If a team is going to spend a week across the world together, then it’s a must to have a team photo to commemorate the trip.
And if a team photo is in order then, by all means, make it 58 stories above Shanghai’s downtown.
There’s a restaurant on the 58th floor of the Shanghai Ritz Carlton with a terrific observation deck. So the players and coaches assembled there at 11 a.m. Tuesday for some formal (and not so formal) picture-taking.
Most of the players got there early enough to check out the scenery and pose for various individual and group selfies. Then they were posed – guards sitting, big men in the back – for the formal picture. First it was just the players, then it was players and coaches.
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Then it was 18 players, various coaches, staff and media all trying to get down stairs in an elevator only slightly larger than, say, a voting booth.
It all worked out eventually and the buses rolled off to practice at Mercedes-Benz Arena (which, by the way, is by far the nicest non-NBA arena I’ve ever seen).