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  • Myers straddles globe to keep all hands on deck
    second favourite sport In the West Indies you play all the time As a rule we used to have a match every I liked batting and bowling but I much preferred fielding getting in the slip Again it was like goalkeeping Not so glamorous but I enjoyed it more Such youthful dalliances did not go unrewarded in his eventual chosen field We used to go to the beach and take a ball and dive into the ocean to see how high you could catch it The ocean helped me build my muscles We d run in the sand and get in the water and jump around It made my legs really strong which helped me out in basketball Averaging 18 5 points per game for the free scoring Scots his latest employers have become ever more reliant on Myers leaps to land a scoring punch A latecomer to the game he has not wasted the opportunities afforded by his natural proficiency opting to eschew soccer for basketball as a means to gain a free ride into America s golden melting pot A lot of the guys who were playing basketball with me were getting scholarships to the USA he recalls I wanted to go there and play I didn t want to stay in Trinidad My coach told me I d improved so fast that I should stick with it and he d get American scouts to come and see me play One came down from Florida and worked me out He told me that I could cope with college ball in America and a few weeks later I was there At first it wasn t about travelling and seeing the world because I was satisfied with home But I knew I needed to get out and do my own

    Original URL path: http://www.britball.com/features/myers0212.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Szifris mind a maze of plays
    into the Hall of Fame last month was one I went down and studied his work and took it away with me In 1990 I spent a year on work exchange in Woodstock Illinois When I was there I watched the Bulls a dozen times and I wrote to Tex Winter who was working there with Jackson He sent me it back his notes on their offense with the hand writing still on the page I know it back to front And I ve used it in Scotland on a few occasions Szifris also doubles as chief of the Scottish men s team and his house he admits is cluttered with videos and notes of strategies culled from watching the NBA s elite panel of coaches Even during his season working as assistant to then Edinburgh Rocks coach Jim Brandon he was picking the brains of opposing playcallers I have shelves of material which I keep updated with different kinds of plays When basketball appears on television if I see something I like I ll stop the tape and chart it down on paper and file it away for future use You have to change what you have But I ve always believed that you need systems which can be taught easily You can t do too much You may have masses of knowledge but you can t use it all at the same time It s not just on the court where the American style has been Tartan ised I ve especially looked at the way these coaches have treated people how they use the psychology of the game to get players performing at their best level added Szifris Phil Jackson and his philosophies have made a lot of people laugh but they work When he signed Dennis Rodman

    Original URL path: http://www.britball.com/features/eastlothian0210.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Unleashing the Sheckles
    the NJCAA National Tournament in 1996 and was named to the All Tournament 1st team a world away from a life on the streets Following two years at junior college came a spell at Tarleton State where Sheckles met Ryan Huntley now a team mate at the Rocks Stephan admits that it has been a few key people like Huntley during his brief time at the Rocks so far and his college coach Lonn Reisman during his time at Tarleton State who have helped him as a person and as a player It has been a big help to have Ryan here with me he explained Ryan is a good person off the floor as well He helped me at Tarleton State and I also had the best coach I have ever had there he was the only person who really cared for me outside of basketball who didn t want to use me just for my talent he made me a better person Coming here Ryan has really helped me also we re good friends and even though we didn t really hang out a lot at Tarleton we do here every day we are together everywhere we go It s nice to have a familiar face here When I was in Australia playing for Rockingham Flames last season it was kind of lonely because I was the only American on the team I was kind of homesick because I living in a hotel the whole time which I didn t like too much I am glad Ryan is here because I do miss my family I just had a son last month and he is back in the States which is very hard I already miss him and I ve only been gone for about a month I won t be there for his first birthday and I miss a lot but it s worth it The up side is that I get to help my family help my girlfriend to maintain the household and pay the bills and my son is something for me to look forward to when I go home To hear Sheckles talk about his family his experience at college and his fears of what might have happened to him had it not been for basketball it s easy to see the vulnerability that lurks under the surface He is a modest man as far as his talent is concerned seemingly surprised that he has done as well as he has Indeed rather than thinking too deeply about his game he seems to just let it all come naturally and confine his thoughts to subjects close to his heart like his family He is currently the BBL s leading scorer with a 26 67 points per game scoring average but he doesn t put too much weight on that statistic and nor does he set himself any overly ambitious targets It actually wasn t my aim to be the leading scorer in the BBL

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  • Take a stampede at the rookie wall
    an hour away he states They can drive to my house I can go to theirs It keeps things normal Even with a lot of things which have changed they ve been my rock They re always checking up on me especially my Mom Making sure I m in the house when I should be She ll call and say Why are you still up when you should be resting She wants the best for me She ll come clean up sometimes at my house Smiling he adds The only thing is she charges me for it now Chandler who at 7 feet is the taller by one inch grew up near Compton the troubled inner city LA neighbourhood which brought us the Williams sisters Like his cohort his mother retains a watchful eye on her son travelling back and forth from LA to check that little Tyson is eating right and washing behind his ears Like Curry there were times in his first season when he looked and felt lost in a land of giants Much like the Bulls themselves of late who hope that investment in young talent will eventually compensate for their present growing pains With the addition of a promising college star Jay Williams and the gentle steering of Jordan s one time team mate Bill Cartwright respectability if not greatness is now the aim But the spectre left by Chicago s favourite son looms large even now It s always going to be there Chandler offers He s the greatest player who ever played the game That shadow is always going to be around and no one is going to replace him All we can do is play our hardest and stick together This organisation will get as good as Eddy and I get so

