The past few months have been hindered by snap lockdowns and restrictions which have cast doubt on when or if the Bendigo Braves will be able to finish the 2021 NBL1 South season.
The club's most recent game was in mid-August against the Albury Wodonga Bandits - a standalone regional round.
Prior to that there was a two-week interruption, and then even earlier there was another pause due to another lockdown.
As it stands the future of the season remains entirely unknown, for some of the metropolitan-based teams it's been more than a month since they've played a game - let alone been on a court.
However, Braves' Ray Turner and the squad are remaining as optimistic as possible, given the circumstances.
"Hopefully everything works out soon and we can get back on court," Turner said.
"But to be honest, we really don't know what the league's plan is moving forward."
Cancelled rounds have come as an additional hindrance to the Braves' men as prior to each lockdown the team had started to find its groove with strong victories, including the recent win over the Bandits.
"We were able to get the win over Albury at their home court," Turner said.
"But it wasn't an easy win and it took a lot of effort which just shows how much COVID has conflicted with the momentum of the season."
That being said, Turner and the squad were just happy in general to be out on court doing what they love.
"As athletes we just want to be on the floor, it doesn't matter who we play, as long as it's a game alongside each other, it's awesome," he said.
They are staying connected with each other via the new digital norm to ensure they can keep at peak shape both physically and mentally in any way they can, which is tough given gyms and basketball courts are off limits.
Turner said a concern was some of his younger teammates who were trying to make their break as basketballers would be the players who will be hampered the most.
"Some of the guys are really struggling with the inconsistency of not being able to get more playing minutes," he said.
"This could really impact their confidence and cause their momentum to fluctuate, it's tough for them.
"But at the same time, the game is the game.
"As long as you continue to think about the game and keep your mind focused on it, you will be alright."
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