Friday , Sep , 19 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Coach to Rasheed Wallace: Get in Shape

Curry said he had and stressed that he wanted Wallace — and the whole team — to be in better shape when training camp begins later this month. If that happens, Curry said the Pistons finally can shed the Eastern Conference bridesmaid status and reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2005.

"We talked about focusing more on our strength and conditioning program," Curry said. "Arnie Kander, who we feel is one of the best in the business, I don’t think we’ve taken full advantage of him over the last few years.

"I want him (Wallace) to be able to maintain his conditioning throughout the season. You can get in basketball shape, but you can play the whole season but not be in great conditioning as well." Kander is the team’s strength and conditioning coach.