Preface by Janx….
Last year we were lucky to have a member of Liam Flynn’s Annual NBA Summer League tour, and newly appointed Head of Scouting for www.highperformancehoopsnetwork.com's professional scouting section, Tony Casella, blog on the tour. I found the blog a great read with lots of insights on the event, good insights on trends and elite athlete development.
This year Jarrod Moore has kindly agreed to provide a blog on his first hand insights and experience from the tour. Jarrod is the Participation Officer at Penrith and Districts Basketball Association. His role is to grow the game throughout the Penrith and Nepean areas of Sydney, NSW.
I am really looking forward to reading his insights and perspectives on the NBA Summer League, how he hopes to apply what he learned to his role and his future goals and aspirations.
Over to Jarrod….
I could write a whole book on all the things I experienced and witnessed but I have dumbed it down to the major points. Enjoy the blog!
How did you come to be on this tour?
I am always on the lookout for opportunities to further educate, observe and experience coaching at all kinds of different levels and different sports. What could be a better opportunity then the NBA Summer League? It was either this or clipping my grandmothers toe-nails for a week, I think I made the right choice.
This particular opportunity arose after being offered a spot from Liam Flynn (http://www.coachliamflynn.com/) who I had been communicating with for several months before this. I had originally shown interest in the 2016 Summer League tour with Liam after finding out about him from one of his coaches clinics on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6XjsDm6Xnc). 2017 was the best time for me to experience it first hand. \
When an opportunity comes knocking, you don’t usually let it knock twice.
What were your objectives in going on the tour?
Before entering into any professional career, all professionals lead with the same question: ‘What is your definition of success?’. As cliche as it might sound, there is much to take from such a common little saying. After all, the absolute best professionals do the little things the best… and these guys were! The way they dressed, the way they spoke, they were very hospitable, warm and welcoming with every introduction. Business cards were traded, philosophies were discussed, it was like being in a candy store with a gift card. In this case, it was