Thursday, November 27, 2008

Drew Nicholas Highlights

Posting video clips from YouTube is a time-honored tradition on this blog for killing the November/December player transaction news void.

Here is a highlight reel of Drew Nicholas (1999-2003), playing for Panathinaikos (#11 in white) and leading his team over rival Olympaicos in a game a few days ago (the game story has a big picture of teammate Sarunas Jasikevicius).

Unrelated, but still worth reading as you digest turkey and slip into a post-meal food coma today, the Terrapin Nation blog has a great rant about the website, which I'm linking to not just because they linked to me, but mainly because it gets to the heart of why my own blog came into existence and has become a thriving hobby (which I'm thankful for today).

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tahj Holden at Monmouth University

Tahj Holden (1999-2003) was recently named Director of Basketball Operations at Monmouth University (located on the New Jersey shore near his hometown of Red Bank, NJ). Excerpts from the press release:
"We are excited to have Tahj join our staff," said head coach Dave Calloway. "He was a terrific player, who came out of the Shore, and went on to win a national championship. I think he is someone our younger players will be able to look up to for guidance and support."

"I am happy to be back home, with this great opportunity to be part of a solid program," added Holden. "I look forward to helping this program continue its winning tradition, in any way I can."

Prior to joining Monmouth, Holden was the Assistant Varsity Coach, as well as eighth grade basketball coach at La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, California. While at La Jolla, Holden also served as the junior varsity coach in 2006-07.

This came up in a recent Washington Times blog entry on the Gary Williams coaching tree.

Friday, November 14, 2008

DJ Strawberry Lands in Italy

After being cut by the Houston Rockets on the eve of the NBA regular season, DJ Strawberry (2003-07) has signed (translation) with Fortitudo Bologna of Italy's Serie A league (the top pro league in Italy). While DJ apparently cannot play with the team until November 24 (30 days after his release from the Rockets), he is in Bologna, Italy getting ready to play.

The team's website has the transcript of a media Q&A session (translation) with DJ this week. Here is an excerpt of DJ's words translated from English to Italian and then back to English again (by Google translation):
What do you expect from this new experience? Maybe affirmed beyond the U.S., where the most famous name is that of your father for what he did on the baseball diamond?

DJ: "In some ways yes, it is more an opportunity to walk with my legs. But first of all I considered the possibility of joining a team to give the best and help you win, and at the same time further develop my game, improving working hardest possible on details that still need refining, not individual but aiming to win the Fortitudo." [...]

Many players left from Maryland have become players in Italy...

DJ: "When the college Drew Nicholas told me with enthusiasm his experience, Since then I have always regarded Europe and especially Italy forward a hypothesis, then here playing my former comrades such as Gist and Collins that I can not wait to meet again."

And finally, here's an after-practice interview with DJ where you can't hear what he's saying because of the voice-over Italian translation: