Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In the meantime, the Lakers’ strength and conditioning staff is logging feedback in various ways. Peterson was pleased to see Cook running suicides in the limited floor space of his apartment in a video he posted last week. Other times, players will just send him texts and emojis – sometimes with a few expletives thrown in.That, Peterson said, is a sign the new workout plans are running as they should: still challenging some of the best athletes in the world, regardless of the circumstances or the equipment they have on hand.“It’s just a fun, fun group,” Peterson said. “The videos I get back (from players) and ‘the commentary’ on the workouts make it all worthwhile.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions In the hunt for the silver linings of social distancing, there’s never been a better time for Danny Green to run outside.Under normal circumstances, the Lakers guard wouldn’t be able to run in his South Bay neighborhood without running into someone who wants to stop him for a picture or an autograph. But last week, when he and his girlfriend left home to go jogging by the beach, they were blissfully uninterrupted.“No one’s bothering you – everybody’s six feet away, not near anybody,” he said. “It’s kind of cool and chill. You can get a little vitamin D.”While the world is dealing with many new social dynamics and challenges from the threat of COVID-19, for the Lakers, one of the paramount tasks at hand is to find ways to stay in shape. While the NBA has not released a timeline for resuming the season – and as quarantines stretch on, there’s a looming threat that the season could be canceled – players are attempting to maintain a sense of normalcy through at-home workouts and staying ready for when they can again take the court. A former personal trainer before he joined the Lakers, Peterson possesses a relentless pragmatism, refusing to frame the quarantine conditions as anything but a positive. It’s common on the road that players will work out in the hallway before games when a visiting weight room isn’t available – Peterson sees the challenges of working out at home as something of a natural extension of some of the circumstances the Lakers face during the season.“Motivation comes from within, and these guys are motivated, they’re just counting on us to eliminate as much gray area as possible and make things efficient,” he said. “Yes, it’s unprecedented as to what’s causing this. But instead of saying, ‘Oh my God, it’s unfamiliar,’ we’re saying, ‘It’s not ideal, but we’re making it work.’”The workouts rely heavily on fundamentals: weighted lifts and lunges, core and ab routines, and other things to keep up strength. Peterson said the strength and conditioning staff has drawn inspiration from military workouts and bodyweight exercises to create routines.One of the foundational pieces of conditioning for the players is cardio, and that’s where they have some flexibility. While Green goes on runs, Alex Caruso told Lakers.com he prefers to jump rope. While it’s all an approximation because no one can play basketball at the moment, the goal is to keep close to playing shape.“The biggest thing about now is that nobody is going to be where they were at when we stopped playing,” Caruso told Lakers.com. “It’s about staying as close to normal as you can.”The Lakers are continuing to experiment with new strategies during a quarantine that public officials recently acknowledged could last several months. As many businesses hop on Zoom to conduct virtual meetings, Peterson said he’s done a trial workout session on Zoom with a few players and anticipates he could have the entire team on one class next week.Green echoed what other players have estimated: He thinks it would take two or three weeks to get back into shape acceptable for the playoffs if the NBA is able to resume. On the Road Trippin’ podcast this week, James said he thought the NBA could ramp up to the postseason with a week-and-a-half long mini-camp and between five and 10 regular-season games.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat has its own unique set of obstacles. Players are used to going to external facilities – either the Lakers’ El Segundo practice facility or other gyms throughout the region – for workouts. At home, some of them don’t even have their own basketballs.While LeBron James is one of the few players with an elaborate home gym, where he has streamed several workouts, others have less sophisticated set-ups. Quinn Cook admitted on the “Posted Up” podcast with Chris Haynes that he didn’t own a basketball – most players are used to round-the-clock access to the facility. Green told Southern California News Group that he does have a basketball – but he had to put a little air into it.“Most guys would ask, ‘What the hell do I need a home gym for? I have one I can always go to,’” Green said. “It’s usually a good reason to get out of the house, too. But now, when you can’t get out of the house, it’s like, ‘Oh (expletive), what do we do now?’ You might go in your garage, find weights, get a run in, bike or work on the stairs. Anything you can do.”Gunnar Peterson, the team’s director of strength and conditioning, is responsible for helping players tackle these challenges. Along with staffers Ed Streit and Chattin Hill, he has assembled and shipped equipment “kits” with some workout essentials: adjustable dumbbells, weighted bands, floor sliders and – of course – basketballs.They also send out daily workouts via text and e-mail, position-specific drills and concepts to keep the players in the best possible shape they can maintain during the quarantine. If a player needs clarification or additional direction, they send videos of themselves doing drills, too.