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Cavs’ Larry Nance Jr. says nobody will be in ‘basketball shape’ if season is resumed


Because the NBA closed all of its practice facilities, Cavs power forward Larry Nance Jr. says nobody will be in “basketball shape” if the 2019-20 season is resumed.

It’s unknown exactly who many players have a court at their house, but for those who don’t, they are in trouble.

“Right now, if you’re really doing what you’re supposed to do and just staying at home and not seeing anybody and you’re following the rules that you’re supposed to follow, unless you have a home gym you can’t work out,” Larry Nance Jr. said, via Marc Stein of The New York Times.

“In my house, I don’t have a home gym. I’ve got a Peloton bike and a few weights here and there, but that’s not going to keep me in shape for basketball. Everybody’s out of basketball shape.”

If the season is resumed, there will have to be a two or three-week training camp for guys to get acclimated to basketball again.

Before the season was suspended, Nance was averaging 10.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the Cavs. He was shooting 53.1 percent from the floor, 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Since coming to the Cavs back at the 2018 trade deadline, Nance is putting up 9.6 points and 7.7 rebounds. His father played for the Cavs as well.

Cleveland had the worst record in the Eastern Conference before the 2019-20 season was suspended. The Cavs were 19-46.

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