On the heels of his selection to coach one of two teams during the NBA D-League All-Star Game, this week was the perfect time for Rio Grande Valley Vipers' head coach Nevada Smith to join the RidiculousUpside.com staff for our latest podcast.
Of course, that's exactly what he did. Earlier this week, Coach Smith called in to speak with us about his upcoming honor of coaching in the D-League All-Star Game. Throughout the weekend, he'll be flanked by a bevy of fellow RGV staffers and players (including sharpshooter Troy Daniels).
The trip to New Orleans for all is undoubtedly well deserved, and Coach Smith is certainly largely to thank. The first year coach has guided the Vipers to the top spot in all of the minor league. Despite being the defending D-League champs, there's obviously plenty of player turnover from one season to the next in the NBADL. Still, Coach Smith has managed to guide his team (full of fresh new faces) to similar success thus far.
With all that mind, the Vipers' main man with the plan spoke to us at length about his first season in the D-League. What's played most into the team's success? What have his impressions of the minor league been thus far? Exactly what inspires his unique offensive style?
We ask and address all of those very questions, and more, with Coach Smith.
From there on out, myself (Keith Schlosser) and contributor Dakota Schmidt discuss a bevy of different things surrounding NBA Jam Session, which includes D-League All-Star Weekend. Who will win the Slam Dunk Contest? What about the Three-Point Competition? Who were some of the most glaring snubs from the All-Star teams?
We ponder all of that, and as always, also highlight some of the bigger headlines surrounding the NBADL from the past week.
To hear what Coach Smith had to say and give us a listen, click here for more.