This NBA season has been tougher than most. Amid the constant threat of COVID-19, no fans in the arenas, and a brutal schedule, players have been having a hard time adjusting.

In regards to the latter, specifically, NBA personnel are describing it as the worst schedule they’ve ever seen.

“Hands down, it’s the worst schedule I’ve seen in 25 years in the league,” said one veteran assistant coach. “It’s utterly insane.”

One veteran NBA head coach called it “brutal.”

One veteran NBA head athletic trainer said it’s far worse than the Orlando bubble.

“Going into the bubble, we had all these different anxieties about the games, but without travel,” the head athletic trainer said. “This is literally exponentially more difficult. It’s such a cumulative effect.”