Ordinarily, this is the part of the summer where NBA players would be gearing up for the upcoming season. Teams usually organize some sort of voluntary workouts.
Obviously the lockout prevents the teams from doing so but some players are doing it anyway. Elton Brand and Lou Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers organized team workouts in Los Angeles recently. Eight players in total participated.
Along with Brand and Williams, in attendance were Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Jodie Meeks, Spencer Hawes and Craig Brackins. That list includes last year’s starting five, their sixth man and a rookie who will likely earn a starting spot whenever the upcoming season does get underway.
The Sixers finished seventh place in the Eastern Conference last season. Just a little push could mean a major difference whenever the NBA season starts.
“I think that creates a winning environment, having each others back out there,” Brand continued. “So you have to care, you have to grow, you have to know where someone likes the ball. When a guy can’t play defense or can’t show as well on a pick you have to know that. You have to know that. You have to be there to help your guy and have their back.”
Amar’e Stoudemire on the other hand is pushing his scheduled Knicks team training sessions back because CBA negotiations are going so bad.