June 11, 2007

Point guard battle goes down at Bulls workout

Who is the best point guard available in the upcoming NBA Draft? Former Texas A&M standout Acie Law got a chance to make a case for himself earlier this week.

In a workout for the Chicago Bulls, Law went up against Javaris Crittenton - who chose to turn pro after one season at Georgia Tech. Law, Crittenton and Mike Conley, Jr., who also left the college ranks after one season at Ohio State, are widely considered the three best point guards available.

How did Law perform? What exactly did the workout entail?

Law answers those questions and talks about what other players were involved in the Bulls workout, which team he will work out for next, his trip to the pre-draft camp in Orlando last week and much more in the second installment of his Rivals.com diary.

I had my first workout with the Chicago Bulls on Thursday and I felt like it went well.

The first thing they do is test your height, weight and reach. I had just gone through that last week at the pre-draft camp in Chicago. We also went through some agility drills.

There were three other players there, Javaris Crittenton (Georgia Tech), Thaddeus Young (Georgia Tech) and Stephen Lasme (Massachusetts).

We went through some shooting drills first. It started with college 3-pointers and I got into a pretty good rhythm. Then we moved back to the NBA 3-point line and I continued to shoot well.

Next we played some 2-on-2. Crittenton and Young played against me and Lasme. I really liked playing with Lasme. He's a talented kid and he played really hard. I respect that.

The Bulls head coach, Scott Skiles, and his assistants were there - along with general manager, John Paxson.

I had a 30-45 minute interview with Mr. Paxson and some other personnel. It was pretty straightforward. They asked about my family, (former Texas A&M) coach (Billy) Gillispie and what I felt I could bring to an NBA team. None of the questions were surprising. My agent (Arn Tellem) did a good job preparing me.

I felt like I left a good impression overall. I've heard that the Bulls and the Miami Heat have the toughest workouts, so hopefully that will prepare me well for what is coming next. I'm back in L.A. now and have a few days before my next workout with the Clippers on Wednesday.

How would you grade your first workout? What were your impressions of Crittenton and Young?

"I'd probably have to give it a seven or an eight on a scale of 1-10. I'd have to make every shot for it to be a 10. I'm pretty tough on myself.

"(Crittenton and Young) are both talented guys and competitive. Having played together in college I think it actually made the workout better. They had a good feel for one another. I think you'll see all four of us playing in the NBA."

How was your trip to the pre-draft camp at Chicago? (Like most players that are considered first-round locks, Law chose not to play in the games but took a physical and competed in the testing portion. He was measured at 6-foot-2 and weighed 186 pounds with a reach of 6-6 and a 5.6 percent body fat percentage. He had a vertical leap of 34 inches and benched 185 pounds eight times).

"I spent most of my time in long meetings. The players union had some former and current players come talk to us about what to expect in the NBA. Mostly they spoke about how tough it is making the transition to an 82-game schedule. They warned us about the pounding our bodies will take, and also gave us some pointers on managing our money. It was very helpful.

Did you get to see your former Texas A&M teammates Joseph Jones and Antanas Kavaliauskas play at the camp?

"I got to see Jones play in one game. I think he had 14 points and six rebounds. I thought he played well. He looked like he was having a lot of fun.

"I think AK impressed, too. He's getting a chance to show the game that I saw all season long. He moves well for a big guy and I think he'll transition well into the pro game because he can really step out on the perimeter and shoot the ball."

Andrew Skwara is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at askwara@rivals.com.

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