Rodney Stuckey spending summer in Detroit, in part, because of son

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Stuckey has spent his summers primarily in Seattle in the past, where he also has a network in place to monitor his workouts. But the total package, which now includes son Trey, 7 months, is available to him here.

Arnie Kander and assistant coach Steve Hetzel have been running his workouts and assistant Dee Brown, he said, is expected to join them soon.

“I have everything here as far as guys to work me out. Arnie is here, Steve, Dee will be here, the court’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I just feel better being here. Plus my son is here and I want to make sure I’m around to hang out with him.”

Rodney Stuckey’s use of therapy, roughly, coincided with the birth of his son. I don’t know whether that’s coincidence, but I find it interesting. Since the end of the 2010-11 season, so much has change for Stuckey.

As far as Stuckey’s game:

“I just want to get my body right – at least 5 pounds and 1 percent body fat,” he said. “I want to be ready to come in next year and have a great season.” He wants to be lighter and more explosive to be able to better finish at the rim. He’s working on his mid-post game this summer, he said, shooting over both shoulders, and using both hands around the basket.

Finishing at the rim has often been a problem for Stuckey, in part because he rarely dunks. Stuckey dropped 10 pounds before the 2010-11 season and shot a career-high 56.1 percent at the rim. Coincidence? Maybe. But I can’t imagine dropping a little weight would hurt Stuckey’s finishing at the rim.

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