A tidbit or two from this morning
Well, we got into see the end of some shooting drills and some stretching and there were no Raptors doubled over in pain so that’s a good sign, right?
First workout was about two hours, Jay said he had to shoo ‘em out of the gym so they didn’t wear themselves out before tonight’s session, which will primarily be scrimmaging.
Teams are allowed only three days of two-a-day workouts and on those three days only one of the practices can be “contact” work so they’ve decided to teach in the morning and run at night.
Only news of remote interest is that Solomon Alabi, who was bothered by a hamstring injury, did the entire workout, much to the surprise of everyone. No word on whether he’ll run tonight or not.
Oh, and there were no new faces and I’m told the Raptors are still holding out hope they can entice Erick Dampier here.
And, you know, why wouldn’t he consider it?
Money’s going to be the same everywhere but I imagine he’d start here and he won’t in Houston (Yao Ming) or Milwaukee (Andrew Bogut) and you know he’s got some experience playing in the front court along with the likes of Andrea Bargnani since Damp played with Dirk in Dallas.
Anyway, not sure how hot those embers are but there’s a bit of smoke still there.
Jay on tempo:
Paraphrasing: We want to play fast, not stupid and not out of control.
This is not Seven Seconds Or Less, it’s not even Seventeen Seconds Or Less, it’s trying to push tempo but not at the expense of getting good looks.
We’ll see how that all works out because everything has to do with defence and defensive rebounding.
Leandro Barbosa doing some individual shooting drills.
He’d be on the baseline, maybe 15 feet from the hoop, bouncing on his right foot. He’d bound a couple of times, hop about five feet to his left side and hoist a jumper.
Seems he got it from Steve Nash and, you know, what works for Steve should work for Leandro and that’s an admirable goal.
There’ll be more on that later because Barbosa’s the story du jour.
Okay, conference call with the women at the worlds – hard loss losers by five to Greece – is about to begin.
We’ll be back later.