Where Are They Now – HSB Coaches In The News!

Here is the latest news and information from some of our favorite coaches playing around the world. Remember our coaches are available year round for questions, comments, or just to say hello.

Perry Petty – Egis Körmend (Hungary Division-A) – Averaging almost 14 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 7 assists per contest, Coach Perry has helped Kormend secure the second place spot in both Division and Fiba Europe Cup standings.

Suleiman Braimoh – Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia-VTB) – With 17 points in 19 minutes of action in Tuesday nights win, Coach Sulei has moved from a reserve to starting role and was recently named MVP for the months of December.

Josh Duinker – Defensor Sporting Club (Uruguay-LUB) – Now in Uruguay, Coach Josh is averaging 13.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game as a starter.  Defensor is currently fifth in the standings.

Justin Holiday – New York Knicks (NBA) – Considered by many the “Steal of the Derick Rose Trade,” Holiday continues to thrive in New York, averaging career best numbers in literally every statistical category.  Justin logged 13 points and 5 rebounds Wednesday night in the Knicks 117-106 road victory over the Celtics.  The Knicks return to action Thursday night against Washington on TNT.

Mike Harris – Sichuan (China-CBA) – Sidelined the last several months by injury, Mike has been cleared to play and will return to game action next week.  The timing could not be more perfect as the 9th ranked Blue Whales look to capture their second consecutive CBA Championship.

Zo Williams – Panevezys Lietkabelis (Lithuania-LKL) – Currently in second place, Coach Zo has lead his team to an impressive 14-5 record while averaging around 8 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.

Tyray Petty – Al Nahda Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia-SBL) – Recently signed by Al Nahda, Coach Tyray has wasted little time getting to work.  On Tuesday night the 28-year-old helped his club to their first victory of the New Year, putting up 35 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists in 40 minutes of game action.

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I had the honor of playing with Chris Copeland in Colorado in 2006. I would encourage any player struggling with doubt, frustration, or fear of inadequacy to take a couple minutes to watch this video. His story is a testament to those in pursuit of a dream that everyone says is impossible.

Video Credit To Will Mayer – Awesome Work!

Where Are They Now? HSB Coaches In The News

Take a quick look at where some of your favorite coaches are and what they’re doing.  Remember our coaches are available year round for questions, comments, or just to say hello.

Perry Petty – Egis Körmend (Hungary Division-A) – Through the first two games. Petty is averaging 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists a game.

Suleiman Braimoh – Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia-VTB) – Coming off the bench for Enisey, Sulei has averaged 7 points and 4 rebounds per contest through the first two games.

Josh Duinker – Regatas Corrientes (Argentina-LigaA) – Duinker is averaging nearly 10 points and 7 rebounds through the first 5 games including a 22 point outing Monday night.

Justin Holiday – New York Knicks (NBA) – Logging some solid minutes in pre-season action, Holiday and the revamped Knicks tip-off the regular season Tuesday October 25th against Lebron and the Cavs on TNT.

Mike Harris – Sichuan (China-CBA) – The MVP returns to Sichuan as Harris and the top ranked Blue Whales try to defend their 2015-16 CBA Championship.  Regular Season action picks up in early November.

Zo Williams – Panevezys Lietkabelis (Lithuania-LKL) – Coach Zo recently signed with third ranked Lietkabelis of Lithuania’s LKL.  Leading his club to a 5-2 record, the 31-year-old point guard is currently averaging nearly 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.

HSB Coaches In The News

HSB Coach Mike Harris and his beautiful wife Elsa welcomed their third child into the world May 12, 2016. Please join us in congratulating them on the birth of their son.

Following his standout season in Germany this year, HSB’s own Suleiman Braimoh has been invited to try-out for the Nigerian National team. Only a handful of players are ever granted such an honor and opportunity to represent their country. Way to go Sulei!

Coach Perry Petty and his squad in Hungary came up just short of the Finals this year losing Game 5 of the semi’s 77-69 on May 29th. Perry led the way for Kormend with 24 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

What About Mike Harris?

Why Is Nobody Talking About The CBA’s Most Outstanding Player Of 2016?

Hollywood couldn’t have scripted it any better.  Record breaking season, miraculous comeback, grande finale – a story for the ages capped off by arguably the greatest turnaround in all of sports history.

From the bottom of the barrel to top of the food chain, American Mike Harris catapulted the 18th seeded Sichuan Blue Whales of China’s CBA from the depths of mediocrity to a 2016 League Championship.  For a club that cumulatively won more games in a single season than their entire history, the transformation that occurred in the Wending District of Southwest, China this year was definitely one of epic proportions.  Considering NBA veterans Metta World Peace, Darius Johnson-Odom, Daniel Orton, DJ White, and Hassan Whiteside had all previously failed to establish a winning tradition in Sichuan, there’s no question.

Posting career best averages of nearly 33 points and 13.5 rebounds per contest, Harris didn’t just rack up on the team accomplishments but also those of an individual nature, returning stateside with the Player of the Year, Forward of The Year, Import of the Year, and First Team All-CBA awards.  With Bryce Cotton, Andrew Goudeluck, Michael Beasley, and several others earning NBA call-ups upon their own returns, it appeared as if the CBA’s most outstanding player of 2016 would follow suit.

