Beyond the exposure of the players, the Summer League is also an opportunity for coaches from all over the world to be invited to different staffs in order to live a unique experience, at the gates of the NBA, and to observe more close to the operation of the best league in the world.
This is for example the case of TJ Parker, who is part of the staff of the Bucks, but also of Tim Cone, a legend of Filipino basketball. With his 24 championship titles in the PBA (Philippines Basketball Association), this 64-year-old technician is playing alongside Malik Allen in Miami, and he shares his interest in supporting the Heat staff.
“As a coach, I think we all watch the NBA. From the outside, you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s really great’”. But we still see the finished product. During half-time, we wonder what subjects they talk about, what they can do in training, what they do differently from us. This is the purpose of this experiment. I am inside. I see him. Just talking about it gives goosebumps,” did he declare.
Erik Spoelstra, a demigod in the Philippines
Tim Cone was invited by Erik Spoelstra, the main coach of Miami, of Filipino origin by his mother, presented as his counterpart as a true demigod in this archipelago of Southeast Asia.
“He’s an absolute legend there, and he’s still young as a coach (51), and he could go on for another 20 years! »added Tim Cone. “It’s just really hard to imagine. I don’t want to use the term god, but that’s almost it”.
It now remains for Erik Spoelstra, who would have been regularly asked to lead the Philippine national team, to do the opposite. “Maybe I could be one of his assistants in one of those tournaments someday. That would be pretty cool”he slipped.
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