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Alex Acker’s rookie diary

From Alex Acker's rookie diary in the Free Press:

Before I came here, I had heard stories that training camp would be hell. Former Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller, he's from my hometown, and he's one of my favorite players, came back to town a couple of times and told me some stories. I'd heard that it would be all running and all conditioning. Then Kevin Garnett came to Pepperdine (where Alex played college ball) and he told me how cool Flip Saunders was and that he didn't believe in all that running. So it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

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As for being a rookie, we have to get doughnuts every morning and bring them to practice. Everyone wants Krispy Kremes. We take turns going to pick them up.

Hmmm. I guess I'm just glad we no longer have players like Oliver Miller or Terry Mills, because "no running + lots of doughnuts" can't be a recipe for success. But I think we're safe, since I'm guessing guys like Tayshaun Prince, Rip Hamilton and Ben Wallace already have a metabolism stuck in overdrive.

And here's a little bit of Michigan humor:

My first day in Michigan, it was strange, it was really strange. Not basketball, just driving and making all the U-turns. I guess you gotta pass the light and come back and turn. I miss just knowing my way around. And everything out here looks like a forest. That really freaked the hell out of me.

ROOKIE DIARY: Alex Acker [Detroit Free Press]