Roundup: Former Hoosiers start NBA training camp

  • 10/01/2014 10:50 am in

Opening night of the NBA season is less than a month away and training camps have opened across the league this week along with media day events taking place.

Here’s a look around the league at former Indiana players and their start to the 2014-2015 season, which includes some video interviews, quotes and links:

· Victor Oladipo is expected to take on larger role in his second season in Orlando and will look to help bring along rookie Elfrid Payton, who has a similar background in many ways.

· In Charlotte, rookie Noah Vonleh is still recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia, but is hoping to get medical clearance soon.

According to the Charlotte Observer:

Vonleh said he was playing pickup basketball on Indiana’s campus when he felt a “pop,” which he thought was just a groin pull. But the pain grew worse, and he had an MRI that revealed a tear. Vonleh is now able to work out on an elliptical machine and start some light shooting and jogging. He says he’s feeling much better in the last week.

· Second-year Hornets forward Cody Zeller is looking at a reserve role as coach Steve Clifford has already named Marvin Williams the team’s starter at power forward.

At Hornets media day, Zeller was asked what it will be like to play with Vonleh.

· New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon was healthy this offseason and says he’s ready to show off more explosiveness as a result:

Gordon recently told The New Orleans Times Picayune that he wants to be “held accountable” this season and also wants to be an all-star.

· Christian Watford is in training camp in Boston on a non-guaranteed deal.

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  • Gregory Spera

    Charlotte should be pretty good. Heck, they have the the second, fourth, and ninth picks in their respective drafts just at the power forward position.

  • Alford Bailey

    Hope Gordon can stay healthy all season.

  • JJ

    I think Zeller was a reach where he went in the draft, but I also don’t think he fit’s in with an Al Jefferson type. He and Vonleh would be very interesting playing together…

  • FinEndNow

    Wish we could have seen it at IU! But Charlotte is doing a good job right now. Zeller is a unique player. He can play with his back to the basketba, facing up or hit a mid range jump shot. Plus his athleticism is through the roof in speed, quickness and vertical for someone 7-0 240+. He is still adding strength. He came on late last year after the All-Star break and averaged about 7 and 4 in about 16 minutes off the bench which is pretty good. He very well could be starting this year. Cody can be a special player given the chance. He’s too smart, too talent and too athletically gifted to fail in the NBA.

  • Ole Man

    Williams over Zeller must be about rebounding. It sure isn’t about offensive or defense. Strange move not to let them duke it out in training camp.

  • FinEndNow

    Its about shooting. Williams is a stretch four now. Good 3pt shooter. Not the player McRoberts is though.

  • Ole Man

    I say let it play out in camp. Or trade Zeller to a team that will use him. He’s a far better over-all player than Williams.

  • FinEndNow

    He is more talented. Right now I’d say they’re preparing him more to play a hybrid big man position kinda like the Heat use. He’s in a good situation. He needs to be learning as much as possible from Big Al as well because Al’s footwork is phenomenal. Cody showed flashes last year late in the season and did well in his starts with McBob out. They’re going to let him grow rather than just throwing him into the fire.

  • Ole Man

    Very good points. Hope you’re right. You have more faith in the Hornets organization that I do.

  • FinEndNow

    Well looking at what they have been doing.. they signed Al Jefferson to a 2 year contract after drafting Zeller. McBob leaves and they bring in Marvin Williams who is just a shooter to play the 4(maybe push Zeller to work on his shooting even more). Then they draft Vonleh(Which this only happened because he was there. I don’t think they would have drafted a big man if he wasn’t available). Now they’re probably looking at preparing Zeller to play center and when the time is finally ready…. pairing him and Vonleh in the frontcourt. Put that next to MKG, Kemba and Born to be Ready and you just might have something 2-3 years down the road.

  • HoosierGrampy

    I enjoyed listening to Victor Oladipo’s candid, insightful answers during that press interview. What’s not to like about that young man? The only thing I wish I could change would be to see him in a Detroit Pistons uniform in the very near future.

  • IUMIKE1

    If anyone has an unmarried daughter they could do themselves and their daughter a big favor by making sure VO and her get to know each other as soon as possible. One of my all time favorite Hoosiers without a doubt. I also have no doubt that when his bball playing days are over he will be very successful in whatever he decides to do. Something tells me that a book by him would be a very interesting read as well.