AS SOON AS the NBA season had been indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Drew Hanlen's phone lit up with a FaceTime call. It was from one of his clients: Boston Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum, who was looking for answers as to what was happening, and how to proceed.
Hanlen trains a number of NBA players, Joel Embiid and Bradley Beal among them. And while he was on the phone with Tatum, another player called him.
Then another, until every one of his NBA clients had reached out to him.
"I had to call them all back," Hanlen said with a laugh. "And they all asked the same question:
"'How do we handle this break?'"
New health guidelines have forced people -- including NBA players, strength and conditioning coaches and trainers -- into new work patterns.
Players have been accustomed to working out at any hour at team facilities, with pristine basketball courts and state-of-the-art equipment, often with coaches and trainers. With the NBA now a week removed from closing those facilities, and all NBA employees strongly encouraged to self-quarantine, players, coaches and trainers face an unprecedented challenge: How do players work on their bodies and maintain their skills to return and play at the highest level on an undetermined date?