He encontrado una noticia interesante de Sergio en el Oregonian
Sergio goes to work
There is encouraging news from the Canary Islands in Spain, where Trail Blazers shooting coach John Townsend has been working with point guard Sergio Rodriguez for the past week.
Towsend reports that Rodriguez is improving steadily with his outside shot, which included a session Thursday during which Rodriguez hit 10 straight three-pointers from the right corner.
"He's really in a groove right now,'' Townsend said from his hotel in Tenerife.
The developments come as welcomed news to the Blazers, who wondered aloud how Rodriguez would respond this summer after being left off Spain's Olympic team. Rodriguez also declined an invitation to participate on the Blazers' Summer League team in Las Vegas, electing instead to return to the Canary Islands. The fear with the Blazers was that a distraught Rodriguez would mope and pout this summer instead of taking strides to improve his game.
But early this month, Rodriguez requested that Townsend be sent to Spain to work on his shot.
"We are really happy Sergio is taking the initiative to work and improve,'' general manager Kevin Pritchard said. "And (Townsend) says he is in a great frame of mind.''
Townsend arrived in Spain last week and will stay until next Wednesday. Townsend said he has altered Rodriguez's shot mechanics, particularly in his hand placement on the ball and in pushing his right elbow above his right eye when shooting to get more arc on his shot.
Last season Rodriguez struggled mightily with his shot, which usually had a flat and hard trajectory. He made 35.2 percent from the field (down from 42.3 his rookie season), which included 17-of-58 from three-point range (29.3 percent). It became apparent midway through the season that teams no longer respected his outside shot, thereby allowing teams to sag off him, helping take away his ability to penetrate.
"Sergio knows that if he can improve his shot, there is a better chance he can compete for playing time,'' Pritchard said. "Because with who we have on our team, there are going to be a lot of double-teams, so it's going to be important for him to make shots.''
Townsend holds 90 minute sessions with Rodriguez and his childhood friend, Carlos Suarez, who was the shooting guard on Rodriguez' team that won the European 18 and Under championship four years ago. One day, they worked on hitting runners off pick-and-rolls to the right. The next day they worked on floaters when he penetrates to his left. And today, they worked on dribble-up three-pointers.
Throughout every workout, Townsend charts the shots and keeps a percentage. Townsend said that last summer, James Jones and Steve Blake would go through a session and finish hitting 80 percent of their shots. He said Sergio is hitting about 60 percent.
"So he has some improvement to make,'' Townsend said. "But today, there were two spots that killed him (the left corner and the left wing). At the end of last season, he would have 6 or 7 bad spots. My goal before I leave is for him to have maybe one bad spot, but hopefully zero.''
Townsend said that Rodriguez has told him that he plans to report to Portland on Aug. 15. Coach Nate McMillan has already set an informal report date of Aug. 25 for players, which is about 10 days earlier than last season's report date. That Rodriguez is already talking about reporting, let alone on Aug. 15, has sent ripples through the organization, which has never characterized Rodriguez as an ardent worker.
"If he comes on Aug. 15 ... that's a pretty big deal,'' Townsend said.
Townsend has already told Rodriguez that when he returns to Portland he should bring a European basketball, which is orange with thick white stripes. The wider stripes and the distinct colors make it easier for the shooter to see if his hands are in the correct spot, and to evaluate the rotation of the ball.
Townsend said he has experienced a happy and relaxed Rodriguez, but also a player who is set on working. In fact, Townsend said that Rodriguez and Suarez actually requested that their sessions be extended from 60 minutes to 90 minutes.
All the while, Townsend has experienced how big Rodriguez is in his homeland.
"He's huge. Huge,'' Townsend said. "We'll drive down the street and there are advertisements on the side of a building of him holding a phone, or on the side of a bus promoting something ... and Sergio will ask "Who's him?''
"And I have taken more pictures here than I ever have in my life. Anytime someone sees him, they rush to me and extend a camera, wanting me to take a picture of them with Sergio. He's a big, big, deal.''
And now, with a renewed work ethic to improving his shot, who knows how big Rodriguez can become in Portland.
"I've been surprised,'' Townsend said. "The last four days, we've had a good workout, followed by an OK one, then it's been very good and very good. This is only going to help him.''
Me parece muy bien que este practicando el tiro. Yo creo que si Sergio mejora un poco podra entrar en las rotaciones del equipo, los entrenadores americanos aprecian mucho el trabajo de un jugador, y la dedicacion.
Que vaya a Portland 10 dias antes de lo normal ya dice mucho.
Se tiene que dejar la piel. Y creo que va a contar con mas minutos esta temporada.