Stuckey has lost a lot of weight

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    Stuckey slimmed down, toned up and back in Pistons gym
    Lean and Hungry

    by Keith Langlois


    His 5-year-old daughter Lexi off to kindergarten, Rodney Stuckey flew back to Michigan from Seattle on Tuesday night and spent Wednesday morning passing out backpacks to underprivileged Michigan kids also about to return to school.
    Then it was off to school himself – Camp Kander. Stuckey will spend the next four weeks at the Pistons’ practice facility working with Arnie Kander getting ready for the opening of training camp. And on Sept. 27, when trainer Mike Abdenour dutifully records all the heights and weights, Stuckey will be curious to know where the needle on the scale will settle.
    More accurately, he’ll be curious to know how much less he weighs since last season ended.
    “I haven’t gotten on a scale yet,” he said. “The 27th will be the first time I’ll be on the scale. I’m looking forward to (learning) how much weight I lost. It looks like I lost a lot of weight, right? I think I just toned up a lot. My clothes fit a lot different. I’ve got to poke holes inside my belt because I’m losing a lot of weight. I’ve just been working hard, staying focused and just working out.”
    There were two areas of focus for Stuckey over the off-season: getting in superb condition so he can walk the walk – he said at various points last season that he wanted to run and do more to force tempo – and making his perimeter shot more reliable. He also took to heart a postseason conversation with Joe Dumars, who told him that while he had been a good player over his first three seasons, “sometimes good isn’t good enough.”
    “My main thing was just coming in to training camp in better shape and just get a lot more shots up,” he said. “Pretty much what I have to worry about is making my shot more consistent. I think if I do that, I’ll be fine.”
    Stuckey two years ago was one of the stars of the U.S. Select team that helped the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in its run for the gold in Beijing and appeared on a course to be part of USA Basketball. Instead, with almost all of the 2008 Olympians taking the summer off, a group of young guards whose stock has surpassed Stuckey’s in the eyes of USA Basketball helped the Americans run their pool play record to 4-0 with Wednesday’s win over Iran.
    That group includes four guards who’ve come into the league since Stuckey was drafted No. 15 by Dumars in 2007 – 2008 draftees Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Eric Gordon and 2009 lottery pick Stephen Curry.
    “It is what it is,” Stuckey said Wednesday. “They’re doing well, but it doesn’t really sting at all. I’m just out here working, trying to get better.”
    Stuckey is aware that expectations for his team are similarly depressed – and he is similarly unmoved.
    “I don’t really care,” he said of the bulk of analysts’ projections that forecast the Pistons outside the playoff field. “It’s their job to do that. It’s our job to go out there and perform.”
    The motivation for Stuckey, both individually and for the team he intends to make more his than ever before, comes from the disappointment of last season, not from skeptics.
    “If we’re healthy, we’ll be a lot better team,” he said. “Just by that one game, Memphis” – the season opener, a 20-point road win, culminating in Rip Hamilton’s sprained ankle that began their season of misfortune – “when we came out, we were clicking. Hopefully, we stay healthy this year and we’ll make a lot of noise. We’re really deep in the backcourt. We’ll be all right if we just come out and stay healthy and just play together and get our chemistry right.”
    That backcourt – already numbering Stuckey, Will Bynum, Ben Gordon and Rip Hamilton – got deeper with the August signing of Tracy McGrady. As a teen just hoping to make his mark on the Seattle prep scene, Stuckey was a big fan of McGrady’s, at the time right there with Kobe Bryant on any list of most prolific scorers.
    “I’m really happy,” Stuckey said of the addition. “I’ve been reading a lot of stuff on the Internet – people think he’s too old. I still think he has a lot left in the tank. He’s only 31 years old. We’re all excited for him. I can’t wait to meet him and I can’t wait to get on the court with him.
    “McGrady was one (of his favorite players) and he still is. I’m still a fan of his. I’m just happy he’s going to come in here and I get to work with an All-Star. I think we’re all excited.”
    How the pieces come together remains to be seen with Stuckey as curious as anyone. “It’s going to be interesting,” he said. “It’s going to be a battle. But it’s a good thing. We’re really deep. We’ll see what happens. It’s going to be fun.”


    It´s really good news,all our players have return this year very motivated to improve his low performance last seasson.
    Stuckey motivation is more important because he ends contract this year,i hope he find his rol as real PG like Chauncey do,we need one real point guard to make run our deep and young team.
     
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    You've got to imagine that the post season Dumars chat was the first time in his career from grade school on that someone told him he wasn't good enough. Maybe it will stick and Stuck will come in with a chip on his shoulder.
     
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    It seems like all of the Pistons have been working with Arnie Kander this summer. That guy must have a busy schedule.
     
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    Let Kander have a go at JD also. Work on his stride.
     
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    Maybe if Joe sees Kander long enough, he won't have to buy curved ties.
     
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    It is good to see that Stuckey is staying humble and keeping the same belt he's always had. The stories are a dime a dozen about guys coming into the league getting a little money and blowing it all on new belts.
     
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    Perhaps that is why Stuckey snubbed Ben Wallace when taking the jersey #3....

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    I wonder if that includes pistonsforum.com. Maybe he's already a member incognito. Maybe 2T4U? :stirthepot:
     
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    Kander has said TMac is moving very nice.
     
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    My belts holes seem to be expanding toward the end. So much so, I have no room left. Quick trip to the hardware store and some disguised chain seems to fit the the hole pattern perfectly. Looks kinda strange, but I did get an older biker saying he thought it looked cool.
     
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    Nah...to much of a love serenade. Doesn't fit.
     
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    Rodney looks like he's gonna be a lean, mean, (even more) hard workin' machine. He'll probably operate the bulldozer on the Palace jumbotron more than any other Piston!
     
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    The scroll on NBATV says things like BOS - signed Delonte West and MIN - Johnny Flynn began pool rehabilitation after surgery or ATL - Hawks report 3 teams interested in trading for Jamal Crawford. For the Pistons it just says, DET - lots of players working with conditioning coach Arnie Kander.

    I am getting fired up for the season!!!
     
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    I think the bottom line with this weight loss is whether or not he can get his leg further up the wall.
     
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    If Langlois wasn't such a hack he'd ask he'd ask these real questions.
     
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    Duly noted.

    It is easy to read that almost all responses had an immediate time reaction. They were never excessive responses that would lead toward argumentative discussions. In short, they never took the opinionated directions like we have with Lee, TaShawn, Ernie, Laimbeer, Walter, etc. They were only responses and little beyond. So...they were either a fawning fan (with limited reaction beyond responsive denial) or from the original.

    This could lead toward an interesting question and perhaps worthy of a poll:

    Is a participate on the forum obligated to announce that they are an active member of the Piston team or administration?

    It would be wise to give this answer some thought. Remember, I mentioned before that there is a selective topology that is working here. The broad atmosphere is called community. Not only have you the associations of scale, but a distinct bias toward certain systems.

    It is profoundly characteristic of the behavior of the more fortunate strata of the community that responsibility for widespread non-participation is attributed wholly to the ignorance, indifference, and the shiftlessness of the people. This has always been the rationalization used to justify the exclusion of the lower classes from the political system. There is a better explanation. Abstention reflects the suppression of the options and alternatives that reflect the needs of the nonparticipants. It is not necessary true that the people with the greatest needs participate in politics most actively. Whoever decides what the game is about decides also who can get into the game.

    The Semisovereign People: A Realist View of Democracy in America.
    E.E. Schattschneider (0030133661), pg. 102.
     

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