Training camp Rumors

The 76ers announced Thursday that they will play a preseason game vs. the Nets on October 10 in Albany, NY, at the Times Union Center. The full preseason schedule won’t be announced until the end of July. The preseason usually begins a week after camp opens, meaning the Philly game would be likely be the second game of a six or eight game schedule. Tickets as low as $22 are available this Saturday, May 30th at the Times Union Center box office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, select Walmart music centers or online at timesunion.com. For more information, please visit timesunioncenter-albany.com.
We’re still weeks away from the meat of the offseason, but agent Daniel Hazan says that teams are already expressing interest in bringing Famous to training camp. Famous’ last training camp experience is one that he’d probably like to forget. The Grizzlies were gung-ho about him in 2012, a year in which he played in the summer league for both the Pacers and the Bucks, but things were put on hold when Famous separated his left shoulder while dunking. Three years later, Jarrid Famous is 100% healthy and he says he’s more ready than ever for the stiff competition he’d face in an NBA team’s camp.
“I feel I belong in the NBA. I could have done the international thing all over again this year but I chose instead to stay here and train and do the things I need to improve in advance of training camp. Going overseas, I felt like I didn’t have the right people there pushing me. In years past, I would just go overseas and then jump right into camp or summer league. Now, I’m here, I’m preparing for camp at home and I already know that I’m going to be very well prepared for it all,” the Hazan Sports Management client explained (Jarrid Famous).
But the 20-year-old Parker is looking forward to rejoining his teammates on the court and believes he is on schedule to take part in training camp in the fall. “I’m feeling great,” Parker said after the Bucks players’ exit interviews at the team training center Friday. “I think I’m going to stay around here for June. “July I will be out in summer league (in Las Vegas) and eventually be on the court, not playing, of course. “After that in August maybe do a combined session with some (other) forwards. We’ll go out somewhere; I don’t know where we’re going to train. “I’d be right on schedule for where I want to go. It prepares me right before the season to get the wind going. It’s always good to be a part of the team in the preseason.”
The Timberwolves’ and Lynx’s $25 million practice facility is nearing completion, with the WNBA team set to move in before its training camp in mid-May and the NBA team to follow in June. The space includes about 45,000 square feet dedicated for basketball and basketball operations, which is more than double what the teams currently have within Life Time Fitness in the basement of Target Center. The new space in the former Block E complex across from Target Center totals 107,000 square feet, with 20,000 square feet for the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and the remaining for the teams’ front-office operations.
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Still, Lakers coach Byron Scott tempers his praise of Clarkson, whose rapid rise has placed him in discussion for a spot on the NBA’s 2014-15 All-Rookie first team. “I still want him to continue to show me something, which he’s doing, but I don’t want to go overboard,” Scott said. “I’m sure he has very high expectations of himself, but, again, I’ve got to take it step-by-step. “He’s had a great rookie year. Let’s see how the summer goes and training camp goes, and let’s see how the season goes next year. I want to keep everything in perspective when it comes to Jordan Clarkson. Obviously, he’s shown that he can play in this league.”
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Coach Terry Stotts said Tuesday that Frazier will play for the Blazers’ at the Las Vegas Summer League in July and be invited to participate in training camp next fall for the start of the 2015-16 NBA season. Frazier was scheduled to arrive into Portland Tuesday evening and will be in uniform for the Blazers’ Wednesday night home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. “I have not seen him play, but from what I’ve been told, he’s a good point guard, he’s a good defender,” Stotts said. “He’s the kind of guy you would want in your program.”
Frazier, 24, is not expected to play — barring an injury, he will be inactive against the Clippers — but he will practice, giving the Blazers an extra guard during 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 drills and scrimmages. He will be eligible to play in the postseason. “Moving forward, I think it’s in the best interest of the franchise,” Stotts said. “This is not a playoff move. This is a moving forward move.”
Whiteside then got a tryout with the Lakers, but didn’t get an invite to training camp. “They picked Wayne Ellington over me,” he says. Then came an invite to go to the Grizzlies’ camp. He played in five preseason games before getting cut — again, no surprise, given Memphis’s roster, with Marc Gasol an All-Star incumbent at center, Zach Randolph newly extended and Kosta Koufos set as the backup big man. “Chris Wallace (the Grizzlies’ GM) told me to just go down and dominate the D-League, and I thought I could, too,” Whiteside said. “They had a lot of bigs. Gasol was playing really well. Maybe they didn’t need me. I found my own path.”
And so Batum went for 35 and 27 points in the final two games of the World Cup to give France the bronze medal, and he noticed his Portland teammates urging him in training camp: Shoot, Nic. Shoot. “I try to do everything on the court, but I know I got to be more aggressive,” Batum told RealGM. “The team needs it. Everybody’s pushing me here. When Tony Parker didn’t play with us this summer, Boris Diaw and I had to step up our games. That was a cool learning experience for me. Here, we’re all young and I would like to be the guy for LaMarcus and Damian. I would like that a lot. But I know I need to be aggressive, and it is coming.”
Adam Silver: “I’ve learned the hard way, not necessarily to trust my gut and look at the data. I think that’s where analytics came in. When we were kids guys took the entire summer off and training camp was the chance to lose a few pounds that you gained over the summer, and truly get back in shape. I don’t think anyone would suggest today that the fact that guys did virtually nothing during the summer was better health wise. Finding that right balance, even if players don’t participate with their national teams during the summer or aren’t actively playing, they’re working out hard. Sometimes what I’ve heard from some trainers is the repetitiveness of some of the things they’re doing on their own instead of playing games isn’t necessarily good for their tendons or muscle. We need more science here, that’s something the league is taking more seriously.”