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.
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).