Among the many injuries announced when the Kings were eliminated from the playoffs was a knee injury to captain Dustin Brown. At the time, it was said that had it not been the playoffs, he probably would have been sidelined for about a month.
During Thursday’s conference call to talk about his new eight-year contract extension, he also shared some insight on his knee, if he’ll be ready for camp in September and his overall outlook on the conditioning of his teammates. Take a look…
– On what type of shape he expects himself and his teammates to be in for the start of training camp, given the shorter than normal summer (for the second year in a row):
“I think that responsibility falls solely on the shoulders of the players individually. We have guys spread out all over the world who go home for summer, it’s their job to be professional enough to get themselves ready. I think we have the type of group of guys that, one, we’re going to push for each other in the summer to be ready because we all know what type of team we have and what we’re capable of. On the flip side, we have a tight-knit group where if a guy is not coming into camp in good shape, it’s not going to have to be Dean or the coaches or strength coaches that are going to have to give them a push in the right direction. It will be one of our players. That’s the type of environment you want to be a part of and that’s ultimately the only way to have a winning environment, it’s when you have your teammates pushing you and holding you accountable as opposed to coaches and GMs. I mean, they’re obviously a part of it, but at the end of the day, when you have a player or group of players that are going to hold each other accountable, that’s when the real success starts to begin.”
– So, how often is he calling Drew Doughty then, to check on his conditioning?
“Oh, Drew. I’m sure he gets more calls than anyone. I’ve texted with him a few times over the course of the summer, but I haven’t talked to him lately. It’s one of those things, like again, everyone is all over Drew and it’s hard to imagine. I mean, I know what I was like when I was his age and he’s well beyond that. He’ll be fine. Again, like I said, it’s always about pushing each other to be better. That’s the great thing about our team, I think we all truly want to get back to where… we’ve gotten a taste of what it’s like to win. That’s a pretty motivating factor in itself.”
– On if there’s been any special rehab needed for his injured knee:
“I don’t want to call it special, it’s just normal rehab. I have a physical therapist here in my hometown, Ithaca, that’s helped me with my other issues throughout my career. I’ve always come back in really good shape working with him. So, I’ve been working with him for the last four or five weeks on specific rehab stuff for me knee. I’ve been doing the normal program that the Kings have the last two weeks from a strength and workout standpoint. But, I continue my rehab and continue to get better and better everyday. Speaking with the team doctors and my personal doctors here in Ithaca, they all say the same thing, if I do the rehab and put the work in, it shouldn’t be an issue – not only next year, but for the rest of my career.”
– On what he makes of everything that’s taken place in the past few years, regarding his personal situation with the Kings:
“It’s definitely been a whirlwind going back a couple of years…the trade deadline was, in retrospect, probably a big statement point in my career, considering all the rumors or whatever around the trade deadline and then going from that to winning the Cup and the Conference Finals this year. For me, I’m just thrilled to be part of the Kings. And again, I can’t really stress this enough, the main thing was that me and my family are happy in LA and secondly, we have a team that can win. As a competitive person, that’s why I want to play the game – I don’t play the game other than to win. At the end of the day, I feel like this team is built to win in the coming years.”
If you missed any of the earlier quotes posted from Brown, Dean Lombardi and Rob Blake, please see the links below.
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