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Coach David Thorpe from - Episode 595
Episode 59513th February 2022 • Hoop Heads • Hoop Heads Podcast Network
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 Coach David Thorpe has been coaching/teaching/inspiring players from all levels of basketball for over three decades. Torpe started his coaching career at the high school level at Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1993 he left “team coaching” by opening the first specialized player development program in the country, producing high-level major college prospects by 1994. It spawned a global business where now in every city in the basketball-playing world there are families working with private coaches.

Six years later Thorpe moved from helping high school and college players to NBA players and professionals playing overseas. Coach Thorpe has helped his players earn salaries amounting to over a billion dollars in the past 19 years, and the list of players he has worked with closely have been NBA All-Stars, World Champions, European League Champions, Asian Champions (China), and Olympians representing 6 different countries. He is both skills and life coach to many of them, as he is to some successful head coaches and executives in the NBA and Europe.

Coach Thorpe served as a lead NBA analyst for ESPN.COM for 10 years, stepping way to pursue more consulting and speaking opportunities in the business and sports communities, then partnering to create with respected journalist Henry Abbott. He still can be heard weekly on many of the top NBA podcasts and radio programs such as “The Lowe Post” (ESPN), NBA Radio on Sirius/XM, and “The Full 48” along with TrueHoop's BRING IT IN three times a week, where NBA Head Coaches/Executives and an assortment of best-selling authors and other influencers on our culture today appear.

Coach Thorpe published his first book, Basketball is Jazz: Stories andLessons From a Basketball Lifer in February 2017.

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