Originally posted on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 12/10/11
by Tracy Weissenberg Philips Arena was bustling Friday night with the start of NBA training camps. All of the returning Hawks appeared to be in fantastic shape, which is a testament to a long offseason of training. NBA veterans Tracy McGrady and Jerry Stackhouse were present, along with the Hawks core that reached four straight postseasons. After practice, I asked Joe Johnson about training this summer at Legacy Fit, a Miami gym that specializes in mixed martial arts training. On whether he participated in any MMA conditioning, Johnson said, “No, I didn’t do no MMA training. They tried to get me to, but by the time we was done with our workout, I was beat, I couldn’t make it.” “They just tried to get us out there in the ring a couple of times, and you know, I wasn’t going for it,” he said. The Hawks’ five-time All-Star worked out with another player who is quickly garnering serious accolades. Johnson and two-time scoring champion Kevin Durant trained in Miami, after which Durant sai...
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