Short-handed Spurs back on practice floor

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Associated Press

The San Antonio Spurs are still dealing with a coronavirus outbreak, their state is reeling from the aftereffects of a deadly icy blast that has affected millions of Texans and one of their best players is mourning the death of a parent.

Given all that, basketball seems secondary to the Spurs right now.

But they were back to work Monday, holding a full-fledged practice for the first time since it was revealed last week that at least four players tested positive for COVID-19. They will be without at least six players when they return to the court Wednesday at Oklahoma City.

“We’ve always had the philosophy that there are all these people, or groups of people, who have it worse than you do,” coach Gregg Popovich said, wearing a cap bearing the logo of the San Antonio Food Bank. “And considering our positions in this world, we are very, very well off.”

The Spurs said five players — Rudy Gay, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Quinndary Weatherspoon and Derrick White — are away from the team because of health and safety protocols and will not travel with the club to Oklahoma City. Popovich

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