National Team

Posted by caseyarchibald on July 15, 2010 at 10:14 PM

I am Currently sitting in a Hotel downtown Toronto.  I have been here for 6 nights training with the Canadian National Development team.  It's been a week or playing, eating, sleeping, playing eating sleeping.  We have been going hard twice a day, for about 2-3 hours each session.  I remember when I first started doing these back when I was right out of High School and in my first few years of College.  The biggest challenge then was just surviving the 2 a days.  Since then my body and mind has really developed and I am actually able to concentrate on getting better and learning new things at these camps.  Of course it's still important to take care of the body, but with enough experience in the bag, and coming into camp expecting 6 hours of training a day, it's not such a struggle.  I have noticed some of the younger guys really struggling with the physical aspect of surviving these days, as well as mentally getting quite fatigued and losing concentration.  I have tried to help them out and share any type of wisdom I have to help them grind it out.

The Team has brought in a former Euroleague Final 4 coach name Renato Pasquali.  He has been running most of the camp and I must say I have learned a lot from him.  He has a much different style of coaching than most of the coaches that I have played for but his basketball knowledge speaks for itself.  He really does get a lot out of guys and demands everyones full attention and effort. 

We head off tomorrow for a 2.5 week tour of europe.  It will be a very busy trip as we are playing 6 games in 7 days in 3 countries, all of which will be against Senior National teams, including Spain and Great Britain.  It will be a great test of endurance and a good test for a lot of the younger guys who haven't had a chance to play much international ball.

Anyways, this is where I shut it down, say my thanks for getting through another tough day healthy and get ready for a good practice in the  morning and a safe trip to Belgium.

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