Returned to the high school basketball coaching scene yesterday. I announced a month or so ago that I would become the 9th grade girls basketball coach at North Polk and yesterday kicked off that coaching journey. We have had some open gyms and Sunday League games already this summer but yesterday was my first day in the gym actually coaching and working with girls to get better. We had Day One of our Elementary Skills Camp in the morning and Middle School Skills Camp in the afternoon. That's right.....two-a-days.
But forget about me for a second. What was probably more inspiring than me coaching our youth on the basketball floor was those on the sidelines learning from me on the floor. That's right, making an appearance in the gym as well yesterday to watch me coach and learn from my teachings was none other than Tosh Dillinger. Long-time readers of the blog will remember Tosh as the coach of the North Polk 4th grade girls basketball team we featured in the Three Count back in January that was our most read Three Count of all time. A great coach in his own right but he came yesterday to pick up some things from me and my basketball mind.
Now those that have coached before will know this can be a regular occurrence from time to time in the summer, a player's parent or ride staying in the gym while their son/daughter plays in the gym. Most of those people will bring a book to read, or pop in and out of the gym as they roam around the school a bit, or some will just sit and watch to see what's going on. Not Tosh though, Tosh was there locked into my coaching and hanging on every word.
He even brought his laptop along to take notes. I'm on the court giving advice and instructions to players and Tosh is there writing all of those things down I assume. I think I even caught a glimpse or two of him filming some of my coaching pointers on his cell phone to break down later. Just great to see other coaches trying to improve their own coaching from other great coaches. If Bill Self or Greg Popovich or Geno Aureimma were giving a Coaching Clinic in Des Moines this summer, I'd have tons of coaches on my Twitter timeline tweeting about it and excited to go. Well I'm giving a Coaching Clinic two times a day, four days this week and I only saw one coach there getting better from it. Don't tweet about it, be about it.
I keep seeing this Verizon commercial on TV and it keeps bothering me....
Couldn't that exact commercial been made about a child's soccer game or basketball event? The guy walks in after the first quarter and tells the guy streaming the event that it's not working. And then he gives him the new phone and the streamer is able to stream the rest of the event. It's simple. A child's sporting event is something that people would stream. A Saturday morning game and grandma/grandpa don't want to make the long drive to watch in person so they watch the live-stream. That's much more applicable than a wedding.
Impressive showing again by Golden State last night. Clearly the best team in the league this season. I'm not going to go into a long discussion on this thread about their win because I just don't think there is much to say....and I have to get to basketball camp here in about 25 minutes. The Warriors had two of the best three players in the world on their team and four of the best 20 to 25 players in the world on their roster depending on where you'd rank Draymond Green. Unless something drastic happens, that team is going to win the championship. We thought that in July, we thought that in October, and we thought that in June. It just finalized last night.
At the beginning of the series and the beginning of the playoffs, I took Cleveland to win the championship this playoffs though. Just rode with LeBron and hoped he'd have enough help to be able to compete with the Warriors. I knew that was the less likely outcome but still what I predicted to happen. The Cavs just didn't have enough pieces to overtake the Warriors in this series though. Their margin of error was too small to consistently keep up with Golden State and all their weapons. If Golden State can keep their nucleus together, which it seems like they will, then Cleveland has to tinker their roster to get some more offensive options it can play against the Warriors.
And that's not a problem unique to the Cavaliers, that's an NBA problem right now. When the salary cap and luxury tax inflated last season and allowed Golden State to make enough room to add Durant, they instantly became a league juggernaut. Every team in the league looking to compete for a championship needs to base their strategy around how they could potentially match up with the Warriors. Not an easy task by any means. And I'm not sure if the Cavaliers have the roster flexibility or salary space to make many moves. Will be interesting to see how Cleveland's offseason turns out; because another loss to the Warriors in the Finals next season could set up another departure from Cleveland for LeBron James.