PODCAST: Duane Washington Jr. and Fever assistant coach Jhared Simpson
Pacers guard Duane Washington Jr. chats before riding in the 500 Festival Parade, then an extended conversation with Jhared Simpson on his journey.
On this episode of the Fieldhouse Files, you’ll hear my interview with Duane Washington Jr. from the 500 Festival Parade and then I’ll introduce you to someone who has been around The Fieldhouse for a while. That’s Jhared Simpson, now a Fever assistant coach, who came up through the video room.
Among the items discussed on this episode with Simpson:
How coming up through the video room is helpful for aspiring coaches, like it was for Frank Vogel and Erik Spoelstra. “The best coaches are the best thieves,” he joked.
Why it was a good move from the video room to the bench — taking a coaching role with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. “You don’t have the rewind button any more.”
What his experience has been like working under Hall of Fame coach Marianne Stanley.
How the women’s game is more of a tactical game.
Realities of the WNBA — short season, small rosters (12) and just 12 teams, now due for expansion.
Inside the draft room and the characteristics they prioritized. “Draft night was a breeze.”
He shared their draft process and the one trait they valued most.