From San Diego two-a-days, down to one-a-days to now none-a-days, consider Suns training camp officially closed.
On Sunday afternoon, the team wrapped up their final practice at the University of San Diego’s Jenny Craig Pavilion and headed back to Phoenix after what many of the players are calling a “productive” trip in terms of tipping off the preseason.
“This week was tough,” began center Channing Frye, “but at the same time, it let us grow together as a team. We did a lot of good things this week. We crated a good base. Training camp is just about getting the roots of what we’re trying to accomplish for the season, and we did a good job of that.”
One of the fears of Heach Coach Alvin Gentry and his coaching staff was finding enough time to cram in as much instruction, drills and scrimmaging as possible in the six days available. The players were more concerned with getting in game shape for the start of the season.
“The speed, the pace and the conditioning are the things we are going to continue to work on,” Frye said. “We’ll get there by the time we start playing games. We’re a veteran-heavy team. Guys are going to continuously get themselves in the best shape possible. They emphasize that we need to get in better shape for the style we want to play to be successful.”
Teammate Amar’e Stoudemire agreed.
“It’s about getting in gametime shape,” the All-Star forward said. “Overall, this camp went well. We definitely incorporated some of our old plays. We were more in tune defensively. I like our chances.”