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by posted 01/27/2020

Hi everyone-

 

I'm sorry for not sending an email yesterday but I was working all night after the devastating news about Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the other basketball loving families on board- just heart wrenching stuff.

 

I had the pleasure of interviewing him where I knew I never had a lot of time with him but he would give me exactly what I needed and then say "you good?"  I've watched with sheer awe as he performed on the biggest stages of All Star weekend, NBA Finals and the London Olympics- showcasing his pure magic on the court and then flashing that signature smile to everyone he saw postgame and then he was off.   You always knew when Kobe had entered the building and when he left. I can only say that about one other player in Michael Jordan. The thing that always stuck with me about him- his work ethic, "mamba mentality," was no joke. That's very public knowledge but I saw it with my own two eyes. He worked extra before team shootaround, after team shootaround, early on game days, early and post practice days, there was never an off day for Kobe...We had a shooter following him that would call me to ask, "Do  I have to keep shooting?"This was two hours after practice.I said yes and I'm glad I did as I saw those images on TV  last night. At the Olympics, while the other guys were hanging out in the lobby at 7pm,  Kobe left to go work out with his trainer- that was "just Kobe". It appeared that his daughter inherited the Mamba mentality and the shame of it all is that she won't be able to fulfill her dream of playing in the WNBA- terrible stuff.  I won't say much to the girls tonight about this but I will talk briefly about his work ethic and how they should work towards their dreams. He had a lot of great quotes but I like this one: "I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. Great things come from hard work and perseverence. No excuses."  

 

Here is our week this week:

 

Tonight, practice from 6pm-7:30pm- Brayton Gym

Thursday, 1/30- 7:30pm-9pm- Washington Gym

Saturday, 2/1- 12pm game at Rockaway (Copeland Middle School New Gym)- 100 Lake Shore Drive. Please arrive at 11:30am-Wear maroon**One note: I have reached out to the coach as we have a lax conflict that day...will keep you updated

Sunday, 2/2- 1:15pm vs Scotch Plains-Summit High School Main Gym- please arrive at 12:45pm and wear white.

 

Thank you-

Annette

 

 

 

 


 
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This week!
by posted 01/27/2020

Hi everyone-

 

I'm sorry for not sending an email yesterday but I was working all night after the devastating news about Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the other basketball loving families on board- just heart wrenching stuff.

 

I had the pleasure of interviewing him where I knew I never had a lot of time with him but he would give me exactly what I needed and then say "you good?"  I've watched with sheer awe as he performed on the biggest stages of All Star weekend, NBA Finals and the London Olympics- showcasing his pure magic on the court and then flashing that signature smile to everyone he saw postgame and then he was off.   You always knew when Kobe had entered the building and when he left. I can only say that about one other player in Michael Jordan. The thing that always stuck with me about him- his work ethic, "mamba mentality," was no joke. That's very public knowledge but I saw it with my own two eyes. He worked extra before team shootaround, after team shootaround, early on game days, early and post practice days, there was never an off day for Kobe...We had a shooter following him that would call me to ask, "Do  I have to keep shooting?"This was two hours after practice.I said yes and I'm glad I did as I saw those images on TV  last night. At the Olympics, while the other guys were hanging out in the lobby at 7pm,  Kobe left to go work out with his trainer- that was "just Kobe". It appeared that his daughter inherited the Mamba mentality and the shame of it all is that she won't be able to fulfill her dream of playing in the WNBA- terrible stuff.  I won't say much to the girls tonight about this but I will talk briefly about his work ethic and how they should work towards their dreams. He had a lot of great quotes but I like this one: "I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. Great things come from hard work and perseverence. No excuses."  

 

Here is our week this week:

 

Tonight, practice from 6pm-7:30pm- Brayton Gym

Thursday, 1/30- 7:30pm-9pm- Washington Gym

Saturday, 2/1- 12pm game at Rockaway (Copeland Middle School New Gym)- 100 Lake Shore Drive. Please arrive at 11:30am-Wear maroon**One note: I have reached out to the coach as we have a lax conflict that day...will keep you updated

Sunday, 2/2- 1:15pm vs Scotch Plains-Summit High School Main Gym- please arrive at 12:45pm and wear white.

 

Thank you-

Annette

 

 

 

 


 
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Last night and tomorrow night!
by posted 01/22/2020

Hi everyone-

 

What a bummer last night! Another game that Andrew and I thought was very winnable going in but the girls got themselves into a huge hole going down 15-0 (apparently they had too much fun over the long weekend so no more of that please-haha)  We were very proud of their ability to come back from the deficit and make it a game the whole way. We were aggressive, finished every one of our fast break layups and made some nice connections. But like we have been saying often, IF their passes were crisper (no threading the needle passes), IF they boxed out (oh, pretty please!), IF they didn’t make unnecessary fouls (we did a better job on less fouls but still can improve on decision making here), IF they could deny the “star” from getting the ball, IF we make a few more free throws, (we did ok in that department last night but can be better), we will win….we are that close to these teams that are leading the division. It’s just about taking that next step and finishing teams off.

 

With that being said, I want to try a new approach on Thursday night. While you all love my fiery disposition on the sideline (ok, I have no idea if you like it but it’s who I am!) I want to try something new (for at least the first half )  I am going to stay quiet and let the girls call the plays and “run things”. I often say “what do you see” to the point guards but then end up calling a play myself where they can’t think on their own. I also think they may be going too fast in general but certainly on a fast break where the numbers aren’t there and not settling in because there is a lot of noise around them. They have worked hard and know what they are doing. Now it’s just time for them to figure it all out and put it all together….as a team. I will use my timeouts to make matchup changes and adjustments but let’s give this a try (if I see a bowl being passed around in the bleachers with money on odds of me being quiet for the half you will be scheduled to run the clock or book at all upcoming games... HAHA!)

 

Tomorrow night we will be in Springfield at Florence Gaudineer Middle School (75 South Springfield Ave) at 6:15pm.. Please have the girls there at 5:45 wearing maroon.

 

Thank you-

Annette

 

 


 
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Tonight!
by posted 01/21/2020

Hi eveyrone-

 

We'll see the girls tonight at 7:15pm in South Plainfield (South Plainfield Rec Center- 1250 Maple Ave)- We are wearing maroon.

 

Thank you-

Annette


 
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UPDATED TIME FOR TOMORROW
by posted 01/15/2020

Hi eveyrone-

 

The Middle School girls have practice until 6 so let's make pizza at 6:15 in New Providence.

 

Thank you-

Annette


 
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