Tremaine Dalton

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Tremaine Dalton is the founder of The Process Basketball providing high level training to European and American Players.  His mission also includes philanthropic work throughout the world in Europe, Central America, Australia, and here in the United States.  The Process Basketball is focused on making a difference by connecting communities and building relationships across the globe with basketball.  Tremaine runs youth camps and clinics all over the world with the goal of impacting young people’s lives on and off the court.

Tremaine played his college basketball at the University of St. Mary’s and later went on to play professionally in Israel and France before finishing his career in Australia.

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What We Discuss with Tremaine Dalton

  • Connecting basketball with philanthropy
  • Growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan playing basketball in the parks
  • Becoming a great one on one player
  • Why he’s kept The Process Basketball off social media up to this point
  • Teaching the killer instinct
  • Have the confidence to have an honest conversation with players
  • Getting involved in community projects and coaching while he was still playing
  • Playing semi-pro ball after college
  • Winning the Red Bull King of the Rock one on one tournament on Alcatraz
  • Playing in Isreal, France, and Australia and immersing himself in those countries
  • Dodging missiles while playing Isreal
  • The creation of The Process Basketball and where the idea came from
  • Improving a player’s status off the court through philanthropy
  • Using basketball to help people
  • Working to eliminate gun violence in Michigan
  • His projects in Australia, Russia/Estonia, & Panama
  • “Basketball can bring anybody together, whatever race, creed, color, whatever the case may be.”
  • “Somebody has a problem. Somebody has an issue. Somebody has a player that needs some sort of help, so I can go literally anywhere, any country.”
  • How he designed The Process Basketball Logo

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[00:00:00] Mike Klinzing: Hello and welcome to the Hoop Heads Podcast. It’s Mike Klinzing here without my co-host, Jason Sunkle tonight, but I am pleased to be joined by Tremaine Dalton from The Process Basketball. Tremaine, Welcome to the Hoop Heads Pod.

[00:00:10] Tremaine Dalton: How you doing?  Everything’s good?

[00:00:13] Mike Klinzing: Everything is good here. Glad to have you on excited to be able to dive in with you.

Learn a little bit about, more about what you’re doing in the game of basketball, what you’ve done and the impact that you’re trying to make through your process basketball. So thank you. So let’s start by going. Why don’t we do this? Why don’t you give us just a. It was the one minute elevator pitch on The Process Basketball.

So people kind of have some context and then we’ll jump into how you got in the game when you were younger.

[00:00:38] Tremaine Dalton: For sure. The Process Basketball is actually one of the top basketball programs in the world. And it’s not because of the clients who we train, but it’s also because we connect those clients with philanthropy.

You know one of my clients, I know a lot of people know him, James Young, he played at Kentucky. I picked up a Boston Celtics, Boston Celtics, and you know, he had his off the court issues or whatever. But once he got with The Process Basketball, he ended up signing with the Knicks last year. And an example of how our philanthropy connected with him is I’m originally from he’s from Michigan.

I’m originally from Michigan. And I do a gun violence program every year at Michigan and his affiliation with the high level financial beat that we do around the world makes players look like good guys. You know, it makes them look like they’re more than basketball. So I’ve done a lot of philanthropy at the highest levels with the United States.

We’ve got a project coming up with one of Oprah and prince Harry’s programs out in Greece, helping Syrian refugees. And with the training side, we got players who are the Olympic level, Matthias and Zuora he French national team and they was going to Tokyo Olympics, silver medalist police, lawyer we got a big women’s initiative and yeah, that’s what the Process is, man.

It’s away from social media and all that. We are one of the top programs in the world.

[00:01:48] Mike Klinzing: We are going to work our way to dive into more detail about what Tremaine just talked about, but we’re going to start by telling his entire story. So let’s go back in time to when you were a kid you’re growing up in grand rapids, Michigan, tell us a little bit about your first introduction to the game, what you remember.

[00:02:03] Tremaine Dalton: Well to get right to a man basketball just pretty much saved my life. My stepfather, he was involved in I don’t want to put them out there like that, but he was involved in criminal activity and you know, he got seven years, 17 years in prison. So me playing basketball just pretty much kept me off the streets.

And because of some of his activity. So it would bring trouble on our way. And rather than me hiding in the house, I would go to all the rival parks and I would go after whoever the biggest baddest dude was. And you know, my is one-on-one anyway. So whoever’s at these different parts, these different neighborhoods.

I would go at these people on our, earn their respect in these neighborhoods. And it was just, you can kind of say, we’ll keep people away from our home, keep it. I got three little brothers, so we’ll keep people away from all that, that negative energy away from them because of the respect that I had with basketball in the streets my intention was never to go to the NBA or nothing like that.

I got my validation from my neighborhood and that was good enough for me. And then the rest just came I mean, cause when you have pressure, when you have that type of pressure, people don’t understand what it is sometimes coming from the hood or just different neighborhoods and stuff like that.

And that’s enough pressure in itself. You got to worry about robberies and drugs and all types of stuff. Playing basketball is a breeze. You know what I’m saying? So it’s just putting the ball in the hole. So once I got that validation, the rest of it was K what’d,

[00:03:29] Mike Klinzing: When did you know, one-on-one was going to be your game?

[00:03:32] Tremaine Dalton: I just used to give everybody buckets. You know what I’m saying? Because you know, another thing was when I was a kid, I used to bet people a hundred bucks. Right. And I say, I’ll start the night. And then I, and I say for this hundred, if you get all, you got to do a score, one, you get the hundred, the basketball team, I get the a hundred.

And then once I got the Baha so that, that really was my path, man in high school, middle school and stuff like that. Like I just, everyday I used to go to different rival parks. I used to see some of these people, different neighborhoods and stuff, and it just kept me out of trouble, kept my family out of trouble and stuff like that.

[00:04:08] Mike Klinzing: So when you’re thinking about how you grew up in the game, where you’re playing on the playground and you’re learning on your own, you’re not working with a trainer, you’re not working with a coach. You’re just out there playing ball, try to figure it out for yourself and beaten dudes all over the place.

So when you’re doing that, how do you think about the way that basketball is today and how do you approach that? Or maybe use what you learned as a kid in your approach to training, right?

[00:04:33] Tremaine Dalton: So you have a lot of trainers who monetize. You know you know, in this generation it’s a lot of analytics and stuff like that, or you monetize it through social media and everything like that.

And my training, it doesn’t rely on social media at all. It just relies on the pure essence of basketball. And I think that’s, what’s been missing lately. I just teach killer instinct so let’s say if I’m in Europe, I keep my same 10 to 12 clients every year. And all these clients, especially my top level client clients are the superstars in their country and that’s all I trained.

