Shootaround notes Blazers' Oden, Przybilla go full speed; Camby will play
Portland Trail Blazers centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla ran through intense full-court drills for more than 15 minutes following a shootaround Thursday morning at Energy Solutions Arena.Oden (left knee) and Przybilla (right knee) are recovering from major surgery and are not active for tonight's preseason game against Utah. However, the duo ran at almost full speed while catching length-of-the-court passes for layups, and appeared to leap with almost full agility as they caught passes off the backboard that were soon dunked.Przybilla looked the strongest and appeared leaner than last season. Oden ran with a slight limp, but moved up and down the court well. The duo looked the most comfortable in the low block, working with Raymond Sykes.Blazers center Marcus Camby (groin) said he will play tonight against the Jazz. Camby expects to see limited minutes, but that is mainly because it is a preseason game, not due to his recent injury."I just want to get out there," Camby said. "Get to sweat things out, too."Portland point guard Andre Miller who is leaner and in better shape than he was at any point last season said he wants to continue his career with the Blazers, and hopes the team picks up an option for the 2011-12 season. "That's the plan," Miller said. "Even though it was a team option, I look at it as a three-year bid."Miller said he felt more comfortable playing with Portland this year. Everything from improved team chemistry to better conditioning has already made a difference. "It's just a communication thing about everybody," Miller said. "I think everything will work out this year."In addition, Miller has been greatly impressed by the play of Blazers guard and ex-Jazz player Wesley Matthews. Miller said Matthews' smooth yet intense style is years beyond his age.
Brian T. Smith