Thursday, September 21, 2006


I talked to Coach Carr, Head Coach and GM of the Palm Beach Imperials, recently.

1. How have you been working with the players on the team?

"We’ve played 5 exhibition games this summer (winning 3 out of 4 against the USBL, and we also defeated a team of all-stars for a combined 4 and 1 record). Preparing for these games, the players participated in several open scrimmages while being introduced to the OSD Foundational Workout, which included 17/55s (i.e., running 17 times from sideline to sideline in 55-seconds). Players had to make 8 out of 10 free throws from the charity stripe and take a pop quiz on the game of basketball. Most were completely surprised by how little they really knew about the game. Finally, we encouraged each player to exhibit professionalism both on and off the court."

2. Your division looks fast paced. How will you defend the running game?

"By scoring 200 points a game!"

3. Have you visited the University of Virginia since winning the ACC Tournament Championship in 1976?

"Yes, I’ve worked Pete Gillen’s basketball camp and also attended reunions at U-Hall. In September 2001, shortly after 911, I attended the 25th anniversary of our ’76 ACC victory over UNC."

4. How will the team be involved in the community?

"It’s important that we keep a positive presence in the surrounding communities. So far, we’ve worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Delray Beach. Currently, we’re working with a non-profit agency called Kids @ Home in Boca Raton. In June of this year, members of our dance troupe and some of the players participated in the grand re-opening of a McDonald’s on 45th Street in West Palm Beach. In July, the team participated in the Palm Beach Sports Commission Kid’s Fitness Festival at the South Florida Fairgrounds. There were 4,000 kids on hand. Whew!"

5. Do you know the other coaches in your division?


6. What is your thought on international basketball getting better?

"I’m glad you asked. As seen in the recent FIBA World Games back in August, the U.S. players went up against highly disciplined and fundamentally sound players. Players, who seem to enjoy playing the game for the love of the game, and not for the love of money (all mighty dollar), players and coaches who are paying attention to what’s happenin’ on the backyard courts of America via satellite, players, who have elected not to reinvent the game, rather to merely execute those skills we preach all the time – play good defense and make your free throws."

7. What do you think the USA team needs to do to get back the gold in 2008?

"Play good defense, make free throws and find a place for me on their coaching staff. I’m serious!"

Lookout out Coach K!

8. Besides basketball, what do you do for fun?

"I play darts once a week and watch basketball videos. I enjoy easy listening and jazz music. I practice free throw shooting and help younger basketball players become better players. I’m also fascinated with outer space and IQ tests. I scored 124 on my last one."

9. Do you have any basketball teams that you have always supported throughout your life?

"Back in the day, I was a big fan of the New York Knicks and Walt Frazier. Then the 76ers and Dr. J came on the scene. (I have a great picture with me and the Doc.) In recent years, MJ and the Chicago Bulls were my team because I grew up in the Windy City; but now, it’s the Miami HEAT with D-Wade and the Diesel. I’d be remiss if I omitted Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators and the Louisville Cardinals led by Rick Pitino. You see, I enjoy the up tempo style of play."

10. What age did you first start playing and coaching basketball?

"I started playing pickup basketball with friends from the neighborhood at 15. When I was a sophomore at Chicago Vocational High School I took the game more seriously. I officially started my coaching career in 1976, after graduating from Virginia, and why not, I was a champion."

Thanks Lamont. If you have one thing to say to our readers, please go ahead.
"I’d like to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to you, Alex, for persevering and keepin’ it real. And to thank basketball fans worldwide for supporting the game that we all love. C’est la vie"