Steve Hetzel Sees Both Individual & Team Success for the 2013-14 Season

Bringing eight years of NBA experience to Canton, Steve Hetzel is no stranger to preseason crunch time. In the last two weeks alone, Hetzel has been through his first NBA Development League draft and began training camp with a sixteen-man roster that has began be cut down to ten.

With the season a mere nine days away, the Canton Charge head coach is busy preparing his team for their first game of the 2013-14 season on November 22nd against the Erie Bayhawks.

“Player development is the number one goal. We’d love to see some guys get called up and make it into the NBA,” says Hetzel when asked about his expectations for the season, “but with developing guys the right way, we want to play basketball the right way and we want to win games. Our team goal is to win the division title and we ultimately want to win a D-League Championship,” he added.

On the flip side, Hetzel is also preparing himself for his first season as head coach of the Canton Charge. “I’ve been watching a lot of film of our guys, watching film of practice, making sure that I’ve got my checklist taken care of. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a lot of great coaches, I try to take a piece from all of them,” says Hetzel, who has worked with coaches Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs), and Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers).

When asked if he had any pre-game good luck routines or rituals, Hetzel simply stated, “I believe that you make your own luck, so regardless of what’s going on or what happens, I believe that we can always change the momentum or make the momentum in our favor”.

Prior to landing the head coaching position in Canton, Hetzel spent the previous four seasons as player development coach of the Detroit Pistons, working with players such as Tayshaun Prince and Greg Monroe.

“Working in Detroit for the last four years, it gives me the confidence to know that I can evaluate a player and set up a plan for them… I’ve had success at that, and this league being all about that [development], it just gives me an advantage”.

With a focus on developing players, utilizing their strengths, and downplaying their weaknesses, the D-League seems as though it’s the perfect place for Hetzel to utilize his own strengths as a coach.

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