Last night I watched NBA TV’s Real Training Camp. For the next few nights we get a look at NBA teams going through their workouts/practice. The Denver Nuggets were up first and I was very impressed with the energy displayed by the players and coaches. I especially enjoyed the defense that was being shown by Carmelo Anthony. There were a few trips down the floor where the former Syracuse Orangeman was down in his stance pressuring the ball on the perimeter.
My only problem last night with the two hour feature was the announcers, Rick Kamla and Bill Hanzlick. These guys talked way too much. Hanzlick had some good things to say, like explaining what Nuggets head coach George Karl was talking about but the other guy Kamla, he was working like he was getting paid by the word. They had a few guys on the floor mic’d up and we barely had a chance to hear those guys. Memo to NBA TV producers, mic up assistant coaches too, those guys get after it. Speaking of defense…
Detroit Free Press on new Detroit Pistons head coach John Kuester and what his team worked on in their first practice of the season.
“I’ve been in this business for a long time, and it’s like anything — you’re going to have progression,” said Kuester, 54. “Once you get in between the lines, you are ready to get what you want accomplished. I was very confident going into this.”
Albany Times Union on coaches from outside the NY Knicks organization getting a chance to sit in, take notes and watch the Knickerbockers practice.
“I love it,” D’Antoni said. “If we can help them, or if they have a play or two they’re excited about, that’s great. That’s what it’s for. We don’t have any secrets. Everybody knows how to play basketball.”
JS Online on Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles working on the defensive end of the floor.
“We were trending at one point last year to be a high-level defensive team, and along the way we lost it a little bit. I’d like to see us be a top five defensive field-goal percentage team. I’d like to see us holding our opponents to a low number and rebound the ball; that’s where I’m focused on right now. Because I know if you do those things, you will win.”
“Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is.”
- Zig Ziglar
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