It's been more than a month since the NBA ground to a halt and a return to the hardwood feels no closer than it was weeks ago.
The NBA has yet to officially cancel the season and still holds on to hope of restarting and finishing the 2019-2020 season, but it's not as simple as just saying, "Alright, let's play ball."
A lot goes into being ready to restart the season. Where will they play? Will fans be in attendance? Will teams still be quarantined? etc. etc. etc.
But most importantly, will the players be ready? Sure, they are always mentally ready to play, but is the body physically ready?
Channing Frye, former NBA player and host fo Talkin' Blazers, says players could need at least a month of training just to get ready to play again.
"How long is it gonna take to get guys in shape?" Frye said. "Let's say tomorrow we're gonna start the season. That's a month for them to get in shape. What does that look like? A month of getting into shape, that's really just a month of guys shooting. They haven't been shooting for almost two months. Who's been practicing? What do guys look like? There's gonna be some chubby-nubbies coming back here."
Players need to get their bodies ready before they go perform. Warriors Insider and guest on Talkin' Blazers, Monte Poole put it simply, "You don't want to have guys running out there and popping hamstrings, and that would happen if they came back to quick."
It's obvious players need to be in shape and ready to play, but that means more than just hitting the weights and getting shots up. As the old bodybuilding saying goes, "abs are built in the kitchen."
However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the kitchen may not be much help to a lot of athletes. Just take it from Frye:
Not everybody got chefs and can cook. People eat "struggle meals" inside their apartments, inside the cities. What are they supposed to do? They're used to eating at the (practice) facility. I knew so many guys that would basically eat three meals at the facility because we had a chef. Now guys are eating Hamburger Helper at three in the afternoon for dinner. - Channing Frye
No court to get shots up. No weight room to get workouts in. No chef, or cooking skills, to get solid healthy meals. Put all these things together and it's no wonder Frye thinks players need weeks of notice to get ready to play games again.
At this point, I don't think fans or players care how many weeks they need to get ready. We all just want to see basketball again.