The practice basketball court in Bankers Life Fieldhouse is guaranteed to house a chuckle or 10 next week.
With the WNBA observing a self-imposed hiatus due to the Summer Olympics, Indiana Fever players and coaches have tried to pass the time during what amounts to a 34-day break from game competition by implementing the unusual.
Since their last outing, a 77-74 loss at home against Los Angeles on July 12, the team has remained busy with practices — minus, of course, U.S. Olympian Tamika Catchings — and off-the-court activities.
“One of the things is having guys there every day for us to scrimmage against. And we’ve shortened our practices,” said Fever coach Lin Dunn, whose club returns to action Aug. 16 against visiting Washington. “We’re just trying to break some of the monotony and give the players something different to look forward to.”