발목부상으로 섬머리그 첫 경기를 뛰지 않았던 젤라발이 2차전을 뛰었는데 꽤나 좋은 모습을 보여줬다. 10득점에 7리바운드 3스틸. 필드골 성공률이 시원치 않았던 것이 좀 걸리긴 하지만. 미카엘 젤라발은 개인적으로 이번 섬머리그에서 가장 주목하고 있는 선수이다. 만약 다음 시즌에 2번을 맡을 선수가 영입되지 않는다면 내심 젤라발을 선발 2번으로 기용하는 것은 어떨까 생각도 해보고 있다.
세네나 페트로는 1차전보다는 2차전에서 좀 더 괜찮았던 모양이다. 하지만 여전히 기대치만큼은 아니고. 세네나 페트로가 이런 모습을 보여줄 때마다 로버트 스위프트에게 거는 기대는 커지기만 하는데. 스위프트에게 거는 기대는 나뿐만은 아닌 것 같다.
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Sonics, Swift Anxious for His Return
Kevin Pelton, SUPERSONICS.COM | July 11, 2007
Nearly eight months after tearing his right ACL, Seattle SuperSonics center Robert Swift is oh so close to making his return to the court.
After strenuous rehabilitation of his knee, Swift has been cleared for everything but contact. He has been able to work out on his own at The Furtado Center and now in Las Vegas, where he has traveled with the Sonics for the NBA Summer League, even though he is unable to practice or play with the team. Still, real basketball action remains off limits. That could change in three weeks, when Swift has his next appointment with Dr. Steven Lombardo, who performed the surgery on Swift's right knee.
"I've been anxious for eight months," Swift said about his possible return. "Three weeks is like nothing."
Swift isn't the only one excited to see him return to action. So too are new GM Sam Presti and Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo, who are familiar with Swift from his first two years in the league and his action in the Rocky Mountain Revue Summer League (where the Spurs, with Presti and Carlesimo, competed as well), but don't have an intimate knowledge of his game. There also is the question of how Swift has developed while sitting out.
"I've seen him in summer leagues and also in some NBA camps in Las Vegas in recent years," said Presti. "I feel like I've got a decent foundation for where he is but am really looking forward to seeing how he's developed over the time that's passed."
After spending his first season and a half learning the NBA game in practice, Swift got his chance to play in the second half of 2005-06, when he started 20 games. In 21 minutes per game, Swift averaged 6.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game - strong numbers given he turned 20 during that season.
From a physical perspective, Swift is a different player than he was during 2006 training camp, when he had won the starting center job prior to the ACL injury. Swift has bulked up to 280 pounds and improved his strength, continuing a process that has seen him make strides since he came to the NBA as a skinny teenager.
"I feel a lot stronger, feel a lot better," Swift said, "but I might have to drop weight or take some time getting used to where I'm at now."
"I'm impressed with the way he looks right now," said Carlesimo. "He's obviously been doing a good job working with (Assistant Coach of Player Development) Dwight (Daub)."
Now it's time to see what impact Swift's added strength will have.
"Certainly Robert's shown a lot of dedication and focus rehabbing as diligently as he has," said Presti. "It's obviously great when you see a young player start to develop physically and get stronger, but it has to translate out on the floor. That's what we're looking forward to seeing."
The Sonics will get that chance before long. Swift will have the strength of his right knee tested again when he visits Dr. Lombardo, and the results of that test will determine whether Swift is cleared for contact. Either way, Swift should be ready in time to get in some contact work before training camp.
"We've just got to get him healthy, which he seems to be doing a great job with," said Carlesimo. "He's got to get back with Dr. Lombardo. I'm anxious to see him play, for sure.
"I'm going to be looking forward even to open gyms in September just seeing him and trying to get a feel for what his game is."