League sources have confirmed to Blazersedge that Ziegler, who has conducted similar assessments on professional athletes in a number of sports, was contracted by the Blazers in 2008 to provide biomechanical assessments for Oden first and then a number of Blazers. Prior to this work, Ziegler assessed the free throw shooting stroke of then-Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O’Neal on at least one occasion, an encounter documented by a local news station and confirmed by a league source with knowledge of the relationship. Ziegler has also worked with Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin, as documented in a separate local news feature.
June 25, 2018 | 5:21 am EDT Update
The Cleveland Cavaliers will add power forward Billy Preston to their summer league roster, sources told ESPN. Preston, who is 6-foot-10, was a five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American in 2017. Known for his athleticism and scoring talent, he committed to Kansas and was once projected as high as a mid-second-round NBA draft pick by ESPN.
Illawarra Hawks recruit Emmett Naar will be heading to the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, linking up with the Phoenix Suns for the off-season showcase. Naar will team up with the #1 pick from the 2018 draft, Deandre Ayton, as the Suns open up their Summer League campaign against the Dallas Mavericks on July 6, followed by games against Sacramento and Orlando.
A few weeks ago, videos began surfacing of Fultz working out with renowned personal trainer Drew Hanlen, who is well-known for his extensive work with NBA stars such as Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Joel Embiid and many others. Hanlen recently gave an update on Fultz’s progress when talking to Daniel Schmidt of The Talking Schmidt Podcast. “We’ve been working hard every day, working on just rewiring his body and getting kind of a smooth stroke back into his shot,” Hanlen told Schmidt. “We’re way ahead of pace where I thought we were going to be. I thought it was going to take me at least six weeks before we had kind of a serviceable jump shot. We’ve already started to shoot with a jump in week two. “It’s not perfect yet, but I think that by the end of the summer it will be perfect. He’ll be back rolling and he’ll show people why he was the No. 1 pick,” Hanlen said. “So far the program is going well and he’s finding some success with his new shooting motion.”