Hummel Hopes Workouts Get Him Noticed
(Robbie) Hummel has to prove that. At this point it appears his best chance will be as an undrafted free agent;. But, perhaps, strong workouts could change that.
“All workouts, whether they’re individual or in a group setting like this, will be important to him,” Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said. “It will be an opportunity to show what he can do. I thought he played very well.”
Frankly, there were times when Hummel questioned whether he’d ever get back in the NBA conversation.
“I always knew I’d come back and play,” he said. “I just didn’t know if I was going to be any good. For a while during the [2011-12] season, I didn’t shoot the ball very well. It was frustrating. I didn’t know If would play well again. People kept telling me, ‘Don’t worry, it’s going to come.’ And they were right. It did.”
Now he has to prove he also is athletic enough to play in the NBA, to defend other small forwards.
One thing is for sure. If it happens, if he makes an NBA roster, what Hummel has been through will make it that much sweeter.
“It would be more rewarding,” he said. “It’s something I’ve wanted since I was three or four years old. But, with the knee injuries, having to sit out, the questions I have to answer here? It would be definitely satisfying.”