The San Antonio Spurs conducted their second practice out in the NBA's "bubble" in Orlando, FL.
Ahead of the practice, players were expecting the sessions to ramp up to get in peak physical condition when their regular-season schedule resumes on July 31 versus Sacramento.
"It’s a different type of feeling when you get out on that court and you’re playing basketball," DeMar DeRozan said to reporters.
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando will be home for the Spurs over the next several weeks where they'll shake off the rust after four months away from any action due to the pandemic.
“We felt like a lot of loose poodles let out of the cage,” DeRozan said. "Today I'm sure well probably pick it up a bit."
"It’s something we definitely have to ease in to, but it’s expected," added DeRozan.
Going so long without playing basketball to now back on the court is a welcomed feeling for the players. Finding their rhythm, physical conditioning, re-establishing chemistry is key as they will look to make it to the postseason.
"It's been the funnest time I've had in the past four months," guard Bryn Forbes said. "We were playing hard yesterday. We did some live action stuff. Everybody looked like they were in good shape."
Said Forbes: "[I] think we’re really enjoying ourselves.”
The Spurs will have their first game against the Kings on July 31.