Spurs’ unscheduled time off anything but a vacation

SAN ANTONIO — Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks awoke the morning of Jan. 13 keenly aware his season had taken a strange turn.

“I had to make myself breakfast for the first time all year,” Brooks said.

Normally on game days, breakfast for players and staff would be on hand at the team’s practice facility or hotel.

With that night’s game against Utah postponed and the Wizards in line to face what would become a 13-day layoff because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Brooks was on his own.

By the end of Washington’s six-game hiatus, Brooks had become a master omelet chef. Breakfast, however, was the least of his worries.

“It’s as mentally challenging as anything I’ve ever had to deal with,” Brooks said of guiding the Wizards through their unscheduled time off.

As Gregg Popovich prepares to steer the San Antonio Spurs through a COVID-19 interruption of their own this week, Brooks knows more than most what he is in for.

The Spurs last played Feb. 14, ringing up a 122-110 victory in Charlotte to improve to 2-0 on their now-abandoned rodeo trip.

After that outing, four unidentified players tested positive for coronavirus, leading the NBA to postpone the Spurs’ next four games.

The team still is scheduled to visit Oklahoma City on Wednesday in what was supposed to be the capper to a seven-game trip.

The path between now and then will be a mental and physical…

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