Dreamescape I: Another day in Russia...

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Friday Morning..."Dreamescape I"...Did I mention that this room has 3 Stars...UNTIL, you sleep on the bed, and then you quickly realize that, "this must be owned by the same group, because the bed, although being double, would remind anyone of a sleepover on "Shag" carpet...yes, THAT hard again...My gluttonous maxim us, yes after all of these years, I have developed my anatomy with great respect to the many epicurean delights that have shaped my latter years now), it doesn't even provide the necessary cushion for a comfortable sleep...Friday nights in a beachfront hotel that has over 200 rooms...oh yeah, not a real quiet evening to say the least...what to do: TV in a hotel room in Russia, now that's a novel idea for sleep, no? So, I turn on the TV and my controller doesn't work so I operate it by hand, bringing back memories of yesteryear when I would do the same when my Mom or Dad were not around and I wanted to "switch channels", later to be replaced with "channel surfing", until they returned to watch their program...I decide on an interesting program that features incredible accident scenes from where else? You guessed it: the good old USA...They show not-so-very-smart adults showing kids how to do something when in fact someone gets hurt; also including footage of "supervised" children hurting themselves as well...It's not America's Funniest Videos by any means, it's America's Hurting Themselves Videos...ouch!!

Can't sleep as my "sinuses" are acting up in this room...Let me see, how do I describe the "aroma" of this clean (it is really) room: think back when the boys locker room smelled like socks and jocks hangin on hooks and the heat's been on over the weekend before PE Class on Monday morning...yep, so many wonderful memories of yesteryears I am experiencing...hope the "old" guys like me out there can relate...if not, take a whiff of your shoes sometimes, tennis, walking or most worn pair of dress shoes...you'll get the "whiff" my visualsh here...err, aromas...

Walkthru Practice this Morning: Wow, talk about a sleepy head group!! We got up for breakfast at 7:45am (players prefer to awakened from a dead sleep and go right to breakfast...that is their custom)...Did I ever get an eyeful from that breakfast...good thing this wasn't an AAU team getting ready for 4 games in one day or 3...we'd a miss the first game completely...We arrive 15 mins. early (I told you the Asst. Team Mgr. would come around...) and that gave us "extra" time to get loose, shoot at both ends of basket, and then go thru our defensive alignment (NOT MATCHUPS) and finish with our Offensive sets, simple, both ends of court, including Zone Attack, Blue Hi Stack attack, and then complete the session with FTs...We were exactly 1 hr. and 10 mins...Most efficient effort of time executed I have ever experienced with a team at any level...It was fun and even the Asst. Coach, YoYo goes "Coach, that was good practice..."...Now we prepare for the game tonight...I told the players before Walkthru not to "pack" a parachute by complaining about being tired, not loose, hungry, etc., ect., rather, PACK your parachute now, knowing that you'll probably make mistakes, shoot airballs, miss layups, get fouled, get knocked down, have terrible officiating, but it's okay, you still get to play and finish the game on your feet...don't quit, visualize yourself being on defense, rotating to help your teammate from the weakside...getting up in the passing lanes early with a STOP SIGN (Palm of hand extended in the Passer's line of vision)...I took the two capts. aside before practice and shared with them how important it was for them to be more vocal in practice WITH ME towards their younger teammates, that I should not always have to be the voice to correct everyone nor should the asst. coach...But to quietly take the player(s) aside and explain "why" coach keeps reminding him NOT to make the SAME mistake...So, I am looking forward to how we withstand a number of things going against us right now: being visitors...hostile crowd...their Officials...their physicality compared to ours...the non calls at both ends of floor...and me NOT taking a Timeout to correct on floor mistakes...This is how a team will learn to trust one another and communicate towards supporting each other through adversity...we'll see how the lessons are taught and learned tonight...early, I'm sure...I am not concerned at all with scores in preseason games as much as I am with our overall effort and working together at both ends...That to me is the key to our training and repetitions: can we build on our mistakes into corrections...can we understand our trust carries over into communicating positively with one another or not...Will file a Post Game Notes vs. Russia tomorrow...Ciao...Coach tom

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