Once again Jameer Nelson has taken several of his teammates to his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (well he’s officially from Chester, PA). This year, per Vince Carter’s twitter, Nelson was joined by Carter and both the newly acquired Chris Duhon and Quentin Richardson, among others.
Sure the players have fun – once again they hung out at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and took batting practice with the Phillies. Nelson also mentioned the team ate at his favorite restaurant - Devon – and went bowling.
But it’s about getting to work as well.
The players also hit the track early each and every day to get cardio workouts in.
More importantly, in the eyes of the players, these activities build camaraderie within the team.
Although I feel some are overvaluing the thought of chemistry, especially when it comes to the Miami Heat, it’s always important for teammates to get along – at least that’s the way several Magic players felt when they discussed Nelson’s “Building Magic” activity last season.
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