The 10 healthy bodies that comprise what remains of the Spurs’ coronavirus-ravaged roster boarded a charter plane at San Antonio International Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
Ready or not, their season is set to resume Wednesday at Oklahoma City.
Before embarking on the emptiest team flight in recent memory, guard Patty Mills couldn’t help ponder last-resort emergency options the Spurs might use against the Thunder if worse comes to unthinkable.
“I think coach Pop, he could probably take a charge,” Mills said. “He would put his body on the line and take a good charge as long as he could move quick enough to get in position.”
If there is any good news to come out of one of the most trying weeks in team history, it is this: The Spurs’ situation is not yet so dire they need to test the charge-taking skills of 72-year-old coach Gregg Popovich.
It is true the Spurs will travel to OKC with six players already ruled out and not on the trip.
Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs drives past De’Anthony Melton #0 of the Memphis Grizzlies. Grizzlies v Spurs at AT&T Center on Saturday, January 30,2021
Five of them — Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Rudy Gay, Devin Vassell and Quinndary Weatherspoon — are in the NBA’s health and safety protocols related to COVID-19.
DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs’ leading scorer and assist producer, is on family leave in Los Angeles…