IT may seem like information overload, but Alaska is simply eager to learn more and the Aces welcomed Sean Chambers to offseason training camp on Monday afternoon at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
Already adjusting to new assistant coaches Eric Altamirano, Danny Ildefonso and Tony dela Cruz, the Aces prepare for more work as Chambers starts his short stint as team consultant.
“Today was more of him seeing what we do,” Aces coach Alex Compton said in a chat with SPIN.ph after practice. “As we go on through the week, he'll have more things that he sees to share with us. But I love having him here. He's really a part of Alaska history and he's a winner.”
“He's going to help with the bigs and I just told him, 'anything you see, any feedback, anything that will help us get better,'” he added. “That's the whole point of having this: you get outside perspective, so he'll share it; pareho kaming madaldal.”
Sonny Thoss is eager to learn from Chambers, who led Alaska to an import record six champions after playing for the franchise for over a decade in the 1990s.
“We're very excited, especially the bigs on the team,” the Aces star stloman said. “We're excited to gather what we he can share, the knowledge he's had, the experience he's had here. It's going be to all ears, listen, listen, and get as much information as we can, and then put it on the floor.”
“Most of time, things are just fundamental stuff, little things he points out – footwork, spacing, when to seal or read the defense; it's a lot of things,” he added. “He's just watching, observing the whole practice and from time to time, he comes and gives his feedback, so we appreciate all that stuff.”
Chambers is expected to be part of the training camp for 10 days.
“One day, one week here with him, it could make a difference, it may not, but the main thing, the mindset is to get better every day,” Thoss said.
Compton echoed his ward's sentiment.
“Anytime you get a chance to be with a guy who's historically such a winner – hindi naman aksidente kung bakit siya naging winner, 'di ba? Meron siyang characteristics na gustung-gusto mo sa player,” Compton said.
“I think it's really about his character and his brain – and those things are a bit more transferrable. We can't teach somebody how to jump out of the gym. You can't teach somebody how to be six-nine, but you try to teach them some character, some things about the game and I think that's where Sean is really good,” he added.
Before coming over, Chambers posted on his Facebook account of his third visit to the country as Aces consultant, ending his post by saying “Alaska will win a championship next season.”
“Hope he's right. I'm excited about our team,” Compton said with a smile after his team had a underachieving last two conferences.