    Original URL path: http://www.britball.com/features/nbapreview03.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Studious Taylor appraised of BBL class
    them into a championship winning team He s proud of the fact that they were the best defensive team in that league last season but he says there s more than defence to his coaching mentality I think people will find me very positive and very enthusiastic and I will show tremendous energy with my team We will be well prepared and I think I m a good teacher of the game because player development is important to me I like perimeter ball skills I like my teams to create off the dribble and I also like a good inside outside game I think people will be surprised at the Leopards this season and I think they will be particularly impressed with David Fisher We are running a 3 guard offence this season and I think people will be impressive with how we do and with our athleticism I hope that I can bring the best of American and the best of European basketball together I m very excited about it Taylor s experience in the US comes from assistant coaching jobs with Clarion University Indiana University and Pittsburgh State University He also spent time at Dodge City Legend in the USBL over the summer I have made tremendous contacts in US college basketball and in pro basketball Working at Dodge City in the USBL over the summer was a great experience Let s not forget that the USBL has produced 134 players that have gone on to play in the NBA Last season provided his first head coaching job and his European experience at BV Chemnitz 99 and it was an experience that he thoroughly enjoyed Last season was a very positive experience for me I took a 12 14 team and turned it around and we won the Championship so of course it was a great experience for me It was very special although there were a lot of challenges and obstacles to overcome not just in terms of the language barrier It was a very positive year but certainly not an easy one But I love challenges he continued I am embracing this opportunity with much enthusiasm and much determination I know there is a lot of work ahead We have basically been squeezing an entire off season into two and a half weeks so it has been hard work but it s been exciting too I want to bring in a new winning attitude and a positive attitude and we are also raising the bar in terms of the work ethic too Those buzz words enthusiasm determination and hard work shine through vividly when talking to Coach Taylor not only through the words he uses but his tone of voice too If you delve a little further into his basketball career it becomes evident why that is Mike Taylor is a man who lives and breathes basketball He was brought up surrounded by the game thanks to his father who was also a basketball coach and

    Original URL path: http://www.britball.com/features/miketaylor0210.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Pero jets north for summer expedition
    a clean sweep back to Chester he was grateful for an unexpected rest I went back to New Zealand straight after the end of the BBL season he outlines But then I got injured during the trials and missed a few of our warm up games It could have been a blessing in disguise I ve played four years non stop with summer and winter seasons and the few weeks that I was forced to take off has left me feeling quite fresh now Having missed a segment of New Zealand s preparation two games against the French will provide some useful practice He adds We re heading to Hanover after the weekend to play against Germany Lithuania and Yugoslavia which is going to be a huge test for us It s ideal preparation They ve all got guys who play or could play in the NBA and they re all very physical Then we go to Canada for two Tests against them before flying down to Notre Dame and then into Indy Even from the other side of the globe Cameron has kept a close eye on the comings and goings in the BBL particularly at the Northgate where his coach Robbie Peers has been constructing a side to match their unprecedented achievements of last season Cameron will be back But he insists that those who have left John Thomas and James Hamilton depart to fresh pastures with no rancour from their former colleagues It happens It s part of the game of this business he confirms John s a phenomenal player an incredible point guard But good on him He wanted to go on to bigger and better things like we all do You only have 15 years in the business and who can blame him for making

    Original URL path: http://www.britball.com/features/cameron0208a.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • America's Dream coveted by world
    then there have been other American teams which have been similarly dominant None though has been a real Dream Team More a pleasant train of thought The Kiwis have no such ambition In the Sydney Olympics they could finish only next to last as sceptics muttered they had only qualified due to Australia s automatic berth as hosts In Indianapolis though their presence is by right not by default And the experience of 2000 has matured his team Cameron insists even the 46 point mauling dished out there by the United States There were two extremes the Chester Jets captain recalls of that day Yes it was incredible to play against all these huge stars But for me it was disappointing that we didn t put in a good performance Sure the result was taken care of before a ball was thrown onto the court But they were very beatable at the last Olympics as Lithuania in particular showed and I wish we d given a better account against them that we did We were capable of better Ah yes Lithuania The Baltic wind blew ill on American myths Illusions shattered That seemingly impregnable cloak of invincibility sported by the NBA s finest was just a rim s clunk away from removal In Sydney they had some very good individuals and they were very strong but they nearly got caught out But all that matters is that they took gold and that s what will go down in history All eyes will be on the hosts coached by Milwaukee s George Karl to regain a title which they ceded to Yugoslavia four years ago during the league s strike In their home land in a state regarded as the hotbed of basketball anything less than ultimate victory will bring dishonour

    Original URL path: http://www.britball.com/features/cameron0208b.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • Pero jets north for summer expedition
    for the quarter finals of the World Championships now hanging on a victory against China Chester Jets captain Pero Cameron has won praise from United States head coach George Karl despite his New Zealand side suffering a 110 62 thrashing by the favourites on Tuesday night He s just an old time basketball player who knows how to play enthused Karl afer Cameron racked up 13 points in another fine performance for the BBL s most under rated player Cameron ever the competitor is not one for mere words though It s my first time in a World Championships and I want to see results he said Expectations I don t know about but mine are fairly big I have dreams and goals but I don t like to talk about them I like to leave them out on court and have them rise or fall there The experience of playing in Indianapolis though has lived up to expectations Basketball is so huge in the US Cameron adds It s where the game was founded and the buildings where we play are incredible Odds are though that the Kiwis will go into the round to decide the 9 12th places

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