"It was good," he said. "[Kuester] told me what he expected and what he wanted me to do. He told me he wanted me here and working with Arnie. I told him, ‘No problem. If that’s what you want me to do, I’ll do it.’ I don’t have to be here, but he wants me here, so I’m here. I’m just looking forward to working with him and going on this journey this year."
So how are the workouts with Arnie going? Easier than expected, apparently:
"Some of the stuff he tells me is just mind-boggling, really," he said. "I’m so used to going 100 miles an hour in the off-season. I came in here the first day and worked out with Arnie and I looked at him after the workout and said, ‘Is that it?’ He said, ‘Yeah, that’s all you need.’ I’m like, what? I’m used to coming into training camp in tip-top shape. He said, ‘We don’t want you coming in in tip-top shape – we’re going to use camp to get you in that type of shape.’ It made sense. He said if you come to camp in tip-top shape, your body is going to break down (eventually). I never really thought of it like that.
"Some of the movements I’m doing, it has nothing to do with my knee. It’s strengthening other areas of my body that will prevent my knee from giving out. Just a lot of little things like that. It’s unbelievable."
The good news is that even though McGrady isn't going as hard as he expected, he claims he's already doing things he was unable to do last season with the Knicks. That's not setting the bar very high, I know, but it's progress.
I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around where McGrady fits in the rotation or how many minutes he might average this season, but hey, at least we'll have fun examining the outer limits of Kander's magical healing powers.