OUR GAME…WHAT HAPPENED?

Monday – October 16, 2017

NBA basketball starts tomorrow.

College hoops is right around the corner. Do you recall back in the day at this time of year when Street and Smith’s college basketball magazine hit the newsstands? We called it the “Bible.”

I hear Blue Ribbon is good but it’s too expensive for this coach.

Today I want to discuss youth basketball.

This is where it all starts. Not only a kid’s jump-shot but their mindset. They are being led by adults. They follow in our footsteps (most of them anyway)

Frank Martin

I know it’s a pretty broad subject but I’ll start with the development of the mindset.

What happened a couple of weeks ago with Adidas, the Bowen’s from Saginaw, Michigan and the Louisville basketball program is a tragedy.  This all started because of the grassroots level and the adults involved.

I’ve been in this game a long time. I’ve seen a lot.  I’m not sure if anything can be done to help the state of the game. I really think it’s beyond improving. Hate to say this but I think it’s getting worse. And oh yeah, everyone has an answer but few do anything about it. The ESPN guys crack me up.

I’m really trying to stay positive and optimistic but…it’s hard.

First off, everyone has a degree in “finger pointing.” Blame, blame blame.

It’s the kids fault.

Blame the coach.

The parent pushes the kid too hard. Or, the parent is too soft on them.

They don’t play in a competitive tournament. They workout too much or not enough.

I’m not playing with that team because they don’t pass the ball. So I’ll transfer or switch travel teams.

That team has too many good players, I’ll never get any burn. My son will not play on the varsity team as a freshman so I will send him to another school.

We’ve hear all the excuses.

As adults, we have to look at things a bit deeper.  We have to take the blinders off. Do what’s best for the kid.

Be a great parent. Nurture your child. Guide them and support them.

To conclude, are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

 

 

 

 

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THE RIGHT WAY

I love players who want to learn. I love players who care about the team. These players play the right way…

Love this from Iman Shumpert:

“Everybody’s got to learn. You’ve got to be a sponge in this league. That’s the only way to stay in it.”

Asked what he can improve on, from pick-and-roll offense to running the team, Shumpert replied, “Every part of my game.’’

RIP CONNIE HAWKINS

Sad news today on the Brooklyn legend.

“The Hawk” has passed away.  He was 75

Notes from the outstanding book, “Foul” The Connie Hawkins Story by David Wolf (1972)

This is one of the most amazing stories in the history of basketball.  Wish they made the movie…

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In the Spring of 1961 when Connie Hawkins was a freshman at the University of Iowa, freshmen were ineligible to participate in varsity basketball games.

A detective from New York City showed up at the basketball office and brought Connie back to New York.

He left Iowa on a Thursday, thinking he would be back on Monday.

It was 2 weeks until ‘The Hawk’ was back on campus.

By that time, it was too late.

The damage had been done.

The Iowa coach told Connie he wasn’t welcomed back.

For two weeks Hawk’s life was turned upside down.

They labeled Connie an Intermediary. They accused him of introducing basketball players to gamblers for the purpose of setting up fixed games.

Hawk changed his story – he buried himself. Should have kept to the original story.

Afterwards, the negative publicity was too much.

Guilt by association, Connie never fixed a college basketball game; how could he? Freshmen were ineligible!

Rest in Peace Hawk…