Every coach you will ever meet will tell you that you have to work in the summer to be able to see it pay off in the fall. I can certainly attest to that. I was very lucky to work out with great people in Seattle. In particular, Steve "Hat Man" Gordon, the best work out guy I have ever seen or worked with, and a bunch of great pros like Xavier McDaniel, Detlef Schrempf, Russ Schoene, Guy Williams, Eldridge Recasner, Donny Marshall, and Mark Pope to name just a few. We all pushed each other hard in the summer, and I don't think there was a summer I didn't head into a season a better player. Frankly, I think those summer workouts are the fondest memories I have playing basketball. The idea of of guys in a gym in the middle of summer with the sole purpose of getting better was just heaven for me.
As I sit here today and watch guys like Walker, Rod, and AK work their tails off day in and day out, pushing themselves every day, I can't help but think back to those great days back at the Pro Club in Seattle. These guys are doing everything they can to get better, and I could not be happier for them. I think they are understanding the work ethic and preparation necessary to be a pro and to make a living playing this game. I have no idea if this means they will get called up, become an all star, lead us to a great season, etc, but it does mean that they have done everything they could to prep for the year, and I think their chances of doing those things mentioned has risen exponentially. If the old adage holds true that the harder I work, the luckier I get, these guys can expect to be very lucky this year.
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