Last night, The Disco Biscuits opened up the first of four nights for their annual Colorado Bisco Inferno run. At the beginning of each summer, fans near and far travel to see the Biscuits party, generally for multiple nights at Denver’s Ogden Theatre ahead of a Red Rocks Amphitheatre headlining show. This Sunday, The Disco Biscuits have the pleasure of playing one of the country’s favorite open-air amphitheaters, with Spafford and Organ Freeman taking on the opening duties. If last night’s opening show was any indication, fans are in for a very special four nights of music—full of lasers, laughter, and late nights.The Disco Biscuits’ opening set at the Ogden Theatre last night kicked off with a high energy “7-11”, with lighting maestro Johnny R. Goode laying down a concoction of what he does best: lasers and strobe lights (maybe some martinis too). With guitarist Jon “Barber” Guttwillig leading the way on vocals, the four veterans took the jam into deep territory, highlighted by an extended Aron Magner solo on the keys. Up next was a beautiful cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “Home”. The Disco Biscuits did the Brooklyn rockstars justice, letting the bubbly number fizzle into a deep experimental groove, with Allen Aucoin laying down a mean beat behind the kit.A killer “Sweating Bullets” was next, last played over the Biscuits New Year’s Eve run at New York City’s PlayStation Theatre in Times Square. The Philly natives were locked and loaded, dialing things in with their home-away-from-home crowd. With rainbow lasers bouncing and Marc Brownstein’s bass shaking the room, The Disco Biscuits took things deep before dropping into “Bernstein and Chasnoff”. As an amazing first set came to a close, fans got a chance to have a quick breath of fresh air before the jamtronica titans were back for more.Set two picked up right where set one left off, as they opened with a Biscuits favorite, “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.”. The heavy number was a perfect selection to send the night into astral territory, as the rhythm section of Brownstein and Aucoin locked things in. Barber has been playing phenomenally over the past year, and last night was no exception. The guitar wizard brought it all home, before diving into an inverted “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a”.The quartet was feeling extremely loose after destroying Asheville, North Carolina, last weekend. The band’s decision to play a run the weekend prior to Inferno was a wise one, with no rust or dust in clear sight. Up next was “I Feel Love”, a cover of Donna Summers‘ 1977 disco hit, before throwing down an inverted “And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night”. Riding a high, set two came to a close with “Pilin’ It Higher”, as Barber laid down some beautiful and patient licks, allowing the jam to evolve into a beast that could not be contained.Following a nearly three-and-a-half-hour throw down, the band came back out to encore “Magellan Reprise”. The Disco Biscuits’ four-night run has just begun, and things are looking good for Memorial Day weekend in colorful Colorado.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 5/24/2018Set I: 7-11-> Home (LCD Soundsystem)-> Sweating Bullets, Bernstein & ChasnoffSet II: M.E.M.P.H.I.S.-> Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (inverted)-> I Feel Love-> And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night (inverted)-> Pilin’ it HigherEncore: Magellan RepriseFull Show Video[Video: The Disco Biscuits]You can view a full gallery of photos from the show below via photographer Andrew Rios.
A TOUGH on-field cricket examination awaits the Guyana Amazon Warriors when they meet tournament leaders, Trinbago Knight Riders in match 17 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League from noon today at Guyana’s National Stadium, Providence.An inconsistent Warriors unit can expect little comfort against the tourists, who have had a great run in the tournament so far, winning five of their six games and sitting comfortably at the top of the table on ten points.Going by the records this season, the match is expected to be an uneven contest with the tourists as clear favourites.However, the unpredictable Warriors are at home, and no one should count them out, despite their heart-breaking two-run defeat on Thursday evening against the Jamaica Tallawahs.The hosts’ primary headache is the lack of form for many of their key T20 players, resulting in the team’s miserable showing. They failed to find the form and with just one win from five games, they are hanging on to the fifth spot ahead of St Lucia Stars.The Warriors have so far ridden on individual performances and haven’t been able to stitch a collective effort with the bat. Unless the batting starts clicking, their chances of qualifying for the playoffs will be severely dented.Guptil cites positive mindsetCaptain Martin Guptill, during a pre-match press conference yesterday at the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, said that the mindset is to play positive cricket for the remainder of the season, adding that consistency must be the keyword.Guptill (right) and Dwayne Bravo share a light moment during yesterday joint pre-match press conference.