STAR has hit the ground running in its return to training camp with twice-a-day practices since last week.
Hotshots coach Jason Webb said the morning practices are to get his players, especially newcomers RR Garcia, Keith Jensen, and Rodney Brondial, acclimated to his system, while the afternoon sessions are for them to get back into shape after a relatively long vacation.
“We’re trying to put in as much teaching on one part of the day and fitness on the other part,” the rookie coach said, adding they will continue the rigorous schedule until the end of this week.
“It’s really just to push the guys, get into shape in a short period of time, and also in a big way, to avoid a redundancy of things,” the rookie coach said.
The Hotshots, however, could undergo another set of twice-a-day practices if Webb feels the need when import Marqus Blakely arrives in the last week of the month.
“When we get Marqus in, we’ll see if need to do that (again) based on knowledge of what we’re doing and conditioning of the import,” Webb said.
James Yap admitted how draining the schedule is as he recovers from a calf strain that put cut his Commissioner’s Cup campaign short.
“Nakakapagod,” the 34-year-old Hotshots superstar said with a smile. “Ganun talaga eh, ganito buhay namin, so kailangan mag-practice ng mabuti para maganda ang kinalabasan sa coming conference.”
Garcia, for his part, is taking advantage of the practice schedule, revealing it’s his first time to undergo such regimen.
“Malaking bagay yun, talagang makukundisyon ka,” the prized trade recruit from Phoenix said. “Sa una, nakakapagod pero masasanay ka rin.”
“Hindi naman (nagrereklamo),” he added. “Syempre trabaho na ‘to eh. Sinasahuran ko so kailangan mo rin suklian.”