ByTZ Posted on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 10:37:06 AM EST
Great write-up on David Thorpe,
the trainer who delivered Kevin Martin and Udonis Haslem to the NBA,
and who's about to do the same for Florida State power forward
Alexander Johnson and University of Miami point guard Guillermo Diaz.
Speedracer (Kevin Martin) never hesitates to credit Thorpe for taking him from a good
player to an NBA player. The story is that Martin was a possible second
rounder until teams started having private workouts with him. In his
workout in front of Geoff Petrie, Martin shot over 80 percent. The rest
is history. And of course, Thorpe says he just takes the talent and
makes it sellable in the NBA - polishing the final work.
Thorpe products are consistently proven to be hard-working and very
focused on consistently improving. We've seen the strides Martin has
made, and well, Haslem is a starter for a world championship team.
Thorpe's involvement in their training certainly makes me more
intrigued about Johnson and Diaz.