Lakers’ Anthony Davis pledges support to help healthcare workers, Staples Center employees — Press Telegram

The Lakers vaulted to title contenders the moment they added Anthony Davis last summer — now a Los Angeles-based charitable effort to feed medical workers is looking for the same kind of infusion. Davis, the 27-year-old All-Star forward of the Lakers, has pledged up to $250,000 in matching donations for Help Feed the Frontline Fighting…

Lakers’ Anthony Davis pledges support to help healthcare workers, Staples Center employees — Press Telegram

Brad Stevens Delivers Encouraging Health Update On Marcus Smart — NESN.com

Marcus Smart is on the mend. The Boston Celtics guard last week revealed he tested positive for COVID-19. The 26-year-old was the only member of the organization to contract the virus, as it was reported earlier this week that remaining tests among players and staff members all came back negative. Smart’s teammates were confident he’d…

Brad Stevens Delivers Encouraging Health Update On Marcus Smart — NESN.com

Lakers’ LeBron James talks conditioning, potentially playing without fans on podcast — Press Telegram

It would have been a homecoming for LeBron James – and although he’s played in Cleveland many times as both a Cavalier and an opponent, that’s not something he takes lightly. Instead, James was at home on Thursday, like most everyone else in California and so many people throughout the world during the COVID-19 outbreak…

Lakers’ LeBron James talks conditioning, potentially playing without fans on podcast — Press Telegram

Danny Ainge Talks To Celtics Players, Staff ‘Every Day’ During COVID-19 Crisis — NESN.com

The COVID-19 crisis currently has millions of Americans — including the Boston Celtics — confined to their homes as the country attempts to limit the spread of the dangerous virus. But that hasn’t stopped Danny Ainge from staying in contact with members of the organization after the NBA indefinitely suspended its season two weeks ago.…

Danny Ainge Talks To Celtics Players, Staff ‘Every Day’ During COVID-19 Crisis — NESN.com

 

he COVID-19 crisis currently has millions of Americans — including the Boston Celtics — confined to their homes as the country attempts to limit the spread of the dangerous virus. But that hasn’t stopped Danny Ainge from staying in contact with members of the organization after the NBA indefinitely suspended its season two weeks ago. In fact, the Celtics president of basketball operations says he’s in contact with players and staff “every day.” “I think they’re doing really well,” he told The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett. “I mean, guys have their workouts. They’ve requested stationary bikes and weight and weight vests and bands so they can do all sorts of their workouts that our trainers are giving them. So, yeah, I think everybody’s following all of the rules, staying quarantined, and just keeping to themselves. It feels like, in my conversations with everybody, that they’re all doing well. They all seem pretty upbeat. I’m just trying to keep them motivated.” That said, Ainge’s job during the outbreak certainly hasn’t been easy. With the crisis comes loads of uncertainty, which teams and league officials have had to maneuver day-in and day-out. For Ainge, however, being adaptable is just part of the job description. “You just have to adapt to what is needed at that moment, whereas coaches are going crazy, because they’re used to having and following a schedule. Everything’s laid out in front of them on when they’re going to practice and when they’re going to take a plane to this city. They live on schedules, so it’s completely different for me than it is for them. I’m used to adapting more, and they’re learning about having to adapt under these circumstances.” Now that’s what we call solid leadership.

Read more at: https://nesn.com/2020/03/danny-ainge-talks-to-celtics-players-staff-every-day-during-covid-19-crisis/

LeBron James says ‘no more high-fives’ after coronavirus outbreak — LeBron Wire

LeBron James says ‘no more high-fives’ after coronavirus outbreak — LeBron Wire

ron James and his brand of basketball have become synonymous with many things. Amazing dunks, beautiful passes to open shooters exactly where they need it, chase-down blocks and tough shots to quiet down opposing crowds. But another thing that LeBron’s teams have always been known for is his intricate and expressive handshakes that are individualized to almost every teammate he’s had over the years.

Ever since his first stint in Cleveland, LeBron and several teammates have had special handshakes that he executes down the line before each game. However, the coronavirus pandemic and its ability to spread amongst people is leading to LeBron Handshake Reform. James told the Road Trippin’ podcast that he will no longer do high-fives and that his teammates will have some new handshakes that will presumably include social distancing.

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LeBron James says ‘no more high-fives’ after coronavirus outbreak — LeBron Wire

25 Seasons of Raptors: The rise and fall of Vince Carter — Toronto Sun

With the 25th season of Toronto Raptors basketball on hold indefinitely, Postmedia is turning back the clock to examine the preceding 24 years, which culminated with a championship many thought the franchise would never deliver for its loyal fans. Read More

25 Seasons of Raptors: The rise and fall of Vince Carter — Toronto Sun.

Raptors’ fitness is in good hands, if even at a distance — Toronto Sun

Keeping 17 NBA bodies finely tuned and chiselled is no easy feat at the best of times. Read More

Raptors’ fitness is in good hands, if even at a distance — Toronto Sun

Keeping 17 NBA bodies finely tuned and chiselled is no easy feat at the best of times.

But try doing it without being able to take any of those 17 into the gym, or even see them face to face for what looks like it will be at least a month and probably longer, and the job becomes infinitely tougher.

That is the task that falls to Raptors strength and conditioning coach Jon Lee.

But instead of tough, Lee is finding he has a lot of help from within these days, most of it coming from various veterans on the team.

In fact, Lee’s biggest concern right now is that the condo building floors of Serge Ibaka’s Toronto abode are sufficiently reinforced to withstand all the weights and equipment he’s having sent in.

“He was on the phone to me two days after (the Raptors’) self-isolation period began,” Lee said of the veteran big man. “I was packing up stuff from OVO (the Raptors’ practice facility) and getting it delivered to him. Today, I just had more stuff delivered over to him. I won’t be surprised if I have to send over more stuff in two days.”

It’s to the point now where Lee is only half-joking when he says he is concerned about the building Ibaka lives in, and whether it can take all that weight and equipment without causing some sort of cave-in.

But Ibaka is not the only Raptor pushing himself at home while the rest of us work on those worn-in marks on our collective couches.

Ibaka might be the extreme when it comes to wanting to maintain his fitness level while the world works on overcoming this coronavirus pandemic, but he’s not alone in a desire to stay at or as near as possible playing form.

Lee has another player — he chooses not to name him — who not only updates him daily with his workouts, but sends him screenshots of said workout complete with heart rates at particular intervals of said workout.

“This player is so highly motivated he went out and (purchased and had delivered) his own (equipment),” Lee said. “His own weights, his own bench, a monitoring system … That’s one area I am truly lucky in. We have real professional guys and when it comes down to our veteran guys, I really don’t have to worry.”

Even the young guys, who might not be as diligent in their daily workouts, hear from the veterans. Lee knows because they tell him.

The message is always a variation of the same truth: “We got that championship last year and we’re not happy with that,” Lee says. “We’re getting another one. We’re going to fight until we get the second one. We are in a position this year where we have a great chance.”

All that, of course, is contingent on this season actually being completed. Lee though says the work must go on and he has had absolutely zero pushback when he delivers that message.

“Be ready,” he tells them. “Be ready. We could be starting in one month, we could be starting in two months but you better be ready for us.”

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Raptors’ fitness is in good hands, if even at a distance — Toronto Sun