So you know, I got I filled a niche in Europe at the time when I first started The Process Basketball, Europeans wanted to learn isolation game. They wanted to learn that skillset and, and lo and behold Europe is actually catching up in terms of talent-wise because you got a lot of African communities all throughout Europe, Australia, then other, so you do have a number of different pool of athletes in this time of generation, but the separation is this to kill anything.

I mean you got people like Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant. He grew up a little different, but LeBron James, people like that, they grew up more or less like, like me or even worse. And that killer thing just comes from who they are not to say other environments aren’t like that, but it’s just different as a whole.

And that is what really separates us from everybody else. So I train my athletes. That’s all, I’ll teach them. When I go to Europe, it’s not, we got one ball, we’ve got the rent and I’m teaching them how to be killers and not to mention, I got to play all my players anyway. So you know what I’m saying? So when I’m beating them yeah.

And they mind, they’re like, damn, like why is my training be I’m not, I’m not the quickest. I’m not the fastest. I’m definitely not in shape. Like I used to be, but I’m an animal. Like I am a monster when it comes to me when it comes to one-on-one because I understand that with basketball, it is a lot of ego on it.

Especially with Clarence making millions and millions of dollars. It’s really crack that ego. You just got to crack the head.

[00:06:31] Mike Klinzing: So what does that, so what does that look like on the ground when you’re trying to teach a player killer instinct? Cause I think a lot of times the perception would be that some guys have that.

Some guys don’t, maybe you can learn it to a certain degree, but I think the perception is either you’ve got it or you don’t. So when you’re working with a guy, what does it look like? What are things that you’re doing, saying getting them to think about that’s going to help them develop that same killer instinct that you developed on the playground?

[00:06:59] Tremaine Dalton: Well, just to get straight to it, a lot of my athletes, we got personal relationships, so I have the opportunity to tell them. I mean, you come across different coaches, trainers, or whatever they affiliated with a player just because of their status. But I got my own status in this game.

I got my own personality. I am who I am. So I tell these players the truth, no matter what it is, you know? So when I’m trying to play or if, if they mess it up, I tell them they messing up and I’m getting in their face and I’m letting them know. And you know, I’m taking the whole Bruce Lee standpoint. Like if they don’t understand that, I’m gonna prove it to you.

You know? So that’s the approach. I’m taking it from the beginning in basketball it don’t require a bunch of dribbling are required. It’s just, all you need is if you really believe. And defense, but if you really believe in your ability to score, it just takes three dribbles. And what I teach is moments as well.

It’s not about just necessarily shoot the boss corner. Every time I teach these players specific moments just to break it down, like if you got a game, you got four quarters. If you get five points, a quarter, you average is 20 points minimum and everything else is extras. So if you tell the player, okay, if it’s, if it’s strong, so to shoot in the three and as other strong shooters, a mid range bullet, I said, Hey, it they’re three pointer.

It that mid range, you got five points, then everything else, you get distributed to quality. And we got to work on those moments over and over and over and over again. And averaging 20 points a year is huge. So you know, communicate in that type of energy. And that, that theory it put me in a position to have 100% success rate.

[00:08:30] Mike Klinzing: That ability to tell players the truth, I think is something. A lot of young coaches, I think sometimes struggle with any, you hear from trainers as well. That, because as you said, players, trainers are trying to monetize the game. They’re trying to monetize their business, right?

That a lot of times they’re afraid to tell a player the truth. Now you’re working with higher level players, a lot of trainers maybe don’t have the opportunity to work with that level of player. So maybe they’re working with a kid who’s in eighth or ninth grade. Well, if I tell that kid the truth, maybe mom or dad takes their business down the road to somebody else right now my training business goes away.

So how did you, what advice would you have for somebody who’s in that situation as a trainer, maybe somebody who wants to be better, who wants to have the kind of impact that you’re having on your players, who wants to really see them get better, which is ultimately how you build a training business, that you can prove that your players are getting better.

So what advice do you have for somebody who maybe has a little bit of a hard time having that honest conversation with their client?

[00:09:29] Tremaine Dalton: Well, first and foremost, you just got to have the confidence to have that honest conversation. Don’t make it about the law. Cause you know, a lot of players, they get all the NBA players and it’s exactly what you’re saying.

They get it. They’re afraid of telling that athletes the truth because of their status. But you have to look at yourself in the mirror and you have to say, am I really trying to teach somebody? Sometimes I turned down NBA clients because at the end of the day, what can I teach MVP’s and stuff like that?

Like, you know what I’m saying? I’m like, what can I really teach this individual? Like and I’m real with myself. You know, I, I feel like I’m a liaison, I’m a transition point with players like James or David mentioned new or Matthias was, or I’m going to transit that transition point for them to get to the NBA.

And once they get to the NBA, it’s out of my hands and just keep it real with yourself. You know, I know when I look in the mirror, I know I can, I can be a point guard coach. I can be a two guard coach, but I’m a killer coach and. And I’m keeping it, I’m keeping that truth to myself because I’m an expert in that, in that specialty.

It gives me the opportunity to tell a player the truth. When players come to the process, basketball, they say, I want to be a superstar. They say, I want to be the best. And it’s invitation only. Anyway the agents say, I want to be the best on the team. I want this specific player to maximize his efficiency levels.

And in every category and people respect me on that level to the point where it’s like, okay, whatever he says, it is what it is. And that’s it. So to just to give advice, just find a specialty and just keep it real

[00:11:03] Mike Klinzing: When you were playing and you were focused on your playing career, when, when did coaching, when did the idea of becoming a trainer?

When did that get on your radar? When did you start to think about. That was it while you were early on that you say, Hey, someday when my playing career is over, I’d like to get into coaching. I like to get into training or was it a case of, okay, I see my playing career, Ryan winding down, and man, I still gotta be involved in the game.

Let me figure out how I can stay involved with the game of basketball, which one better describes you?

[00:11:35] Tremaine Dalton: Well, to be honest, is it just go back to my origin story, man? It never was about basketball in the first place. Like the actual act of basketball to me, basketball is a business. I love the game, but I’m more of a horizontal thinking.

Vertical thinker, vertical thinker is somebody who just says, okay, I need this basketball. Then after the basketball I get here and then there I take it there. I’m doing it all concurrently. So I’m coaching. When I was playing overseas, I was working with the Israeli government doing like I was working for the Israeli government as the director of sports in education.

