|作者：比格公司 点击率：173 发布时间：2016-05-19 09:27:28|
2016年5月7日，已经退役多年、被球迷昵称为“加夫”（Garf）的传奇篮球巨星霍华德·加芬克尔（Howard Garfinkel）在纽约去世。早在互联网出现、篮球鞋公司掌控全明星夏令营和AAU锦标赛前，加夫就和他的好友霍因·克莱恩（Howie Klein）创办了属于他们自己的伟大训练营——“五星”（5-Star Camp）。众所周知，五星训练营就像是高中篮球天才的集散地，而这里同样也是大学篮球教练挑选球员必去的地方。
五星训练营最早坐落于波克诺山区域，随后又扩展到匹茨堡和费尔法克斯。1966年至2008年间五星训练营里走出了太多像迈克尔·乔丹（Michael Jordan）、勒布朗·詹姆斯（LeBron James）等让我们为之疯狂的篮球巨星。五星训练营不仅仅是一周时长的“全明星赛”，能够入选更是一种获得提升的“中转站”（Bobby Knight教练所下的定义）。一些大学里最出色的年轻助理教练（像Rick Pitino, Mike Fratello等）或者超一流的高中教练（像Bob Hurley）在这里会成长为顶尖NBA或是NCAA DI级的主教练。加夫的五星训练营格言就是“教学，从不停止”。如果一名球员受到了五星训练营的认可，那么就等于他可以确保收到超过100所大学的全额奖学金，而这已经成为了所有人的共识。而如若接到了加夫的电话，对于一名教练那就意味着已经收获了一个工作机会。
作为波士顿大学的一名年轻助理教练，我私底下也拥有不少五星训练营的“独特”体验。某次季前赛确定由我的同事执教，得知这一消息我已经等不及地钻进了车里开了六个小时的车从波士顿奔赴洪尼斯戴尔（Honesdale）。人总会想着前方会有出人意料的事情在等着我们，比如临时性的突然招聘、像鲍比·奈特和胡比·布朗（Bobby Knight &Hubie Brown）等传奇巨星在下午举办的签名会，亦或者是一群传奇教练在炉边酒店（Fireside Inn）共进午餐或晚餐，因为这个饭店和五星训练营一样也坐落在山脚下。我所听说的诸如此类的故事、亦或者是篮球行业里我所认识的人身上所发生的类似事情，真的是几本书都写不完。
我的首次五星训练营之旅发生在1978年的夏天，这一年我刚刚成为波士顿大学篮球队的助理教练，主教练则是汤姆·戴维斯博士（Dr. Tom Davis）。每一周的训练营都会以“全明星”赛的形式落幕，并会评选出这一周的最佳球员。在赛前，加夫会拿着话筒漫步走向球场中央，向所有人介绍此次出席观看比赛的教练员。当加夫说到：“让我们欢迎来自波士顿大学雄鹰队的助理教练汤姆·麦卡西！”时，好吧，我真感觉一个激灵从我的脊柱蔓延而上——这对我来说真的是个“大时刻”！
1977年我离开全职教练岗位，来到因托尼鞋业公司（Etonic Footwear Company）担任全球篮球市场和产品总监一职。与耐克、阿迪达斯、彪马以及其他品牌相比，因托尼是个较小的公司，因此我急需采取措施来让我们的品牌在市场中有一席之地。我联系了加夫，说明了想赞助五星训练营的计划，而那时训练营是由彪马公司赞助的。“尽力去帮助年轻人”一直都是加夫的一贯想法，即便是在商业活动中，加夫出人意料的竟让因托尼与彪马一起成为了五星训练营“官方球鞋和配件”赞助商。为此花费的四万美元绝对是我在体育产业中花得最值的！在这篇文章所配的照片上你能看到加夫与一位穿着因托尼T恤、身高2米08（6’10”）的年轻高中球员阿朗佐·莫宁（Alonzo Mourning），不久之后他就成为了NBA的冠军并最终进入奈史密斯篮球名人堂。我的投资为因托尼这一品牌带来了持续无穷的回报，而类似的记忆还有很多很多。
One of basketball’s greatest off-court legends, Howard Garfinkel, known to all in basketball circles as ‘Garf”, passed away on May 7th 2016 in New York. Long before the rise of the internet and the shoe companies taking over all-star summer camps and AAU tournaments, Garf, along with his friend Howie Klein, created the greatest camp of them all, 5-Star Camp, that was universally acknowledged as THE recruitment showcase high school basketball players & the must-be-there event for college basketball coaches.
