Catching Up With Nerlens Noel

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Ryan McNeill: How did you hook up with CoachUp?
Nerlens Noel: The person that handles my brand management and endorsements (Dave Pace) thought it was a good fit on both sides. He arranged a meeting up in Boston with CoachUp and we really hit it off.

RM: What does your role as an Athlete Advisor entail?
NN: I’m going to be involved in many aspects. I didn’t want to do it unless I was really going to be involved, but they really value my input and that was appealing to me. I feel like in have a lot to add, but also a lot to learn. I’ll help them and they’ll help me.

RM: How has having a personal coach helped you grow as a player?
NN: It’s been invaluable. Although just physical adjustments and on court workouts are definitely a big part of it, there’s more to it. The psychological and mental parts of the game are huge. My private coaches have helped me in every aspect.

RM: How do you balance working with a personal coach as well as collegiate coaches (while at UK) and now with the Sixers?
NN: Good question. In everything I do, I always have a team, and nobody on the team thinks about themselves. We get together and define the particular goal we want to achieve. Then we define roles. Once we have those things established, everything goes smoothly.

RM: How tough was it for you to not play any games last season? How did the experience of being with the team during video sessions, watching practices and working out with strength and conditioning coaches help you grow as a player?
NN: Well, I’m a competitor as much as I am a basketball player, so it was extremely tough. All of that helped. You see an NBA game on TV and you might not realize how good these guys are. So any little tendency I can pick up on a player is very helpful, and every extra set of whatever exercise I’m doing is going to make me that much stronger or quicker. You need every edge you can in this league.

RM: As tough as last season was for Philly, how exciting is it to be part of something exciting? The team has you, rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams and two lottery picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.
NN: Well I’m a competitor as much as I am a basketball player, so it was extremely tough. All of that helped. You see an NBA game on TV and you might not realize how good these guys are. So any little tendency I can pick up on a player is very helpful, and every extra set of whatever exercise I’m doing is going to make me that much stronger or quicker. You need every edge you can in this league.

RM: I’ve had the chance to chat with Brett Brown a couple of times and his passion for the game was great to hear. How has he helped you grow as a player? What was it like watching him work with the team last season?
NN: It was great. I don’t think I could ask to be in a better position as far as having him as my coach. We both view the game similarly in that we are both passionate about the game. I’m looking forward to a long successful relationship with coach Brown.

Catching Up With Thaddeus Young

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Thaddeus Young talked about how adversity this season has helped him grow, his evolving role as a leader on the team and how having 28 players on the roster at different parts this season has effected the team.

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Pete Strobl Talks About “Backspin”

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Pete Strobl, author of “Backspin,” talked about playing nearly a decade in Europe, what motivated him to write his book, the impact his book has already had and he gave Jack Armstrong some props.

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Catching Up With Jeff Hornacek

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Jeff Hornacek talked about making a push for the playoffs in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, the most rewarding part of his first season as a head coach in the NBA, and adjusting to having Eric Bledsoe back.

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Catching Up With Otto Porter Jr.

 

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Otto Porter Jr talked with enduring some frustrations during his rookie season in the NBA, how assistant coach Ryan Saunders is helping him grow as a player, learning from vets and how he’s staying ready in case an injury opens up playing time for him.

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Catching Up With Victor Oladipo

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Victor Oladipo talked with me about adjusting to playing point guard, balancing between being a scorer and distributor and learning from a veteran like Jameer Nelson.

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Catching Up With Tyler Zeller

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Tyler Zeller chatted with me about North Carolina’s win over Duke last night, getting more minutes this month and Cleveland’s six-game winning streak.

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Catching Up With Brian Roberts

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Brian Roberts talked with me about getting the opportunity for him to start this month, New Orleans winning seven of their past eleven games and fellow Dayton Flyer Chris Johnson getting signed by the Boston Celtics.

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Catching Up With Monica Wright

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I was able to talk with Monica Wright about adjusting to her role coming off the bench, playing basketball in Australia, the role her faith in God plays in her life, the movie Love and Basketball, running a basketball camp for Nike in her hometown and her volunteer work with WNBA Cares.

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Podcast: Bill Walton And Luke Walton Talk About Romance, Love And Basketball

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This afternoon I was able to talk with Bill Walton and Luke Walton about romance, love, Valentine’s Day, all-star weekend and basketball.

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Catching Up With Terrence Ross

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Terrence Ross talked with me about slowing down talented scorers like Arron Afflalo and Paul George, growing as a defender and why it’s easier guarding NBA players once you’ve played against them.

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Catching Up With Dwane Casey

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Dwane Casey talked with me about the need to play with focus through the entire game and why Toronto needs to resist the temptation to change their style of play against a smaller Orlando team.

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Teammates On Ross Scoring 51 Points

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Dwane Casey, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez talked about Terrence Ross erupting for 51 points.

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Catching Up With Vince Carter

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Vince Carter talked with the media about finally getting some cheers at the Air Canada Centre, his impact on basketball in Canada and the dunk he pulled on DeMar DeRozan.

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Catching Up With Terrence Ross

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Terrence Ross chatted with me after the win against the Indiana Pacers about guarding Paul George, Toronto matching Indiana’s physical style of play, the confidence in the locker room, the kind of sixth man impact the fans at the Air Canada Centre had during the game against the Pacers.

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