Or like, let’s say when I was in Australia, I was there doing community initiative projects. So. When I went within my career, I was already coaching within my career. I was already doing business. You know what I’m saying? And it just naturally transitioned. You know, I wasn’t, when I was a basketball player, I wasn’t saying, oh, I was a basketball player.

I was using basketball as a tool for that next day. You know? And even at the end of my career, like even now I can still play. I met here in Panama right now. And you know, I was working, I’m working with some of the national team players and stuff. I wanted to go see one of my players and a coach asked me, Hey man, why don’t you come play in this program next week?

And I’m out here ever since 27 again. So is, and that’s just basketball for me is just, it’s a business. It’s fun. And because I’m already working with the national team players out here and I wanted them to believe in my product, I’ve needed to prove a point. You know what I’m saying? So that’s how it works for me, man.

It’s just, even when I was in, maybe get that realization of basketball being in the business when I was in college you know, I wasn’t in the best situation to college, I went to West Virginia. I didn’t have the best coaching staff I don’t want to blame them, but it just didn’t work. And I transferred to St.Mary’s and it was the same situation. And I was averaging 20 points, a game and only plan after the game because of an agreement me and the coach had. So that’s when my efficiency levels just exploded, you know? Cause I had to get those buckets to prove

[00:13:29] Mike Klinzing: You had to get your, you had to get your five points a quarter and a half right now, four quarters.

You only had two.

[00:13:35] Tremaine Dalton: I only had two. So in my mind, I’m breaking it down. I’m already putting it a platform together. Once I get to that next stage in the pros, because in the pros, you even getting less time, if you’re not a superstar and you know, I played a little bit of Israel. I played in France and I played in Australia in the middle of my season.

I was like, man, you know what? I know, I’m smarter than the coaches that I got. You know, you never know, I know what I’m doing. So let me be that guy to teach exactly what needs to be done. I believe that’s the reason why I have the success I have now, because I believe.

[00:14:06] Mike Klinzing: How did that opportunity to play pro basketball come to you after you get done with college?

What’s the, what does it look like for you? Who are you reaching out to who’s reaching out to you? What did you go about doing in order to get yourself a pro career coming out of St. Mary’s?

[00:14:19] Tremaine Dalton:  Yeah, it was extremely hard. It was extremely hard. When I came out of St. Mary’s I had an offer to go to South Korea and I didn’t take it because I was on move young.

I’m going to go to the NBA. And instead of it, just remind with somewhere else, even though that wasn’t even my ultimate goal, I was thinking of it as a bit. I was just thinking of it. Okay. That might be my best option. And it had my draft pre-draft camps and the I killed and I did what I needed to do, but I should have took that overseas offer.

But after I didn’t take that overseas, offer everything went completely downhill for like a year and a half and I didn’t play at all. But then I got lucky and I played a semi-pro for my first team was the Detroit Hoops. And they picked me up in the playoffs and the ABA and I dropped 49. My first. And then after that I played for the Grand Rapids flight.

I was absolutely at 28, 29 a game. And I took a whole nother LA and I played in Arizona for there is on the rattlers and I was averaging like 30 something, a game near too. And then after that semi-pro I couldn’t, I couldn’t break through it’s getting overseas and stuff like that. So I just stopped playing all over again.

And then they had that red bull king of the rock tournament, international one-on-one tournament. And I won it. I won, I was the king of Arizona and I made it to the elite eight internationally. I beat a guy named Dusan Ballou who was actually the number 1, 303 player in the world. And that’s actually what got me overseas, man.

And then when I went, played in Israel, right after that, did you have an agent at that point? Nope. I just went over there myself. I had a couple of connections over there. One of the people who I play, he was from Israel. He was like, just come over. And I played a second league over there. I actually can’t close the plant against Kobe Bryant.

I was a practice player for the team called them. Actually, that’s when I first met James Young too and they used to do NBA tours right in a preseason. And I was a practice player with them. And if I would’ve made that team, I would have played against Kobe Bryant and his return game when he toured us the keys.

But at the time I didn’t have that on myself, man. It’s actually, the question is a bet on myself. I didn’t have an Agent, I have nothing.

[00:16:19] Mike Klinzing: So what was that like trying to negotiate and get yourself over there and get a contract and get you out, get you on a team. How’d you navigate that?

[00:16:24] Tremaine Dalton: And then it was hectic.  I was calling, I was emailing and I was trying my best to connect. And lo and behold, these same people who I was connecting with back then are my network now, you know whether it worked out or not, a lot of the people who helped me out in those times are some of my best friends from all over the world.

So it would just be, it was just me email. It was a different time too. This was before social media so it was really me sending my film out. It was rich. Send my resume. And then it just happened that red bull red bull king of the rock really set it off for me because I was out there cooking.

So, and time people like that, people like the whole isolation style, they like it especially when you’re doing it efficiently, you know?

[00:17:08] Mike Klinzing: No question about that. Yeah. Anybody, Hey, you can put the ball in the hole. There’s always space for you.

[00:17:12] Tremaine Dalton: Right?

[00:17:14] Mike Klinzing: Scoring at scoring is something that every team needs a ball.

It’s a lot easier to win when the ball goes in the basket. There’s no question about that. So you get that set up in Israel. And when do you kind of realize that, Hey, I think I can make a go with this. I think I can make it a career. And then to follow up with that, you mentioned earlier about how you’re kind of concurrently.

You’re doing things at the same time. So not only are you working on basketball, but you’re also seeing the bigger picture of the impact that you want to be able to have. So when did you feel at least semi secure in, Hey. Make a career here playing professional basketball overseas. And when did you start to have a greater mission than just, Hey, it’s more about, it’s more than just basketball.

When, when do you conduct connected with the Israeli government? When do you start to do things outside of the game that are having an impact?

[00:18:05] Tremaine Dalton: Correct. So while I was over there, my basketball situation, wasn’t secure at all. So I because of my network, because I’m so cool with people, I ended up getting hooked up with a job in a city called an area called Jesse, called him in the city of LA, which is a real tough area because of, cause I used to, even there, I used to go to the parks.

Everybody knew me. I was cooking everybody. But at the end of the day, basketball is a business and it just wasn’t working out the way it was supposed to work out. I didn’t go to a big enough school or I didn’t do well enough at the tryout or whatever cake, whatever the case may be, especially in the first league.

But I took advantage of me playing in the second week. And I was like, Hey, if I’m here, I’m engaged myself in. And I’m going to connect with people and I’m gonna see yourself because at the end of the day, getting that international experience, when you bring it back to the states, it can really help your portfolio or your resume or whatever the case practices as only an hour a day.

