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Beverley had reported to camp roughly eight pounds lighter, but looking and feeling considerably more fit than just from dropping weight. He went through Saturday’s first workout, devoted largely to drill work and training, and added a long shooting session after. But more than the work he did on the opening day of Rockets training camp, he had already felt the benefits of off-season work in the weeks leading up to Saturday’s initial team practices. “It’s about being as healthy as I possibly be,” Beverley said. “It’s a couple practice, it’s no big deal. I lost a lot of weight this summer, got a lot leaner. I feel lighter when I run.”
When Sam Dekker began his career with the Rockets a year ago, he was already trying to make up for lost time and battling back problems. He had sat out most of the summer and never could get over the back issues that put him out until opting for the surgery that cost him most of his rookie season. After just one practice of the Rockets training camp on Saturday, Dekker felt as he never did last season. “It feels really good,” Dekker said. “I’ve had a great summer. This is the best I’ve ever felt in my life. Really good energy with the team. We have a lot to be optimistic about.”
With no timetable on Jrue Holiday’s return, the New Orleans Pelicans signed former Duke point guard Quinn Cook on Saturday. Cook attended the Pelicans’ opening training camp practice on Saturday morning, but he did not participate. Cook, a 6-foot-2, 184 pounds, played for the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League after he was waived by Cleveland Cavaliers before the start of the regular season. ”We’ve got versatile players, combo guards more than anything,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.
”I feel great and I’m just happy to be out there,” Davis said. ”I love the game so much that it started to be frustrating when I couldn’t play or they pull you out. The main goal is to be ready for October 26 (opener against Denver). ”Right now, I think I’m heading in the right direction toward getting there. Today everything felt great. I feel like I’m more explosive than what I was and more powerful.”
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