According to longtime San Antonio Spurs figurehead R.C. Buford, the team has been working out virtually, keeping in shape and connected during the hiatus.
For decades, the San Antonio Spurs have been pushing the needle by working to put the best product on the basketball court and out in the world. They were the first team to adopt load management on a wide scale, the most advantageous when it came to finding international talent and now, they’re keeping connected during the coronavirus outbreak by working out from home.
As many of you have come to learn since the league suspended player in mid-March, Zoom is a video conference calling service that allows people to conduct normal meetings from the comfort and safety of their own homes. It’s free to use with paid upgrade plans to extend the duration of calls and the quality of the service as a whole.
Spurs Sports & Entertainment CEO R.C. Buford hopped on a Zoom call with local media on Thursday, touching base regarding the situation at hand and providing an update on the team’s operations for the time being. He had this to say, as reported by Tom Orsborn of MySanAntonio.com
“Our coaching staff and our performance team were really creative and really proactive early on in this process,” he said. “We had no idea what we were going into and there are a lot of questions that need to be answered around that before there is a safe environment for our players to return to get back together, but there have been virtual workouts.”
Creativity is one of the most powerful traits that this organization has and we all need some of it in these trying times. Having players meet up over Zoom and follow instructions to keep their bodies and minds sharp is a great way to keep team morale up while ensuring that the transition back into play won’t be too difficult.
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However, Buford has other concerns at hand when it comes to that impending return. For players coming back after months without access to gyms and team facilities, the risk of injury is at an all-time high.
Being that Buford is part of a competition advisory board overseeing decisions regarding a return to pro sports in the United States following the COVID-19 pandemic, he and others league-wide are concerned about the lack of conditioning, which may potentially lead to soft tissue injuries, or even worse, structural damage for returning players.
There’s a lot to work out before the league can even consider resuming the season. Right now, the hottest rumor is that the league may resume play in quarantine at Walt Disney World Resort, which he mentioned here.
Regardless of the managerial decisions that must be made, it’s good to know that the Spurs are keeping in shape and connected via the same virtual outlets the rest of us are during the quarantine.