It’s a post-holiday edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast and a big one at that! Summer League is underway and Nick Coffey and Aaron Torres have caught the fever, plus a visit from Texas Tech coach Chris Beard after he led the Red Raiders to the school’s first Elite Eight appearance in school history last March. The guys start in Summer League though, where they discuss:
Kevin Knox’s emergence as a star: It’s always tough to take too much out of Summer League, but is Kevin Knox emerging as a star in front of our eyes? Aaron and Nick think so, and wonder whether he ends up as the steal of this NBA Draft. The guys also explain why his game might be suited better for the NBA than it ever was for college.
Trae Young’s struggles: The guys also touch on the struggles of Trae Young early on in summer league. The guys explain why they’re annoyed that Young’s game hasn’t evolved at the NBA level, and wonder why he’s trying to take on so much. Also, at what point is it too early to start wondering if the Hawks made the wrong selection with Young?
Grayson Allen: Finally, the guys wrap up by talking about why they’re not only OK with Grayson Allen’s hard fouls, but how it might be the path to a long, professional career for him. They also talk the re-emergence of one player who skipped college basketball last year, and why they’re happy for a former star who has suffered one injury after another.
Next up, Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard joins the show. As you may remember, Beard led Texas Tech to one of the most remarkable seasons in college basketball last year. In just his second season at the school, the Red Raiders made the Elite Eight. He discusses all that and more starting with:
His unique path in coaching: Beard describes his wild ride through coaching, which includes stops as head coach at the JUCO and DII levels + the ABA. What did those experiences teach him that he takes with him today? Also, why being let go at Texas Tech as an assistant a decade ago led him to where he is today.
How he gets his players to buy in: Aaron asks the simple question: How does Beard have so much success so quickly, at every stop he goes to? Beard how he gets players to buy in and believe in his system. He also explains his personal philosophy of only “getting one shot” and taking advantage of it.
His torn ACL: Finally, Beard talks about his health, after suffering an ACL-tear mid-season. Beard never stopped coaching, and explains why recent lottery pick Zhaire Smith is to blame for the fact that he hasn’t gotten surgery yet.
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