like whatever my my friends would be able to help me.
Well, we'll see.
But anyway, is that I guess I don't really do introduction around you.
Things just kind of relax.
So I just tell me So I saw your sons.
Are Is your son's name actually Al Qaderi? Yeah, that you can after car.
Even so, I didn't but his mom did.
So she was in charge the name and the boy and I had the girl.
But she said, Kyrie, I agreed to have likely will dispel it Like Kyrie Irving.
So funny Part is a year later on his birthday.
I'm looking on Instagram and I'm seeing no Kyrie Irving Birthday.
It's my calories birthday so they have the same birthday, so it's kind of ironic and they have their interactions when they see each other.
Was funny but cool.
We saw Kyrie, your your son.
Kyrie has met the carrier ring two years ago, so every year when Kyrie comes to Arizona to play where we're on courtside.
So last year with the first year he played, uh, played the sons and with a really good game, we're not last year year before laughing last with political two years and, um, he heard me say, Hey, Kyrie looking kind of drink, I returned around.
They had a little moment.
So it's a total were here. Every year.
One of my buddies is on their coaching staff to So what? Waas Not there now with nets.
But yes, it is one man.
So I guess it's talk.
So you're you're able to get, I guess, hooked up with courtside seats toe to a basketball game.
Like, how do you kind of have all these connections? Um, I've been fortunate to being the the right place at the right time.
I've coached the fuel of guys in the league.
One of my close players was with the sons at the time, so kind of sort of help.
So just a lot of various channels.
I'm not really at the games a lot, but my guys are playing in the calm of the town.
They're playing the sun's give him a shot and see what we can do.
So we normally end up there and, uh, stick you took connections.
I mean, I see on your instagram you're always doing, I guess hash tag Nike basketball.
Do you have any role with them? Uh, not just just supporting the Brian for the most part.
Been with the only you ibl for last eight years are eight years since his existence.
It's always been that, uh, pretty much a pretty advocate of Nike, for the most part.
And I guess what do you like most with the Nike Browning? You see, I'm a I'm kind of a Nike or die kind of guy Teoh owned by Nike shoes.
I mean, I think the only clothes are pretty much bye for now.
So what's if you're part about Nike? You know what? It's Oh, I guess it's just what you've been raised on.
Like when I was growing up, we played the Nikes.
I unfortunately, didn't play for Nike AU team, but that's all rewards Nikes.
My my first coaching being.
We got Nikes, my first air.
You team back in Detroit with Nike, so it's kinda kind of ah, passed down.
That's always been that, I guess.
Let's keep talking about sneakers and, uh, gearing a lot stuff.
I mean, I was looking your instagram.
You have, like, a whole lot highlight section filled with tons and tons of sneakers.
So how Well, how you went all the pregame? Uh, thanks.
While I guess I didn't give him when I was younger.
So But when I got to college, it was kind of a thing.
And a lot of the guys I played against kind of knew me for my shoes.
That I have something different on every game on going into the you lie beyond coaching.
Kids see the shoes, they want to see your shoes.
Um, kind of fell into it that way.
More so comfortable.
Iti and I got a kind of a funky style with it.
So, um yeah, something I kind of just fell into.
And I guess how do you kind of get all those shoes that through? Ah, do you have, like, a little special plug? Or is it maybe from the team you're working with are are using their coaching money device that ma some drip on the floor like where always she's coming from.
It can be from when I was playing and that way, or from the EU team I'm with or some of the guys in the league that I coached like your little comment through various channels.
So there's always something.
I mean, definitely winning helps.
And you doing well by the brand? I'll push you a little bit.
So definitely something that I hope to keep going forward geometry all say, what's the sneaker you're wearing right now, or what should you wear today? The shooter.
I want you to be able flip flops if there's on this too hot, man, I don't I don't chance to.
Getting the issues on the brown is getting out of my destroy the bottom of them.
But, um, there behind me is like the kind of the little wall of kicks on on that section.
Yeah, obviously, I got my little, uh, I got here. I'll show you this one.
