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Celtics coach Brad Stevens highlights need for ‘re-acclimation’ if the NBA resumes

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If the NBA ends up returning, it will be interesting to see how well the athletes and coaches are able to re-acclimate to basketball. Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is one of those who believes that that sort of re-acclimation will be necessary.

The league has been suspended since March 12 due to the recent coronavirus pandemic, and with no basketball being played, concerns become apparent over athletes not staying in game shape.

While the NBA has had a couple of COVID-19 cases from players and media members, Stevens adds that while many players are under self-quarantine, there are measures being taken to begin voluntary training sessions.

“There’s been bikes delivered, there’s been individual weights delivered. There’s some voluntary virtual training sessions. … Anything basketball related right now is just a voluntary strength and conditioning session,” Brad Stevens said, per Chris Grenham of Forbes Sports.

As for Stevens’ Celtics, the team was already 64 games through the 82-game NBA regular season. At 42-21, Boston stood at third place in the Eastern Conference.

It is unknown as of now whether the NBA season will actually resume, but with coronavirus cases across the country quickly rising in number, precautions will certainly have to be made and it’s likely that if games are played, they’ll be without fans in attendance.