Triano works and learns
Published On Mon Sep 06 2010
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter
ISTANBUL, TURKEY—Maybe they’ll call it “Spain up” or “Angola out” or something like that.
Whatever the nomenclature is, though, be sure to know there will be some pirating of plays by the Raptors this season after the world basketball championship concludes.
Part of the duties of Raptors head coach and U.S. assistant Jay Triano is to prepare the report on various opponents the Americans face here and he’s been paying particularly close attention to the plays the other countries run.
“I get to see a wide variety of coaches and their different plays and philosophy on why they do certain things,” Triano said. “I have plays that we will run next season that I picked up from the other teams here.”
Getting some new sets to run is just one of the byproducts of Triano’s tenure with the American team, a promotion he received from USAB, the sport’s governing body in the United States, just before the worlds began.
After spending two summers as a coach of the select team that works out against the senior men, Triano was given an assistant coaching role here when New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antonio had to pass on the event to deal with a bad back.
The Raptors head coach has been with the Americans through the pre-tournament exhibition schedule of games in New York, Madrid and Athens and here in Turkey until the end of the weekend.
He calls it a tremendous learning experience.