You don’t get to choose which parts of your past are remembered. Longtime NBA scout Pete Philo was invited back to his home state last month to be inducted into the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame. At a $75-a-head dinner in the ballroom of a hotel in Troy, Philo was hailed as a pioneer in gathering intelligence on import-ready hoops talent. He had built a sterling professional reputation through running a camp in Italy for European NBA prospects long before foreign players were en vogue, and through successful stints in the front offices of the Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Indiana Pacers. That expertise had Philo in demand for behind-the-scenes breakdowns of how overseas players are chosen in the NBA Draft. The respect Philo has earned in NBA circles also is evident in the impressive board of directors he assembled for TPG Sports, the North Carolina-based basketball-centric consulting and events company he founded: Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, Mavericks director of player personnel Tony Ronzone, and longtime NCAA head coach turned ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla. At TPG’s “Pro Scout School,” scheduled for next month in Las Vegas during the NBA Summer League, Mavericks… Read full this story
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