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LeBron James Character Off The Court Plays A Role On The Court

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Phil Handy is the Assistant Coach with the Toronto Raptors (@raptors), and former Director of Player Development and Assistant Coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Founder of 94 Feet of Game. Phil played collegiately at the University of Hawaii Manoa and then went on to play professional basketball in the NBA, (Golden State Warriors, Portland Trailblazers) and a European career that included teams in Israel, Italy, France, England, Germany and Australia. In addition to coaching professionally in the NBA, Phil is one of the premier trainers on the West Coast working with NBA, European, College, and Elite High School basketball players on many facets of the game.

In this video, Coach Phil Handy talks about his coaching style and his belief that character plays a huge role in the coachability and success of an athlete. He values work ethic and love for the game [of basketball]. An example of a high character, respectful, and hard working player is LeBron James. James cares about the people around him and it becomes about the people around him instead of the money and fame, which Handy believes makes a successful person in sport and in life.