So why not get it, take the opportunity to connect and to honestly say that you worked for the Israeli government, helping kids, helping different African communities, their Russian communities and stuff like that. It’s an honor for me so I just took the opportunity and ran with it. And then when I started to see the programs that I was involved in, when I was there and the reception that I was getting from the community, the community still be in the basketball player.

I was like, Hey, I just need to keep this going. You know? And cause I really cause you can get hurt tomorrow by basketball. You can get hurt at any point in time. What it will always be secure is your network is what you’re doing for communities. I is what you’re doing. And I just took advantage of what basketball was bringing to me and it always go back.

It always goes back to my origin story. The fact that me just putting the ball in the hole and going to different parts, kept my family, kept me out of so much trouble. And my brother’s out of so much trouble. And it has that much influence on people, regardless of what off the court problems people have and the drug game, whatever I was like, you can take this anywhere.

Like, you know what I’m saying? You can put in any scenario, you know what I’m saying? So, yeah.

[00:20:12] Mike Klinzing: How do you feel like culturally making that adjustment from, Hey, you’re leaving the United States, you grew up in a tough environment. Now you’re going and you’re in a whole new country, a whole new culture.

And not only are you trying to immerse yourself in the basketball side of it, but you’re also trying to immerse yourself in the community side of it and get to know the people there and get to know what you could do to make an impact. So what was it like culturally to go from. Hey, I’m in a place where I’ve been comfortable, where I’ve grown up my entire life to now suddenly I’m in a foreign country where things are obviously different, but there’s some similarities that you just mentioned in terms of what a community might need.

So how did you handle that cultural piece?

[00:20:51] Tremaine Dalton: Well, man,I’m a chameleon. And then today I can adapt anywhere, you know for me, I’m the type of guy, wherever I go I’m going to connect with the right people, regardless of what the culture is, because I engage myself in a different, in the culture.

Like I said, a lot of basketball players, man, when they go play overseas, they just sit in their room and play video games. I’m out in the streets I’m connected with people. I’m going to the parks, I’m talking to newspeople, I’m doing all types of stuff, man. It was easy for me. And you know, I grew up in grand rapids, but also grew up in Detroit.

So some it’s a lot of things going on in Israel, but it was nothing to me due to the fact that I grew up the way I grew up. Like for me it was a blessing. Like it was just odd to me. All this stuff was just so easy to me, man. Even, even the hardest parts of basketball in my career, my ability to pivot and my ability to adapt.

It was just easy for me because me being there, that was the opportunity. If I’m, if I’m walking down the street, let’s say in Miami or somewhere. And if I see the Ferrari due to the fact that that’s in my vision, that means I’m supposed to have it. Otherwise it wouldn’t exist. So me wants to Israel and me going to be in Australia and me living in Paris and all these places, if I’m there, I mean, it was supposed to exist.

That means I’m supposed to be one amongst that culture. And here I am today.

[00:22:10] Mike Klinzing: So not only did you play in Israel, but you’ve also played in France, played in Australia. What, which of those three countries did you have a favorite? And if you did, what was it about one place over the other? And obviously I’m sure you had good experiences in all of them, but was there one that stood out one city, maybe a place that you played that you spend a lot of time that you really enjoyed more than some of the others?

[00:22:31] Tremaine Dalton: France is my second home.  I got commercials out there, man. I mean, oysters, France, which is the biggest newspaper out there. I mean, reverse magazine was just one of the biggest magazines out there. You know, the streetball culture. They embrace me every time I come back I’m working with Florida national team players Francis my second home man, like every time I spent new year’s and Christmas up here I just go out there and just cuss for me, that was the bit, that’s the best place out of all the places I’ve ever been anywhere in Australia is school too, because they got a nice, they got a good, their, their basketball is really growing at a very exponential rate, especially with the Malabar being there a couple of years ago.

And about France is the best by far. I’m actually going to France the Saturday to Minako to do like a community initiative thing to help kids and stuff like that. So, yeah.

[00:23:21] Mike Klinzing: What’s your craziest basketball story? What’s your craziest overseas basketball story,

[00:23:26] Tremaine Dalton:  Yeah. Well, once I, man, I was in Tel Aviv.

It was after a practice or something like that. And after I went to Tel Aviv and you know, you got the whole Palestine, Israeli war going on, and then all of a sudden you hear the sirens and everybody ducking down and this, that, and the other, and then I’m looking up and then I’m just seeing missles. Oh, oh, whoa.

And then everybody like that. Well, I don’t just walk, like somebody come up to me, they’re like, how come you didn’t hide or nothing like that. And I was just like, man, I grew up in Michigan.

I can say that’s honestly away from a lot of that’s my craziest story. Cause every time I tell that story, people like, wow, and

[00:24:12] Mike Klinzing: You weren’t ducking into a building trying to get down into it. I didn’t do a basement.

[00:24:15] Tremaine Dalton: Nah, man. Cause it’s a missile at the end of the day. And you know, that radius where they hit the ground was over.

So, and I was at the beach anyway. So I was like, you know what? I can’t escape if I’m running in sand. So just relax. There’s nowhere to go, right? Yeah,

[00:24:31] Mike Klinzing: Exactly. Digging yourself a hole in the sand, right.

[00:24:33] Tremaine Dalton: Jumping in the water. Let me, let me drink this. Just relax, you know?

[00:24:42] Mike Klinzing: All right. So as you’re playing, career’s winding down and you’ve obviously had these experiences during the time you’re playing when.

Does, when do you formalize the idea of The Process Basketball and think, okay, I’ve been doing these things concurrently with my playing career, but now I’m ready to step up and do it on a larger scale. What was the original mission? And when did that idea come to you and when did you formalize it?

[00:25:08] Tremaine Dalton: Well, I was in Australia at the time and I was playing and I was playing out there and I was in the middle of my season.

And it just wasn’t, it really wasn’t going too well, not just with me, but the team in general, but the reason why it wasn’t is because of development that we was practicing like two times a week, the coaches really weren’t engaged and you could just see, it was just, nobody was really into the basketball.

So I was like, man, and nobody could really play. And nobody was teaching the player, the younger players how to play. And I just took a step back. I took my ego out of the equation and I was just like, you know what, let me teach some of these guys. Let me talk to these guys. Let me see what. And then it just Nan, I came up I got my master’s in business and stuff like that.

So I just started conceptualizing it and coming up with marketing schemes and this, that, and the other power to create my logo. How would appeal to people while I was there? Because you got, because you playing basketball, you got all that time on your hands and stuff like that. And I just created the logo.

