While the Indiana Pacers are absent, waiting for the championship office on where to go next, ending the regular 2019-20 season or having a post-season is the furthest thing from coach Nate McMillan.
He sees how the country has been paralyzed by the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Regardless of whether its Pacers can achieve their top 4 seed goals and exit the first round for the first time since 2014, it doesn’t matter.
Not at all.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns revealed on Wednesday that his mother fell into a coma after contracting the virus.
“It’s sad to see,” McMillan told IndyStar on Thursday, 16 days after his team’s last game before the NBA went on hiatus. “It is part of our family when you talk about a player and his family and certainly a situation where someone’s mother is going through this. You feel alone for him. We have to look at this and take this really seriously. Take care of yourself of ourselves and others “.
The Pacers (39-26) were reshaping their identity and playing their best basketball of the calendar year. The Pacers lost Jeremy Lamb for the season due to left leg surgery and Malcolm Brogdon indefinitely due to a tear in a left hip muscle, but Victor Oladipo scored a high 27 points in one loss of 3 points to the Boston Celtics
Brogdon and Lamb, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament and fractured the femur, were able to work on their rehabilitation with the head athletic trainer Josh Corbeil individually. This does not apply, for example, to Doug McDermott, who has only had a painful big toe in losing his last three Indiana games.
“We keep in touch with our kids. We’re trying to help them with the need for training equipment, weight training and that kind of thing,” said McMillan. “Everything is closed.”
The technical staff is not curling up on Xs and Os, or meditating on more wrinkles for a defense that has progressively improved by mixing the concepts of the area and changing more often.
Pacers keep players updated on organization and league developments and their meaning.
If basketball returns to complete the 2019-2020 season, what it will look like is in the air.
Would there be more games than the regular season or would the playoffs begin immediately? Would the arenas be empty?
How do players respond to downtime? Some will be healthier, perhaps even better, but others may have lost sharpness.
Many things can change, for better or for worse.
“Of course you think about it. You wonder when we’ll play again,” said McMillan. “When we start again, everyone will be out in the same amount of time. It will be like starting the season again. Most, if not all, of the gyms across the country are closed. If you don’t have a gym in your home, it’s a bit ‘a challenge.
“We are all facing it. We just have to be careful. The main thing is to be safe and try to do the best you can and how much you can keep mentally, physically ready to go.”