Ekpe Udoh walked down what they call “the blue mile” – a hallway that leads from the Convention Center elevators to team’s practice floor.
Formerly, this strip was highlighted only by the blue carpet. Monday, when Udoh walked to the voluntary workouts, he trekked slowly with a stunned look on his face. It was his first look at the re-decorated blue mile, which features giant images of Warriors legends along the walls.
It’s been that long since the players have been allowed in their old stomping grounds.
A few tidbits from today’s workout at the team facility.
* David Lee said his focus this offseason has been getting in shape. He acknowledged last year, he wasn’t in the best shape when he came to camp. That started a chain reaction that led to him not feeling “like myself until the last two months of the season.”
Lee said if he’s in ideal shape, he’ll produce even more
LEE: “Cardio-wise, if I’m in my best, tip-top shape, I don’t think there’s anybody that can keep me off the glass.”
* Stephen Curry is noticeably less scrawny. He said he put on 10 pounds this offseason. Curry said he’s been lifting 5 days a week. He added his surgically repaired right ankle feels great, though he wants to see how it responds to two-a-days in training camp.
* Jeremy Tyler said he’s been working on playing center. But the rookie looked a couple inches shorter and not especially thicker than David Lee. Tyler has the athleticism and Curry said he plays physical. But he looks more like a small forward in a power forward’s body than someone who can play center. His lack of size figures to matter especially on defense. It will be interesting to see how he much his athleticism helps him in his transition to center.
* Klay Thompson can stroke it.
* Jeremy Lin seemed to get to the basket easily, which is usually the case. Also, he looked pretty comfortable knocking down a few jumpers. Lin said he’s been working with a shooting coach: Doc Scheppler, girls basketball coach at Pinewood High School. Scheppler was the high school coach of Peter Diepenbrock, Lin’s prep coach at Palo Alto High.
LIN ON HIS SHOT: “It feels better. I’m more confident. It’s more fluid for me.”