However, more than three weeks have passed since Sichuan upset top seeded Liaoning and not a word has been said about Harris. Imagine the Philadelphia 76ers making an offseason veteran acquisition and in 2017 the team goes on to win its first championship since 1983.  Although a highly unlikely event, it is hard to fathom or even imagine that not a single blog, website, or NBA forum wouldn’t be swarming with coverage.  IT WOULD BE EVERYWHERE, especially if it wasn’t the first time the player had been associated with such an enormous feat.

Like in 2015 when Harris helped turn around a Qingdao Eagle’s squad (CBA) from a leagues worst 5-29 record to one of the leagues best at 28-10 and a first ever trip to the post-season tournament; or perhaps three years earlier, when the forward rejuvenated a struggling Ponce franchise in Puerto Rico, leading the Lions to three consecutive trips to the finals and back-to-back BSN Championships.

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Holding a resume littered with accomplishments, hardware, and league MVP trophies this insider begs the question – “What about Mike Harris?”  Playing the best basketball of his entire career marked by significant improvements in almost every statistical category, can it be the Texas native will be overlooked yet again?

The Miami Heat just added 31-year-old Dorell Wright of China’s 15th ranked North Control B., whose 2016 stats failed in comparison to Harris and the Celtics signed D-Leaguer John Holland who according to Hoops Rumors, “is 6’5″ and can play two-guard and small forward but would be significantly undersized.”  Factor Harris’s 6’6 frame, wealth of playoff experience, and ability to dominate inside and out on both sides of the ball, and it would appear he is a much more logical choice than either of the two recent signees.

Two sources have confirmed the Cavaliers had personnel in China for the CBA finals and with an open roster spot Cleveland could be a perfect fit.  Lebron knows Harris from training camp and with lingering injuries and inconsistent play slowing the Cavs down, the risk of signing him may be worth the reward.

As I have said many times before in my pieces on Harris, I am a long time fan, friend, and have even been a business partner of the man, but numbers don’t lie and credit needs to be put where it is due.

So again this insider begs the question, “What about Mike Harris?”  Shouldn’t it be, “How about Mike Harris.”

Cleveland, your on the clock and with a long history of playoff injuries, isn’t it better to be safe than sorry?

Stay tuned!

 

 

All Tied Up – CBA Finals Game 3 Tonight!

It’s all tied up – Sunday night American Mike Harris and his Sichuan Blue Whales took care of business, beating Liaoning 96-88 on the road to even the CBA Finals series at one game a piece.  The guests trailed by 10 points after the first quarter before rallying back and emerging victorious.

Spurred by a pair monstrous double-doubles from Harris (29 points & 15 rebounds) and Hamed Haddadi (25 points & 26 boards), the quest for the CBA’s coveted crown has been all but been renewed.  With the series heading back to Sichuan for games 3 and 4, Harris and company will look to take a demanding lead over Lester Hudson and his first seeded Hunters when play continues Wednesday night.

Stay tuned for more to come!

 

 

 

Justin Holiday Flourishing In Chicago!

Thursday February 18th (the NBA trade deadline) – just under the wire, the Hawks pulled off a three-team deal, that sent veteran Kirk Heinrich to Atlanta, Shelvin Mack to Utah, and Justin Holiday and a future second-round pick (from Utah via Denver) to the Bulls. For Chicago, the move was purely a cost saving measure. For Holiday it was a fresh start, one that the 26-year-old NBA Champion is taking full advantage of.

In just 9 games, Holiday has put up career best numbers in minutes (18.7 pg), three-point shooting percentage (43.8%), and points per contest (5.2) including a season high 14 against Miami. More impressive than the numbers has been his defense which first year Head Coach Fred Hoiberg has immediately taken a liking to; so much so he has started the newly acquired shooting guard the last two games.

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Holding NBA All-Star Dwayne Wade to a 2-point 4th quarter in Miami earlier this month and just 3-15 shooting Friday night in Chicago, the former D-League & Pac-12 All-Defensive player has certainly made his presence known.  Finding his rhythm on the offensive end with a soft-touch from the outside, it appears Chicago has gotten much more than they bargained for in the deadline move.

After the Bulls win and Detroit’s loss Monday night, Chicago now holds the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.  Despite a slew of injuries, with continued strong play from guys like Holiday, E’twuan Moore, and Doug McDermott off the bench, Bulls fans may finally have something to look forward to again.  Back in action Wednesday night in Washington, stay tuned for more from Justin as he continues to flourish in his new home.

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The Bulls appropriately celebrated a shooting guard Sunday in the United Center with the tributes to Kobe Bryant amidst the Bulls 126-115 victory.

But as one shooting guard departed, quietly, another shooting guard arrived in the United Center. Justin Holiday isn’t likely to ever receive a video tribute and standing ovation like Bryant. But Holiday may be able to help the Bulls avoid an early vacation, a premature holiday of their own, if you will.

