It is often said the most important season for a young player occurs between the first and second years.
They have been around the league once before and know the drill and grind. They have a frame of reference to compare their play and where it is to where it needs to be. They also have the freedom after the season ends to go right to work. No preparing for the Draft or poking and prodding. The teams have told them where they would like to improve and they know where to improve.
The offseason workouts for the young players on the Magic roster are especially key as the Magic continue to grow and rebuild. This summer Maurice Harkless, Kyle O'Quinn and Andrew Nicholson went through his first offseason (training camp too). Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic and Doron Lamb each had the summer to build off the opportunity the Magic provided.
By all appearances and accounts just about everyone put on muscle this summer. Andrew Nicholson is clearly a bit bigger. So too is Maurice Harkless, who said he wanted to put on more muscle to better absorb contact. Tobias Harris reportedly picked up more than 10 pounds of muscle. These young guys are seeing their bodies change.
What is surprising is that it was in this area that the Magic probably had their biggest loss this offseason.
Longtime Magic strength and conditioning coach Joe Rogowski left the Magic in mid-July to work for the Rockets (and so he could live closer to his fiance). Rogowski stayed with the team through Summer League and a few weeks after before making the transition.
Bill Burgos spent the last two years as the strength and conditioning coach for the Knicks. But he was with the Magic working with Rogowski from 2009-11. Burgos is very experienced in sports strength and conditioning having also worked in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.no comments