NBL Canada Summer Combine 2015 – Washington, DC!

The NBL Canada Summer Combine Series took a stop in Washington DC on the hunt for new and talented players to compete in the league during the 2015-2016 season. Check out the recap!

Are You Loyal to a TEE?

Jason Chu and Ryan Yu are a couple of long time Toronto Raptors fans who have taken their love for the game of basketball and made a business out of it. In October of 2014, they founded Loyal to a Tee, a t-shirt company dedicated to providing passionate fans with quality while maintaining a loyalty to their brand.

Fast Break presents: The Bright Future of Canadian Basketball!

The success that Canada has experienced in recent NBA drafts can only mean bright things for the future of basketball in the country. Programs such as CIA Bounce have made huge contributions to the landscape and more and more young people are looking to take their game to the next level. “Fast Break” welcomes basketball analyst and coach, Gary Durrant who explores the future of basketball in Canada.

Music “Cool Guy 5000” by C. Scott (http://cscott.bandcamp.com/)

NASH – A Documentary Film!

There’s no question that Steve Nash is probably on a lot of people’s short list as one of the most popular and important Canadian sports figures of all time. This two time NBA MVP has been described as one of the most unique athletes in the world and his new movie “NASH – A Documentary Film” gives an up close and inside look into the individual. I had an opportunity to sit with Michael Hamilton who produced and directed the film to obtain further insights into the making of “NASH – A Documentary Film”

Check out the movie trailer …

Click here to listen to my convo with movie director Michael Hamilton….

 

Love, Live Hoop Basketball Clinic!

 

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I once had an opportunity to check out Love, Live Hoop, a basketball clinic designed for young female basketball players which was held at Humber College in Toronto.  The event was organized by Alisha Tatham and Kalisha Keane.

The two day clinic consisted of on-court drills, IQ development, foot work and games which is pretty typical for clinics but the other component that I thought made this one stand out from the restwas the sit down discussion that focused on elements such as self-esteem, personal image and self confidence.  These carefully selected topics are all important and necessary components in preparing these young girls for the next level of play.

Many of the participants left motivated, driven and knowing what is expected of them thereafter.

Both Alisha and Kalisha have represented Canada on the senior women’s national basketball team and have played professionally as well so they both understand the mindset required to be successful competitively and are to be commended for their willingness to share lessons they’ve learned with the next generation of players.

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Love, Live Hoop really hit a soft spot for me as a former girls basketball coach when my youngest daughter first started playing the game,  I thought the entire event was organized nicely and well run but more importantly, I also felt that Love, Live Hoop achieved exactly what it set out to do by imparting knowledge through credible role models in Alisha and Kalisha. While the fruits of this event may not be fully realized any time soon, the seeds have been firmly planted and each and every one of the young ladies in attendance not only understand that the sky is the limit but have the blueprint on exactly how to get there.

Congratulations on a job well done!

 

An Inside Look at Antwi Atuahene: Pro Basketball Player & Community Leader

 

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I had an opportunity to catch up with pro basketball player and community leader, Antwi Atuahene for an exclusive in depth interview.  The thing that stands out most in my mind about was the fact that he embraces the role of underdog as a source of motivation.

Antwi returns to the London Lightning this season to help them win their third consecutive championship.  I really appreciated his candidness and honesty as he shared his thoughts on his past and where he sees himself going in the future.