Shoot, I think, is I got Was that Ross? But like this, there are studies use.
Oh, I got these.
Probably like I feed why these local branch falls, I think way have felt about right.
Yeah, I got these a few years ago.
These are Ah, these are These are pretty cool.
I mean, yeah, I like the call where there was one pair of thing LeBron I used to get, like, LeBron's every year is like my shoes as a kid.
I mean, you just got LeBron EVP game, your all star of that.
That's in my Michael Jordan.
So I would always get a pair of issues.
But one pair got or that LeBron tens ever gray then the coolest designed the inside like this cool thing, unlike the solar, whatever.
I don't know what they're called, but they're so safe.
Yeah, but then I got I mean, my drip, I got my eye vapor maxes, and then I have I got the shoes are Air Max nineties for, like, $40 at the exporting goods That was actually Vegas elite Colored in a way, actually, very.
And then I got these Will ask out all white to seventies, but like birthday gift cards.
But yeah, I'm talking about you.
You want speakers from complex or whatever? I I kind of dialed back a little bit.
I kind of just get without what I would like now more so of my I guess I know more from my ey bl collection.
Now for the shoe that's been going over the years, I'll break him out randomly.
And kids like well, when they don't come out of the the the the fifth year, your ideal for the six year ibl.
Something along those lines.
What do you watch the video on YouTube? Sneaker shopping with complex.
I don't I really don't know watchmaker stuff like that.
I just kind of come across him.
Yeah, I was gonna say I feel like I'm the host of that show right now, so I was pretty fun.
And just what was your reaction when you discovered that you why Boro Year? Cause I honestly think some players that I wouldn't say I was cool with, But I think I have respect for me.
Once I gear came out, I went and it's like I was trying so hard up.
Find a way to buy gear off somebody like that was that was like, Really I have no words for that.
So it gets What was your reaction when you saw that? Ah, that released for this season's you ibl gear.
We all kind of lost that we fought with from Kobe's with the way we gotta have boats, you know, they will do right by the shoot, especially since a lot hasn't come out since his eyes passing.
But, um, like he always does a great job with their year every year.
It's something unique.
Those Paul George is the multi colored ones were out of this world every year.
It's always on the group of shoes.
Is that one? And this year with the Kobe was that one? Yeah, but not even the shoes like the tide.
I, uh, docking and just everything.
Oh, my gosh, The pick.
The pink outfit is a bit much I think I want, but you can see by the shoes like I kind of always going to the bathroom.
So I always think of those, like the bright colors, the pink, the purple law, the neon yellow.
I remember walking to a seeker store like probably everyone the last press back or shoes I really bought when I was like playing not doing it. It's what I do now.
And I was so disappointed Violet was all grey or black or white like Well, sure, like I think I have like, popping colors.
That's how I kind of think of a shoe.
It's gotta have the old style for sure.
Why? I try to get culpable, respectable Darko looking sweaters.
Yeah, I think my favorite.
Ah, my favorite, Jordan.
It's either I would say that Space General Evans are like Thea What They're calling the Blue tips.
Right? Or the It was like the Carolina Blue.
Like the Navy blue.
The Jordan ones.
Yeah, I like those, too.
Let's get more into the serious part of the interview.
So when did you start your basketball journeys? Like for example, I guess.
What was your first basketball related job, whether it was playing or coaching? Um, coaching aspect? My first job.
Um, that pain was I was I did.
Coach at the school I used to play at, um while I was playing.
Actually, Costa you.
So I coached with the family, the Y BLT, my Detroit.
So I did that while I was playing.
I actually had the pleasure of coaching Mother Brothers at that time.
That team actually, one piece, Sam, that's 15 years.
So do some damage them.
But my first realistic job was University of Windsor, Canada.
I got hired, um, after I got done point kind of year under my building, and they promoted me to the associate job.
So I was there for four years and took off in there while you are were coaching for Ah, the families you ibl team.
Well, I guess you said you were playing where? Like, where was that? A school are was a professional.
