KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The basketball season may not start until November for University of Missouri-Kansas City, but Friday, the Roo's got some lessons on and off the court from hoops veteran Mike Woodson. Woodson currently coaches the New York Knicks, but his basketball career spans more than three decades. First year UMKC coach Kareem Richardson said it was a great opportunity for his team to meet Woodson.
"Having a guy of coach Woodson's caliber to come here and speak to our team, was a wonderful experience," said Richardson.
Prior to accepting the head coaching position in New York, Woodson coached the Atlanta Hawks and also spent time on the bench with four other NBA teams. Woodson played college basketball at Indiana University before playing 11 seasons in the NBA.
Woodson spoke about respect, teamwork and playing for each other. He also ran drills in a clinic with four members of the UMKC team plus a few coaches. Senior Roo's guard, Nelson Kirksey said this was a once in a lifetime experience for him.
"To hear an NBA coach speak, and to understand things that it takes to get to that level, it just feels good to be in that type of presence," said Kirksey.
Area coaches also attended the work out and clinic by Woodson. Afterwards Woodson spent time chatting with the Men of Color Campus Initiative at the student union.