Searching for good chemistry
Posted Oct 5 2007 3:25PM
Málaga, SPAIN, 5 de October del 2007. The Grizzlies’ second practice in Malaga began with the same routine as the first one: warm-up, defensive plays and screens.
Soon enough they began to play five-on-five with physical contact. The first one harmed was Hakim Warrick, who while trying to block a three-pointer from Kyle Lowry fell onto one of his teammates and injured his knee a bit.
One of the most charismatic and energetic players was Mike Miller. Grizzlies’ number 33 did not stop making jokes, shouting each play from the top of his lungs and motivating all of his teammates. “That is what practices are for,” said Miller. “I try to cheer everyone with the purpose to strengthen our chemistry prior to our first game. This it is the right moment to improve this team.”
As the five-on-five games were going on, Iavaroni put together a team that could well be the starting line-up with Gasol, Miller, Stoudemire, R. Gay and Warrick. From time to time, Milicic and rookie Conely assumed Warric’s and Stoudemire’s rolls in court, respectively.
The practice finished with free-throw shootings and then a visit from more than 30 local journalists who had the first contact with the players and coaching staff since the team’s arrival in Malaga.
Pau Gasol, as expected, was the player more sought after by the press in the Palacio de Deportes. The Spanish player answered media questions for more than 20 minutes.
Below are some of the player’s thoughts after their second practice: