SAN ANTONIO — As hoopers across the world stay home to fight the spread of coronavirus, Spurs Sports Academy and training app Ballogy have teamed up to keep everyone connected to the game they love.
The Ballogy app, free on Google Play and the Apple App Store, features individual workouts focused on shooting, ball handling, agility, and other skills that you can practice on your own. The Spurs Sports Academy has a group on the app to connect campers, coaches, and anyone else who wants to participate.
“Ballogy enables our program and its coaches to continue to engage with these athletes in a way that’s most valuable to them,” said Joe Clark, Vice President of Spurs Sports Academy. "It is another value-add program that we are pleased to introduce with our partner."
Isolation basketball isn't thought of as the Spurs Way, but in the age of social distancing, it's all you can do to work on your game.
“As our partners seek continuity in the absence of face-to-face instruction, we’re taking our technology a step further by virtualizing camp curriculums and physical education in general,” said Todd Young, founder and CEO of Ballogy.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered an entertaining rant last week on how team basketball and proper social distancing are incompatible.
“I play basketball. There’s no concept of social distancing while playing basketball, it doesn’t exist,” he said in a briefing, urging residents to avoid pickup games. "You can’t stay six feet away from a person while playing basketball. You can, but then you’re a lousy basketball player and you’re going to lose."
I went to an empty court by my house and took a crack at today's challenge from the Spurs Sports Academy, and it just so happened to be Tim Duncan's signature bank shot from the block.