I just created the site. I just did everything start using my network, start bringing players together. And then after that season, I called all my basketball friends and I was like, look, I’m gonna stop hoping I’m going to rent out a mansion. That’s all staying in. This mansion was a strain off summer and document the experience.

And that was the beginning. That was the real initial beginning of The Process Basketball. That first year was one of the best years because some of the people who I was there with, it was just, it was just so cool. You know what I’m saying? It was such a vibe and they, I was training everybody.

Who’s having fun. And then after it, it started creating a bus because I wasn’t putting it on social media. I wasn’t trying to show it off, but it created a buzz about this guy who training players and just keeping it private supply clubs. You know what I’m saying? Because I had players from all over the world.

[00:26:54] Mike Klinzing: Was that an intentional strategy?

[00:26:57] Tremaine Dalton: and why? Yeah, that was definitely intentional strategy. Because at that time you start to see it, you start demonetization, started kicking in with basketball trainers and stuff like that. You know, everybody jumping to this NBA player, everybody doing everybody trying to get the clip to go viral and everything like that.

So I’m gonna go this way. I’m gonna take the opposite route because if you, to me, I’m about quality and the quantity. You know what I’m saying? I don’t want every customer. I want the best customer within what I’m doing. You know what I’m saying? Like for me, if I want something from my stepfather, I learned about quality and what he was doing in terms of that world.

If I learned something from that, I learned about quality and I learn how to get a product though. And you make that product the best product you can possibly be. And that’s what I did. I made that product, that an exclusive product, and that’s what The Process Basketball was. And that was a real strategy.

And that’s how I really took off that’s when I played players, they hit me up or agencies like rock nation or whatever contacted me about their specific players, because in every year it just pivoted more and more, especially going towards humanitarian, the humanitarian stuff and philanthropy, because with these players, it became more than just training.

And it was like, okay, how can I help these players improve off the court? How can I make that status of a player? Make them better as a person for the NBA to say, okay, this is a good guy. This is a guy we need on that. You know, and it’s just, it just took off from there. It really did.

[00:28:21] Mike Klinzing: Was that part of the original vision when you’re in the mansion that first year and putting things together, is that philanthropy aspect, was that part of the original vision or was that something that as you got to know the players, and as you started thinking about what it is that you wanted to do, long-term that it came in.

I just, how did you go about thinking through that piece of the training and building that into what you wanted to do as you work with players?

[00:28:44] Tremaine Dalton: Right. The flagship who was the first one I did was in Phoenix and that philanthropy was always there for me. And then when the player, after we play, or let’s say they go party, I’ll wake him up and say, I used to, I do water drives there every summer and I’ll wake him up and I say, Hey, let’s go do this.

And then when you see the players actually giving back, you can see how they shit, you know what I’m saying? Now they starting to see all it. We got the opportunity to use our platform and actually help him. You know what I’m saying? And once I started seeing that, especially at that F. I was like, I need it.

I need to turn this the up even more because I already understood that I was a world-class trainer. I didn’t need other people to certify me as that. And now I’m getting that certification amongst my peers and stuff like that, but I already knew that, but that’s what my, to be aspect of it. It was, I was already doing it anyway throughout the years in Australia and all these places.

But once I got other players involved, it was, they started to understand how they could use, like they started to see how their platforms actually help people. And then I just pushed it more and I pushed it more with gunfire, but like a good amount of awareness of Michigan, or like now I’m a lead one of the leaders in, in gender equality with basketball in Europe, or like just so many other, like what I spoke about earlier I did a project with the United States government this whole thing with Russia and Ukraine is going on.

I’ve been working with the Russian communities in Estonia for the last three years with peace talks with the United States government, using that as an opportunity with this. With some of the players and I’ve been pushing this initiative of philanthropy and how using basketball as a platform to really help people.

And yeah, like even with the LeBron James he had his more than the half week campaign on pears. I did, I was a followup coach behind him. You know what I’m saying? And I was in, it was at Nike pickup and me and him are one of the few cultures to ever do a camp at this specific part. You know, it’s, it’s like a hidden jewel in Paris.

And I started to see that I was getting more of a reception through my philanthropy work that actually train it. You know what I’m saying? Yeah. And it just, it set me apart. Right, right.

[00:30:51] Mike Klinzing: Tell us a little bit more about the gun violence initiative in Michigan. Exactly what your role is and what you envision, how, how you, how you’re able to help and what you’re, what you’re, what it actually entails.

[00:31:04] Tremaine Dalton: Well I’ve been, I’ve been away from home for so long and one time, one day I just went back and one of my buddies, one of my buddies, he has a company in Michigan called all in. And he’s really we partners now and he runs the whole domestic stuff, but he really in the field, like he really out there helping kids, he really out there, human kids, chances to go to college and put them in different high schools and stuff like that.

It’s really helped them out. And he, my man, we tight. So I was seeing what he was doing it, and we had the same synergy. I’m just doing the international. So I’m like, okay, I’m developing all these players on the court and off the court. Why is, I think it’s time for me to go, come back home and do the same.

And the grand rapids specifically is a huge gun violence program. So me and him, we put together our we have an annual gun violence basketball camp and we bring kids, we go on the hood, we bring kids, we go to Martin Luther king park. It’s an it’s in the Southeast, Southeast side of grand rapids.

We bring kids out there and we hope that we did it. It was no shootings that whole week. You know what I’m saying? I guess, because of my past respect or whatever the case may be, but his respect also, people just saw it as love because what nobody else doing it like that, you know? And now his company is really take cause we partners and I gave him a lot of my resources and stuff like that.

This company has really taken off in Michigan. And I just had a phone call this morning, actually the vice president of the grand rapids go under the G league team up there. Now we all might would discuss the partnership that we can do to not only develop their players, but also add more philanthropy to this.

And is this time I did everything I could around the world. Now it’s time to just get back home

[00:32:45] Mike Klinzing: When you’re meeting with players and you’re considering bringing somebody into the fold. What’s the discussion like, obviously there’s the basketball piece of it that the player is concerned about. But from your perspective, you start thinking about what philanthropy can we get the player involved with?

What are those conversations look like? Is it something that the player brings you an idea? You bring an idea to the player? Is it a mutual conversation? Just what does that process look like?

[00:33:12] Tremaine Dalton: Well, every player is different and a lot of times the issues are just based on their demographics. So like for example, in Australia, the South Sudan community, they have a lot of it’s sometimes it’s a lot of racism, especially when it comes to their community and stuff like that.

