The Los Angeles Lakers have yet to be able to open their practice facilities due to the coronavirus. Recently, Frank Vogel spoke about the challenges.
As we wait for the NBA to hopefully resume for the Los Angeles Lakers, teams have been challenged by the stay at home orders from the government.
While some teams have been allowed to go back to their training facilities, the Lakers are unfortunately not one of those teams. The hope for the team is that they will be allowed to on May 15th, but that is still somewhat of an unknown.
As professional athletes, this could be the longest that some of the players on the team haven’t been able to be on a basketball court unless they have one at their residence. This poses huge issues for teams and players, as while they can hit the weight room and do cardio, there is a difference between being in shape and being in basketball shape.
Recently, Frank Vogel spoke with Bill Oram of The Athletic about the challenge for the team. You can read what he had to say here with a paid subscription to The Athletic.
For Vogel and the Lakers, they would certainly like to resume the season. Before the suspension, the Lakers had the best record in the Western Conference with a lot of momentum. The timing of the season being suspended was not ideal for Los Angeles, as that momentum is all gone now.
If and when the season does resume, the Lakers will have to start all over. While having fresh legs and being healthy is a nice bonus, all the hard work of the regular season will have to be replicated.
Due to the strange circumstances surrounding the league being suspended, it is impossible to know how teams and players will react to having their routines thrown off. Hopefully, the Lakers will be able to get back into their practice facilities soon and get ready for the remainder of the season.