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Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 10:59 AM
DAYTON — Six weeks into his tenure as head coach of the Dayton Flyers, Anthony Grant stopped by WHIO Radio to talk to the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, on the Miami Valley Morning News.
Here are some highlights from the interview Wednesday morning:
• On putting the coaching staff together: “It has been hectic, but it’s been good. I’m really happy with the staff we’ve put together. We’re moving in the right direction in terms of finishing things out.”
• On associate head coach Anthony Solomon: “He’s a former head coach, a guy who’s been a lot of different places and has a lot of relationships. He’s very good on the floor.”
• On assistant coach James Kane: “He’s a guy I knew when I was at the University of Florida. He was a student there. Long story. We used to play a 3-on-3 challenge against the students. We were undefeated for a long time, and James’ team actually beat us. It’s the only time anyone beat us in my time there.
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• On assistant coach Ricardo Greer: He played 14 years overseas, and actually in a week and a half, he’s going into the hall of fame in France for his playing career.”
• On special assistant Darren Hertz: “Darren has an important role for us in terms of analytics, breaking down our team and helping me to analyze what we’re doing offensively and defensively.”
• On new recruit Jalen Crutcher: “Once he saw this place and saw the resources we have here and the commitment on and off the court, academically, athletically, socially, I think he saw this will be a great fit for him.”
• On John Crosby returning to the team: “John, obviously, is a guy who has had kind of a rocky road a little bit, I think it would be fair to say, in terms of his production on the court. He’s a guy who really has a lot of pride in terms of wanting to do well and wanting to showcase what he’s capable of doing. I think he just wanted some reassurance that he would have an opportunity to compete and earn playing time and help the team. When you talk to his teammates, they all said great things about him in terms of who he is as a person. Once we worked all that out, in terms of his understanding the direction we were taking the program and his role in it, I think he felt very comfortable moving forward. He did a great job finishing out academically. We’re excited to have him back on the team.”
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• On getting to know his new players: “My first order of business for them was to take care of the classroom, to make sure they finished strong academically. We really didn’t do much on the court. I was able the last couple of weeks, before they had preparation for finals, to get them on the court and just see where they’re at. This will be a big summer. Some of the guys will be here first summer session. Then we’ll have pretty much everybody here for the second summer session.”
• On two of the biggest influences on him, Don Donoher and Billy Donovan: “The common thread between those two guys is their understanding of what it takes to win, not only on the court but in life.
• On what his time as a player at UD meant to him: “I talked to the guys who just finished their careers here and about their passion for their place. This is a special place and will always be a special place for those who played here.”
Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 5:22 PM
— The organizer of a new charity event say a who’s who of sports figures and entertainers will descend on Dayton in a matter of a few weeks.
Ron Edwards, the organizer of the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event, told us that Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen are among the celebrities slated to be in Dayton for the new event set for Aug. 19 and 20 at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering.
Cleamons is a former NBA player and coach.
The event will benefit Hoopology Camp, Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development.
The Pink Ribbon Girls, a locally based nonprofit that helps women battling cancer, will also benefit.
WHY ARE CELEBRITIES INVOLVED?
A marketing professional by trade, Edwards says he and his wife, Arnika Edwards — University of Dayton’s director of basketball operations — are longtime friends of Cleamons. And so are the celebrities expected to play in the golf event.
Several were coached by Cleamons or coached with him.
“All these people want to come and make it happen for Jim,” Edwards said.
He said he would release a full list of celebrities Monday.
“We’ve got a great list of celebrities and athletes that will be here,” he said. “It is going to do a big deal. Our plan is to have this for a long time.”
WHO IS JIM CLEAMONS?
Raised in Columbus, Cleamons played basketball at Ohio State University before entering the NBA.
He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets.
He was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.
Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.
The Bulls won championships in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996.
Edwards said Dayton was selected as the city of the golf event that will include an auction because he and his wife are based here, the Dayton area has quality golf courses and because Cleamons — now a resident of California — remains passionate about helping Ohio youth improve their lives and have bright futures.
“Everything we are doing is for Jim and his 501(c)(3) and helping the kids in Ohio,” he said.
Published: Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 9:18 AM
— Apparently not everyone is happy that LeBron James is joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Fans of King James put up a King of LA mural, but a fan of the team offered $300 to someone who would destroy it, Sports Illustrated reported.
An unidentified person took the person who put up the bounty, only identified as Lakers Fanbase, up on the offer, according to SI.
Photos of the graffiti-covered mural hit social media, saying “a LeBron-hating Laker fanatic put out a contract to get this mural of #LeBronJames vandalized today in California. Dude need to get extra security around town. The hate is real,” according to Bleacher Report.
The graffiti included “we don’t want you” and 3-6 referring to James’ record in the NBA finals, according to Bleacher Report.
The mural was fixed shortly after the vandalism, CBS Sports reported.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:12 AM
NEW YORK — A mysterious man was sitting in the Seattle Mariners’ dugout Thursday night, sporting a bushy mustache and wearing a hoodie.
And shades -- shades reminiscent of Bobby Valentine’s failed disguise in 1999 when he was ejected from a game and tried to sneak back into the dugout.
The mystery man was no stranger to Mariners fans -- Ichiro Suzuki, now an executive in the Seattle front office.
Suzuki sneaked into the Seattle dugout Thursday to watch the first inning of the Mariners’ game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees, The New York Post reported.
"He was perfect. I never would have known it was him,'' Valentine texted to the The Associated Press.
Officially, Suzuki, 44, is not allowed to be in the dugout during games, ESPN reported. He was removed from the Mariners’ roster in May and moved into the front office as a special assistant to the team chairman, the AP reported.
AP photographer Bill Kostroun spotted Suzuki hiding in the dugout during the first inning. He had exited the dugout by the second inning as the Mariners lost 4-3 to the Yankees.
Perhaps Suzuki had dropped a hint when he moved into his new position.
"During the game I will be doing the same preparations I've been doing the entire time. Nothing is going to change for me that I did as a player," Suzuki said. "But I can't say for certain that maybe I won't put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout."
Valentine, who was managing the New York Mets in 1999, was ejected from a game in the 12th inning. He later put on a fake mustache and sunglasses and attempted to sit in the dugout.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 2:35 PM
— Who wouldn’t like a shot to hit a few balls with Jordan or Kobe?
Registration is open for the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event set for Aug. 19 to 20 at NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering.
Registrations for 2 to 8 players range from $750 to $5,000 for the event that will benefit Hoopology Camp — former NBA player and coach Jim Cleamons’ Columbus-based charity for student athlete development.
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A list of of 40 athletes, including Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, Lenny Wilkens, Kobe Bryant, Willie Reed, Ross Browner and Dennis Hopson are expected to attend.
Members of the University of Dayton and the Ohio State University coaching staffs are also expected to participate, as is Archie Griffin, a former OSU and Cincinnati Bengal player.
Ron Edwards, the event’s Dayton-based organizer, said a sponsorship registration is required for attendance.
“Unlike major golfing tournaments, this is a private event,” he told this news organization. “You can’t enter without (a team) sponsorship.”
The presenting sponsor, albatross sponsor and eagle sponsor registration include entrance into a drawing to play with a pro or celebrity, an invitation to the event’s pairing party and auction and other benefits.
The birdie sponsor registration includes an invitation to the pairing party, but does not include the drawing.
Edwards urges those interested in attending to visit the Hooplogy Camp website.
Questions can also be emailed to email@example.com.
Cleamons was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that. Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.
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