“We can’t dwell about yesterday (Thursday) too much, that’s played and gone and we can’t change it, so we will have to look forward to another tough game against Trinbago. It’s always going to be a tough game whenever these two countries play and I think everyone will be looking forward to get out there tomorrow (today) and put on a good show,” the New Zealander pointed out.He added, “Every game is a must-win if you really look at it … winning is a habit and gives you momentum, and so if we can get into the winning habits, starting from tomorrow (today), we are not out of this tournament as yet so if we start getting that momentum to roll tomorrow (today) with a win we can hopefully go all the way.Guptill said while the fans are disappointed from Thursday’s defeat, the Warriors are a professional cricket team and Thursday night we didn’t quite get it right and we know that we have another opportunity tomorrow (today) to rectify what went wrong yesterday (Thursday) and make sure we put in a good performance”.Tough task playing Guyana at homeOn the other hand, Trinbago Knight Riders captain Dwayne Bravo acknowledged that playing Guyana at home is always a challenge.“We all know playing Guyana in Guyana has always been difficult so we are aware of it, both teams are very similar in a lot of ways so we will not take them lightly,” Bravo said.He added “Our challenge now is to see how good we can play away from home, yes in Trinidad we have that support and that comfort of playing in front of our home fans, but now we are on the road for the next four games so let’s see now best we can play”.Further, Bravo dismissed social media rumours that Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa has join the Trinbago Knight Riders for the remainder of the season.Based on overall statistics, the two teams have faced each other on eleven times in the past with the Trinbago Knight Riders emerging victors on six of those occasions.
Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Sometimes the greatest validation is the quiet kind. Last August, Bryant asked Handy to organize the Mamba Pro Invitational at his facility in Thousand Oaks. It received no public coverage until a month after it had happened – Bryant and Handy helped organize both the exclusive invite list and the workouts themselves.It’s an honor that has taken on a different meaning to Handy since Bryant died tragically in January, but even at the time, it was something he counted as one of the biggest achievements in his career.“It was the ultimate sign of respect, just him believing in how I work,” he said. “That was one of the pinnacles for me.”Bryant’s respect also poured out in another way: Handy worked out with his daughter Gianna, which Campanella saw as an even more humbling responsibility.“There’s nothing greater than a father saying, ‘I put my child in your hands,’” he said. “When Kobe tells Phil, ‘Train my daughter,’ to me, that carries far more weight.”When the quarantine lifts, Handy hopes to resume a run at a sixth consecutive Finals appearance with the Lakers. He hopes his offseason will feature in-person workouts ranging from the NBA’s best to would-be prep hoopers. But in the meantime, he’ll come to you through your phone – and in a world under lockdown, that’s no small feat.“I can’t be everywhere, but it’s cool to know a simple app can play a role in getting people through a really tough time globally,” he said. “It kind of blows me away.”Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy has spent the past few years filming and designing an app, 94 Feet of Game (named for his training company), that stands out as a pandemic-proof tool for people with a basketball, a little bit of space to dribble and plenty of time to kill as they look to polish their fundamentals or work on more advanced skills. (Photo courtesy of 94FEETOFGAME.com) Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years It’s a time when basketball, as we know it, is profoundly limited. Gyms are closed. Hoops are being removed from outdoor courts to discourage pick-up games. For many people who are stuck in quarantine, the app has become a basketball lifeline. And for Handy, it’s one way in which he can stick to the passion that has guided him since those days zipping from gym to gym in his car.“Every inch of my body, this is what I was put on earth to do – I found my calling,” he said. “I miss playing, but it’s not like I wish I was still playing. My love, just watching athletes getting better at what they’re doing.”OLD-SCHOOL WORK ETHICRyan Sypkens got an enigmatic call from Handy a few years ago, offering to fly the Sacramento native down to L.A. for a long day’s work.Sypkens, a UC Davis alum who retired with a number of school 3-point records and later became a trainer himself, took the flight, was picked up at the airport and shuttled to a gym, where he wound up working with Handy for about four hours. There were cameras and lights, and there were a few extra takes, but otherwise it felt like a normal workout – albeit a long one.“If you watch the last couple drills, I’m definitely dragging a little bit,” Sypkens said. “I wasn’t in the same shape I was when I was playing, so I had to fight through it.”The final cuts of the workout are some of the drills Handy now has in his app, which was developed with the company Star Vizn. The app provides a free daily workout, and a full subscription offers well over 100 videos of drills and coaching concepts that range from fundamentals to advanced skills that reasonably take hours and hours to perfect.It took some time for Handy to come around to the idea that his workouts should be shared. Jeff Campanella, one of his closest friends since they were teenagers, remembers telling Handy in the late 1990s that he should record his workouts on DVD.