Wednesday Bullets: Former Wolverines start NBA training camp

The NBA season has gotten underway with the start of training camp and various media day events across the league. Here’s a rundown of former Michigan players and their start to the 2014-15 season including several media day video interviews.

  • Kevin Durant praised Mitch McGary and his enthusiasm: “He was on the other side of the court, screaming: ‘Good shot, Kev!’” Durant said, shaking his head in delight. “I’m thinking, this guy’s an All-American type of teammate right there.”
  • But big man Serge Ibaka didn’t even know who he was: “Ibaka was asked if he’s had a chance to play with Mitch McGary. “Mitch McGary? Mitch McGary… McGary?” Straight up didn’t know who he was.”
  • Nik Stauskas is learning to shoot more often in training camp as well as dealing with the physicality of the NBA:  “I’m used to when I get a step on a guy, I think I going to get to the rim,” stated Stauskas following the fourth day of Training Camp. “The next thing you know, they (the defender) give you a forearm to your side and you get bumped off your line. I’m not used to having that happen – [I just need to] adjust to that and embrace the physicality.”
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. had a very successful rookie season and is focused on improving his defense this year: “Just try to find easy ways to get steals and deflections. I know with the new staff that we have, Derek Fisher is going to help us out with that,” Hardaway Jr. said. “I think I could be more effective talking on the defensive end, just being in the right spot at the right time. My rookie season I wasn’t really good at that at all, so just trying to enhance that any way that I can and just improve on all aspects.”

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