David Thorpe Rumors
FloSports the innovator in live digital sports and original content, today announced the hiring of David Thorpe as NBA editor-at-large on FloHoops.com. The hiring of Thorpe, renowned analyst who is widely credited as the first person in America to be a full-time player development specialist, adds to FloHoops’ comprehensive live and on-demand basketball coverage across high school and college.
Marking FloSports’ entry into the NBA, Thorpe will lead the development of in-depth written content, which challenges the way fans see the sport. He will provide premium NBA content for the remainder of the 2018 season and postseason. Thorpe joins FloHoops with 30 years of experience in basketball as an esteemed and widely recognized NBA analyst and published author. Starting his career as an inner-city high school coach in the late 1980s, Thorpe progressed to training more than 75 NBA players, including All-Stars, lottery picks, and record setters, as well as more than 100 professional players in Europe.
David Thorpe, executive director of the Pro Training Center in Clearwater, Florida, and an NBA writer for ESPN.com, says he actually rejects altogether the notion that Ingram must gain weight to play in the NBA. “I firmly believe he has to get stronger, [but] athletes get stronger. So do non-athletes,” says Thorpe, who has worked in player development since 1993 with more than 70 NBA and hundreds of European basketball players. “This is a game of speed and skill. The list of skinny guys that lasted a long time is very, very long.” “Adding weight presents way more risk than reward. It’s not going to make him jump higher, run faster or quicker. It might help him hold his position in the post, but did the Lakers draft him to put him in the post? If the biggest problem Brandon Ingram has in the next five years is that he can’t hold his position in the post, I think the Lakers will be very happy.”
Lots of opinions about the Thunder hire of Billy Donovan. But my favorite NBA analyst is David Thorpe, a former coach who now works with players individually — he’s worked with Serge Ibaka — and is a regular contributor to truehoop blog. Thorpe talked about Donovan in an interview with Henry Abott, which you can read here. And here’s what Thorpe says about Donovan. He’s like Scotty Brooks. And Thorpe says that’s a good thing. “I think he’s going to be, oh boy, excuse me for saying this. I think it’s going to be a lot like Scotty Brooks. I love Scotty Brooks. I think he’s (Donovan) going to be a lot like him. I don’t think he’s the most creative offensive coach. That’s the worst thing I can say about him. Guys are going to love playing for him. He’s going to definitely preach defense. He’ll probably get guys to share better than what they did in Oklahoma City, and if they can’t, then we’ll know it was just the players all along anyway.”
“He’s going to be really consistent with his message,” Thorpe said of Donovan. “He used to be a maniac as a coach. By the way, so was I and pretty much every guy in their 20s coaching. Billy is really poised and mature with his guys. We’re not best friends or anything, I’ve known him for probably 20some odd years now. But it was just a year ago, Florida had won 30 straight games. They were Kentucky a year ago without the NBA players. Had won 30 straight, then just got exhausted by the time the Final Four came around. But his guys will compete. He’s the best coach in college, I think, in terms of getting his guys to really understand spacing. In the NBA, that will work out even better. That’s a talent that he has. He knows how to talk to players and get into them and get the best out of them. I think he’s more like Scotty Brooks. Again, I think that’s a good thing. He’ll be a different voice, he has a different way about him. He’s a New York guy and all of that. So the end result will be positive. They’re a really talented team, which is why I think he’s going in the first place.”
“Also remember this. He’s coaching the B team for Team USA, the younger guys for Team USA, internationally. I think he’s going to follow (Mike) Krzyzewski, at least I think he was going to follow Krzyzewski. I think a lot of people think that, once Coach K steps down (as national team coach). Maybe he won’t now that he’s in the NBA. But if he does, that’s just going to be another opportunity to bond with NBA players, including, by the way, he’s got two studs on his team that play for that team. So, I think he’s got lots of factors in place. Even though, I liked Ettore Messina for that job, I think Billy will do very well. Like Scotty Brooks did.”