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Larry Blunt takes over the helm of the Oshawa Power - Nov 8, 2012


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The Oshawa Power will head into London Thursday night with Larry Blunt patrolling the sidelines.
Blunt officially took over the head coaching duties of the NBL Canada team this week from Robert Brickey , who is taking a lesser role with the club as he tends to his ill mother back home in North Carolina. In Blunt the Power adds a man familiar to Brickey, one who has both played for and coached with the former Duke star. "I was coach Brickey's assistant in North Carolina at Shaw University and when I was a student at James Madison, he was an assistant. We've kind of developed a relationship that's moved along as he's followed my career," said Blunt, who left an assistant coach position at Hampden-Sydney College to take over the reins with the Power. "When some things came up at home, he asked if this was an option I would think about considering." And while Blunt is thrilled to get his chance to guide a professional basketball team, he admits it was tough to leave a place where he has spent the last four years not just as an assistant, but also responsible for monitoring the players' academic progress, weight training and conditioning, and with the recruitment of student-athletes. "It was so difficult to leave there with the relationships I built with the players, the staff and the school," said Blunt, a Courtland, Virginia native. "That was a great experience and I really appreciate the people there. It's a place I will dearly miss." As for the here and now, Blunt is excited about how things are shaping up for the Power this season. "We have great guys. We have a team that is full of passionate young men that really love the game of basketball and they really enjoy being around each other," Blunt said when asked of his first impressions. "That's probably the first thing that stands out."
What that will mean when the Power matches up against the defending league champion London Lightning on Thursday night is anybody's guess, though Blunt said the game will serve as a good gauge to see just where his club is at. "We got a chance to play an exhibition game against London and they are very, very talented and experienced," Blunt said. "They are also very physical, but our guys are excited about the opportunity to play them. We know we're going to have to bring our A game and play well. When you play the team that is the best, or has been the best, you can use it as a measuring stick to find out where you are."
Following the game, Oshawa will have a day off before hosting the Windsor Express in their home opener Saturday night at the General Motors Centre (7 p.m.).
Courtesy of: durhamregion.com   




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