Title: Head coach Jerry Stackhouse left his mark on the Raptors 905 this season. Is the NBA next?
Date: May 26, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the five Canadians the Raptors worked out early in the draft process and what it says about the growth of basketball in Canada.
Hug your brothers.
That was the mantra used by Jerry Stackhouse in his freshman season behind the bench for Raptors 905, a reminder that everyone is pulling in the same direction and working toward the same goals, and that however good or bad things got, the players should embrace each other at the end of each day. In other words, embarking on his first true opportunity to run a team outside of the AAU circuit, Stackhouse knew the path would be arduous. The way he wanted to approach things would require a great deal of unrelenting buy-in from his players.
Through long, difficult practices – sometimes multiple in one day – Stackhouse would ask his D-League charges to leave everything between the lines.
“People say ‘Could you do that, could that translate to the pro level?’” Stackhouse said after the season. “I saw a statement, you probably read it, Kyle Korver’s thing about LeBron James and how he’s on the Versa climber and how he was the hardest worker. Man, maybe you’re not gonna be LeBron James, but take something from him. You got to work to do that. If LeBron James is coming in to get that extra work, then on my team, you’re gonna come in and get that extra work, ‘cause there’s no LeBron James.”
The 905 were going to sweat.