“First of all, my effort is going to be there,” said the 6-6 shooting guard who arrived somewhat unknown and overlooked in the Kirk Hinrich trade to Atlanta. “I’m going to play hard and defensively use my length. I can stay in front of guys and also help (on defense) pretty well. That obviously comes with time on the floor and getting comfortable and offensively knocking down the open shot, playing smart.

“To tell you the truth, whatever team I go to I feel is a good opportunity for me,” said the 26-year-old journeyman. “Obviously, with guys being hurt (here) I feel I’m someone who can come in and help. Because what is going to be there every night is my effort regardless of how well I am playing or not. That’s where it starts. You have to have the effort. And fight to help the team. I’m going to have that and feel I can help.”

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Four Wins Away – CBA Championship Begins Friday!

Six games, six wins, and six dominant performances into the Chinese Basketball Association’s (CBA) coveted post-season tournament, and American Mike Harris and his Blue Whales are just four wins away from the improbable.  One of the leagues worst teams only a year ago, Sichuan is re-writing history winning the clubs first playoff game, first playoff series, and making their first ever trip to the finals.  NBA veterans Lester Hudson, Shavlik Randolph, and the top seeded Liaoning Hunters are now all that remains between Harris and one of the few Championship trophies he has yet to capture.

Putting up playoff averages of over 33 points and 13 rebounds a contest while shooting better than 68% from the field, 40% from 3, and 90% from the free-throw line, Harris is torching rival defenders and appears to be getting better literally every time he touches the floor.  With no sign of stopping or even slowing down for that matter, the 32-year-old American seems poised to secure his third overall league championship in the last 4 years.  Stay tuned as the legend continues Friday night in Game 1.

At It Again – Harris Leads Sichuan Back On Top!

What a difference a year makes.  Back-to-back losing seasons, a failed Meta World Peace experiment, and finishing with one of the CBA’s worst records in 2015 (8-40), the Sichuan Blue Whales were in need of a major overhaul.  Passing on a handful of big NBA names, team President Zhou Shining knew they weren’t in need of a “game changer” . . . they needed a “franchise changer”.

Shifting his focus from the US to Puerto Rico, Shining set his sights on a familiar face, taking a play from two-time BSN Champion Nelson Colon’s playbook, by signing a proven winner and two-time MVP.  Arguably the most dominant force the National Superior Basketball League (Puerto Rico) has ever seen, Sichuan didn’t just sign a champion, they found a leader who regularly sacrifices personal gain for team success.

The “franchise changer” they were looking for, journeyman Mike Harris arrived in the Wending District of Southwest, China poised and ready to bring the Whales the CBA Championship they’d been longing for.  A 6’7 forward who just a year earlier transformed a Qingdao Eagle’s squad (CBA) from league worst (5-29) to league best (28-10) and a first ever trip to the post-season tournament, teammates and coaches alike couldn’t wait to get started.

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Providing Shining much more than he bargained for, the decorated American hasn’t just turned things around for the club but is personally playing the best basketball of his career.  Like a fine wine ever better with age, the 32-year-old has improved in virtually every statistical category there is.

Leading Sichuan back on top, and boasting one of the leagues best records (30-8), the second ranked Whales have taken an impressive 2-0 lead over Guangsha L. in the first round of the playoffs.  Averaging nearly a triple double on the series putting up 33.5 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists per contest, Harris appears as determined as ever to capture his third overall league championship in the last 4 years.

Back in action Friday night, stay tuned for more as the legend continues.

 

 

Setting Goals Can Change Everything . . . Just Ask Isaiah!

Setting goals can change everything – Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics showed a group of lucky Mercer Island campers last summer exactly why.

Blessed by his presence, the 5’9″ Tacoma, Washington native literally got off a plane from China and came to camp ready to share with the kids the importance of working hard, believing in yourself, and not listening to others.  I can say firsthand, Thomas’s never quit attitude and unwavering will to overcome the seemingly impossible were an inspiration to all.

Inspired myself, I took full advantage of the Q&A time following his talk.  I frequently speak at great length with the kids about the importance of setting goals, so I asked Isaiah if he was a goal planner and if so, if he could elaborate on any goals that he had for the upcoming season.  Without hesitation he replied, “Yes . . . I am going to be a 2016 Eastern Conference All-Star.”

Obviously a big announcement, I asked if this was new or something he had been planning for a while.  “This is the first time I have told anyone publicly,” he shared.  Shocked by the breaking news, I took to Instagram to mark the occasion informing both Isaiah, Justin Holiday, and all the campers in attendance that when, not if,  he became a 2016 NBA All-Star, I would remind him of this moment by forwarding the post with the hashtag “#truth”.  As we know now, the rest was history.

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Seeing one of the best in the world sharing his own goals and their importance with the kids and then going out and accomplishing them was surreal.  As I watched him play in his first All-Star game Sunday (hopefully the first of many), I couldn’t help but think back to July and what he said.  He set a goal, he made a plan, and with all of us as witnesses he followed through.

Knowing there is significant evidence that suggests we are more likely to accomplish the goals we write down, I ask again, why are our players so reluctant to do the same?  Hmm . . .

Special congrats to @isaiahthomas and best of luck with the rest of your season.

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