Jet lag? What jet lag?
After losing some valuable practice time with all of the travel and special events involved with the Asian trip, Jim O'Brien wasted little time re-setting his team's work out clockt. Less than a day after a 14-hour return flight from Beijing, the Pacers were getting after it in the Fieldhouse on Monday afternoon.
According to a tweet from Mike Wells, Danny Granger sat out the practice with a sore right foot. Sore right foot? Hmm, sure that wasn't a sleepy head. Seriously, considering the limited time Granger spent on the court, let's hope this is a minor issue. Since the Pacers' favored injury term 'sore' is in play we can only guess the injury is somewhere between a flight-induced cramp and a full right-foot amputation.
I'm sure the players had to drag themselves onto the court today, but a good shock to the system is often the best way to adjust back to a familiar time zone.
Expecting a sloppy practice would be reasonable, but heading into a workout with such low expectations can actually generate a strong effort when the body responds better than expected. Now tomorrow might be a mess, but regardless, JOB and the team have no time to fret about jet lag and need to take advantage of every minute of practice time left in camp.
A few links of interest after the jump, including a nice recap of the trip.
PACERS: One win, won loss, one unforgettable experience
Bruno recaps the Pacers' business trip to Asia. Despite the sight-seeing excursions and public appearances, Jim O'Brien maintained training camp mode.
"It was good getting a couple of games on film," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "It was a diagnostic experience from the standpoint of helping us understand what we have to work on offensively and defensively. It was a good cultural experience for the team."
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