PLAYA VISTA – Clippers rookie Reggie Bullock said watching his teammates for the past three weeks helped him avoid any nervousness before his cameo appearance in Wednesday night’s penultimate preseason game.
“I’ve been at the games,” Bullock said. “I’ve been watching from the sidelines and I’ve seen some of the things my teammates are doing. So, I just tried to do those things. It’s all about, for me, adapting to be able to play with these guys and taking things that I’ve learned since I’ve been a professional and just trying to go out there and do it.”
It has been a stalled debut for the No. 25 pick in the 2013 Draft. Bullock sat out all of training camp in San Diego and the Clippers’ first six preseason games with a sore right knee. He started feeling better more than a week ago, which allowed him to keep his level of conditioning at a near normal level. However, he thinks the biggest challenge, outside of catching up with everything that he missed on the court, will be returning to basketball shape.
“Just practice and getting a lot of reps, I think is the best way to get you in basketball shape,” Bullock said. “Conditioning-wise, I don’t feel like I’m that far away from it. It’s just basketball shape, getting a basketball routine again is off probably. Ninety percent of it is probably there.”
He returned to full-contact activity Monday and played seven minutes Wednesday against the Utah Jazz, a quick jump from the practice gym to the big stage. Bullock said he noticed the differences of the NBA almost immediately.
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