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Yves Modi: "Luka Doncic understands the game better than anyone" Israel today


The first meeting with the Slovenian prodigy ("he is the simplest man around") and Rick Carlisle's offensive mind ("Brilliant, brought new things to the league") • After serving as assistant coach in the Dallas Mavericks player development department, the 30-year-old Israeli , Who currently works at Hapoel Tel Aviv, explains how to maximize capabilities

Yves Modi (30) Marj, played in the youth department of Urban Raj and at the age of 15 moved to play in a high school in the US in Division 3. He later played at Beliman College and was also an assistant coach, and later moved to the professional team at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. In the summer of 2019 he joined the Dallas Mavericks from the NBA and served for a year as an assistant coach in the player development department, and then one year in the analytics department. Of the club.

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the importance of personal ability coaches and player development.

Expand a bit on the subject.

"This role aims to allow players to develop and maximize ability. It's becoming trendy because basketball is becoming lackluster, and you have to be in every moment with five players with diverse abilities. Each player is required to do a lot more on the court, so you have to work with each one on his own abilities. "In the NBA team, you need to maximize not only the senior players but also those from the end of the rotation, and also to develop young players so that in a few years they will give significant output."

Yves Moody (left) with Danny Franco.

This year's worker at Drive In, Photo: Oded Karni

Do you remember your first meeting with Luka Doncic in Dallas?

"Sure. It was before pre-season. On my first day at work, I walk into the hall and see Luca and JJ Bara sitting next to the basket. They just finished throwing. I introduced myself and he himself. He's the simplest man around. "Without papers, always positive. At that moment I thought to myself how crazy it is that a Marag guy came all the way to Dallas and works with Luka Doncic."

Luka Doncic.

No papers,

As one who has been there, what is special about him?

"More than the physical abilities, the cognitive and mental abilities are special to him. He would make moves in training that everyone understands he just saw two moves before everyone else. I look around and you see Rick Carlisle and other people from the top of basketball in shock.

"He reads the game and understands it better than anyone, he's just on a different level of his own in understanding the game. That's what's special about him. The next generation of players, who can do a lot of things. "

What sets coach Rick Carlisle, who has since moved to Indiana, apart?

"His offensive mind. He is an offensive genius at the highest level. He brought new things to the league. I saw offensive flexibility, every game we would start with another interesting exercise tailored to the opponent. The way we would come back from timeouts and the way he talks to players is very special. The most brilliant in basketball in recent decades. "

Yves Moody on the bench.

The sky is the limit, Photo: Courtesy of Hapoel Tel Aviv

Do you have a personal experience of it?

"He knew I was the only foreigner on the coaching staff, so one day before Thanksgiving he called me and said 'Hey, that's empty.

I understand that you are without your family, so I would love for you to come to me for dinner. '

The man is very fond of jazz and he is also an excellent piano player, and when I came in before everyone else came, he sat and played.

He also has a pilot's license.

He is a high-functioning person who knows how to get down to the details, quality with Derech Eretz.

He coaches a team in the NBA and is very busy, and still had conversations with me, one of the juniors on the staff.

I learned a lot from the way he conducts himself and his interpersonal skills. "

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Source: israelhayom

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