Hurley inspired watching others
Coach impressed after attending Celtics, UConn women practices
STORRS — There may be only one thing college basketball coaches love to do more than coaching their own team in games and practices.
Watching other teams practice.
Dan Hurley had a chance to sit in on a couple of other teams’ practices this past week, and they are programs who’ve had some pretty good success over the years: the Boston Celtics and the UConn women’s basketball team.
Every year, Hurley, in his first season as UConn men’s coach, tries to get to at least one practice by the Celtics, as well as the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. “Professional development,” he calls it.
Hurley got to watch Celtics coach Brad Stevens in action earlier this week, and came away impressed.
“They don’t have any bad players,” he noted on Friday, shortly before UConn’s First Night festivities at Gampel Pavilion. “They don’t turn the ball over. They always get a good shot. The closer they get to the basket, the more they slow down so they can read
UConn women's head coach Geno Auriemma, front left, embraces men's head coach Dan Hurley after introducing him during the teams' annual First Night celebration in Storrs on Friday.