Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Eddie Jones wants to play vs. Raptors

Eddie Jones finished up practice today with a drill that was draining just to watch. Sprinting from one end of the court to the other, Jones had to shoot 3-pointers from 11 spots on the floor. The goal was to make eight.

He started strong, receiving encouragement from his teammates along the way. Jerry Stackhouse was on his feet cheering him on. As Jones began to slow down, Avery Johnson pushed him on: “Fight through Eddie.”

Jones didn’t make the eight. He kept shooting in the final corner to finish up on a make. Johnson was satisfied. Jones is close to his weight requirement and has met his conditioning goals.

“He worked awfully hard today,” Johnson said. “He’s trying really hard.”

Depending on how he recovers, Jones could play against the Raptors. He sure wants to.

“I feel all right,” he said between breaths. “I’m excited. I’m going to try to make it happen.”

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