“He’s the kind of person who makes you feel like a million bucks,” Campanella said. “Phil pours energy and emotion that makes people feel special. There was that time early in his career he was spending more money on gas than he was getting paid because he loves it so much.”His workout partners on the app also include Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash and Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, clients he’s worked with over the years. Handy stresses that they were paid for their labor: His relationships with NBA stars bolster his credibility, but he tries not to use them as publicity props. One of his other app workout partners is Isabella “Jiggy” Escribano, a pint-size girl who showcases her dribbling prowess to more than 82,000 Instagram followers — Handy takes pride in being an equal opportunity coach regardless of gender or skill level.Barnes’ workout, which largely focuses on ball-handling, felt a lot like the normal workouts he’s done with Handy for years, he said. The 27-year-old Barnes has appreciated their work together because, in one sense, it represents a return to old-school work ethic.“In this day and age, people glamorize everything on social media,” Barnes said. “People can go and watch highlights, but that’s the result of a lot of work that goes behind that. And Phil is one of those guys who can tell kids, high schoolers, college, other NBA players, ‘OK you can work on these things if you have a ball and five to 10 feet of concrete.”It’s a background Handy can relate to himself.SHAPING HIS PASSIONMany basketball careers are born in a school gym or at AAU tournaments. Handy’s started in church.The youngest of seven siblings, Handy grew up in the Bay Area and attended what was then called the Worldwide Church of God, which hosted a basketball league that spawled across the United States. At the time, it was a reasonable facsimile of what AAU has become, and from ages 10 to 18, Handy learned most of what he knew playing with his church team.His coach for that was his brother, C.L. Handy Jr., who was just seven years older. Phil first developed his love of the game from watching his older brothers play.“Sometimes I watch his videos, and it looks like what I used to do for hours and hours in the garage on 35th Avenue,” C.L. Jr. said. “He watched us go play pick-up, dribble up and down, go to the park and play horse, play double court with guys we don’t know. And over time, he became more interested, and it just planted that seed.”C.L. called Phil “my guy” on those church teams, the stud of kids his age. But their relationship wasn’t defined by favoritism: One of Phil’s searing memories was from a close game, when he defied his brother’s instructions and took technical free throws in place of a more sure-shooting teammate – and missed them. The team went on to win the game, but Phil was glued to the bench during the comeback. C.L. wasn’t going to let anyone, especially not his brother, put himself before the team.“I was mad – I didn’t talk to my brother the whole ride home,” Phil said. “But over time I learned when a coach says something, be respectful. That went a long way with me.”In other ways, C.L. was Phil’s greatest advocate: At a time when his high school and college coaches wanted to put the 6-foot-5 athletic swingman on the wings, C.L. played his brother at point guard – and got frustrated when his other coaches in other leagues couldn’t see Phil’s value at the helm of an offense. It wasn’t until Phil turned pro – after stints at Skyline JC in San Bruno and Hawaii – that he found himself a regular point guard again.Phil’s pro career, which included stops in Europe, Australia and Israel among others, helped him accumulate a rich inventory of coaching experiences: One of his favorite stints came in England, when he played for Nick Nurse with the Manchester Giants (later going to work for him as an assistant in Toronto). He’s had stints under Rick Adelman, Eric Musselman and Mike Thibault.He’s played for coaches he didn’t like, too, which helped solidify how important it was to be firm, but encouraging. Nothing made him upset quite like watching a coach who would get too personal on the court, which was a guaranteed way to keep basketball from being fun.“When you cross the line, you start challenging people’s manhood, you make it not about basketball,” he said. “I had some coaches who were bad people in that sense. That was enough for me when I got into this business: I knew it doesn’t always have to be this way.”BUILDING A BUSINESSAfter Handy’s career ended in the late ’90s, he said he knew he wanted to be a trainer. But it took him a while to get there.Many of his lessons in work ethic came from his father, C.L. Handy Sr., who owned a steel fabrication company in Oakland. As a teenager, Phil worked summers at the family business: It was blue-collar labor, spent moving, cutting and shaping steel rebar that would form the foundations of buildings throughout the Bay Area.C.L. Junior, who went into the business himself, recalled a few weeks when Phil retired from playing and returned to the company.“He had a short run working for my father,” C.L. laughed. “It was apparent that it was not for him.”For a time, Phil thought real estate might be the answer. He helped find clients for a profitable venture with some friends, and that offered him security for a few years. But it wasn’t his passion, and eventually – with the support of his wife – he walked away from it in order to jump into training in 2003.