Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Parliament-Hashadelic

Hasheem Thabeet is back on the UConn campus for about a week before heading out to Las Vegas to play for the Memphis Grizzlies' summer league team. According to Thabeet, his summer league teammates will include former UConn teammate Jeff Adrien, as well as ex-Husky stars Marcus Williams and Kevin Ollie.

Over the next week, Thabeet will be staying with his mother, who lives in Springfield, Mass., while working out at Gampel – lifting weights under UConn strength and conditioning coach Chris West's watch. The Grizzlies will also be sending a coach out this way to supervise Thabeet's workouts.

Once summer league ends on July 18, Thabeet will fly back to his native Tanzania, where he's been invited by President Jakaya Kikwete to speak to Parliament.

"I don't even know what to say," Thabeet said. "I'm not up on politics and things like that."

Knowing Thabeet's effervescent personality, however, it says here he'll do just fine.

"I should be good," he admits.

Prior to training camp, Thabeet will have to take part in the NBA's rookie transition program in New York City.

After being drafted by the Grizzlies as the No. 2 overall pick on Thursday night, Thabeet flew to Memphis on Friday and worked out for the team over the weekend. In between workouts, Thabeet was able to do a little house-hunting. He's honing in on some five-bedroom estates which, eventually, his mother and some other family members would move into with him.

Must be nice.

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