Top 4 Takeaways from first week of NBAs training camp

10/9/12 in NBA   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

With the media day and opening day of preseason training camp providing a valuable insight, many of us took the opportunity to reassess our expectations with favorite teams, and imprint to our memory some high points of this period to rebuild our hopes and confidence further on in the season.
New faces on several teams tired to prove their worth on court during training camp. Other encouraging news also kept coming in from training camps such as Sacramento Kings’ former power forward Thomas Robinson’s new role on power small and Damian Lillard’s anticipation towards playing against NBA’s elite point guards. Kobe Bryant’s name also jumped up in the news during the preseason after he claimed the Los Angeles Lakers were still his team despite superstar Dwight Howard’s addition to the roster. The NBA took serious action against flopping.
And with so much happening in the first week, it’s needless to say that the preseason will satisfy our appetite until the preseason begins.
Here are the top 4 takeaways (in no particular order) coming straight from the training camps.
  • Jared Sullinger shines in Europe
Although the Boston Celtics lost their first preseason game in Turkey, Jared Sullinger delivered a solid performance. The former Ohio State player, Jared Sullinger, stood out with 16 points in his debut for the Boston Celtics, which encouraged coach Doc Rivers towards giving the rookie a start in second game of the preseason.
The Boston Celtics crushed Emporio Armani with a 105-75 victory, but Jared Sullinger again stole the spotlight, contributing nine points and seven rebounds in the game.
 Jared Sullinger’s acquisition looks like a steal for the Boston Celtics who drafted him 21st overall. The 20-year-old Jared Sullinger dropped in the June’s draft after he was medically red-flagged for due to concern over bulging discs in his back becoming a long-term issue.
  • Damian Lillard isn’t intimidated by NBA’s elite point guards
In a recent tweet this weekend from Chris Haynes, sportswriter for Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Portland Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard basically called out NBA’s best point guards.
“G Damian Lillard on playing against top PG's first 6 games of season: "I'm going to make them show me why they are who they are,” tweeted Chris Haynes.
Well, Damian Lillard just may get a silent answer for that soon when he plays Steve Nash, Rusell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Darren Colison or Tony Parker.
  • Kobe Bryant: Los Angeles Lakers are “my team”
Despite the acquisition of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant still casts the biggest shadow over the Los Angeles Lakers. So Kobe Bryant’s remark wasn’t really necessary.
However, I’m still pondering over want kind of a fool even needs to ask this question. I’m sure a lot of other people are with me there.
  • NBA’s anti-flopping policy
The NBA is taking stringent measures to end the flopping trend in the NBA and save the refs a lot of trouble. And while there’s a lot of debate over the level of impact it will have on the game, the NBA is still going through with the new rules.
According to the new rules, first time violations will land a $5,000 fine with a sixth consecutive violation lands a $30,000 fine. Wiser men would just stop there instead of calling out NBA for a possible suspension.
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