Colombia has a small but very passionate basketball culture. Feeling they are always fighting against the soccer (football) culture, they are willing to buck the tide a gooble up all the basketball they are able to.
The clinic schedule was an intense one, running from 8 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday and thru to 1 pm on Monday. I worked with offensive fundamentals while Guillermo handled the defensive side.
The players were very eager and worked very hard for the weekend. I speak very little Spanish and the Spanish that I do speak is spoken badly and I am sure some things come out that are inappropriate, but once again, basketball proved to be a universal language. On the court, we had no trouble communicating. I am quite sure that was not the case once we left the court.
I am especially impressed by the stamina of the players. I travel quite a bit and I encounter all types of facilities. Usually I am happy when the gym has a roof. If it has walls, that is a plus. In Manizales, we had a very nice facility but, as standard, the floor was concrete. Regardless of what you are used to, 10 hours of running up and down a cement floor has to take its toll on the legs. The players did not let that get in the way. They worked hard, worked well and I think we all thoroughly enjoyed the weekend.