, people must be healthy,” Rivers said. “If we can get back here and people can get their rhythm on time, that will be the whole key. That could be the best playoff played in history because of that.”
The Clippers have won nine of 10 matches to increase to 44-20 when the season was stopped after Rudy Gobert of Utah tested positive for the corona virus.
“Our last 10 matches turned into Clippers,” Rivers said. “We played smoothly through Kawhi and PG, it was not forced anymore. I really thought we would make a crazy run in the stretch and unfortunately, bam, it stopped. “
Rivers said that he kept in touch with the coaching staff and three or four players every day, usually in phone calls or video chats. He has warned the team that if the season continues, it will not be business as usual.
“I try to make my people understand two things, that our goals have not changed and that we cannot use anything that happens when we come out of this as a reason we don’t win,” he said.
Lawrence Frank, president of basketball operations, squatted in New Jersey with his wife and children. Her mother and parents-in-law are nearby.
“There is a lot of anxiety, there is anxiety,” he said on the call.
Frank noted that instead of sending plain text messages, there were more phone calls and video chats “because we are all looking for that connection.”
Pandemic has made Frank adjust his greetings when he talks to someone.
“I no longer say, ‘How are you?’ Because it seems like a stupid question, “he said. “I said, ‘Just checking in.’
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