[ITW] Edenisha Carey talks to us about the women in the NBA and the Blazers

Assistant Coach at Portland Trail Blazers, Edinisha Kari She is one of the few women who have been able to find a place on the bench in the NBA franchise. For her, this does not change her position. Basketball is basketball, training is training. It doesn’t matter what gender it is.

A former WNBA and European player who went through the women’s and then men’s cast at the University of Maine, Curry brings “different perspectives” to Portland. On the sidelines of her participation in the Son’s Coaches Program.

Basketball Tournament: I studied and played at the University of Oregon. So not only was joining the Blazers a huge step in your career, it was also a kind of homecoming. How was your first year in the NBA in Portland?
Edenisha Curry: you know what ? It was fun. This is so much fun. And like I said, going back to Oregon was like coming home. The transition was easy. I was able to see my former coaches, my teammates, and the community I was a part of and built relationships in. It was amazing. And then, the NBA coaching opportunity is a great one. Learning daily from the best coaches and the best players, training at an elite level… It really is a blessing.

Before leaving for Portland, you trained at the NCAA. Coming to the NBA should be a huge change for you, both professionally and personally. What stood out to you the most in this transformation?
Edenisha Curry: Travel. Honestly, basketball is basketball. It was the trip that really affected me the most. You need to adjust. At university, we only played eight games a month, two games a week. In the NBA, you can play seven games in nine days. You have a round trip, you go to different cities … So for me, it was a trip that required a certain adaptation.

But basketball was the same thing. It is a matter of communication with the players and coaches. I was already in the NBA family for six years, I was part of the NBA Assistant Coaches Program. I’ve been involved in the collecting project, camps, and other activities throughout the year. So my transition was a lot easier than some might think.

I’ve played in the WNBA and around the world for several years. Chauncey Billups, head coach, also has extensive experience as an athlete. How would you use this experience in your current job and how does it affect the Blazers’ overall playstyle?
Edenisha Curry: I think the good thing about our team is diversity. I am as diverse a candidate as possible. Being a black woman who trained in Europe and Asia and played all over the world…I think this brings in different perspectives. There are many ways to train. I think when you have a diverse coaching staff like Coach Billups, it allows for great conversations, but also unique ideas that allow players to learn in different ways and see different things. This experience is very useful.

“The NBA is opening doors for more and more women. […] I really like the direction the league is taking when it sends the message that it’s about hiring the most qualified people, regardless of gender. »

Since we’re talking about diversity: Only six women held the assistant coach position in the NBA last season. You are only 15 years old in league history, but you are also 12 years old and have been hired for the past five years. Do you think women should have more opportunities to train in the NBA and the league is going in the right direction?
Edenisha Curry: Yes, I think being part of an organization that emphasizes the value of people rather than their gender is great. I think the NBA is opening the door for more and more women so everyone can see that training is training. Basketball is basketball. As you know, a 2-3 zone for men is the same as a 2-3 zone for women. In the NBA, you only have better athletes. I really like the direction the league is taking when it sends the message that it’s about hiring the most qualified people, regardless of gender. This is in the appointment of the front office as coaches.

The Blazers have had a big vacation. Front office brought in Jerami Grant, second Gary Payton and re-signed your most important players. Damian Lillard will also return next season. How do you adapt to such a change as a coach?
Edenisha Curry: As a coach, no matter what players you have, you just have to train them. Once they are in uniform, they are the ones we train. This is the philosophy my teacher has always taught me. You adapt simply by understanding your goal and your role in the staff. You know, I’m looking forward to having these guys with us next season and working with them.

I won the summer league with Portland this summer. How exactly does the coaching staff work during this event?
Edenisha Curry: The Summer League is really designed to develop young players. Often these are the beginners and sophomores on your list, or players looking to join a list. So we came with a focus on what we did last year with the development of our young players. We have continued to grow and develop to have an impact on our team this season. It has paid off in terms of progress and victory.

You are about to share your experience with a new generation of Jr. NBA Coaches. What do you think are the most important qualities for becoming a good coach?
Edenisha Curry: Key qualities for me are to stay authentic and realize that no matter what level you train, you train people. You know, you don’t really coach basketball, you coach people. Basketball is just a platform for individual development. That’s why I tell young coaches all the time to build a relationship. And once you build a relationship and make athletes better people, they become better athletes.

JR NBA Coaches – The online program provided by Gatorade® hosted at OWQLO It offers 12 live virtual sessions from February to September for app users aged 16 and over in France. The next session with NBA Assistant Coach Edniesha Curry will take place on Sunday, July 31. For more information visit owqlo.comAnd the gatorade.co.uk as well as NBAFRANCE in FB And the Twitter And the Tweet embed on instagram.

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