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"Prior to 2009, the league utilized a 5-on-5 format at what was then called "the pre-draft camp" in Orlando, Florida, and Chicago. However, then-commissioner David Stern changed the format early in 2009 after teams complained that the top prospects were no longer participating in the games. The pre-draft camp had devolved into a series of meaningless pickup games between mostly second-round prospects.The switch to the new drills-based format opened space for more of the top prospects to participate. However, in the past few years, numerous top prospects have refused to participate even in the drills portion of the combine."
Orlando, Florida.... you mean instead of the *other* Orlando? Sorry as a Floridian that jumped out that they didn't identify Chicago, Illinois.</threadhighjacking>
This seems pointless.Prior to 2009 - NBA had 5-on-5 play at the combine.Result: Teams complained, because top prospects skipped, and it became a bunch of meaningless pickup games between mostly second-round prospects.Solution: NBA moved to skill based drills. Result: Top prospects still skipped.Solution: Return to 5-on-5 play.Why won't this lead to the exact same problems the teams complained about before?
Quote from: Gainesville Celtic on October 03, 2014, 02:21:00 PMOrlando, Florida.... you mean instead of the *other* Orlando? Sorry as a Floridian that jumped out that they didn't identify Chicago, Illinois.</threadhighjacking>To continue the thread hijack, Wikipedia informs me that there is also an Orlando in Oklahoma, while there is no other Chicago. But I agree with you -- I thought there were three camps initially, one in Orlando, one in Florida, and one in Chicago, thanks to the extra comma and place name. I had to re-read it to correct myself.