Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said last week during a Facebook Live Q&A that about half of his players are without basketball hoops at home, meaning they can't shoot while quarantined as team facilities remain closed. One of those players is Davis Bertans.
Bertans, of course, is known for shooting. He's a three-point specialist, so one could certainly imagine the difficulty of staying sharp without actually being able to shoot.
Surprisingly, though, Bertans said not having a hoop isn't really an issue for him at all.
"Nah, I don't need it," Bertans told NBC Sports Washington in a phone conversation. "Shooting is more about confidence than repetition at this point. Maybe when I was 20, I needed a lot of reps. Now that I'm 27, it's more mental than physical, I guess."
Bertans added that in the summer, after he takes time off following the regular season, he can usually just pick up a basketball and start draining shots. He's just that good of a shooter.
What is most important for Bertans right now is staying in shape and that, he admits, can be challenging. He has a young daughter at home and says his workouts are based around when she sleeps. Sometimes that means missing team-held workouts on Zoom.
"Every day is like a groundhog day. It's just the same thing all over again every day. Some time with the daughter, then try to get a workout in at the apartment. I've got a bike for cardio. That's basically it. The rest of the day is on my daughter's schedule," he said.
Staying at home has led to some monotony in Bertans' routine. He said he wakes up at 7 a.m. every day and then it's basically alternating workouts, meals and spending time with his daughter. When he can, he plays some NBA 2K.
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"So, I have some basketball in my life," he said.
At night, he and his wife watch 'Lucifer' on Netflix, then go to sleep and do it all over again. He, like many of us, has been watching more TV these days. That is except for 'The Last Dance' documentary on ESPN. Michael Jordan is his favorite NBA player of all-time and he's saving up the episodes to binge them without commercials.
"I don't want anybody to spoil it for me," Bertans said.
He has, however, seen 'Tiger King' on Netflix and he's got some opinions about it. He believes Carole Baskin is a bit of a fraud.
"I still can't believe it was actually real life. It was definitely fun, but it's weird how people are easy to manipulate and make them think that one of the characters there is a good person when they were doing exactly the same thing that everybody else is, just saying it a little bit differently," he said, referring to Baskin.
More than anything, Bertans misses basketball, which he said is "basically half" of his life. He mentioned the fun he has being at the practice facility with his teammates and the simple thrills of playing the game he loves.
Just like everyone else, he is hoping the world can return to normal sooner than later. And he wants everyone to do their part in making sure that can happen.
Bertans tweeted on March 15 about how effective social distancing could be in eradicating the coronavirus, if only everyone would participate. He said tweeting that was a reaction to news reports of people around the country ignoring government guidelines.
"It was just probably frustration after seeing some states here and some other countries, they are still allowing people to go outside and go to the beach. It was Florida going crazy with the spring break and stuff like that. It just pissed me off. A lot of people are really, really careful staying home and trying to do the social distancing thing right and make sure that they don't put anyone else in danger. And then there's a whole bunch of people who just don't give a crap about anybody else. That's what pissed me off. It is going to take a lot longer if people are irresponsible than it would if everybody was following the rules," he said.
As much as Bertans would like to get back to work, he will continue to follow the rules and social distance. Fortunately for the Wizards, when he does come back he will be bringing his three-point shot with him.
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