Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Team USA - who are your top 12 for OLYMPIC games to bring home the Gold?

USA Basketball - Who are your Top 12 for Olympic Games to bring home Gold ?

I had this discussion yesterday at the office with a friend and basketball coach before practice.
If you are the President of USA Basketball and Head Coach of Team USA, Who do you select for the top 12 to bring back then Gold medal?

Who are your 12 ?
Who makes your roster ?

Who are your PG's?
Who are your guards?
Who are your wings.
Who are your PF .
Who are your centers?

Share who you select and why?

I will share my 12 with you and why in the coming days !
Let the discussion begin



Friday, January 15, 2016

Coach Brad Stevens a great Basketball mind

Coach Brad Stevens a great Basketball mind

I have great respect and admiration for this young basketball mind.
What can I say, he is an Indiana boy....

I am proud of his success, his integrity, his attention to detail, his basketball IQ is fantastic



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Heat assistant Keith Smart returns after rare skin cancer surgery

Heat assistant coach Keith Smart returns after rare Skin cancer surgery
Coach Keith Smart, he is a husband, father, all around great guy, and now we can call him a Cancer survivor.
Without question, Keith is one of my best friends in the coaching fraternity. he has had a great journey in the business. His journey had a brief pause with a recent scare with a very rare form of skin cancer,  one in one million people in the US are affected with this rare form of skin cancer.

Keith hit the SHOT to win the National Championship for the Bobby Knight led Hoosiers over the Cuse back in '87. he had a brief Professional playing career. Yet he has Head Coaching stints with NBA teams such as the Cav's , Warriors, Kings and now assistant with the Miami Heat.

Click the link to read the interview and video with the Sun Sentenial in Miami on his return this week to the Miami Heat bench prior to the Warriors game last night.

Please continue to send prayers and well wishes for this friend of mine. Keith is ever positive, always optimistic, he is led by his faith.
I continue to send prayers to Keith, His wife Carol and his boys, as they have handled this with class and dignity, just like the Heat organization.

God Speed my friend !




Monday, January 11, 2016

USU Eastern Mens basketball (2-0) in 2016

USU Eastern brain trust starts New Year 2-0 

Building, Rebuilding and Coaching 'em up to a 2-0 start to kick the 2016 Year off right.

(Photo credit to my wife Kim who took a second to snap a quick photo, as she is busy watching and cheering for Brandon and I together) Coach Vando and I watching the action as we beat Colorado NW for a Win in Scenic West Conference play at Price Utah on Saturday.

Constantly making adjustments, infusing positive energy, We are changing the culture of the program. We are putting in Offensive sets that fit the players strengths. We have increased the intensity on Defense. Our physical conditioning is better. The spirit and morale is much better as we find success. We are playing unselfishly as we strive to reach our Team Goals.

We still have a lot of work to do, We must be mentally and physically prepared for a tough week.
SLCC comes in on Thursday after a 10 pt loss and it is Fan appreciation night. This will be a great measuring stick to see where we are as a Team. It is true we currently have 7 players and an 8 th player has recently walked on.  We are constantly focusing on our attention to detail.

This week we will also face Snow College in a Rival contest. The atmosphere for both games will be intense.

I have truly enjoyed this opportunity to be back on the hardwood, teaching and developing the athletes. I have seen great progress in the short time together. I am grateful to Coach Vando for allowing me to be apart of the rebuilding process. Coach Vando and I share the same philosophies and passion for the game. I am enjoying my role. 

I am also very appreciative to all the Families of the current and former players, Friends, and Fans who have taken the time to come up to me and share their kind worlds of support. I am moved that you recognize the transformation within the Team since my arrival.

The credit all goes to the athletes who have worked hard in this time of transition. This is a process and a challenge. So to Team Captains Phil and Brandon with  Sol, Alex, Austin, Grant, Tevin and Dexter with a recent practice players Malaki and Richard, I thank you.
 USU Eastern will continue to grow and work hard to represent the program in a positive manner. It is a thrill to see the confidence grow as the young men make strides for the futures at other four year 

Let's get this work in !!



Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Journey Continues - USU Eastern Men's Basketball program

The Journey continues - USU Eastern

I want to take this opportunity to Thank Head Coach Vando for the opportunity to assist him with the USU Eastern Mens basketball program in Price, Utah.
I will be in this capacity for the remainder of the current season.

Yes, this is where my son Brandon Sly is a Sophomore and having an outstanding season. Yet, I now have gained about 10 more young men in our extended family, as I care deeply for each of these young men who are putting in the work daily.

The program is in the process of building and rebuilding.
I am honored and humbled to be apart of this rebuilding process.

Coach Vando has a wealth of experience at the FIBA and College level. Coach is from Brazil and his international experience is a bonus for these young student/athletes.
He will go out of his way to provide the best opportunity for his players. Coach always has the players best interest at heart. I can't say enough kind words about him as a person and as a Coach. I am fortunate to be working along side of him. he is a life long friend already, I appreciate his Basketball IQ.

It feels great to be on the court, teaching and developing  while changing the culture, infusing positive reinforcement, adding a new Offense that fits the personel, making Defensive adjustments that is more aggressive.

There is a focus on accountability and transparency on the student/athletes part. Disapline and Structure  are being implemented. We are teaching life skills on a daily basis. Creating an Environment for Growth, Development and Empowerment.

This is all about building something special and providing individuals an opportunity to grow as men on and off the court.

I can't tell you how excited I am about sharing my passion with the players.

I can't Thank Coach Vando enough, We are on the same page with what the mission is moving forward. I also appreciate the players for accepting the changes being implemented on a daily basis. We currently have a small roster do to some serious injuries and other circumstances.

The guys are working hard, we are growing, we are building. We had success with a victory last Saturday vs a deep Western Wyoming team. We won 77-73. The process and Journey continues for us. The Conference continues with upcoming games vs Salt Lake CC, Snow, North Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Colorado NW.

I am in my element, I am blessed, I look forward to where this leads and what doors God will open for us moving forward.