ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Fresh off an extension, John Beilein spoke to the media on Thursday to discuss his team heading into the exhibition against Patrick Beilein-led Le Moyne College.
Of course, one of the main talking points Beilein brought up was overall health of the team heading into the exhibition game. It's no secret that the U-M basketball team last season was plagued by injuries to key players, Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton in particular.
The injuries continued to pile up in the offseason after both Spike Albrecht and Zak Irvin both had offseason surgery to treat their ailments.
"I think our team is still not as healthy as I would like us to be," Beilein said. "But we are making tiny steps, it seems like every day something small happens to take another guy out of practice, get in the way of our timing and our chemistry. That's part of it and we just have to play with it."
Beilein elected not to discuss his team health in great value. Citing tweaks and other knocks in practice that have caused some players to miss practice time. Who those players are remain unknown but Beilein did give an update on the progress Albrecht and Irvin have made.
"Nothing that I think needs to be spoken about," Beilein said. "Spike's working hard every day, he wasn't able to participate in several practices and he's still working. I think he's further away from getting where he wants to be than probably where he wanted to be at this time. We're being patient, he'll play. He's going to play. Zak is not ready to play but he's doing more than he ever was doing. Then we had a tweak here on a very good play, hopefully they'll be ready to play (Friday) but they couldn't play in half of yesterday's practice.
"Reports are good for today but you just don't know."