IMG Academy is known as one of the world’s most prestigious sports, performance and educational institutions. Today we are thankful to be joined by Dan Barto, Associate Director who has been with the IMG Academy basketball program since 2003. Dan has trained over 100 current or former NBA players and is known as a training design expert.
In our episode, we talk about what he’s done to bring the inspirational aspect of playing basketball back to the young players he coaches, what keeps him inspired, the direction the game is moving in and what strategies will continue to emerge as teams try to achieve the ultimate goal, an NBA championship.
Dan takes us through the evolution of the game and his role in it, what it takes to stay connected to a game you love and what it means to have the opportunity to fulfill your life long passion.
He gives his thoughts on the impact of COVID on basketball long term and why he believes the agent, player, team relationships will never be the same. He also talks about what it’s been like to have the WNBA bubble at IMG.
We wrap up with a great discussion on how the season will play out and his prediction of who will win it all.