NBA teams have been going to arenas around 11 AM to have a shootaround and go over some strategy for over 60 years now. Well, the Orlando Magic have been scrapping those during the preseason, and it looks like they may be keeping it that way–according to the Orlando Sentinel:
This preseason the Magic have done away with morning shootarounds, choosing instead to hold afternoon shootarounds on their Amway Center practice court before home exhibitions and afternoon walkthroughs in hotel ballrooms when they’ve been on the road….“Have I made a conscious effort to not have some shootarounds? Yes,” Vaughn said. “And will that continue throughout the course of the year? Probably yes. I took a scope of all the things that we did last year — what I liked, what I didn’t like, what I thought was efficient. And that’s what I’m about. I’m about being efficient.“I don’t have to stroke my own ego and check boxes off [a practice plan]. I just don’t. I don’t have to do what other coaches do. I’m fine with doing what I think is best for my team.”
We will see how this may effect the Magic, but professional athletes are creatures of habit, so whatever they choose needs to be set in stone. If it helps, this league is full of copycats, so we could see a new trend.