Jerry Stackhouse had some interesting comments Wednesday about his conditioning entering previous seasons. The full story will be in Thursday's paper. The short version is that Stackhouse said that he's probably short-changed himself in recent seasons by not being in great shape entering training camp.
In all four seasons with the Mavs he's been dogged by injuries. He missed 24 games last season with hamstring and groin issues and he finished the season a shell of himself. He posted career lows in scoring in both the regular season and postseason.
This time around he put himself through a more rigorous offseason program focused on strengthening his legs and core. Coach Rick Carlisle, who coached Stackhouse for seasons in Detroit, encouraged Stackhouse to get in as good as shape as possible to handle the rigors of training camp and the regular season as the Mavs implement an up-tempo attack.
-- Jeff Caplan