Located in the Pocono Mountains of Honesdale (PA) and later expanded top Pittsburgh (PA) & Fairfax (VA), 5-Star was the coming-out party for the greatest players between 1966-2008 that the game has ever seen, including Michael Jordan, LeBron James and thousands of others. Not just a week-long all-star game, 5-Star was especially noted for its’ “Stations” (initiated by Coach Bobby Knight) component that featured some of the greatest young assistant college coaches (like Rick Pitino, Mike Fratello& others)& top high school coaches (like Bob Hurley) that would go on to become top NBA & NCAA DI head coaches (except Bob Hurley, who still laces them up at St. Anthony’s High School, & along with Morgan Wooten are probably the two best boys high school coaches in basketball history!).Garf’s 5-Star motto was “The teaching never stops.”). It was common knowledge that a player that received a 5-Star rating was guaranteed to get you a full scholarship offer from more than 100 universities and that a call from Garf would almost certainly land a job for a prospective coaching candidate.
As a young assistant coach at Boston College I personally experienced many 5-Star experiences. Once our BC seasons concluded my fellow coaches& I could not wait to jump in the car and make the 6-hour drive from Boston to Honesdale because we knew something special was always in store for us, whether it be finding that emerging recruit, attending the signature afternoon lectures given by basketball legends like Bobby Knight &Hubie Brown or rubbing elbows with all the great coaches for lunch or dinner at the Fireside Inn located at the bottom of the mountain road where the rustic 5-Star Camp was located. The stories I heard and people in the basketball industry I met could fill a couple of books to say the least.
My first 5-Star Camp visit occurred in the summer of 1978 in my first year as a Boston College assistant basketball coach under Dr. Tom Davis. Each camp week always ended with the famous all-star game that featured the week’s best players. Before the game Garf would stroll to center court with microphone in hand and introduce in glorious fashion EVERY coach that was in attendance. When Garf announced “And from the high flying Eagles of Boston College assistant coach Tom McCarthy”, well, I had chills go up & down my spine as I felt I actually had made the big time!
In 1977 I left full-time coaching to take a position with the Etonic Footwear Company as the worldwide basketball marketing & product manager. Etonic was very small in comparison to Nike, adidas, Puma & other brands so I needed to make a quick splash to get us on the map. I called Garf and offered to sponsor the 5-Star Camp which was sponsored by Puma at the time. Well, Garf, in his usual mind set of trying to help out an aspiring young guy in the “business”, bounced Puma &Etonic became the “Official Shoe & Apparel of 5-Star Camp”! It was the best USD$40,000 I ever spent in sports! As you can see by the accompanying photo of Garf& that young 6’10” high school kid wearing the Etonic t-shirt Alonzo Mourning, who developed into an NBA champion & Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, my investment delivered instant credibility for our brand. The fantastic memories go on & on…….
We now see the “Garf Effect” wherever we look on basketball broadcasts these days. 5-Star guys like Billy Donavan coaching NBA great Kevin Durant &the Thunder. LeBron rolling through the record books with the Cavs. MJ trading in his “Kicks” for the #1 seat in the owner’s box with the Charlotte Hornets. Hubie Brown breaking down all the action for the NBA Playoffs TV broadcasts. Yeah, they are all among the thousands of Garf’s “Guys”!
As one of “His Guys” I hope that the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, as the NCAA Hall of Fame did in 2014, will open its’ doors one day and welcome a man that had such a profound effect on the great game of basketball and so many of us that call basketball “Our Game”.