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  • Stunts his Growth. Should be with the Coaches in Toronto.

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Thread: Demar and Amir back at it, with the Drew League. Good thing? Bad thing?

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    Default Demar and Amir back at it, with the Drew League. Good thing? Bad thing?

    Just saw on Facebook that Demar and Amir are back in LA playing with the Drew League.

    I know some people felt this to be ultimately detrimental to Demars development, but I'm not sure I agree.

    I felt when he came back after the Lockout, his Confidence shooting and dribbling the ball was at an All-time high, and it showed with some VERY good games to start the season.

    I think seeing those 3's go in, even if they are against Lesser Talent (defense) works wonders for a kids confidence on the court.



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    The Drew League is fine for putting up shots, and getting some cardio, but it didn't help DeMar to focus on his weaknesses.
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    i turned the second video off after about a minute, pretty bush league stuff. i get the california guys like playing together and whatever but using the drew league as your offseason work is stupid.
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    get in the weight room, Demar
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    thank god he somehow made the select team. those guy will hopefully whip him into shape.
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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    thank god he somehow made the select team. those guy will hopefully whip him into shape.
    Best shape of his life, brah. He'll also learn what it takes to really be a winner, see how hard these guys work.... getting sleepy.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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    These Drew League games are about as competitive and realistic as the NBA all star game. Nice exhibition for the fans, chance to play with your friends, but not exactly prime developmental activity.

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    The drew league will do nothing in bettering yourself as a player. False sense of confidence and development of bad habits is all that will come from this.

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    Quote WJF wrote: View Post
    The drew league will do nothing in bettering yourself as a player. False sense of confidence and development of bad habits is all that will come from this.
    agreed 1000%

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    It's kind of like a doctor who gets a yearly sabbatical for training and chooses to skip his refresher courses to stay home and play "Operation" with his kids..
    Yes, it looks like basketball, but let's be real. I'm sure this isn't representative of all of the work he's putting in this off season. Demar's redeeming quality has always been his "intense work ethic" that everyone loved to talk about. I'm sure the Drew league isn't it.

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    It's fine that we sit on our fat butts throwing jabs at him from our keyboards for not doing what we, in our vast NBA experience, think DeMar should be doing in his off time. As long as he doesn't come in to camp shaped like Oliver Miller or even Dirk (post chip) I could give a rats ass about Drew league. He has a full summer to work out, BC, Casey and the crew are prepping for the draft and only after that do I expect things to get serious for the players.

    Playing a little pick up in May will have little to no impact whatsoever come October. Short of an injury (knock on wood) of course.

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    Quote minks77 wrote: View Post
    It's fine that we sit on our fat butts throwing jabs at him from our keyboards for not doing what we, in our vast NBA experience, think DeMar should be doing in his off time. As long as he doesn't come in to camp shaped like Oliver Miller or even Dirk (post chip) I could give a rats ass about Drew league. He has a full summer to work out, BC, Casey and the crew are prepping for the draft and only after that do I expect things to get serious for the players.

    Playing a little pick up in May will have little to no impact whatsoever come October. Short of an injury (knock on wood) of course.
    Who is throwing jabs? And I don't know about you but I'm not fat.

    There are lots of opinions being thrown, that is for sure.

    DeMar doesn't work for us but he does work for MLSE which relies on fan's (us) interest and entertainment money to pay the Raptor related bills - like salary.

    During the season BC and DC talked about the need for him to raise the bar in terms of honing his craft. He needs to put the same focus on weights and caring for his body that he does on playing, according to GM and coach. I can't speak for anyone else but this is what I want to see. I want to see highlights of DeMar in the weight room, not another pick up game.

    Hopefully he is putting his time in to the things that his GM and coach have been discussing as they both has vast more NBA experience than us as fans - and DeMar.

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    Didn't he say that he wasn't gonna do the Drew league thing sometime this year? that he was gonna work on his defense and shooting... so much for that..

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    yeah I watched that...I think I could put up 20pts in the drew league. Its all ISO I don't think Amir even touched the ball...and no defense...short of cardio I don't see how this is helpful

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    Hit the weight room and work on your skills. Plenty of scrim time with the Select team vs. Olympians.

    I am disappointed.

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    However, I would assume that the Drew League isn't exactly the most grueling of schedules. Maybe DeMar actually is working on skills, as well as hitting the weights hard in addition to participating in this poor man's AND1 tour.
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    Wake up, eat, drills, eat, weights, eat, drills, eat, sleep....... Repeat until Select Camp where he'll get tons of scrimmage time. Hate seeing him develop bad habits in pick up games like this. The kids confidence is fine IMO it's his body and skill set that needs some fine tuning. Big summer for Demar ahead

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    Ultimately this is DeMar's "vacation" time right now. So if he wants to enjoy his time off by playing with his friends, I don't think its a big deal. I just hope that once the summer progresses he changes gears and starts hitting the weight room and starts honing his skills. I'm sure Casey will be all over this as he finally gets a time to work with him this off season as compared to last year.

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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    However, I would assume that the Drew League isn't exactly the most grueling of schedules. Maybe DeMar actually is working on skills, as well as hitting the weights hard in addition to participating in this poor man's AND1 tour.
    Quote planetmars wrote: View Post
    Ultimately this is DeMar's "vacation" time right now. So if he wants to enjoy his time off by playing with his friends, I don't think its a big deal. I just hope that once the summer progresses he changes gears and starts hitting the weight room and starts honing his skills. I'm sure Casey will be all over this as he finally gets a time to work with him this off season as compared to last year.
    These two posts actually sum up my thinking perfectly. Thanks guys! haha

    I would think that it is a given that these pick up style games are not the only avenue Demar would choose to improve his game. With him now being able to be in contact with the team and take orders from the team, and with the USA Select team coming up, I'm sure he's just looking to have some fun.

    And seeing as he can't really indulge in some of the 'fun' that normal 23 year olds do, I say I'm totally fine with him playing these games and entertaining his friends and family from the LA area.
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    Quote planetmars wrote: View Post
    Ultimately this is DeMar's "vacation" time right now. So if he wants to enjoy his time off by playing with his friends, I don't think its a big deal. I just hope that once the summer progresses he changes gears and starts hitting the weight room and starts honing his skills. I'm sure Casey will be all over this as he finally gets a time to work with him this off season as compared to last year.
    I agree with this too. This IS vacation time for players. A lot of guys take a month or two full off from any kind of hard physical activity. I don't think Drew league is anything special, but I don't think he'll be playing in some crap league like this all summer, and I don't think he'll develop terrible habits or anything that will hinder his development. That's like saying playing for fun is a bad habit, but these guys horse around all the time at practice, and that's how they fell in love with the game. Remember, not only is it his vacation time, but also probably the coaches. While they might be helping to prepare for the draft, I wouldn't be surprised if they haven't done much between the end of the season and probably tomorrow night's lottery. Light work planning summer programs for the players or something. I think playing in this league just shows that he really is a basketball guy. Think whatever you want about his talent, potential, etc., but this kid just loves playing ball and there's nothing he'd rather be doing. Also do we know he's not hitting the weight room just because he's playing there?

    On the flip side, I hope this is also just his idea of having some fun before getting to real summer work. He will be with the select team and that mini camp, and then I hope that him and a bunch of other guys go back to Toronto. I don't think they can be coached as a team (I'm fuzzy on what coaches can do), but I think just being there having the staff work with them if/when they can, using good facilities incl. weight room, and just working on some team sets, even things like zone D, if they have enough guys.

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