“I actually asked my partners to buy me out in the business, and they were mad,” he said. “They were saying, ‘Our business is going so well, why are you leaving?’”It was a reasonable question: At the time, Handy had no basketball clients waiting. He built his training business purely on word-of-mouth with recommendations. He drove all over the region to gyms in search of players he could help. Eventually 94 Feet of Game, and Handy himself, became a deeply respected regional enterprise.“Everyone knew that he was the No. 1 trainer at the time,” said Sypkens, who first started working with Handy as a teenager. “If you could work with him, you were lucky. You had to be somebody who he saw loved the game – not necessarily the best player, but just committed to yourself.”Before securing his first NBA job with the Lakers in 2011, Handy had already started assembling a list of NBA clients, but he also worked out with players at local colleges – St. Mary’s was one of his home bases.C.L. Jr. remembers one of these workouts which included Barnes and other pros and college players – it was one of the first times he’d watched his brother coach live. He watched the personal attention his brother gave each player, how he tailored the workouts, how he kept upbeat while still being tough, how he demonstrated each skill he wanted them to learn.“It just blew me away,” he recalled. “Afterward, I told him, ‘You tell me all the time that I was a great influence on what you’re doing, but at this point, the student has become the teacher. You’ve surpassed what I’ve given you. You are now the man.’”RESPECT OF LEGENDSHandy was not the first skill development coach, but in many ways, the trajectory of his career represents the rising importance of coaches with his background on the modern NBA staff, which is now commonplace.Handy might be most well known for being the only non-Warriors employee whose teams have played in the last five NBA Finals, winning with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and the Toronto Raptors last summer. During those campaigns, he has worked with stars diligently on their games – yielding results which he’s reticent to take credit for, but others say his work speaks for itself.Sypkens would point to how Irving improved his balance and post game while Handy worked with him on the Cavaliers; how Leonard’s IQ running ball screens and pick-and-roll improved when he was traded to Toronto; how James’ mid-range and post game have some resemblance to those of Bryant, one of Handy’s longtime friends and clients. Throughout the league, the principles of balance and ball-handling that Handy has championed are becoming more common.“I don’t know if you can credit Phil for every little thing that some of those guys have improved,” Sypkens said, “but he’s a huge part of it.”Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe 48-year-old has spent the past few years filming and designing an app, 94 Feet of Game (named for his training company), that stands out as a pandemic-proof tool for people with a basketball, a little bit of space to dribble and plenty of time to kill.There might be no one better suited to do this than Handy, whose humble training origins eventually cascaded into a career as a heralded NBA assistant who has worked with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard. While the salt-and-pepper stubble is a surefire sign of his age, watching him dribble on the court in a blur might make you believe he’s a younger man.It’s one of his guiding principles as a coach: If you can’t do it, don’t teach it.“Athletes are visual learners: they see stuff, they pick it up,” he said. “Everything I teach, I do. If I can’t do something, I’m not just going to point and say, ‘OK do this.’”These days, Handy shares evidence of his lessons on his Instagram page – and most of them are not NBA stars. They’re wannabe ballers – practicing in their driveways, in their garages, in their living rooms and kitchens during isolation, mimicking video workouts that Handy has posted to his app. In the last week, Handy has released a free 10-minute cut of his dribbling workout that can be done at home. He has always done his best work on the court. But for a decade, as he built his training business, Phil Handy’s office was a silver Volkswagen GTI that rattled across roads all over Northern California.He loaded up his car in the morning from his home in El Dorado Hills – 30 miles east of Sacramento – and drove to Marin County, directly north of San Francisco. Sometimes he wound through the Bay Area to Stanford or St. Mary’s College or UC Davis or Berkeley. Many days, maybe even most days, Handy would have logged 500 miles of driving by the end of a 14-hour shift, toting a bag of balls, jump rope, cones and other knick-knacks he needed for his word-of-mouth basketball training service.“Looking back on it, to tell you the truth, I don’t even know how I did it,” Handy said, laughing during a recent interview. “The only way I got through it was because I loved doing it so much.”In the nearly two decades since he started, much has changed: Handy is now a front-of-the-bench assistant coach for the Lakers, his client list is higher profile and his commute is much shorter. But the same thing is true now that was true then: Phil Handy will bring his coaching to you. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error