Defend, Run, Share
These three words encapsulate the coaching philosophy of Blue Coats head coach Connor Johnson. Johnson is holding his second training camp since taking on the head coaching responsibilities in 2018. Last season was an exercise in managing a road heavy early schedule, moving into a new facility in January, and dealing with injuries for Johnson and the Blue Coats.
In addition to those challenges, the Sixers had tasked Johnson with implementing the scheme played in Philadelphia while dealing with a very different roster in a very different league. The G-League is progressing into a premier professional option for players who have yet to catch on with NBA teams. Players who previously would have had to go overseas to play professionally are looking at the G League as a more viable path. We talked to Isaiah Miles, a former St. Joe’s star who returned from playing overseas at age 25 to be closer to NBA coaches and scouts. The Baltimore native cited Delaware as being close to home as a reason for choosing to come back.
We talked about the Blue Coats roster on Party On Broad with individual expectations for each player in camp. Watch here!
Speaking of watching… With a new TV partnership being negotiated, the Blue Coats are set to offer broadcast basketball to the entire state of Delaware, more than 400,000 households. The 76ers Fieldhouse will be a fun atmosphere for the coming season with live music, entertainment, and a growing fan base in Wilmington. A TV partnership helps build fan connection by giving folks a chance to see the team play even on nights where they cannot make the trek into Wilmington. TPL is deeply invested in making the program successful and is sponsoring the PGRA House Band for this entire season.