We sat down with Nick Friedman, the Assistant Coach of the Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics G League affiliate). For the past two years, Nick has been the lead on court trainer for the PBC. He has been an incredible role model for our players on and off the court and has helped many of our guys elevate their game in the pre draft process.
See what he had to say.
Q: As the lead trainer for the PBC in 2017 and 2018, can you tell us about your experience with the PBC team?
A: The PBC was super well run. The entire staff was well organized and full of energy. They did a phenomenal job marketing the event and creating a competitive, professional environment for the players. The sponsorships were on point, the communication was great. This is a high level event that really gives you a crash course on what the NBA Pre Draft process is all about.
Q: Can you describe what an opportunity like the PBC represents to not only players, but also to NBA personnel and agents?
A: It’s a very unique event in that it brings together a wide variety of draft prospects in one setting. Teams are able to get their eyes on potential draft picks, two way contract players, affiliate players (NBA training camp invite), G-League prospects. It’s as all-encompassing of a pre-draft event with regards to talent as you will find. Scouts are able to use this platform to evaluate various levels of roster needs at one time. But what really makes the on court aspect of the event unique is how we’ve been able to create an ultra competitive environment while simultaneously helping these kids learn the nuances of the NBA game. The matchups are on point. The groups aren’t frontloaded or backloaded. Jake does a great job of giving everyone an opportunity to showcase themselves. You’ll compete at a very high level, you’ll showcase yourself in front of NBA decision makers, and, most importantly, you’ll walk away a better ball player.
Q: You are currently an Assistant Coach of the Maine Red Claws. What are some of your day-to-day responsibilities?
A: Some of my day to day responsibilities include leading film sessions, running on court workouts, and teaching offensive and defensive concepts.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to people who are trying to make it in this industry?
A: Operate without an ego and be in union with the moment. Focus on what you can control NOW and put the success of those you’re working for at the forefront of your individual goals. People who genuinely place the betterment of others ahead of the betterment of themselves always find a way.
Q: What made you want to pursue a career in basketball?
A: A love for the game as a kid and idolizing Steve Nash. Watching Steve’s approach to the game from afar really inspired me to develop a burning desire to make it in basketball. But most importantly, my life’s passion is to help people actualize their dreams. And there’s no better way to do that than through what I love most: basketball
Q: How do you define success?
A: When your profession becomes your life’s passion
Quick Trigger Questions
Role Model: Henry Friedman (My Father)
Favorite Quote: “Opportunity does not waste time with those who are unprepared.”
If you could work in any other sport, what would it be? Baseball
Favorite sports memory: Winning the Western Conference Championship and making it to the NBA G League Finals with the RGV Vipers in 2016-17
Favorite Movie: The Green Mile
Favorite Book: The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Favorite Musician: Rick Ross (ROZAY)