Q+A: Stan Remy
Chopping it up with the expert trainer.
by Drey Wingate / @ProStatus85
With the NBA Draft out of the way, rookies are wasting no time preparing for their debut as the future of the League. Although there were not that many surprising picks in the first round, there were many players drafted in the second round that could very well have been taken in the first. The best to ever do it (His Airness) stated during his reign that the game was easy, and practice was the hard part. To be crowned the best player to ever bless the hardwood, I’m pretty sure the man knows what he is talking about. Every real athlete understands the concept that you play the way you practice. To be the best you have to train with the best. Regardless of potential or upside, your work ethic will determine just how great you will be. You get out of it what you put into it, and nothing is gained without work.
Florida-based NBA skills developer Stan Remy has a reputation of bringing the best out of players. Being a former hooper himself, Stan suffered from chronic tendonitis that caused his playing days to be cut short, but that hasn’t stopped him from helping other guys prolong their time in the League and bringing the best out of them. Stan is the founder of “First Class Training” in Miami, a destination well known not only to bballers but many athletes in general. Coach Stan Remy, as he is referred to by many of his clients, has helped players that have gone through his training step up their game in more ways than one. He has helped players achieve accolades such as Olympic Gold Medals, MVP awards, All-Star selections and for one of his dedicated clients, Heat forward Udonis Haslem, NBA Championships. With no lockout, and the return of an 82-game regular season, Coach Stan has a busy summer ahead. SLAM caught up with Remy to talk hoops and player development strategy.
SLAM: Who are some of the players you work with?
Stan Remy: Just to name a few, Kenyon Dooling (Boston), Brandon Knight (Detroit), Dorell Wright (Golden State) and Udonis Haslem and James Jones of the NBA champion Miami Heat. I am also working with Jae Crowder out of Marquette, who was recently drafted by the Dallas Mavericks.
SLAM: What made you chose training as a career?
SR: I wanted to be around basketball somehow, some way. After playing collegiate basketball at Morris College in South Carolina, I knew my career had to consist of basketball. I watched people recover from injuries and realized I had the gift to help on the court. Since I’m a good teacher, people listen and careers improve.
SLAM: What is your strategy in developing players?
SR: As a skills development trainer, I sharpen skills and I not only point out weakness, but also evolve weaknesses into strengths while boosting confidence.
SLAM: What are some of your most memorable basketball moments?
SR: Seeing Brandon Knight getting drafted. I started training him when he was in the 10th grade so it was a proud moment to see him begin his professional career. Another moment, while Kenyon Dooling was with the Nets, we worked with his development as a shooter. During an NBA TV interview after a great game, he mentioned my name when crediting his shot. As a fan, watching DWade go off in Game 6 of the NBA Finals back in 2006 was crazy.
SLAM: What player were you most motivated by?
SR: Allen Iverson motivated me. People underestimated him because of his size, but he thrived against the odds on his own terms—even with his style of dress and attitude.
SLAM: What separates you from the agency-oriented trainers?
SR: I’m flexible. Business hours don’t exist. If someone can’t sleep because they had a bad game that night, they can call me at 2 a.m. to hit the gym.
SLAM: What is your advice to younger players?
SR: If you want to be successful you have to have passion for the game. With all the work you have to put in, you really have to love it to truly want to be great in it. Commitment is important too since it takes a great deal of time and effort. Last, but not least, sacrifice. In order to be great you have to sacrifice things, such as hanging out with friends and family whenever and putting certain things into your body if you want to perform at a high level of intensity.