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Interview: Head Coach Ozell Wells - Sep 21, 2007

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Eurobasket had the pleasure of chatting with experienced international coach Ozell Wells , who just signed with BC Kalev-Rapla, as the FIRST EVER U.S. Coach in Estonia.

Eurobasket: Hello coach, it looks as if you are making history again! What are yo hoping to accomplish? You are the 1st ever US coach there, is that significant?

OW: Hello, good to speak with u. This job is more of a thing where I have a chance to TEACH THE GAME of basketball. When I say teach the game, I am speaking in terms of fundamental aspects that are sorely lacking.. Even in Europe, the influence of streetball, ESPN highlights, etc. have affected the level of play. My aim is only to help players reach their FULL POTENTIAL! I guess the importance is that I can carry the US name and build on its reputation while paving the way for other coaches to follow suit.

Eurobasket: Now you had a good situation in Luxembourg this past year, coaching the jr national teams. Was that not the IDEAL OPPORTUNITY to teach the game?

OW: Actually YES IT WAS. However with the structure of basketball and sport in general, in countries where it is viewed only as recreation & not a profession dimishes things. That approach to the game dictates that there can never be a total dedication to realizing ones' full potential, as players who desire to be great, hit a ceiling; and as such, are forced to go elsewhere to hone their talents. I relished the chance to work with some GREAT COACHES who have a similar desire to TEACH THE GAME, Mathias Fischer, Yves Grandjean, Mathias Eckhoff, Ron Tuffel & Walt Lilyblad.

Eurobasket: What about the US? Why not set up shop there, teach the game there the way it is supposed to be in your mind?

OW: There are many coaches in the US who have adopted a similar appraoch to myself & are teaching ACTUAL BASKETBALL Tom Hughes, Ken Sanders, Jamie Angeli, Ramsey Nichols, Durand Walker and many others. The state of affairs in the US has been gradually deteriorating, as players are being more or less wharehoused & sold to the highest bidder based on height, athletic ability, etc but are not taught the basics.The commericalism of sport in the US has been a big detractor. Also there, the NBA highlights, AND 1 mix tapes, and fascination with “crowd pleasing” “STAR POWER” is a turn off.

Eurobasket: There is talk of an International Basketball Academy in Estonia, correct?

OW: Yes, it is the brainchild of longtime int'l coach Maarten vanGent and with support from BC Kalev mgmt, it is taking shape. I am honored to be a part of it coming to realisation. There will be talents from the world over HERE in Tallinn!

Eurobasket: You were the youngest FIBA coach ever in '00 in Saudi Arabia, do u ever see yourself trying to advance to a higher level, say the NBA or a Euroleague team?

OW: The NBA and Euroleague are everyone's dream and I value the relationshsips that I have now with people at those levels. With my aim being to develop players, if something where to materialize, I would love to explore the oportunuty.

Eurobasket: How do u see the Kalev-Rapla team? Any players stand out in your mind?

OW: We are a team with young, promising players & as they mature and develop, we will see great things! WE WILL DEFEND! Promising Estonians? Peter Kraavik, Heikko Niidass, Raimo Taam….there is a wealth of young, untapped potential her  

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One month after the 2018 Central Basketball Association season concluded its sixth season, the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association completed its 50th season. And in the golden jubilee season that started the first year of partnership between the CBA and the ABBA, it resulted in a massive success for all parties involved. Baltimore's Torey Fassett (6'6''-F), who led his Flyers club to a 3-0 sweep last night in the 2018 ABBA Finals, was named Most Valuable Player for the league with...   [read more]
Fort Wayne Flite clinch third straight CBA title - 11 months ago
Fort Wayne Flite - Indianapolis Blaze 98:95 Fort Wayne Flite clinched CBA title. They topped Indianapolis Blaze in double-overtime thriller to secure the third consecutive trophy. The Flite grabbed a 23:14 lead after the opening period. But Blaze bounced back in the next two quarters. Indianapolis erased the deficit and surged ahead to take a 3-point lead before the fourth frame. But the Flite managed to rescue the game forcing overtime. They needed two extra periods to run away with t...   [read more]

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(1) INDIANAPOLIS 98, (4) MEMPHIS 80: (Fort Wayne, Ind.) - In their first meeting with each other in league history, Indianapolis and Memphis put together a competitive playoff game early on in the first semifinal game of the 2018 CBA Postseason Tournament. It appeared Indianapolis, who finished the regular season with an undefeated record, recieved a brief scare as Memphis jumped out to an early advantage, leading by as many as eight points in the first quarter. But those that have been f...   [read more]

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