Of course, Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego can’t wait for his players to start scrimmaging after a six-month layoff.
But the thing Borrego most wants from this two-week window to hold practice? Permission to be a team again.
“We need to connect — that is the biggest thing,” Borrego told The Observer, on what group practices starting Monday at Spectrum Center mean.
Charlotte and the other seven teams not in the NBA’s restart have between Sept. 21 and Oct. 6 to hold group workouts. The Hornets can scrimmage 5-on-5 an hour each day, after not playing a game since March 11, when the NBA halted the season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.