And they, sometimes they weren’t. In the past, they weren’t getting proper opportunities and stuff like that. So when I went out there, I went just because of my status already as a trainer, when I went out there, I was just do free caps for them. You know what I’m saying? So it will automatically raise the status of players just because they attended my camp.

So people got to take them Sears, you know let’s say in Europe, there’s a gender equality and inequality especially with pay and everything like that. Like people not putting enough emphasis on women’s basketball, especially some cultural things. Sometimes it’s a lot of different things, but Kalise, Lloyd, she plays for the, she played for the Swedish national team and she plays a France.

Now we are putting together a big initiative to really help women and girls with basketball and stuff like that. James Young he’s from Michigan, France. I’ve been out there for so long. We’ve been doing that initiative Estonia I’m always, every time I’ve been there, like I’ve in one area.

I connect with the Russian communities out there, especially with what’s going on now, Israel I try to promote peace out there, especially what’s going on out there. And it just really revolves around the demographic of the player. I give players the opportunity to be human and to actually tell how they feel.

And that’s why I have such deep relationships with every player. They, they don’t have to be a basketball player around me. You know what I’m saying? It can be themselves. And it just so happened in club basketball and the works man, it really works. We got new, we got a couple of things coming up in Japan, Africa where else?

Oh, I’m in Panama right now. You know, I brought all my players out here last summer because we were challenged at homelessness and then we got to play against the national team and that was considered one of the biggest events in Panama period. And that’s just, that’s how it works. You know?

[00:35:12] Mike Klinzing: Are you bringing not only attention?

Are you bringing funding? Are you bringing, obviously you’re bringing a basketball to. Youth players in the communities where you go and visit and then your events cycle around that. But when you think about what it is that you want to bring to the table in a particular situation, I know it’s different for each country and each event that you do, and they don’t all fit exactly the same formula, but just when you think about the type of impact that you’re trying to make in a particular community, how do you approach that in terms of having an effect on the issues that are affecting that particular community?

[00:35:50] Tremaine Dalton: Right. I bring awareness because a lot of times, pretty much 100% of the time I’m paying for it myself. You know what I’m saying? That’s how much I really believe in this stuff. And to see these kids and the impact on these kids or players it’s worth the book. You know what I’m saying? A lot of times I’ll just pay for myself with the awareness that it brings to the table.

I mean, it just opens people’s eyes up, you know you know, I do work on trying to connect with sponsors and stuff like that. And I was afraid as I was with. And that helped a lot after, since I’ve been in Panama. And after that with Israel and all these other countries, I do it myself. And it has brought so much awareness to the point where I got ESPN correspondence giving me interviews and stuff, or I’m getting MSN articles or even it’s I got a nominated for the Michigan sports hall of fame.

You know what I’m saying? Like, I I’m going after it all. You know, I, I hope I get me a Nobel peace prize pretty soon. You know, I just feel like I’m bringing, I want to bring enough awareness to all these, all these social issues to show the basketball can be a cure. It can be a help. You know what I’m saying?

Basketball can bring anybody together, whatever race, creed, color, whatever the case may be, because it all, like I said, always goes back to my origin. You know, the situations that I could have been, it could have been. Hectic. But if I survived those through the sport of basketball, I think if I can translate that energy to so many different people around the world, it can help them with whatever their issue is, whatever the issue is,

[00:37:22] Mike Klinzing: Using the game of basketball to have an impact on kids.

I think that a lot of the coaches that we talk to Tremaine talk about being able to have an impact on the players that they coach, and you’re doing that same thing. You’re doing it in a different way from somebody who’s a high school coach or who’s a college coach. But when you think about what you’ve been able to do, and you think about the kids you’ve been able to work with in all these different locations around the world, can you point to maybe a particular story, maybe one kid that shared something with you in a particular event that just had an impact on you that is still with you when you think about, Hey, when I’m considering what it is that I’m doing day in and day out.

I can go back to this story and realize, Hey, I really am having an impact. Is there one conversation story kid that you remember that kind of fits that description of somebody that really brought home to light? What it is that you’re doing? The impact that you’re having?

[00:38:22] Tremaine Dalton: Yeah. I actually got Sue great one.

I got a kid named Adonis Arms. He recently he just graduated from Texas Tech they made it to the sweet 16 and I was, I been working with him for the last three years. I was having my process sessions. I went he’s from Phoenix and I had my second one there as well. And his mom just brought them to my session, I guess, through the grapevine and people was hearing about it.

And then she was just like, he couldn’t afford it. So I was like, all right, let me see him play. And at the time he was at, he was a junior college and he came, he gave his heart out and I had, I had the calves there too. They was watching a little bit, he gave his heart. And then he, he just went all up and I pulled him to the side and I said, look, you don’t have to give me a dime, but I see your energy.

I see. How has he gone? I’m gonna help you out for the rest of your career. And then over the years I flew him up to no, he flew, he came up to Paris and he was also a part of that LeBron James program and stuff. And, and he was training with me. He was training with the different European pros and stuff like that.

And then he just kept giving us all, he kept giving me his all, he kept me with assault. And then when we came back to Phoenix, I met up with his mom and the system and stuff. And they was just like, man, like you, you, you a blessing to our son. Like, like, why are you helping us out? Like, why? Like what’s going on?

And I was just like, man, your son is a good kid. Like, he’s a good kid. Like he really believed himself. And at the end of the day,

What’s his family too. You know, you want to take care of his family. It’s not this all basketball status. I think I’m better than everybody and stuff like that. Like your kid, he just a good kid. And he ended up playing division two and he went to, went through it and then he finished out his career at Texas tech.

So all these schools, he elevate, he not going back. He not trying to, he not even transferring to like transfer out of the school cause it’s not working out because at all these schools, he did well, these too, he was all American went through. He helped him get to the national tournament in, at Texas tech or he’s trying to start his career.

He helped him get to the sweet 16. And now here about to go to the NBA. You know, we still talk, well, we I might be training over the summer if I get a chance to go to Arizona. And he’s just him and his family. Like, man, they they hit me up all the time. They just like, thank you. Like, you know what I’m saying?

And that’s the. Just impacted. I try to rank individually players. Absolutely. Yeah. The next example is here in Panama you know, lots of all my players out to the jungle in the middle of nowhere in Panama and they shook, like they scared, they like

200 kids running they’re screaming. Ah because they never even seen this level of players. I mean, these players Duncan they don’t I got to play an anti-charter how you did he play for the Suns? And you know, he like seven feet. So they never even seen nobody like that before. Another guy named Elijah, he plays out in Slovakia somewhere.

