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Mike D’Antoni says Rockets were ‘out of shape but normal’ in first workout

Mike D’Antoni admitted that Houston Rockets players looked a little “ragged” during this week’s first workout of camp. But he insists that’s to be expected.

The Rockets head coach put the team through its paces during Wednesday’s scrimmage and noticed players were getting quickly winded.

D’Antonio characterized the session as “ragged, out of shape, but normal,” via the Houston Chronicle. “A lot of enthusiasm, so they got tired, which was in about 45 seconds. It was good in the sense it was the first day. We expect every day to get better.

“We didn’t do anything in the morning. And they know it. All the mistakes were by being tired. But a good start.”

Obviously, there’s no reason to panic. In fact, D’Antoni needn’t even worry, especially given the Rockets’ roster is top-heavy with veterans. Training camp and upcoming exhibition games are precisely the time that players start to get their legs underneath them again.

When the regular season rolls around — the Rockets open on Oct. 17 against the New Orleans Pelicans — and the players are still not well-conditioned? Well, then there might be an issue.

There has been plenty of documentation that Chris Paul, James Harden and Carmelo Anthony, as well as other players, have been getting in their offseason work. That said, there is also evidence that the fellas made sure to get some R&R in during their time away.

Look, even Hoodie Melo is already in midseason form … on the beach, even, strangely.