September 09, 2010
Sometimes, it's kind of hard to understand what assistant coaches do for a basketball team. Depending on the coach, they might help with scouting, tutor big guys, help refine jump shots and other little things of that nature, but it's kind of hard to see how they spend an entire two hour practice. It is even harder to understand an assistant's role on an international basketball team where practice time is so scarce that these smaller tasks may be pushed aside so that the team can work together. And when those assistant coaches are usually head coaches — which is the case for Team USA — keeping track of responsibilities is even tougher.
Thankfully, this short video of new Team USA assistant — and current Raptors head coach — Jay Triano sheds some light on what these helpers do all the time.
Oh, cool — Jay Triano is a huge Tom Green fan, apparently. I woundn't have guessed that, but they are both Canadian, so it makes sense. Good to know.
It's also good to know that the United States is covered in case a high-stakes international game of H-O-R-S-E breaks out. Between their assistant coach two-time defending NBA H-O-R-S-E king Kevin Durant(notes), they have to be No. 1 in the FIHA (International H-O-R-S-E Federation, duh) rankings. Throw in Kevin Love's(notes) full-court mastery and we're talking about the Dream Team of trick shots.