Children from Malaga cheer on the practice
Posted Oct 6 2007 3:22PM
Málaga, SPAIN, 6 de October del 2007. The Grizzlies' third practice in Spanish territory took place in the main court of the Palacio de Deportes "Jose Mª. Martin Carpena."
In this occasion, Marc Iavaroni's team played a five-minute game focusing on an offense to defense transitional system. They also worked on plays to always leave a thrower with a clear shot from the perimeter.
Casey Jacobsen, who after playing in Germany returns to the Grizzlies in a great shape, was one of the stars of that short game. The forward almost shot to perfection all of his three-pointers.
"It is very simple to work with a coach such as Iavaroni," said Jacobsen. "He has the quality to connect with his players and can easily communicate his ideas very clearly."
The final part of this practice was animated by hundreds of young people and children, who from the stands, vigorously cheered on every free-throw a player did, especially Mike Miller's.
Afterward, more than 1000 kids took part of a basketball clinic led by NBA legend Kenny Smith. In addition, the Grizzlies also participated on a basketball clinic with special children from the Special Olympics as part of the NBA Cares initiative.
Juan Carlos Navarro had his first press conference with local media. Below is a partial transcription of it:
How do you feel training with your new team?
How is your adaptation with the new language going?
What has been the most difficult part so far?
What has coach Marc said to you?