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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Once again, Jameer hosts Orlando teammates for bonding session

In this summer of professional sports gone tilt, the accountable often get overlooked. But they are out there, doing it the right way.
For the second consecutive summer, Jameer Nelson invited all his Orlando Magic teammates to Philadelphia for a weeklong bonding session - at his expense. And every member of the team, except those involved with the Tournament of the Americas in Las Vegas took Nelson up on his offer.
The players arrived Sunday. Every day, they congregated at Summit Sports in Bryn Mawr for morning training under the direction of Jim Ferris. In the afternoon, they went to Haverford College for a 2-hour basketball run. At night, they went out to dinner as a team. Last night, the final evening together, they headed for Atlantic City.
"This improves the relationship that you have with your guys," Nelson said.
His Magic teammates in town included Rashard Lewis, Orlando's big free agent prize from Seattle. Nelson especially wanted Lewis there.
"It's important for Rashard to come in hitting the ground running," Nelson said. "He's our superstar. It's good that he's here with the guys. Obviously, I am doing this to help us win."
Lewis had heard about what Nelson and the Magic did last year.
"When he called me and told me they were going to be doing it again this year, there was no hesitation on my part," Lewis said. "I figured it was a chance to get to know all these guys on a personal level before we go to training camp."
Ferris is in charge of Summit's summer program. The Magic players got a dose of the boxing, yoga and running that are staples of the program.
In addition to the training, the hoops, the dinners and the fun, the players also got a 40-minute lecture Wednesday morning from Dr. James B. Maas, a longtime professor of psychology at Cornell, the man who coined the term "power nap" and author of "Power Sleep".
Maas explained that the vast majority of us are sleep deprived. He also explained that athletes who get the proper amount of sleep get a significant edge.
His suggestions were all common sense that most of us never even consider. Go to sleep at the same time and get up at the same time. No alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime. No distractions when about to sleep.
NBA players, of course, have some issues with late night flights and crazy schedules. But the point was still the point. A rested athlete is a better athlete.
And, yes, they did play hoops. Wednesday afternoon, several Sixers, including Lou Williams, Jason Smith and Derrick Byars, joined the Magic players at Haverford. When word gets out about a run, the secret does not last long. Villanova's Kyle Lowry and Malik Allen were there. Yah Davis and Dwayne Jones from St. Joe's were there too.
There was no scoreboard, clock or officials - just a bunch of guys running up and down the court, as a team from Florida got to know each better in Philadelphia because a player from Chester High and St. Joe's just wants to do it all right.

9 Comments:

  • At 11:16 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    This was a good story. Jameer making his case again before training camp even starts thats he's the leader of this team.

     
  • At 12:52 PM, Blogger johng said…

    Word, check out the power nap kit . This thing works. What more can I say? First time, every time. it's like magic, and a short nap feels SO good. A chime wakes you up, so you DO NOT feel groggy after a short nap believe me.

     
  • At 1:27 PM, Blogger Ben Q. Rock said…

    Gestures like these really make me like Jameer Nelson. I didn't ever dislike him, but I guess this just makes him easier to root for. I really hope he turns it around this season.

     
  • At 3:58 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Jameer has established himself as the PR leader of the team. I certainly hope he can translate it to being the leader on the court, and that is exactly what the Magic needs. Dwight is too young and Rashard is too new to claim that role.

     
  • At 5:41 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    You'd think this type of "event" would be a little more common place than it is today. It's a shame that it's not...

    However, Jameer doing this, making it a regular event in the summer, speaks volumes.

    On the court, I didn't question Jameer until last season; but it was easy to question a lot of our players.

    Even though I think Jameer is a little more than a PR leader, I still understand the statement. What he is doing will only make the team better. But what Jameer needs, is a coach to do the same thing for him. Hopefully Stan will take Jameer under his wing, and teach him how to run a team; in a way that’s both beneficial for Jameer and the team. God knows Brian Hill was never going to be that coach.

    Jameer will never have to be the best player on the floor. He just needs to learn how to play smart. Even though he lacks some size, he has the talent. Guys like Daryl Armstrong and Avery Johnson lacked in a lot of areas, but still proved to be valuable leaders.

    I suppose only time will tell, but it might be impossible for any Magic fan not to hope and cheer for Jameer to TAKE the starters spot and leave no reason for anyone to question him being there.

     
  • At 5:55 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I love Jameer's attitude, with him saying that he's doing this to help the team win.

    That's why I believe that this season with a new coach and fresh start, we will see the real Jameer Nelson show everyone what he's capable of doing on the basketball court, and that he will do whatever it takes for the team to win.

     
  • At 3:51 PM, Blogger Ben Q. Rock said…

    If Stan the Man makes the Magic more of a running team with fast-break chances, I think Jameer could average 7 or 8 assists a game based on his transition play. I don't know if a starting NBA point guard has ever doubled his assist averages from one season to the next, so it'd be pretty impressive.

     
  • At 5:56 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Seven to eight assists per game sounds like an attainable goal for Jameer. With sharpshooters like Lewis and Redick on the floor, which we didn't have last season (with Lewis in Seattle and Brian Hill having Redick glued to the bench), he will have much more of an opportunity to pass the ball to someone who can actually make an outside shot. I also look for Nelson to have more success passing the ball underneath to Dwight.

     
  • At 6:52 PM, Blogger Ben Q. Rock said…

    ... assuming Dwight can catch an entry pass. He's had trouble with that during the FIBA tournament.

     

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