I was in college when I was coaching them.
Was it? What was the schools the division want? It was like I d three i in Canada, the same school of the University of Windsor.
It's considered to be one over there because they have lower level body.
But we we played American schools.
We play Ohio State and Kentucky play Virginia Tech.
We played all those schools and preseason before we get to our own season.
Kind of got the best of both worlds.
So you were playing.
I got fastball in Canada, but then you were coaching in America.
How was I was not able to work out? Well, you are season.
What you want? Delay.
Use all of them. Summer.
Obviously, we're not playing our seats for summer.
So I made still got my workout stuff in it.
Still cross the border, which is the city of Windsor.
10 minutes apart so I can cross the border and go coach and be perfectly fine, Okay? And I mean, so you're playing basketball and, uh, in Kano, Their coaching in ah, in Detroit, Michigan.
But then now you're living in Arizona, I guess, was that that's the two completely different locations.
I mean, whether on ah, I just just the way everything looked.
So what has that been like? I guess Geography. Waas.
Great. No more snow.
It's pretty much just two seasons.
It's really, really hot or really, really nice.
So there's no in between, Um, if it's not 100 plus, it's it's hovering around 70 degrees, and it's great all year.
So you just got a pick and choose the seed.
Is something different out here, though, and sticking the coaching? What got you into it? Um, you know what? It's kind of something I kind of fell into, like my first coaching game was with her family.
My brother and those guys made a nationals of Florida and for eighth grade and backed in.
It's a big deal because every team, when frankly, goes there, you're looking at 120 teams trying to win and coaches asking to come half all by himself.
I enjoyed myself when I actually started to take serious of the craft and being playing overseas or another country.
So you say in the national basketball to the big influence on how I see the game coat.
So um done a a wide variety for in terms of philosophy and just describe that a little more about international basketball What, specifically, just the way the ball moved the rules? The games played in completely different level.
It's a lot less isil ball.
It's more so of manipulation of the space and the set defense that's there, also manipulation of your skill.
So they've got a team that can really shoot like I would drive, literally, just go in the base line.
I jump out of bounds and I know they're going to help, and I'm gonna kick it to where they're not coming from and literally would do that all the time just because of how I see how they're playing the game and what what got you went to international basket, where you are playing overseas on.
I mean Canada basketball is in the national basketball.
They didn't play us possible.
So they're playing the 24 channel friends Speedball.
I guess everything's much faster.
Um, this is a much more enjoyable game because everybody touches the ball.
You just Ah, real quick.
So I gotta ask, Because you so you didn't grow up in America, Correct? Yep. I'm from Detroit.
So I grew up in the truth.
So then how did you end up? Uh, like, what was that kind of feel? I guess maybe that whole even recruiting decision, like because you were growing up in America your whole life and then a school out of the country, even though it was a tablet closes go out of the country, offered you to play basketball there.
You decide to leave the country for college.
I made my I went through high school and didn't get the exact opportunities and options I'd like.
I did a little bit of the street ball thing, a little bit of the and one thing and kind of got a recruiting violations, so I know avoid my scholarships.
So I took a break off of basketball for a while.
And that team actually plays in Detroit during the summer plans We need to the plan on and one of the guys I played against was actually one of the coaches at the time.
He said, Man, you're still fresh out of high school.
You should complain and that's how that all started putting with kicked it.
But at 40 that game and they would like come on one over Met the head coach had had a great on campus visit.
Um, had a great interaction.
My first scrimmage over there.
The rest is history.
So you kind of went to college, I guess later than most people.
Yeah, a year later.
All right, so I was like, I thought I was going to, like, year after my my fault.
Let's just, uh, let you want the interview, so I kind of want to know.
Obviously, things are a little bit different right now.
Obviously, I guess tournaments are starting to pick up.
But what other things were you doing when I guess during this whole law off season for the high schoolers, when there wasn't a tournament? Uh, well, it is not a tournament for our off season we print.
