Monday, June 30, 2008

Foster and Seibutis hit the court

Shan Foster and Renaldas Seibutis worked out at American Airlines Center today, going through a number of detailed shooting drills for nearly two hours on the practice court. Video coordinator Monte Mathis led the workout and was aided by assistant video coordinator Mike Shedd.

The two roster hopefuls were eager, attentive and open to coaching. Foster’s shooting range was on full display, but the second-round pick admitted he had a lot to learn. It was his first workout in Dallas after arriving in town after several flight delays late Sunday night.

“One of the things that coach said was that initially you’re only open for a split second, and you have to be able to minimize all excess motion,” said Foster, the SEC Player of the Year out of Vanderbilt. “So that’s what we’ve been working on today. It’s been a little bit of an adjustment getting comfortable with that, but I look forward to learning. That’s what it’s about, learning and getting better everyday.”

Seibutis, 22, is ready to get back on track after back surgery derailed this past season in Greece. Able to play both backcourt spots, Donnie Nelson compared the Lithuanian to a young Doug Collins.

The 6-5 guard, who prefers to go by “Ronnie” Seibutis, would have to work out a buyout with Olympiacos to come join the Mavs next season. Donnie Nelson expects to have that situation cleared up by the end of summer league in late July.

“I have a goal to come here and prove myself, and to see what level I’m at,” he said. “The NBA is the best league in the world.”

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