Warrior players try to stay in shape while being forced to stay put


Three weeks ago, when the Warriors announced that they were closing their training center to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, the phone of team operations director Eric Housen started to turn on with player requests:

Do you mind catching a few basketballs? Hey, can you send my training socks? Could you take my orthotics?

Within five days after the NBA suspended play indefinitely, players were still allowed to take turns to get shots at the Chase Center. On this morning in mid-March, when six counties in the Bay Area issued orders for on-site shelters for all residents, everyone from Stephen Curry to rarely used reserves was forced to scramble for find training equipment.

The vast majority of Golden State players live in apartments in San Francisco, where space is limited despite exorbitant rents. With gymnasiums and parks closed, athletes who make millions to play basketball find it difficult to find a place to shoot jumpers, a frustrating reality for those who take pride in staying sharp and fit.

Although the Warriors cannot play again this season, they must be prepared for any scenario. The NBA may be able to host regular season games without fans as a playoff warm-up. Even though Golden State (15-50) was mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, its players would prefer not to show up for games that are overweight or with a shaky jump shot.


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