It's pretty much a you saying season when there's not high school basketball, it's all a like I'm saying, just like this season specifically, What are you doing? What were you doing when there weren't tournament? And you're probably thinking there's going to be absolutely nothing.
What were you may be doing the players or where you just kind of sitting at home relaxing? I mean, we have from a few individual workouts, like I know we had Ah, mini camp here and there.
We had our our clothes, private games that were played, 13 from floor, that we played a show time we played breakdown.
Um, but I mean, it's pretty scared because we just don't know what's gonna happen.
So airs on the guys.
You have to play for Vegas.
We have our workouts getting their working with their trainers or I'll pop in the gym.
But I mean totally is just, you know, trying to stay safe, keep the family safe from doing a lot of film, watching, just looking at some different options that I could probably manipulating use in the future and just trying No, girl, you talk about that film watching.
What do you What do you mean by are you searching out different N B A.
Teams that you may like to see where you could take away from their their schemes are are what what's the exact Ah, you need to tell me that teams or anything, But what do you maybe kind of searching up? And if I may want to say, I wanna watch some film for my team, What kind of keywords were you? Would you recommend me searching up? Um, it is more so.
I have, like, a synergy platform, so synergy that allows you to watch any basketball game when it's uploaded.
I also have a good resource from being across the, ah, in another country that I can actually watch some of those overseas games.
So I watch a lot of Euro Bowman.
They run a lot of misdirection sets, a lot of a lot of back doors, a lot of elevator screens and flair.
So I'll take that point and manipulated and take pieces of other plays and mashing up.
See what I come out with Him is a pretty big literal for so I mean, it kind of seems like you're really into that, uh, European, I guess. Style of basketball.
So how come our Maybe there are? But how come I feel like they are really a lot of NBA teams that are doing that And you may be that kind of a lot more original because I don't really hear a lot of coaches taking things away from European basketball, but it is a common thing also know about it.
I mean, there's two teams that really do it.
Spurs really do it because they're pretty much international teas and the Raptors do it very well.
They moved the ball very, very well.
So ah, lot of their sets are.
I mean, it's hard to use an N B A set because we don't play India rules like they have everything that's designed for the offense.
You can't just sit in the paint like we can college and high school MBA.
You gotta be out.
So it forces you to do a few things, but definitely do watch them and their schemes and see if that can translate.
But for the most part just, um in the national basketball, more appealing to me because they didn't have that defensive three second rule.
They kind of had the college rules mixed in with a few of the international rules and by schemes.
You mean plays and stuff like that, right? Right.
So have you ever made up a play before? Yeah, for sure.
I think I did that my first year coaching in college.
Now here in court board. Ross.
I'm not kind of thing and was out with a difficult for you because I really can't imagine myself ever making a play.
And I really want to be a basketball coach.
I just take us through the process off, creating a basketball play.
I mean, you're trying to do that in your down time, you sitting plot at all, and then when it's time performer in practice, you can try it out.
You have something in your back pocket that you know, we're gonna work like coach.
We come in, we have our set plays that everybody sees from getting in the game.
But I can see that the close that, like myself, I got five plays in my back pocket.
When I call the time out, I'm throwing it on the board and it should be able to execute so and when you are making and play because I remember Coach Cody Topper.
You kind of explain to me how he makes a play like almost like Chest, where you kind of set up your guys, any kind of the other people, and it's kind of do what they would do.
So is that just kind of how making a play works? Like, if I'm like, all right, the first time I would play him and have this guy says Screen the top of the key They don't have to does erase the whatever the X eno and is moving over.
That is kind of how you created all.
I mean it more so about thinking about one with your guy strength.
What they do best.
Water that what They were really good at that, um, executing and to who? Who? Scoring the basketball, who you want to get the shot for? What time of defense and you're going against.
So is who's guarding who you would match up.
You want to create a lot of variables come into to accept play.
Sometimes you just have a, um, skeleton offense toe where it doesn't matter who it is is plugged in place, and then you have your specialty stuff where the ball has to go to this guy.
