Heavy legs, eyes for 76ers
During their recent trip out west, the Sixers traveled from Philly to Phoenix to Los Angeles to Denver to Sacramento to Portland and then home to Philadelphia during a span of 11 days. They flew home immediately after the game against the Trail Blazers on Saturday and arrived home around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. So that day was a day of rest and relaxation before getting back on the court last night - no easy task. To make matters worse, they had to fly out after last night's game against Minnesota and head to Cleveland for tonight's contest.
Brett Brown has not been caught off guard by the schedule. As part of his attention to detail regarding players' health and proper sleep habits, he has studied the best way they handle going from coast to coast.
"We've gotten involved with these sleep doctors and trying to figure out the best routine," Brown said. "We explored it a lot with the Spurs last year. It's always a challenge to try and get it right. We actually explored opportunities and options in conjuction with the Eagles in trying to compare notes and get the best idea on how to handle it. Really, we could have stayed [in Portland] overnight and could have had a recovery session in the morning, had a breakfast. Or you get back to the time zone you're playing in right away, where they can get some sleep and jump back into [yesterday]. Who knows what's right? "
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