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The Phoenix Suns are going to run the ball more this year than last to try and make up for some of their size disadvantages and to take advantage of the depth at the wing positions.
To do that, they need to be in great physical shape. Coach Alvin Gentry made that a priority for this year's training camp and the players definitely saw a difference.
"I would say that was the hardest training camp in these three years," back-up guard Goran Dragic said.
Goran explained that, unlike most practices where there's a little down time in between activities, this year there was no rest.
"All the time we were in motion. All the time we were running sprints. So, I would say this year we're going to be more prepared than last year."
New Sun Hakim Warrick agreed that this training camp was different than anything he's experienced in the NBA and as he describes it, there's a method to the pain.
"Everybody watches and sees how fun it is, but they don't see all the hard work to become full-time, run-and-gun team," Warrick said.
"I think we can take some teams' legs away in the fourth quarter, especially with the depth we have to keep throwing fresh guys out there and playing a full-court game, both offensively and defensively. You keep throwing guys out there and I think you can take a toll on some teams."
Hakim had no complaints about his new team's approach.
"It was tough. I was sore. (My) legs really took a pounding, but I think it will make me better."