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Lakers: Frank Vogel says players not having access to basketball courts has been ‘a big challenge’

For nearly two months, the Los Angeles Lakers have been unable to train at their El Segundo training facility, or at any other gym in the United States. Although this is not a problem for someone like james lebronwho has a home gym, this is for players who rely on their team’s facilities for something as basic as a basketball hoop like Danny Green.

james and Anthony Davis tried to get their Lakers teammates into private gyms, but in late April the league office notified teams that their players were not allowed to search for other training centers. In other words, players were forced to make do with what they had, and according to Frank Vogelthat wasn’t enough (via Bill Oram of The Athletic):

Since then, everything has been suspended. The Lakers have been physically separated from their coaches and familiar surroundings, and any physical work they have done has been more or less at home.

“The biggest challenge,” Vogel said, “is not being able to be on the basketball court. That’s where everything we do (gets done). There’s an element of strength training, there’s an element of cardiovascular training and stuff like that that we do. But most of it is done on the basketball court. … Even for the most motivated players, they haven’t had that resource, and that’s been a big challenge.

The Lakers hope to be able to reopen the doors of their training center as soon as possible. While a handful of teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets, have already opened their practice facilities, the Lakers must wait until at least May 15, when the safer-at-home order is due to expire in Los Angeles County.

If given the green light, the Lakers will be able to hold practices with limited players and staff. It’s obviously not as beneficial for them as team training, but they’re expected to get some sort of training camp before the season restarts anyway. Also, at this point, something is better than nothing – hopefully on Friday the Lakers get something.

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