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  Monday, June 27, 2005

Lackluster Workouts for Vazquez in New York
By Jonathan Givony

Fran href=/profile//> Vazquez, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 6-10, href=/profile//> 22 href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> old href=/profile//> power href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Spain href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> States href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> Tuesday’s href=/profile//> draft. href=/profile//>

What href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> supposed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> workout href=/profile//> ended href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> two, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> fit href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Sunday href=/profile//> workout href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> schedule, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Saturday href=/profile//> date href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> added. href=/profile//> Vazquez href=/profile//> flew href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> New href=/profile//> York href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> immediately href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> thrown href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> pressure href=/profile//> filled, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> intensity href=/profile//> deprived href=/profile//> gym href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> front href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> large href=/profile//> collection href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> executives href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> asked href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> convince href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> preferably href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> lottery, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//> Most href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> drafting href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> twenty href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> represented href=/profile//> between href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> workouts, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Knicks, href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> present href=/profile//> twice. href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> feedback href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> received href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> multiple href=/profile//> sources href=/profile//> present href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> workouts href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> gym href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> underwhelming href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> part. href=/profile//> Vazquez href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> apparently href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> ended href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> weeks href=/profile//> ago, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> therefore href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> rusty href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> workout href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> particular. href=/profile//> Add href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> jetlagged href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> foreign href=/profile//> environment, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> somewhat href=/profile//> lethargic href=/profile//> atmosphere href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> workout href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> fully href=/profile//> suited href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> strengths href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> true href=/profile//> recipe href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> disaster. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> workout href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Saturday, href=/profile//> essentially href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> plane href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Vazquez, href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> according href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> sources href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> gym. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> asked href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> skill href=/profile//> oriented href=/profile//> drills, href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> numerous href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> threes, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> comfortable href=/profile//> doing href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> yet. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Sunday href=/profile//> workout href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> better, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> THAT href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> better. href=/profile//>

As href=/profile//> we’ve href=/profile//> told href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> times, href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> hype href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> Vazquez href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> polished href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> isn’t href=/profile//> your href=/profile//> typical href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> comes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> “workout href=/profile//> skills” href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> ball-handling href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> Europeans href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> famous href=/profile//> for. href=/profile//> Most href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> prepare href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> weeks href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> specialized href=/profile//> trainer href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> familiarize href=/profile//> themselves href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> type href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> drills href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> workouts href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> this. href=/profile//> Coming href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> grueling href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain, href=/profile//> Vazquez href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> that. href=/profile//>

Even href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> post href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Miljan href=/profile//> Pupovic, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> considered href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> undraftable href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> most, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> struggled href=/profile//> mightily href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> hold href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> own href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> ends. href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> people href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> spoke href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> overwhelmingly href=/profile//> agreed href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> Vazquez href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> serious href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> drafted href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> have, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> here href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> States href=/profile//> working href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> weeks href=/profile//> ago. href=/profile//> Just href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Chicago, href=/profile//> Vazquez href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> basically href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> impossible href=/profile//> situation href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> asked href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> phenomenal href=/profile//> array href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> skills, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> possess, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> die href=/profile//> type href=/profile//> atmosphere href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> supposed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> determine href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> entire href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> career. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> stupid href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> throw href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> entire href=/profile//> book href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> career href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> window href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> workouts, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> considering href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> workouts href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Vazquez. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> pressure href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> separating href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> power href=/profile//> forwards href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> board href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> 10-20, href=/profile//> that’s href=/profile//> exactly href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> happen. href=/profile//> href=/profile//> href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

So href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> mean href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Vazquez’s href=/profile//> stock href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now? href=/profile//> That’s href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> question href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> answer. href=/profile//> He’s href=/profile//> clearly href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> lock href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> month href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> ago. href=/profile//> Picks href=/profile//> 7-14 href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> crapshoot href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> prospects href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> board href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> feel href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> comfortable href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> point. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> demand href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> power href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> amongst href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> fairly href=/profile//> limited href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> gets href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> New href=/profile//> Jersey href=/profile//> Nets, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> possible href=/profile//> considering href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> “safe” href=/profile//> prospects href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Sean href=/profile//> May href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Ike href=/profile//> Diogu href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> board, href=/profile//> “all href=/profile//> bets href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> off” href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> scout href=/profile//> told href=/profile//> us. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> word href=/profile//> “freefall” href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> conversation, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> that’s href=/profile//> clearly href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> exaggeration. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Pacers href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> interested href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> #17 href=/profile//> pick, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Celtics href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> 18. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> gets href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> there, href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> it’s href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> anyone’s href=/profile//> guess href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> gets href=/profile//> picked. href=/profile//> No href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> talked href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> clue.

 
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