"He is going to Boston a little sooner than we'd like," said Grover, a fitness specialist who has trained Michael Jordan and other stars from the Attack Athletics gym in Chicago. "But, from an explosiveness and quickness standpoint, he is 80-85 percent from where he used to be, and my guess is he should be back to 100 percent by Christmas."
"Everyone is always talking about championships, you see pictures of Red Auerbach and Bill Russell all around here. So, I am kind of just slowly taking everything in, staying real quiet. I don't want to disrespect anyone in this organization."
Powe said he started personal workouts in California at the end of July and put in a good six weeks of training before heading east. But it wasn't all rest and relaxation for the third-year power forward. He hosted his low-cost ($25 for two days of instruction) Powe Folks Basketball Camp in Oakland – which he said drew about 300 kids in August – and took his entire family to the Bahamas earlier in the summer.
"We had 12, 13 people with us," he said of the vacation. "You know, some people had never been nowhere in their lives, so I wanted to do that for them."