It’s been 11 days since California governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to combat the spread of the coronavirus, and with each day that’s passed, it’s gotten harder to stay busy, especially because there are no sports. Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers are in a similar dilemma, but they each have a project that they’re working on — themselves.
In an interview with Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, Davis said that he and his teammates are doing everything they can to stay in tough and in shape while team practice facilities and gyms are closed across the United States:
Otherwise, Davis’ days are spent trying to figure out how to fill them. Workouts at home involve mostly weight training. He also has a half court at the home where he is now, and a full court at his other Los Angeles-area home, where he can do individual works. He spends time with family. He stays in touch with his teammates.
“We’re sending each other highlight tapes because we miss the game,” Davis said. “… Guys are finding a way to work out safely because you know the season isn’t over. We want to make sure we pick up where we left off. We were in a great place.”
The steps the Lakers are taking are admirable, but the only thing that’s going to guarantee that they’re in game shape is a mini training camp before the season resumes. Jared Dudley has gone on record and said that NBA players will need “at least a month” to prepare for the season, and with the possibility of players getting injured from jumping back into things too quickly, that’s probably accurate.
Does that mean the Lakers’ players should just eat sit back, turn on “Tiger King,” and eat a bowl of Totino’s Pizza Rolls? No, unless that’s what they want to do! I mean, who am I tell millionaire giants how to spend their day?
What it does mean, though, is that the NBA should seriously consider having a pre-season leading up to the second half of the regular season. As weird of a sentence as that is to say out loud, it’s the strange, new reality we live in. Hopefully things will start to feel normal again sooner rather than later.