CARSON, Calif.-- You'd think two straight NCAA titles and Most Outstanding Player awards for Joakim Noah in 2006 and Corey Brewer in 2007 would be enough to shore up the credentials of both players heading into the NBA draft.
But watching the former University of Florida stars work up a sweat from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, you'd think they were fighting for their NBA draft lives.
I spent Monday at the Abunassar Impact Basketball training center here watching Noah, Brewer and a number of other prospects work furiously throughout the day in preparation for the 2007 NBA draft. President and co-founder Joe Abunassar took Noah and Brewer through state of the art training that included customized meals, strength training, skills work and five-on-five work.
Abunassar, along with Tim Grover of A.T.T.A.C.K. Athletics in Chicago, is widely regarded as one of the elite trainers in the NBA. He trains Kevin Garnett, Chauncey Billups, Baron Davis, among others, in the offseason.
Here's a look at one long, grueling day for a couple of future NBA stars.