Of course, I'm just a quick question about making plays.
What do you making them on? Is it all? Did you really just have one? I guess whiteboard in front of you and that's what you're doing on.
Or do you maybe have five sheets of paper kind of going step by step? Or does it is very from person to person eyes The app called fast role.
So it's literally download the app and you can MBA uses this a lot.
They have a bank for the places 1000 thousands of players from other coaches in college.
I share some of my stuff there as well.
You can just included Lee.
You're walking virtual playbook.
You scroll in there like I have my playable probably has 10,000.
Is that is that a free, huh? It is.
You have to get You have to pay for the stores.
So after you get past him plays, they're going to make you pay for that.
I mean, I'm out there and coaching a team any time soon, but I can kind of say I got I made 10 plays Isa Before I go to college.
I think that'll be pretty.
Uh, that's my coaches about that and no saves heard that before.
But let's just keep let's keep moving on to the interview.
So some of that I just might have been the reason why I actually found a value watch.
Some strive for greatness.
So how did you get involved with strive for greatness? Uh, kind of kind of really just fell into one of by one of my guys here in Arizona was looking to make a move.
I kind of knew the head coach from back.
We both for me, kind of Midwest guys, he Yukos LeBron there for a little bit.
So, um, coaching job, Ronnie and Bryce for a little bit.
So he kind of knew of him and he kind of knew of me from being in Detroit.
So it kinda when he was inquiring about the kid here from mayors only not touch will be.
And during the process of trying to figure it all out, he said, Man, you've been on the circuit for a while, won't just help us out, and I'm not gonna say no that opportunity So I definitely want Teoh.
See how that was? And it was It was really fun experience.
And were you with, um, you went from, I guess just you.
I'd be old journey. You were with the family first.
Then did you go to strive for greatness? Okay, so I was gonna be like, Man, you just betrayed.
They guess elite.
So I was Who was Who was the guy from? Ah, from Arizona.
I probably know who has.
I mean, that's just honest.
So is it kind of weird knowing they're dealing with a bunch of guys? Because you're you're the coach? I spoke toe Isaac paroled about this, but he's kind of a kid.
You kids his age, you're a coach.
And then these people that you're coaching are pretty much like celebrities in a way.
So it was that Was that at all? Maybe a little weird? Not really.
I mean, at the end of the day, I still know their kids call the adults doing other kids, and, yeah, the social media platform has boosted all of them, especially with all the highlights.
And obviously you're playing on a team with that much notoriety behind it.
They all handled it very well.
It didn't go over their heads.
What? I was very impressed with the most, but not know where.
But I I've dealt with kids like that before them.
And how were you able of transition from strive to greatness to Vegas elite? Just more beautiful, more hands on role in Vegas will be like, What's drive? It's just one team.
So you you deal with that one team and then after they're done, they're kind of done.
Where? Vegas elite there all the way from eighth grade, all the up to 17 years.
So, um, definitely a different aspect of things.
Give me a little bit more with room to help out with more teams and awful help out with some players here.
There's owner with some things we're doing here, too.
Okay, So I obviously you're not just coaching are not just isn't coach for one team like you're how many teams I guess are you? Ah, do you have a coaching role for right now to so 15 year with my maintain? Um, I help out with 15 years.
I also helped out with 17 years have passed the pattern that we went to So, um, mowing all the system long all the place, knowing all the players, the coaches literally bounce up and down whatever he needed.
So if somebody happens to be missing to get definite, going to fill in the role, Um, definitely.
You know, Captain, and let's ah, let's talk about, I guess on a a u coaching staff, cause when I kind of think of a u basketball, I'm not really thinking of it as, ah, as almost a high school team during the summer time, where there's whatever more multiple assistant coaches, maybe one, but just just just describing on a U team with that many coaches on it.
I mean, it is different because we're on the ideo like it's not a standard.
Hey, you think you have.
