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NBA players need time, maybe a lot of time, to get in shape even if season resumes this summer

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But not even Brand knows how long it’s going to take current NBA players to get back in shape if the league resumes this season.

“These players, even when I played, you might have taken a few weeks off at the most,” Brand said Tuesday. Team practice facilities were closed March 20.

The next week the NBA opened facilities to players in need of essential treatment and rehabilitation during the hiatus.

So how long will it take for the players to get back in shape and knock off rust before they resume playing?

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul, who has been president of the players’ union since 2013, told reporters it would take at least three to four weeks of training.

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