HoopsHype Tim Grgurich rumors
There are after-parties in Las Vegas. There are velvet ropes and VIP rooms galore. And then there are the places that are really hard to know about and nearly impossible to gain admittance to. Like Tim Grgurich's summer basketball camp. It might be the only gym in America that has an impenetrable door with a little slot at eye level, through which eager customers must offer up the right password before that door will swing open. OK, not exactly. But it is a relative secret in a league with few. For most fans and even many alleged veteran observers, Grgurich's camp -- being held this week on the courts of a Vegas high school -- is so below the radar that it requires sonar. Part Xs & Os, part "Skull & Bones." NBA.com
The Bucks have draft pick Larry Sanders, the 6-foot-11 forward from VCU and the No. 15 pick in June, at the camp. As a young player getting his feet wet at the pro level, Sanders is typical of the 50 or 60 players who attend -- except that he's not. The camp annually draws experienced players with one, two or more seasons behind them. Sometimes it's a guy at the back end of his career, hoping to polish a skill and stay networked. "It's really great to initiate a player into the league," Hammond said. "For someone like Larry, it can give him a taste of individual work in the NBA. You think about the time frame for these guys: You draft him, he comes in, you have a mini-camp and the next thing you know, he's playing summer league. So you've had very limited time to individually work with that player. "This is a great way for him to learn some of the techniques of individual workouts. And then 'Gurg' has his own philosophy and style, but it's still 'the NBA way' of doing it. So I think every team in the league supports him, what he does and how he does it." NBA.com
"This is probably the best workout that I'm going to get this summer, as far as being around coaches and other talented players," Pierce told the Globe then. "I always say I've got to be here. ... I'm not overly fast, I'm not jumping higher than everybody out here, but they're teaching the game, angles, and how to read different situations." It also gives vets such as Pierce the chance to check out the competition, the youngsters who covet his job. And jobs are part of what attracts NBA assistant coaches, with fellows such as Mike Brown, Dwane Casey, John Kuester, Lionel Hollins and others boosting their profile while adding to their personal databases. Said Hammond: "For coaches, they'll walk away with a couple nuggets. Things that Gurg is teaching that they can apply to their teams. Or maybe it's an idea that comes from spending time together." NBA.com
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