Hur­ley in­spired watch­ing oth­ers

Coach im­pressed af­ter at­tend­ing Celtics, UConn women prac­tices

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - SPORTS - By David Borges

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

Jes­sica Hill / As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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