Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly and coaches gotta coach.
(Is that not how the song goes?)
While the Thunder Youth Basketball Summer Camps – presented by Cox Communications - have been going on the past three weeks, we’ve invited several members of the coaching staff to stop by and teach the kids a few pointers – and had a great response.
Today, Coach Scott Brooks made a surprise visit to the camp at the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County. He gave a brief clinic about the importance of ball-handling skills and worked with the campers on dribbling techniques.
Assistant Coach Maz Trakh came to camp today for the second week in a row; he can’t seem to get enough of helping out kids. As I spoke with him last week, one of the campers came up to him and said that a few of the techniques he recommended (you can see what he discussed here) weren’t working. Rather than just telling the young man to take his word for it and keep trying, he grabbed a ball – walking him through exactly what to do and how to practice shooting at home.
Even the Tulsa 66ers are getting into the fun of camp – Dale Osbourne, their assistant coach, came to camp on Tuesday and had some hands-on time with the kids.
Our coaching staff has been playing or coaching hoops for most of their lives; it’s nearly morphed into their DNA. No matter what the age or skill level of the players in front of them, if you put players in front of them, it’s clear that coaches just gotta coach.
- Karina Henderson