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The Players’ Forum is your source for informative basketball talk about mentor-ship, education, and community on the court and beyond the game. Hosted by the co-founders of Great Gain Athletics Inc, retired international basketball player, coach and mentor, Coach Mike and his co-host, sports agent and producer, Agent Tee. Together they will bring you memorable stories, humor and life lessons. The ball is always in your court, right here on The Players' Forum.

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The Players’ Forum is your source for informative basketball talk about mentor-ship, education, and community on the court and beyond the game. Hosted by the co-founders of Great Gain Athletics Inc, retired international basketball player, coach and mentor, Coach Mike and his co-host, sports agent and producer, Agent Tee. Together they will bring you memorable stories, humor and life lessons. The ball is always in your court, right here on The Players' Forum.

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    EPISODE 8: Coach Mike Memoirs - What It's Really Like Playing Basketball Overseas

    EPISODE 8: Coach Mike Memoirs - What It's Really Like Playing Basketball Overseas

    E8: Coach Mike Memoirs - What It's Really Like Playing Basketball Overseas



    In this episode we talk to Coach Mike about what it's really like playing basketball overseas during contract season. Although every experience will be different from team to team and player to player, there are a lot of similarities. Coach Mike share his personal journey in hopes to give insight on how to prepare mentally and physically, what to expect in general and how to adjust and adapt to new circumstances. #theplayersforumpodcast #professionalbasketball #basketballoverseas


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    • 59 min
    EPISODE 7: Life After Basketball Mini Series: How to Prepare For The Transition In The Next Phase Of Your Basketball Career.

    EPISODE 7: Life After Basketball Mini Series: How to Prepare For The Transition In The Next Phase Of Your Basketball Career.

    Welcome to The Players' Forum Podcast - In this episode we talk about ways you can begin to prepare yourself for life after basketball. Especially during this time when jobs and opportunities seem scarce for basketball players who are aspiring professionals and seasoned vets returning to jobs with huge pay cuts. It's contract season, but now with the new norm, it's also the season for players to start thinking about what direction they want their career to move in. Coach Mike and Agent Tee share some insight on where to start that has helped Coach Mike transition and continues to help him position himself for success.

    ADVICE SHARE IN THIS EPISODES
    1. Explore and research your interests. Educate yourself in the field.
    2. Work on your growth mindset and building your circle of influence.
    3. Volunteer your time to explore different industries and gain experience. Internships
    4. Your player profile is your resume and basketball experience can also translates as professional work experience.
    5. Be fearless, don't be afraid to ask for help. Ask for letter of recommendations, seek mentors, and don't limit yourself. You are more than an athlete.

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    • 24 min
    EPISODE 6: The Impact of Youth Basketball Programs Featuring LA Blue Chip Founder, Alex Stephens

    EPISODE 6: The Impact of Youth Basketball Programs Featuring LA Blue Chip Founder, Alex Stephens

    Welcome to The Players' Forum Podcast -  In this episode we talk about the positive and negative affects of youth basketball featuring coach, mentor, and founder of LA BLUE CHIP YOUTH BASKETBALL PROGRAM, Alex Stephens. From Coach Alex shares his insight from 20 plus years of coaching experience what it's like running a youth program and the roles and impact parents, coaches and trainers play in the development and wellness of youth in sports. Coach Mike also breaks down what we all can do as coaches, parents and trainers to ensure youth are put in the best position to succeed on the court and beyond the game.







    ABOUT COACH ALEX STEPHENS

    Coach Alex's motivation is a product of his experiences, hard work, and dedication, which have all fueled the drive and passion Alex has for coaching. Coach Alex Stephens has over 20 years of coaching experience, and has played and coached on almost every level. As founder of Blue Chip, Coach Alex's goal is to simply use basketball  as a tool and vehicle to make a positive effect and give each player an  opportunity for a higher education, both on and off the court, by  creating high quality character student athletes. [ 9/19/20 - https://www.labluechip.org/coaches]


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    EPISODE 5: LISTEN TO THIS BEFORE YOU SIGN A CONTRACT!! - International Basketball Job Scams

    EPISODE 5: LISTEN TO THIS BEFORE YOU SIGN A CONTRACT!! - International Basketball Job Scams

    Welcome to The Players' Forum Podcast - 



    In this episode we share our personal experiences with international basketball scams, the most common and trendiest ways scammers scam players and our top tips on how to vet out legitimate opportunities so you can avoid wasting your time and money.


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    • 27 min
    EPISODE 4: Eric Perry, Cal Poly Director Of Basketball Operations on Work Ethic, Training & Self Motivation

    EPISODE 4: Eric Perry, Cal Poly Director Of Basketball Operations on Work Ethic, Training & Self Motivation

    Welcome to Episode 4 of The Players' Forum.



    NBA Player Development Coach and now Director of Basketball Operations for Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Eric Perry joins The Players' Forum to share his journey of taking the road less traveled. Building his network of influence, his resume and ultimately earning the respect of NBA legends on and off the court, Eric gives us insight on being a professional, developing a work ethic, training at the pro level and staying motivated to reach your goals as an athlete and business professional. 



    There's no question It's about who you know but, it's also about how prepared you are when opportunity presents itself. 



    Eric Perry's Professional Background -

    Bringing coaching and player development  experience from every level between the NBA and high school, Eric Perry  is in his first season as the Cal Poly men’s basketball program’s  director of operations.

    “We’re very happy to have completed our coaching staff with Eric.  He’s someone who understands the daily importance of the tasks that it  takes to run a collegiate basketball program as he was a former head  coach himself at his alma mater, Crossroads College in Minnesota,” Cal  Poly head coach John Smith said. “We’re fortunate to have him on our  staff in such a vital role. He’s the engine that keeps us moving as a  staff and program from behind the scenes.”

    Perry arrives at Cal Poly having last served last served as a player  development coach and operations manager with Chris Johnson Hoops – a  private training firm. In his capacity, Perry assisted with the  offseason training development of NBA players such as Jimmy Butler,  Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, Jaylen Brown, Tony Snell and Joakim Noah,  among others.

    Since completing his playing career, Perry has enjoyed coaching stops  at every level, including AAU with one of the strongest clubs on the  West Coast, the Compton Magic. He has also coached at Crossroads College  (Minn.), Riverland Community College (Minn.) and Norco (Calif.) HS.  Additionally, Perry has coached and trained players in China, Thailand,  Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia.

    “Eric’s ability to seamlessly handle the administrative and operative  aspects of our program are skills he’s flourished with at his previous  positions,” Smith added. “He also possesses the attributes that we  promote within this program, namely high character, morals and values.”

    A 2012 graduate of Crossroads College, Perry helped the program to  its first conference championship during his 2011-12 senior season. He  earned his degree in business administration with a minor in sports  management.

    [ 2020; https://gopoly.com/sports/mens-basketball/roster/coaches/eric-perry/621 ]


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    • 32 min
    EPISODE 3: Expectations Versus Reality Playing Basketball Overseas With Special Guest and International Pro Basketball Player, Nick Evans

    EPISODE 3: Expectations Versus Reality Playing Basketball Overseas With Special Guest and International Pro Basketball Player, Nick Evans

    In this episode we discuss expectations versus reality when it come to playing basketball overseas.  We talk about what you should expect as a rookie coming in and how you can leverage your opportunities to earn you top dollars playing internationally as a vet.  Our guest, international pro basketball player, Nick Evans shares his story coming in as a rookie; his expectations and experiences as a vet and how he's handling the industry challenges in the wake up Covid-19.


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    • 49 min