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News » Nuggets sleeping off shootarounds

Nuggets sleeping off shootarounds

Nuggets sleeping off shootarounds Morning shootarounds are becoming an endangered species in the NBA, and now the Nuggets are the latest team to tinker with cutting them back.

The Nuggets' practice Sunday served as their shootaround for tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Denver coach George Karl, who was against the trend of not having traditional shootarounds, is now rethinking that philosophy.

Sleep studies have been all the rage in the NBA this season, and they are showing that players and coaches aren't getting enough of it. The result is low energy levels for players on the court and decreased focus for everyone.

A reduction in shootarounds, thereby allowing players and coaches to sleep in longer on game days, has been the quick-fix answer for some teams. Karl hopes he will see increased focus and intensity out of his team.

"I think we're listening to some needs of players and philosophies of some other teams, trying to get more focus and seriousness into the moments that we're together," Karl said. "Shootarounds seem to be very tedious and nonenthusiastic situations.

"There's a lot of different philosophies out there. Some teams have totally gone away from shootarounds, some very good teams. We have a lot of every-other-day games. I think we have an opportunity over the next four or five games to experiment a little bit."

Karl stressed he won't completely eliminate shootarounds this season, but they will be drastically sliced. The New York Knicks don't have shootarounds for home games, instead bringing their players in earlier, around 3:30 p.m., for a night game.

The Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs have eliminated most game-day morning shootarounds as well.

One of Karl's concerns is how players will respond to adjusting the normal routine. The Nuggets have games tonight, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. So there will be ample time to

apply the new strategy and gauge its


"The whole thing comes down to: It's a repetition thing," Karl said. "You start it in the morning and then you have an individual film study with them and then you have a big man's study with them, and the final get-

together before the game study. So there is a regiment that we're changing a little bit.

"But I think we're trying to get more energy and more intensity into our preparation when we're talking about it and also when we're on the court."

Chris Dempsey: 303-954-1279 or

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