Which, I guess, is good. For some.
The last thing anyone with a vested interest in a training camp wants – and by that I mean bosses, coaches and players – are, um, issues.
They want to get their work in, to stay healthy, to learn a little bit and, frankly, to get through it with little fuss.
So far, so good.
At least for them.
For us? Not so much. If you’re looking for any semblance of hard news, I guess the only thing noteworthy today is that when we were let into the gym, we were greeted by the sight of Hedo Turkoglu getting up some shots dressed in uniform like the rest of ‘em.
(Well, not exactly a uniform, the shooting shirt and shorts everyone else had on).
I’m told he did a little bit of work, and Bosh got up some shots, too. But in a very, very relaxed manner.
Other than that? This morning was dedicated to drills and non-contact stuff.
They did start putting in rudimentary parts of their offence but spent a lot of time on defence – again – and some shooting drills.
But that’s a lot of what training camp is. A bit of drudgery interspersed with some actual work and if you get to a player off the record, they’ll say pretty much the same thing.
Camp is something endure more than it’s something to enjoy.
Tomorrow’s going to be DeMar DeRozan Day in the local fishwraps and on the local broadcasts back home.
Nothing horribly newsy, that’s for sure.
He is spending an inordinate amount of time working on his jumper, which is the one part of his game that could use some work.
Not surprisingly, Jay was pretty effusive in his praise of the rook. Jay also touched on the whole “does DeRozan start?” thing and while it sounds like it’s still the plan, it’s not cast in stone.
I presume this is as much the politically correct answer as anything but here’s the coach on the rookie’s chances of beginning the season as a starter:
“I’m not going to give it to him. In an ideal world, I’d like to start him to give him minutes and let him grow as a player with the starting unit but not at the expense of someone who out-works him throughout this training camp and the pre-season.”
Anyway, you’ll get lots more DeMar in the paper in the morning, and on the site overnight. That’s just a wee taste.
That’s it for now, think it’s time for a walk around the market, perchance some lunch and then back to typing.
It’s a glamorous life, indeed.