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Husky Men's Basketball

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June 7, 2006 at 9:58 AM

Roy back home (for now)

Brandon Roy will head to Orlando for the NBA Pre-Draft Camp later this week. He won’t play, however, as is customary of expected lottery picks, taking part instead only in a few drills and also doing interviews and getting measured.
Until then, he’s back in Seattle for a few days, working out daily at UW along with a few other players, notably incoming Husky Spencer Hawes.
“Man, I wish we had him last year,” Roy said when I ran into him at UW on Tuesday. “He’s doing real well.”
Roy, in fact, said Hawes did the same workout designed for guards on Tuesday that Roy has been doing regularly to get ready for the draft and had little trouble keeping up.
Roy said they planned to do more big man stuff on Wednesday.
He’ll then leave for Orlando on Friday to continue what has been a dizzying pace the last month or so. He’s been working out in Los Angeles along with other Arn Tellem clients, while also flying around the country for a few workouts.
Last Friday, he headed to Charlotte for a workout with the Bobcats, who have the No. 3 pick. But he said his plane didn’t arrive until 12:30 a.m. and when the workout began early the next morning he wasn’t feeling real well.
After doing a few agility drills, it was decided it would be better for both parties for Roy to work out for the Bobcats again at another time. He said he’ll head back to Charlotte on June 20.
The most interesting part of that workout was reuniting with UConn’s Rudy Gay, who was also being put through his paces by the Bobcats that day.
Roy and Gay had a memorable scrap during the Sweet 16 Game won by UConn.
“Someone said to us ‘are you guys going to kiss and make up?”’ Roy said.
Eventually, that’s essentially what they did.
“At first, he didn’t know how I was going to react,” Roy said. “But I said ‘what’s up,’ he said ‘what’s up,’ and we had a real cool conversation…We didn’t really talk about (the staredown that resulted in a costly technical for Roy), we just talked about the game and how crazy it was. I’m sure he has his side of what happened and I have mine and we just left it there.”
Roy’s post-Orlando schedule includes a workout at Portland June 15 alongside Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison, a workout in Chicago for the Bulls on June 17, Minnesota on June 18 and Charlotte on June 20.
“It’s really exciting,” he said. “The Bulls are really interested in me and Charlotte and Portland — everything I hear is going second through fourth, and that’s just amazing to me. And I heard from people in Minnesota (sixth pick) and Boston (number seven) that they would be in awe if I was there when they picked.”
Jones update
Bobby Jones is participating in the Orlando camp. Here’s a look at the rosters for the camp.
Here’s an SI.com story that mentions Jones just once, but does so in glowing fashion
And here’s an NBA.com story that compares Jones to San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen, the same comparison Lorenzo Romar himself made a few months ago.
Romar’s new deal
Speaking of Romar, here’s our story today that reports that the coach is likely to get a new and improved contract from the Huskies sometime soon.
As the story indicates, he just completed the first year of an eight-year deal.
He has an annual base salary of $300,000. If he meets every incentive, he can earn as much as $1.3 million, but that includes graduating every player on the roster and winning the national championship.
More realistically, he earned about $1 million this year when including incentives.
A lot of money, to be sure, but a lot of college coaches are making more than that.
Louisville’s Rick Pitino is thought to be the highest-paid college basketball coach, earning roughly $2.2 million a year, and Billy Donovan is reportedly set to receive a new contract that will put him over the $2 million mark, as well.

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