The IV Clinic FCS and my personal experience
I was fortunate enough to attend many clinics, in recent years mostly as a speaker, but I have anyway always tried to attend when having the chance, even after my career in professional basketball had already started.
I remember with great affection the very first clinics because we, coaches, used to take advantage of these, at the time very rare, opportunities for professional development but also chances for building a professional exchange, friendship and solidarity among each other, relationships that we maintained and even got stronger over the years.
I remember Bobby Knight's Clinic in Bologna, at the time coach of Indiana and a legend of college basketball, on the court in his pure essence, with Moncho Monsalve on the stands, always ready to raise his hand for a smart question, and sometimes for a cheeky one too!
I remember the very first clinic with Morgan Wootten, the most famous coach in history of U.S. high school, or Dan Peterson's one who, just for the fact that at 75 he is still coaching, deserves to be considered a myth.
I remember many others in which I participated as a speaker, but always listened with great interest to the lessons of my fellow co-presenters, and I think the best approach to these events is never to expect some supernatural or revolutionary revelations that will change the way we see basketball but seeing them as an opportunity to steal an idea, a concept or a thought, to add something and contribute to the growth of our knowledge of the game and then maybe actually use what we have seen, it doesn't matter if not immediately but later on over the years, as it happened to me.
The IV International Clinic Fundacion Cesare Scariolo lines up a fantastic team of speakers, not only because of the presence of the great Ettore Messina, but also for the one of coaches of the level of Chus Mateo and Juan Orengo, my direct collaborators with the national team, and an expert in coaching young prospects like Paco Alonso.
The FCS Clinic is positioning itself as one of the most important, not only Spanish but also European, basketball clinics, actually having acquired such a path of continuity that we are already planning next year's edition.
For the moment though we hope that this year, like the previous years, the satisfaction of more than a hundred coaches that will take part to the clinic at the secondary court of Martin Carpena' s sports hall in Malaga.
Have fun and see you all at the Clinic!
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