They have like a Westbrook, you know what I’m saying? And it’s just these players, these kids never seen these players before and they can’t, they couldn’t speak English. They can do. And they just, the energy that it was given just to have his opportunity was just once in a lifetime. And those are just the type of experiences.

Just keep it keeps me going.

[00:41:46] Mike Klinzing: Absolutely. I think when you have that impact, and especially when you get feedback from the people that you work with and you know, that you’re able to make a difference in their life, both on and off the basketball floor. Clearly that’s been a part of your mission from day one.

Let’s talk a little bit, we’ve talked a lot about the philanthropy side of it. Let’s talk a little bit of the basketball side of it from a training standpoint. When you think about what makes you a great trainer, you already talked about the ability to instill that killer instinct. What is it about what you do with your players that you feel like makes you so successful?

That you’ve been able to build this word of mouth business without some of the social media and things that a lot of other trainers have used to grow their business. What is it that you do on the floor with your. That helps them to get better because ultimately as a trainer, you want to help your players get better in games.

So what you’re doing with them has to translate into improved play on the floor. So what is it that you do that you feel like helps them to do that? I know we can probably go through a million things, but just give me a couple of things that you think are key.

[00:42:50] Tremaine Dalton: Nah, it’s pretty simple for me, man. It’s quality and the fist like, and I always time I don’t need a whole year to get a player.

Right. All I need is weak. You know what I’m saying? Like Matthias for example he was playing from copy to LV. He plays it for the French national team because the sword and he ended up, he only had a two more contract and I flew up the friends and we actually linked up just on that. And you know, when I train these players, I get the whole Kevin Hart treatment I can stadiums, I get off, you know what I’m saying?

We just, we just had our conversation about philanthropy, but like, let’s talk about the meat and I get the whole cap of heart treatment. I get everything I need to really get these players. Right. But I really pushed that efficiency and I really pushed that quality and we trained for about a week. And then he ended up signing with one of the biggest teams and I think Serbia.

Yeah. And he was drafted by Philly too. And I just get right to it. Like what, what are you going to do to get this bucket? How are you going to get this bucket? What are your spots? You know what I’m saying? We just practice on the spot repetitively over and over and over again. What Mo how can we capitalize on these moments?

You know what I’m saying? And he was he’s a big, but I taught him how to quite a three. So it just opened up a whole new world of basketball for him, especially with his explosiveness or Young, for example you know, when he was, he came out of Kentucky, he got drafted by Boston. You know, they see him as.

But he was playing from a copy high-fat at the time. Now he plays off what’s on the beat. And I was, we was working on defense. We was working off, coming off screens to get a shout up. And a lot of isolation moves three usual max to get a shout out because he already did. And basically the result really through word of mouth.

It’s the results. Like at the end of the days and John’s career, he ended up because of what his past people felt like. He never was going to make it to the league, but after we trained, he ended up leaving the Lima’s rather than leaving the scoring, trying to pull him up. He ended up leading those revenues into scoring and they ended up signing with the next, you know what I’m saying?

And Mathias, for example, he ended up saying he was already on that path, but he ended up signing with the biggest team of Serbia. Another kid named David mentioned, knew he plays for the French national team. I got him prepared for the NBA summer league. He dominated in that at least Lloyd, I got her prepare for the Olympic qualifiers.

She did really well on that. The list goes on and on. Including a dinosaur get really good at Texas tech. And that’s a good right to a man is no gimmicks. All you need is Ram. All you need is one ball, teach them how to analyze defenses, especially isolation situations. I teach them different angles to control, help side and stuff like that.

And they just use it. You know, it’s simple math, it’s just angles and critical thinking and just really focusing on what your sweet spots are.

[00:45:36] Mike Klinzing: How do you utilize film and looking at a player’s film and then analyze it, what they do and then helping them to see, Hey, here’s where you maybe have some deficiencies or here’s what things that are your strong suits right now, let’s build on those and let’s continue to work on some of these things that, as you said, maybe you’re an inside player.

Now you’re going to step out on the perimeter, be able to do some things out there. Just how do you go about using film and analyzing your players when they first come to you and getting a feel for what they can and can’t do?

[00:46:03] Tremaine Dalton: Well, it depends on the mission. So like James, for example, I was out there with him for a month.

So I was working with the staff, like the whole staff, the coaching staff and everything. Gotcha. Yeah, because yeah, cause I’m one of the few coaches who can get mid season trainings as well. So like a team of called me or an hour fly out there and I’ll help that superstar improve right then and there. So it’d be me.

The coaching staff will sit down and we’ll analyze film. We’ll come up with different placements, do whatever the case in order for that player to maximize whatever they need. And. And then they have that success, but like, let’s say Matthias, we only had a week. So it’s like, all right, let’s play.

One-on-one, let’s see what you can do. You know what I’m saying? Like instantly, like, all right, let me see what your weaknesses are because at the end of the day, I’m a coach. I’m not a player anymore. So if I’m able to steal the ball from you, or if I’m able to score on you, there are those weaknesses.

And then we’ll get some full court action and I’ll see the holes dismissing within that as well. You know what I’m saying? So I just, like I said, I’m a chameleon. I adapt to the circumstances and you know, I just got that success rate, man. I believe in my product, you know? And it’s been working, you know?

[00:47:09] Mike Klinzing: Absolutely. I think when you can point to the success that your players have had, ultimately that’s the true judge. Like I’ve said a few times, if you are a trainer and you can get results for your players in game, it has to translate if you’re just getting them good at drills, be good. Right. They have to be able to complete and put that product out on the floor.

And then once you do that now, guys see. If I work with Tremaine, I know I’m going to see results, not just when I’m working with him for my hour and a half of my week or my month or whatever it is, that’s going to translate into my game, which ultimately is going to help me to make more money, have a longer career and be a better basketball player.

So when you think about what you’ve been able to do from that standpoint and helping players to improve, how have you also used your business connections to help them deal overseas or move up a league or, or get to maybe a different country that has a higher level of pay? How have you used your connections to help players in that area?

Is that something that you do as well?

[00:48:07] Tremaine Dalton: It depends. Like I know a lot of times when people hear about players working with The Process Basketball, what I’m doing, they know that they’re getting proper training, you know? So eight sometimes agencies they’ll call me about players. Ax, you know how they’re doing, like what they’re doing and, and actually sometime loose their money up whatever the case may be.

