June 10, 2007

The workout circuit gets going for Afflalo

One workout down. Six to go.

Former UCLA star Arron Afflalo recently finished up his first pro workout of this offseason, going through an audition of sorts for the Houston Rockets. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard, who was voted the Pac-10's player of the year last season, has workouts scheduled with six other teams.

How did Afflalo perform? What players did he compete against? He answers those questions in more in the second installment of his Rivals.com diary.

After a tough week of training last week in San Francisco, I came back home to Los Angeles on Friday and finally got a day to just relax - which was real nice. I spent most of my time just visiting family.

On Sunday, I flew out to Orlando for a workout with the Houston Rockets. I thought it was a good workout and went very well. The competition was good, and it was very intense.

The workout lasted for about an hour and 15 minutes and there were three other players, including Daequan Cook (Ohio State), Marcus Williams (Arizona) and another guard from Lithuania (Renaldas Seibutis). We started out shooting and then we played 2-on-2. That was the most intense part. We finished up working on some high-post situations and some other drills.

Now, I'm back in Los Angeles and getting ready to work out for the Lakers soon. I have workouts with Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Utah and Seattle left.

What are you expecting from your upcoming workout with the Lakers? Any extra nerves with the chance to play in your hometown?

"Not really. I'm just trying to act professional. Honestly, I would love to play for anybody.

"I worked out for the Lakers last year (Afflalo entered the draft but pulled out in 2006), so I kind of have an idea of what's coming. If it's anything like that, I think it should be pretty good. I just want to make sure I go in aggressive and with a confident attitude.

"One of the aspects I'm most excited about is getting a chance to learn a little bit about the triangle offense (a system the Chicago Bulls made famous with their six NBA titles in the 1990s). That will be interesting."

You spent the last two months working out with a personal trainer in San Francisco. What did that do for you? Are you more prepared compared to where you were at this time last year?

"Obviously, I'm a little better player than last year, but more than anything I'm definitely in better condition. From a maturity standpoint, I also feel I've developed. This is the best shape I've ever been in. The offseason training has definitely paid off."

How would you grade your workout with Houston?

"I don't know. I like to be as humble as possible, but I think I did OK. I should start getting some feedback soon and get a better feel for what everybody thought."

To read more on Afflalo and his preparations for the upcoming NBA draft return to Rivals.com in the coming weeks..

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

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