Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reports:
Tyler Hansbrough’s final stat line doesn’t mean anything. It was his presence going up and down the court during a game that had people excited Friday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Hansbrough appeared in his first game of any kind in nine months, coming off the bench for 19 minutes in the Indiana Pacers’ 93-86 preseason loss to the Orlando Magic.
“It felt good,” Hansbrough said. “It felt like it’s going to take me awhile to get in a rhythm. You can practice, but there’s nothing like getting back in a game.
“It feels good to be back on the court and as part of the team. It’s going to take me a minute to get back in the groove of things.”
Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News reports:
The dramatic reduction in DeJuan Blair’s body fat — the Spurs’ big man went from 14 percent to 8 percent over the summer — has made him Exhibit A in strength and conditioning coach Mike Brungardt’s “thin is in” summer workout program.
Blair, though, is but one of the summer-success stories for Brungardt and assistant strength coach Chris White.
Brungardt declared the Spurs, as a team, reported to training camp in better shape than at any time in the past seven seasons. His annual body-fat measurement revealed lower percentages for most players, with Blair making the most dramatic drop.
Brungardt and White continue to put the Spurs through a daily regimen of conditioning drills that look like a cross between schoolyard recess and NFL draft combine workouts.
Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports:
When it was relayed to Carl Landry that his coach said he wasn’t the “real” Landry at this point of training camp, the fourth-year forward agreed.
“It’s not,” Landry said. “I’m still struggling, still don’t have my bounce. And that’s why there’s preseason.”
After being effective after joining the Kings in the Kevin Martin trade in February, Landry hasn’t been the same player after almost two weeks of camp. He hasn’t looked as quick or explosive around the basket.
Landry spends a lot of time after every practice working on his footwork and offense. Kings coach Paul Westphal described Landry as “rusty” a week ago.