English wraps-up discussion at coaches clinic
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Aug 03, 2013
Former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Alex English is first up at the podium today, as the International Coaches Clinic (ICC) continues at the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island.
English’s debut in front of a number of local, regional and international coaches will be followed by an open floor discussion, as well as a question and answer period. His “pep-talk” will start at 9 a.m. English is the final speaker on the well-respected and recognized panel of international coaches such as Ronnie Arrow and Mike Daniel. Arrow and Daniel spoke on Friday.
The assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings, and a member of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Hall of Fame, English, has appeared in eight All-star games and was the first player in the history of the NBA to score over 2,000 points in eight straight seasons.
“I’ve been here before,” said English. “I came down with Mychal Thompson when he had a charity softball game. This is my first chance to get back to The Bahamas and see all of the progress you’ve made, and I am looking forward to speaking. I enjoy coaching and playing. Coaches learn from other coaches so I am going to be learning from the coaches as well. You can learn a lot from them, and maybe they can pick up something from me as well.
“I am going to share with them what it takes to be an assistant coach, my journey through the NBA as an assistant coach and what it takes to be one today. I would also like to share with them the progress made and what direction the NBA is moving towards coaching. It is very important to let players know who the assistant coach is and their role. One of the things the coaches do is they let the players know that the assistant coach is an extension of them, and you have to respect them just as much as you respect the coach. You have to have that kind of relationship with them just to get them to respond to you.”
One of the winningest high school coaches in America, Daniel has coached NBA All-star Carmelo Anthony and has helped more than 100 students get into top universities in the U.S. The impressive list of coaches heading the clinic has enticed more than 200 persons to register. The BBF executives are expecting this figure to increase as the tip-off to the clinic approaches.
Arrow is the head coach at the University of South Alabama. He had coached National Basketball Association (NBA) stars like Grant Hill, Calbert Cheaney and Allan Houston.
The executives in the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) mandated local coaches with Level I and Level II certifications to attend the annual clinic. Mario Bowleg, first vice president in the BBF, encouraged the coaches to come out, gather as much information as possible. The clinic will wrap-up today.