You have great coaches on these other teams, like Chris Paul coaching his team, Bradley Beal coaching his team and their 45 other guys on that bench who have coached college basketball, or that a man in their state for high school basketball they have 10 state championship.
You can't go in there without that knowledge.
You got reputable guys on the bench that have done that for a while.
You want to build the best stronger staff you can, so that helps your ****nal.
When you go in there, be game.
You know, I feel like people.
Kind of some people might interpret you will be going away.
It's almost like I have maybe even the All Star game off a basketball.
But I mean, if there's so many coaches, they have so much knowledge, just take us through.
What's your what's your opinion When people say that, I mean, it's not an All Star game.
It really depends on that program in their philosophy, like you have a program like a family or a Mac Irvine Orme okay, who've been around forever and then over playing a certain way, and they had a certain style of basketball and then you have from the newer teams were getting some of those hot, really hot guys that you don't know and it might look like that.
But I mean, every coach has a strategy going in.
I mean, and that's where all the circuits, like a deed, is under armour like it is the best of the best of what you could get.
So you definitely want to come in prepared.
Just have to follow whoever the guys.
However, the head coach dies, you follow his philosophy and give him the most assistance can before.
So I would have asked the question about when Vegas elite when I mean they pretty much, yeah, but that's like an All Star game when you got Jay Gulf and alien greeting teaming up together.
I mean, some of something happened this weekend out there who want the smoking.
I was like, blown away.
Oh, my gosh, We will see some of those guys like me like sailing, rain and Josh, you just make sure the floor space and you kind of have a pattern.
But really, they're gonna go by.
It was in front of them anyway.
And I think that for any good office player, like, I know I'm going to beat you, it's really hard to say you have a defense of stopper.
Could the officer got always gonna have the event? So knowing that you have a guy with that level of skill that's going to get a shot off or get around somebody I mean pretty much Just make the right decision after you do that for sure.
Now another coaching question on Possible in What is ABC? ABC is basically our middle school version of Vegas elite in Arizona, So we play on the middle school version of the bill You can call the call made hoops for We're basically affiliate of Ah Vegas early and we take all the best.
There's on the kids and we give them the shot to play against Vegas.
Lead Seattle Rotary, Oakland soldiers and they have a peach jam. Great, Great.
Well, you see Durant's team takeover.
I'll see my old guy from the family.
So this year this last year was the first year that we did it since I moved over the Vegas elite, which was, Ah, perfect being able to start my own middle school thing here.
And we finished third on the West Coast we almost wanted, So we did very well.
All things considered are our size from malfunctions.
But we don't really have any big, but I would definitely probably guys, um, with a great first year, great first year.
So you just said you started that whole law Middle school program in Vegas elite.
So I started the whole middle school program here on the air, going and and in partnership with Vegas.
Yet then I guess the whole plan's not for those kids just to transfer over into, ah, in today's to leave at once they get to that age.
Well, some of them we could only have three out of state kids on the team, so they usually they like to keep one or two that are capable of playing at that level.
It just really depends on what they need.
Let's talk without getting players from out of town.
How does Ah, what? All the logistics work? It's not bad.
I mean, we're four hours from biggest, so I mean, the flights 1/2 hour.
So it is not bad getting there.
Vegas takes care of the guys, you know.
You get there, you got good hotel when we have all, um logistically, it's not battle.
And then the final question I have against about an exact program is what is North Star practice? No.
So Northstar Prep is a prep school in Canada.
This in Winnipeg based ah, one of my buddies and I played against in college.
He runs it, Um, he's doing a great job of their.
They almost won their Canadian, probably last year.
They made a lot of noise.
A lot of when you killed recruits.
This year, he comes out and plays in the States as often as he can, but just just a prep program, all right, sounds good.
And now kind of move into those connections that we were talking about a little bit in the beginning.
I mean, you've met so many different people all around the world of basketball.
So how have you been able to build all those strong connections with tons of people? I mean, it's just, ah, interacting and networking, especially with coaches aside, You got you know, I mean, Coach, you wanna get your guys to that next level.
We want to get him college.
