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Lockout veteran Grant Hill learned lessons from last one


There are a handful of guys still around the NBA from the last time the league locked out, the 1998-99 season, which cost the league 32 games.

Grant Hill of the Suns is one of those guys and told Marc Spears of Yahoo there are lessons to be learned.

“You want to stay in shape. You want to stay mentally and physically ready. You want to be wise with purchases and you want to make sure financially you can weather the storm. The young guys have been really good in terms of asking [questions].”

Hill talked about something Amar’e Stoudemire mentioned in a video PBT brought you earlier in the day — there’s a fine balance to be struck about staying in shape. You don’t want to wear your body down doing it, and you don’t want to get hurt because the players will no longer have insurance through the teams.

“It’s tough, especially for an older guy,” Hill said. “You got certain benchmarks you try to reach in the offseason to get ready for training camp. You could do too much or do too little just in terms of staying in shape, staying sharp.”

You’d like to hope conditioning will not be a huge issue because the lockout will be short and guys will be returning to playing in time for training camps. But it doesn’t sound like anybody is thinking that way, does it?

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.