Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ganon Baker in Manila for 4-day basketball camp

Ganon Baker in Manila for 4-day basketball camp
by rick olivares

American basketball coach Ganon Baker who has trained and worked with many NBA and WNBA stars will be coming to Manila for a four-day camp this coming September.

Sponsored by Smart Breakdown Basketball Invitationals, the clinics will be held on September 2, 3, 9, and 10 at the Moro Lorenzo Sports center inside the Ateneo de Manila University in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Among the well-known cagers Baker has worked with include Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Maya Moore, Tamika Catchings, Skylar Diggins, and many more.

“I’ve been working out with kids and NBA players my entire professional basketball life,” said Baker in a video message. “I am coming to do a camp. You have the most passion of any community and I would love to see you there.”

Baker has taught the game across 36 countries working with coaches and players on their game. In an article written by Dave Fairbank in the Daily Press (in the United States), he described Baker as “Tony Robbins (a life coach) with a jump shot, Dr. Phil with a handle. Maybe more accurately, he is the Johnny Appleseed of roundball, spreading the gospel of hoops and nurturing the game in gyms large and small.”

According to Smart Breakdown Basketball Invitational’s Jay Adevoso, the camp is open to basketball players but also coaches and trainers.

Smart Breakdown Basketball Invitationals is a grassroots basketball program with over 40 schools in Metro Manila participating.

The first 30 male and female basketball players to register can avail of the free entrance. For coaches, trainers, and other players, there will be a minimal fee for the four-day camp.

For more details, check out the Smart Breakdown Basketball Invitationals Facebook page.

The Ganon Baker Basketball Schedule is as follows: September 2 from 1:30-3:30pm; and September 3, 9, and 10 from 4-6pm.

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