It was a ILL time to be around Crane High School…..The change was here and Principal Richard Smith was the New head ni__a in charge….And he wasted no time letting his presence be felt throughout the public league by announcing that the Legendary coach Longstreet was no more!…..And replaced him with one of Coach Longstreet former soldiers….A young boy out the neighborhood projects!….The responsibility of going behind a legendary coach such as Longstreet with a list of talent he produced that reads…Will Bynum, Tony Allen, Sherron Shorty Collins, Tyrone Kent, and Deon Dixon….not to mention the fab 5 freshmen recruiting class that took the public league championship at the United Center in front of 22,000 people – Big Zo C Thompson, Tino, Tremel T-mel Gilot, Lil Tidwell, and Carl Marshall….and Brandon McGee….
The young coach Tim Anderson had real big shoes to fill while the local hoop critics all across the city waited in the cut and anticipated a downfall back to the blue division for Crane so they could bum rush the downfall on his behalf and nail him to the cross!….Yall know how we do in this city but enough of all dat….We got the local project kid turned professional basketball trainer here with us today….without further due…This my man Tim Anderson.
Q. WHAT WAS IT LIKE GROWING UP OVER IN THE HENRY HOMER PROJECTS AS A KID?
Everything was nature to me growing up in the projects as a kid. The shootings and the killings…The gangstas….I thought that’s what it was and what it was supposed to be because I didn’t know anything else. When I was in 6th grade I told my teacher I wanted to be a gangsta because of the way they was treated in my projects….It was one time a guy had just come home from college and a guy that just got out of jail at the same time in my projects…..The hood threw the guy that came home from jail a big hood welcome home party while they didn’t even acknowledge the college student that just came home as well. They praised the gangstas. They had all the cars, clothes, girls, and money and that’s what I seen and my big Brothers was a part of that and I had all the Jordan’s and stuff like that coming up thru him so I wanted to be a gangsta in the projects too.
The hood threw the guy that came home from jail a big hood welcome home party while they didn’t even acknowledge the college student that just came home as well.
Q. HOW DID YOU GET INTRODUCED TO THE GAME?
My Brother Spudd who life was taken at an early age. I looked up to him because he was a great athlete. He introduced me to the game.
Q. DID YOU LOOK UP TO ANYBODY’S GAME COMING UP?
I liked Mikkey Halsted (the rapper), Mike Miller and Kenny Pratt, Jesse Shorts from the Horners and BJ. I liked all their games coming up as a kid.
Q. HOW WAS YOUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAREER?
I went to Dett Elementary and played on the team in 5th grade. By 8th grade, we dominated all the other neighborhood schools….When it was time to pick a high school Will Bynum convinced me to come over to Crane HS with him. Crane was in the Blue division at the time. I didn’t want to go but I took the challenge and went.
Q. HOW WAS YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CAREER?
My first year we was in the Blue division. I wish I had a bigger role on the team….and in 4 years we never beat Westinghouse hs. They walked like they was good and talked like they was good. We wanted to beat them so bad. We had fist fights with them and everything…but after the season was over on 16th & Kaminski Ave. With they whole crew. They coaches, players, cheerleaders and everything was on 16th Street.
Q. MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN HIGH SCHOOL?
After my brothers funeral, we drove 6 hours to my Christmas tournament game. The game happened to be my best game in high school. I didn’t shoot much (Will had to shoot up all the balls in hs…lol) but I made all my shots, free throws and got the game winning steal for an ‘and1’ basket to seal the deal.
After my brothers funeral, we drove 6 hours to my Christmas tournament game. The game happened to be my best game in high school.
Q. HOW WAS YOUR RECRUITING PROCESS AND COLLEGE CAREER?
I wasn’t highly recruited so Junior colleges were the only schools offering me a scholarship. I took a chance with a startup program at East West College but that didn’t last. I found a home at Lake County College then transferred to a school in Oklahoma where I earned my degree.
Q. AFTER COLLEGE?
I played a little semi-pro ball but hurt my knee and stop playing on that level. I took a job in Oklahoma on the DA Task Force. But that wasn’t me. I never locked anyone up thinking about the way they treated us in the projects back home. It just wasn’t me. I didn’t want to give off that feeling to people that I knew about from living in the projects and dealing with the police….so I came home and started coaching at Malcolm X college.
Q. HOW DID YOU GET TO CRANE HS?
I started hearing that the head coaching position was opening up at Crane hs but I didn’t want to apply while Coach Longstreet was still there. After he left, The Principal gave me a call and that’s how I got the job. We lost a bunch of game my first year, but my next year after that we started to turn the program around by landing some nice recruits and winning games….I also was honored coach of the year in the state regional twice….But right when we were about to take off, I was offered a position to coach on the college ranks Texas-Pan American University. Which was one of the hardest decisions to make in my life because I had to leave what I had built over at Crane…But after I started coaching my goal was to get to the college ranks So I had to take up that offer.
Q. HOW WAS COACHING ON THE COLLEGE LEVEL?
I didn’t like it. I was used to being a head coach and now I’m an assistant coach under somebody else’s direction. It didn’t sit good with me. I also didn’t like working under the NCAA process. So after a short stay through a couple of seasons I came back home and started working with Meanstreets AAU program. Ty Streets and Carlton at Nike put me on….I went and talked to coach Slaughter at Whitney Young hs and told him let’s collaborate with Meanstreets together and we made it work.
Q. HOW DID YOU GET INTO TRAINING PROFESSIONAL BALL PLAYERS?
The legendary Sonny Parker trained me as a kid. So I always wanted to do what he did for me to others. I started training Will Bynum first and we argued all day about game tapes and workouts until I gained his trust on training…then I started to train other professional ball players from what they heard me doing with Will. Then Jabari Parker started working out with me and that lead to other professional ball players wanting my services. I also work with the future rising stars of this game with team Nike Elite grassroots team. It’s a great opportunity to workout the kids you will see in the NBA soon.
Q. ANY LAST WORDS FOR THE CHICAGO BASKETBALL COMMUNITY?
In this business, it’s all about relationships.
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