Candice Duprees Team USA Training Camp Blog - Day 4
Last I blogged I was at a movie theater trying to figure out what to see. It turned out nothing was playing that I wanted to see so I ended up just going to dinner with my contact from Nike. We went to a place near the hotel. After that I went back to the hotel and knocked out for the evening.
This morning I woke up and went to practice. Today we practiced at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the gym. At practice today we did a lot more full-court stuff. We still did a lot of drills, but today we did more running up and down the court versus working in the half-court. Weíre still trying to fix things on the offensive end. We also did five-on-five half-court sets for the first time; we had been doing four-on-four. After that we got to scrimmage a little bit. We played a couple short games, not like a full scrimmage. Getting up and down the floor was nice.
For most of the abbreviated scrimmage I played with Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Crystal Langhorne (Washington Mystics), Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun) and Renee Montgomery (Minnesota Lynx). I ended up getting matched up on defense against Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks). My team had more posts than the other groups so I played at the three-guard a little bit too.
Playing the three is new to me. Offensively it wasnít too bad. Defensively Iím not necessarily used to guarding perimeter players. I felt like I was a step late at times. Itís something that Iím looking forward to working on while expanding my game. Just getting to play full court and running up and down was nice though.
Practice today was open to patients and family members at the medical center and afterwards we put on a clinic for the kids. Coach Doug Bruno ran the clinic; we just broke down into different groups and helped teach the kids. I really like working with kids. Kids look up to us as players and as people in general as role models. Itís always nice to give back when we get the chance; to teach and show kids the things that we have learned throughout our careers.
After the clinic we signed autographs and took pictures with the people who came. I donít have much planned for tonight. Iíll probably spend most of the night in my room. Tomorrow we have our first inter-squad scrimmage. Iím pretty sure itís open to the public so that should be fun!
Scrimmaging is always fun as opposed to doing drills. Itíll give us all an opportunity play and show what we can do. Thanks for checking in as always and make sure to check back tomorrow to see how the scrimmage went.