So ah, having that relationship with those coaches to where you know if they need a player in the class, they can call you.
Um, I mean, it's to the point now where coaches called me about kids from other programs and only coach I just know him and give him some more informal.
But this just having that relationship, keeping in genuine, not selling something that they don't need giving, giving.
The players are at their level because at the end today.
So coaching job, um, same way with the kids, like you have a kid that makes it and you have some guys that ride them all the way to they make it.
But no, this this, Well, I'm here to help you push and go to the next level, so definitely get the benefit of seeing them making.
And they always you don't check up on you see how things going and you still help them progress through life.
So it's always a sister relationship.
And let's talk about those players making it.
I mean, obviously it is going to be really rewarding feeling, but just how rewarding is that when you see that guy you're working with when he's in high school is trying to achieve whatever dreamy has either in life or in the world of basketball? Then when you see him kind of get there, just what's that hole feeling like as the coach man? Just seeing guys turned a new leaf and just tell them they are your you see something in them that they don't see it.
And then they finally see it in their spirit.
You know, the next time you guys have their conversation, kids say, Hey, you saw this first you saw this and I didn't even see it.
So just just gratitude them getting there is after we often see them actually go out and produce and do well do something that they love helps their family.
And then another connection.
I start you had ah, through Instagram Post was with Kobe Bryant.
So talk about how you were able to meet him and what he did for you.
Uh, really different story.
I met Cody and 04 when they were playing the Pistons in the finals, and I guess they had off their something cause all the Lakers were downtown, out and about, and Birmingham, where they were staying on I literally went toe ice cream shop in this Kobe on, uh, person, I was with a loud mouth and this is probably this is the summer.
I was deciding to go to college in Canada and I was literally debating Do I go? Do not go trying to stick another row and they ran up the Kobe like they knew him.
Tell this idiot to go to college.
He'd be crazy if he doesn't.
Kobe just took 10 minutes out to say, Hey, if they want you, you go.
You have no idea where a basketball of taking and I don't know.
It's just that word I needed to hear.
But, um, I did exactly that.
And funny enough when he's coaching his daughter this past year, I run into him and he remembers the exact story and called upon times.
And it was, Yeah, jump started my playing career and coaching career.
Yeah, that's a really cool story atop it.
I guess I rockin Why only because he didn't know and I'm going to college.
But I'm yeses last.
That's is so that's like probably one of the cooler stories I probably ever ever heard.
To be honest with you, it was it was fun and now I kind want to go back toe coaching again.
So how are you? Are be a practices ran compared to a high school practice high school.
You have more time, so you have You can go step by step and kind of baby, step your team into things you have literally, I think like a moth.
To prepare, maybe to love, to prepare.
You might have your core group, depending on the experience from From.
You have a guy for three years and you just adding pieces where you ideal.
Not so much you're getting basically might have your core guys, but you're getting the whole cropping different kids.
Probably every year you're exchanging pieces.
So depending on what state you're in, like here, there's on.
The basketball is usually done in February, so I have all the March prepare.
Same thing in Vegas.
You have all of that time prepare.
You probably have three weeks, not Michigan.
Michigan State tournaments over the next week is the first week he wanted BL.
So we have a week to prepare and go right into the first stop with usually used on Bill Williams.
It's tough, man.
It's tough you that you have to make sure you have the playmakers and put down the skeleton at least the where you guys have their spacing.
You kind of want to let the talent play unless you have guys who were morsel skill set oriented and can't make a play.
You have to run offense for them.
So it really just depends on what your team looks like for practices.
Everything's kind of kind of sped up a little bit, too.
Where you're getting hit with plays, you might get five plays one day.
You might get a whole different set the next day, and then you have to in court for a defense out of violence placed a lot quicker.
So you really gotta hope you have to mark our autograph on.
So I'm assuming me Conocida does depend on the team.
But, I mean, I'm just gonna ask you again just to make sure.
So would you say that you ibl was a lot off less plays out Iran? And that compared to a high school team? Yeah.
