Media Day Tidbits

Friday, November 13, 2009

I just got back from Erie BayHawks Media Day. I was able to speak with Coach Treloar and some of the players, and I'll follow up with more substantive posts from those talks and training camp insights in the days to come. I'm also in the process of putting together my first post as a regular guest blogger for another prominent local blog. Don't worry, it won't replace what I do here at Blog Talk BayHawk; it'll supplement it. But I wanted to share my initial observations here first.

  • The BayHawks' training camp/practice facility is a state-of-the-art complex. If you haven't been to the LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center, it's worth checking out. If you can't get there, at least take the virtual tour.

  • I know I shouldn't be surprised by size walking into a gym of professional basketball players, but I was. After playing an undersized Erik Daniels at center much of last year, the BayHawks staff made a point to bring several big bodies to camp this year. Five players on the training camp roster are listed at 6'10" or taller. I don't know how many of them will make the team, but I'd be surprised if it was less than three because coaches always say you can't teach size.

  • From top to bottom, the BayHawks are a quality organization and it shows in the players they draft. Basketball aside, these are guys you'd want to go to work with. I didn't meet everyone, but I've yet to meet a player who wasn't likeable. It seems like they really got a group of quality guys.

  • The players were a mixture of excitement and anxiety, looking forward to the prospect of playing while realizing that the 17 that entered camp today will be trimmed to 10 by Nov. 16—giving them little time to make an impact on the coaching staff.


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Blog Talk BayHawk is an unofficial Erie BayHawks blog covering the NBA D-League. It features opinions and information about the NBADL and the Erie BayHawks. Blog Talk BayHawk is written from a basketball fan’s perspective to fill In the gaps left by professional journalists’ coverage of BayHawks basketball and the Erie professional basketball scene.

Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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