June 28, 2016

I hear this complaint all the time from players and parents alike: "My coach just sticks me underneath the basket because I'm tall!"

I got my first basketball at the age of three and by the age of five my parents already had me involved in the local youth basketball lea...

June 8, 2016

Let me start off by saying, this might just be the realest post I've ever written. It is coming directly from the heart and from my life experiences. Focus on that word, "life," for a few seconds. It will come to play a huge role in this post a little later. 


People ha...

May 9, 2016

In college, one of our assistant coaches used to yell out, "The work ain't hard!" all the time during practice and drills. We used to get so tired of hearing it but looking back, he was right. He would often say, "The work ain't hard if you love the game. If you love t...

March 18, 2016

There may be a Christmas song about it being the "most wonderful time of the year" but I beg to differ. As a basketball junkie, March is the most wonderful time of the year. It means March Madness is here. There is nothing more exciting than the first weekend of the NC...

February 17, 2016

AAU basketball...is there a hotter topic amongst basketball circles right now than AAU basketball? It seems as if every parent I talk to considers AAU as a necessary evil for their child if there is any hope of securing a college scholarship to play basketball. 


When I...

January 25, 2016

During the most recent Christmas holiday season, I had several experiences that restored my faith in humanity, if even for a short time. These experiences were the simple "pay it forward" things that people tend to do from time to time.


The first encounter was at a Sub...

January 19, 2016

If you ever take a moment to visit the Hartman household, there's a lot of basketball being watched...and I mean a lot. Between time spent on the road scouting, watching match-ups on TV or the web, and pouring over various YouTube videos, there's a good deal of basketb...

January 11, 2016

Christmas Day holds a special place in the hearts of basketball fans. Much like Thanksgiving is a day full of football, Christmas is a day full of NBA basketball. There's nothing like opening gifts and have a nice, big plate of food and sitting down to watch the league...

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