I mean, you have shot clock involved in the wild bill.
Most states don't have a lot of really good players on one team and majority of the high field teams.
Don't you have that one or two guys, mostly wybie.
All teams have one or two at the minimum.
Er five at the max.
Um, kind of let the talent do is going to do.
You just want, you know, managed the egos and the spacing on the floor and make sure they have some concept of what they're playing under and how you wanna play Matt for sure.
When were coaching, cause obviously, you might not be running as much plays.
So what do you may be screaming from the stylized inside, Maybe the basic whatever.
Ah, ever looked the ball with your mailing a lot stuff.
What other things were screaming.
If you're not really telling, I'm tough.
Well, not much place like what are you guys kind of? Let him just go and I just play loose, make the right path like we gotta understand that everybody on team, there's a man somewhere like, you know, the man of this high school, you to manage this high school, and we know you can go score whenever you want, theoretically, But at the same time, you're going by somebody and there's two guys stepping up to help move the ball.
So I think that's the majority of the thing that we yell the most.
See the open guy because all our guys in Vegas that shoot every last one of them, not one who can.
So it's always Hey, I know you beat the guy and it's not a layup you're shooting pull up, but two guys open in the corner, moving.
So that's that's putting what the thing.
We're outside the defense.
We harp on the most, of course.
And, uh, another coaching question.
Do you made me believe that most coaches, in order to really make it in the industry, that they need to play some sort of college basketball, preferably Division one? Not necessarily.
I mean, it's good to play because not all players can coach on and the economy just falls on your understanding of the game and how you play the game.
I think the knowledge of the game like it's, it's really different here in America because you could just pick up the ball clipboard the next day.
I could do that tomorrow.
Where is the chancellor? They make you actually go through classes.
You have to be certified to a certain level before you can coach anything.
So it's it's con adjust your understanding of the game here and how knowledge of who you are, uh, how you how your philosophy and concepts grass about those coaching classes in Canada like there.
They teach you stuff about basketball coaching? Or is it more about maybe leadership been dealing with kids? Both, like my former boss told.
Call the class the fundamentals of coaching and he tell you how to deal with the egos in the psychology behind things and how, how the handle each one of those players and how the you don't make that cohesive lock home be a stalemate on.
Then there's also, you know, you have to find someone who who knows their exes and knows you're gonna find somebody who does that.
So thankful for me.
And my boss has like what they call a master's degree in Canada.
He is like the highest level you could get, and that's one of the rare guys.
Most of them get a pin number five.
Most guys stopped in level three.
That's all you need the coaching universe in college.
So, yeah, he's very knowledgeable.
Everything offensive these offensive genius.
I don't know this is possible, but I'm hoping that I get to that level of one point where I am a graduate assistant somewhere.
If I'm a graduate assistant out of school in America, can I be taking that up Canadian coaching class? No, You only offered in Canada because you don't need it here.
I mean, if you want a coaching, can you get your level? If I want to go back and coach, I could because I have a Like I said, it's just different here.
Like in college.
You have to have your decree to coached college basketball was with helpful ton, all right, And then my, uh, my final question of the interview is, Do you have any? Ah, he's a success for any aspiring basketball coaches.
Find the philosophy you like and try and stick to it.
All personalities just see where they're coming from all all sides, and then find somebody who's knowledgeable about the game and continue to learn.
Continue to learn.
Um, I'm I'm in viral model is what's learned.
What's been taught has to be, have to be shared.
So anything I learned, I definitely want to share and get that experience to other people.
And I mean, if you're saying you want to stay in dollars, see, I'm an aspiring basketball coach.
I'm just curious what you mean by find the philosophies you like.
Like if you want to play fast, slow if you want.
Oh, like I would kind of be my We'll see for me My my philosophy changes every year with the kids on my defense.
Philosophy is always it's always going to be the same kind of defense, the same how we're gonna play things.
But offensively, I can't run the same stuff because I don't have the same kids.
So I'm gonna run trumping different all the time.