Hi, it’s Mano,
As a Raptors fan, I gotta be honest…I didn’t think this would ever happen.
Who could imagine a team with NO player drafted higher than 15th winning an NBA championship???
Here are a few interesting facts you may not know about PGC’s connections to this Raptors team:
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Coach Nick Nurse called us in the summer to get a copy of Stuff Good Player Should Know, by PGC Founder Dick DeVenzio, for every Raptors player to read. He told me he gives Stuff to every team he coaches. Maybe that’s what gave them the edge. 😉
Lesson: It takes more than practice to maximize your potential as a player or team.
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Last July, I was invited to a Raptors practice during the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. Amazingly, even though it was 11 months before this historic run, they practiced with championship-level focus, energy, and precision.
Lesson: “Championship games are not won on the night of the big event, but years earlier by players who commit themselves to championship principles each day” — Dick DeVenzio
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A few years ago, I went to Kenya with Raptors GM Masai Ujiri to coach at his Giants of Africa camp. While I was there, I introduced Masai to a special project we’ve taken on in Kenya (check out the project here). Despite how busy Masai is, he took his staff to see it and we’ve been exploring ways to partner together on the project.
Lesson: No matter how busy you are, make time to give back to your community.
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Raptors guard Jeremy Lin has been a great supporter of PGC, scholarshipping over 75 players to PGC. As we’ve corresponded throughout this playoff run, what’s impressed me is what he’s done to ‘stay ready’ with his training and mental preparation, in case Kyle or Fred got injured.
Lesson: Always, always, always stay ready.
Click here to find out what Jeremy had to say following his first visit to PGC
When players ask me what they can do to look special, they are really asking me how they can get more shots within their offense. They tend to dismiss this crucial answer, “Identify what your opponent does poorly, expose that, and you will stand out.” What do the majority of players do poorly? Execute their transition defense well.
But when you shift the way you think, the way you play begins to change. Playing this way is hard. It takes superior conditioning & mental toughness. But never forget: Everything worth having is on the other side of hard.
Basketball isn’t like football. You must be able to play on both sides of the ball if you want to stay on the court and excel. Here’s the good news. Tall or short, strong or weak, quick or slow, lockdown defenders are made, not born.
Here are the four keys to becoming a lockdown defender that I wish I would have known while I was still playing.
Athletes, this is for you. We all want to play more minutes, have more fun, and win more games. But there’s a big problem that we all succumb to that’s holding us back from reaching our full potential.
PGC Basketball provides intense, no-nonsense basketball training for players and coaches. Our basketball camps are designed to teach players of all positions to play smart basketball, be coaches on the court, and be leaders in practices, games and in everyday life.
We combine our unique PGC culture with a variety of teaching methods and learning environments to maximize the learning potential of those that attend our sessions. In addition to spending 6-7 hours on the court each day, lessons will be reinforced through classroom sessions and video analysis.
Our goal at PGC is to empower you with the tools to fulfill your basketball dreams, while also assisting you in experiencing the joy of the journey.