Rico Hines is considered one of the best coaches in the NBA and is currently an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors. Recently, no less than Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green remarked on how Hines has helped NBA players improve their game.
In fact, some of the biggest stars in the league wanted to train with him this summer because of his excellence.
A collection of players looking to take a big leap this season can be seen in the roster of those already training with Hines.
Here’s what the Warriors star forward had to say about Hines.
The way Rico performs his Runs is insane! Everyone in the NBA operates at the ELITE level. It’s quite incredible.
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) August 11, 2022
Last weekend, in fact, Rico Hines began his summer runs at UCLA, where he trained and mentored any NBA player who wanted to participate.
This year, James Harden, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Tyrese Haliburton and Thomas Bryant were among the athletes who joined Hines.
These are huge names, and they are also guys who will ride a lot next season.
For example, Harden has often said he plans to leave everything on the floor for the 76ers. He also thinks they can make it to the final.
His training with Hines proves how serious he is this time around.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) August 5, 2022
Maybe Green and some of the other Warriors are next on the list?
For his part, Scottie Barnes wants to show that last season’s Rookie of the Year award wasn’t just a fluke. He averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists last year.
Toronto teammate Pascal Siakam, meanwhile, wants more respect for his name after several seasons of improvement. The Cameroonian star was named to the All-NBA Third Team last season.
In the meantime, Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers wants to please the fans of his new team. The Pacers Haliburton draft will become one of their showpieces going forward.
Big man Thomas Bryant also wants to improve. He’s ready to help the Los Angeles Lakers become a dominant team. Bryant also believes Hines will help him achieve that goal.
Each of these athletes is working hard throughout the summer to prepare for a truly memorable 2022-23 season. Surely they are ready to absorb all of Hines’ lessons.
Maybe Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors should have a few runs with Hines too?
Hines’ runs have been a hot topic of conversation for some time now amid the NBA’s offseason. The top NBA players mentioned above, along with LaMelo Ball, DeMar DeRozan, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Fred VanVleet and Trae Young, gathered on the UCLA campus for the elite offseason games of Hines.
Fred VanVleet recently battled with his teammates at a Rico Hines run and certainly looked healthier than the last time we saw him.
The Raaaaaaaange is back. https://t.co/olGPuXDmdP
— Amit Mann (@Amit_Mann) August 9, 2022
There’s a reason these guys put their growth in Hines’ hands.
It is obvious by watching the games that it is a recovery with a goal. Hines urges players to focus on their goals. He also wants them to focus on what they want to improve and how they can support their respective teams.
Each athlete has the chance to show their own skills, but it goes beyond that. This is especially true for Raptors players who will pass on these lessons from UCLA to their own teams. These players maintain their fitness with game reps and hone their game sense.
The results speak for themselves. With players like Harden and Siakam crediting Hines with some of their accomplishments, supporters of any club with a player on those streaks should anticipate what’s to come.
Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors took notice. Fans can expect him to show up for those races sooner rather than later.