Back on practice floor, COVID-ravaged Spurs try to remain upbeat

On Monday afternoon, the Spurs who were able to play basketball and allowed by the NBA to be around the rest of the team congregated at the club’s practice facility.

For most in that rag-tag group of 10, it was the first time on a basketball court since Valentine’s Day.

Five players were prohibited from being in the building under the league’s coronavirus health and safety protocols: Rudy Gay, Keldon Johnson, Derrick White, Devin Vassell and Quinndary Weatherspoon.

Leading scorer DeMar DeRozan was in Los Angeles, on personal leave to mourn the death of his father with his family.

After putting what remained of his team through what passed as a practice, coach Gregg Popovich was being genuine when he offered an upbeat status report.

“We can’t complain,” he said.

Tuesday, the Spurs will load whatever healthy bodies they can muster onto a charter flight bound for Oklahoma City and the resumption of their rodeo road trip.

Wednesday’s game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena will be their first since Feb. 14, when they defeated Charlotte 122-110.

Afterward, four Spurs players registered positive tests for COVID-19, prompting an immediate halt to their season.

Weatherspoon, a second-year guard, had already entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols before the team’s arrival in Charlotte, N.C. Gay, White, Johnson and Vassell joined the list after that Sunday contest.

The Spurs’ entire remaining traveling party remained quarantined in Charlotte until Friday, when most of the…

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