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INDIANAPOLIS – A little boxing, a little yoga, and more of a set routine.
That has been the main focus for Myles Turner this offseason.
Turner has been training down in Texas, working on the area that almost everyone nods in agreement at, when pinpointing where the 21-year-old needs to grow.
“Just get stronger,” the 6-11, 243-pound Turner said at the Caroline Symmes Memorial Charity Softball Game last week.
“If I put on weight, cool. I just want to strengthen my body.”
That coincides with how Nate McMillan wants Turner to approach a very important offseason.
“We just feel that (Turner) needs to put on a few more pounds, a little bit more bulk and continue to work on his game,” McMillan said last week.
“He has learned over the last few years with the change in his game what is needed. And that’s to be a little bit stronger, put on a few more pounds. He’s been working hard in the weight room doing that.”
In 2017-18, Turner battled some injuries and inconsistencies during the most critical parts of the season.
When the Pacers’ season ending in excruciating fashion, McMillan was adamant that Turner’s drive this summer must be to improve on the defensive end of the floor.
Even though Cleveland big man Tristan Thompson dominated the glass in that Game 7 loss, Turner doesn’t look at things from an individual motivation standpoint.
“It was rough, obviously,” Turner, 22, says of coming so close to beating the Cavs. “But that’s in the past and we’ve got to move on.
“I look at it as team motivation.”
For the Pacers, this is a team that enters the summer with one of the more unique looking situations regarding their two promising young big men.
With how the game has changed, and with the Pacers exploring the idea of playing Turner alongside Domantas Sabonis, Turner has said he needs to work on guarding the perimeter better.
But the focus remains in bulk, adding to that as the Pacers try and take another step forward with a promising young core.
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