The Cleveland Cavaliers forward became one of the first players to resume training at a team facility on Friday when the Cavs opened a store for voluntary individual training almost two months since the league was suspended in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Love, 31, said he had been examined and had his temperature checked before entering the building through a designated side entrance. Any player showing signs of fever would not be allowed into the building.
“Asked us a few questions,” he told ESPN on Friday. “How we feel, if someone has been sick in the house, if we have been sick, if we have basically adhered to all the guidelines that are put in place, not only by the NBA but from state to state ‘other. “
Once Love started training, he had his own half court to train and get up, Love was also joined by an assistant trainer – who wore a mask and gloves – to pass and bounce for him .
“Latex gloves make your hands sweat more than I knew!” A Cavs coach told ESPN in a text message. “It certainly took a little getting used to with the gloves, but it’s certainly the safest technique right now if you think about it. “
Current NBA guidelines allow only four players to be in the building at the same time, all working on their own separate half court without ever coming into contact with each other.
Joining love was teammates Larry Nance Jr., Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic.
The field is the only thing the players have access to, so Love brought a pair of shoes and was wearing the equipment that was provided to him for training. The gym and showers were prohibited, so after the training, Love changed and went home.
“I changed my clothes and got out of there and took a shower at home,” said Love. “Which doesn’t bode well for a guy like me who sweats a lot. “
Love said returning to the field was a good escape: “For me, I have played organized basketball for 25 years and it is the longest I have known without touching [a basketball]. And it’s something that I really, really love to do. “
Adding: “So, for me, it was really a big shot of dopamine, and it felt good to get in and sweat out of my workouts at home or get on a treadmill. Going out and having a certain sense of normality and on the ground and in fact, shooting was very edifying. “