Because I feel like I’m a Harvard basketball attorney. You know, if you go to Harvard, you can get any job you want. So that’s the way I feel. And a lot of them are top layers. I’m not training these people on different agencies. They hear about it. They contact me and they say, Hey, like we know you’re doing a good job with this person.

So how was this person on the court? How is this person off the court? That’s the difference? That’s what differentiates me from, I believe so many other people not to take nothing away from everybody that they stopped basketball to me is like martial arts. Everybody got this style but this is just my style, you know what I’m saying?

And I just believe in my style so much. And sometimes people take it as cockiness, but to me, I’m just confident in what I do. You know, some people take it as arrogance or whatever, but I just believe in what I do. And I give that same If we want to call the arrogance to my players. And that’s what they dominate.

Like at the end of the day, basketball is about ego that’s what is competitive. And that’s I mean, my business around the energy that was Kobe Bryant and you gotta take people head off, you know what I’m saying? Because these people are feeding their families with this basketball.

So, you know when it comes to that agencies or coaches or whoever, they know that I’m giving that energy to these players they know that I’m giving that just that, that truth I hold players accountable the whole thing, like if you miss a lab and one of our practices, you are under the suicide, I don’t care what level you play.

You know what I’m saying? Like, or I cut a practice short, okay, how much money you pay? You know? And coaches and agencies know that and, and they connect with me when they ask about different plants and stuff.

[00:50:07] Mike Klinzing: When you have that reputation, you build. That over the course of time, then the people that are reaching out to they know what they’re getting, and it’s not a surprise when they get one of your clients, they know what that player has been shown.

They get, they get to know you, they trust you. And as a result, there’s, there’s this belief that, Hey, if a player is gonna work with Tremaine, we know what we’re getting. We know what this player is going to be capable of doing. We know that they’ve been coached in the right way. And that’s really a big part of it is making sure that you’re able to have that reputation so that the players can come in and they trust you.

You trust them. And then it just continues to cycle through. And that’s when you ended up having that kind of success in building the business, as you said, through word of mouth, not through the self promotion on social media, you’ve been able to do it through sort of the back channels of, Hey guys, talking to one another and knowing that it’s being done, it’s being done right.

When you talk about the opportunities that you’ve had to. Go all around the world and work in different countries. And you talked about working in Russia and Estonia. You’re talking about working in Panama, you’ve worked in France, all the different places that you’ve been able to go and have an impact.

How do you think about identifying where you want to go next? How do those opportunities come to you? Is that through individual relationships that you’ve built or is it through you sort of looking around and identifying, Hey, here’s an area where I think I can have an impact or here’s a great location where we can have a youth camp and have an impact on the kids.

You talked about working with Syrian refugees coming up here in the future. So just how do you identify those places that you think are going to be. Great places for you to be able to do what you do.

[00:51:49] Tremaine Dalton:  Well, a lot of times it’s just happens on a random, you don’t, I’m gonna tell you the truth. Sometimes I’ll do more research or sometimes I do projects with the American government and stuff like that, but like coming out to Panama, I just came over here for vacation.

That’s the truth, man. I came on vacation, I liked it. And I was like, you know what, let me highlight some of the national team players while I’m here. And then I talked to some of them, they told me some of the issues and problems that was was here. And that last summer I was actually going to do my fight club process session in Paris.

And I just changed right then and there, I got a resort for all the players and we trained here and it just turned out so good. You know what I’m saying? And a lot of times it just happens on a random book. I won’t say it’s like organized confusion at the end of the day because of my network. So my network I got, I got an extensive network all around the world, so wherever I go, I know.

You know, somebody has a problem. Somebody has an issue. Somebody has a player that needs some sort of help, so I can go literally anywhere, any country. And especially when somebody finds out that I’m there. Eventually somebody is going to contact me and say, Hey, can you come help me out with this? Hey, can we do this project?

Hey, can we and I’m a chill guy. So I’m like, all right, we’re not

[00:53:08] Mike Klinzing: Your reputation proceeds you .

[00:53:09] Tremaine Dalton: Right, right. That’s what I’m saying. And I leave lasting impressions beyond just the sport of basketball, but with the country itself I I’m in the streets. Like when I go to Paris, I’m going to all the parks and I’m in Tel Aviv.

I’m going to all the parks. I’m in Arizona. I’m going to origin even in Panama, like I go out and I hope that, you know what I’m saying? So you got everybody from the street ball players all the way to the pros, everybody. You know what I’m saying? And I have some, some of my best friends around the world were in involved in these industries, so I can just go anywhere.

And sometimes I feel like I’m lazy because I could really push it and monetize it and I could do that whole thing, but you know, I’ll wake up and I’m happy and I’m me, you know what I’m saying? So I’m just blessed. I’m in a very, very blessed situation. Let me say it like that.

[00:53:58] Mike Klinzing: All right. So I want to ask two things one, let quickly tell me a little bit about your logo.

And then I want to follow up on what you just said about feeling like you’re lazy and thinking about what it is that you’re going to do next. So first talk about the logo. How’d you come up with the logo. It’s very unique obviously, but tell people a little bit about it. There’ll be able to see it once we get the episode up and they’ll be able to see it in the show notes, but just tell people a little bit about how you came up with it.

[00:54:21] Tremaine Dalton: Well, I was thinking ahead I liked the process of The Process Basketball at the end of the day, all this, the process of development to get to where point. That’s why I came up with The Process Basketball. I was doing this way before. And B, if you know what I’m saying, everything is a process. You know, whether you want to be a mathematician, whether you want to be a scientist, whether you want to be an artist and basketball, everything is a process.

The actual Chinese symbol is says the process of management, because that’s the market that I want to hit next. You know, China, you know what I’m saying? That’s one of the biggest markets in the world. So if I’m already doing well in the middle east Europe, Australia I’m starting to do a little bit in the United States, central south America.

I believe China is the next market that I need to hit. And what better way to connect with people by basically honoring whatever their culture is. You know what I’m saying? So, and that’s what I really came up with.

[00:55:16] Mike Klinzing: When you think about where you are right now today, and you think about where you want to take this thing, what’s the vision moving forward.

If you were to look ahead three to five years out, what do you hope The Process Basketball looks like at that point?

[00:55:38] Tremaine Dalton: Cause I I’m just me man. It’s like when I play basketball, right. I’ve never looked at who that player was. Right. I never looked at the scouting report. I didn’t even watch film. Like I didn’t care about none of that stuff. I just went out there and hoop like, because they are human, just like me.

So even in the future, it’s the same, like as long as I do what I’m supposed to do, I don’t even have to worry about the future at all. Like, and I believe that’s why I’m here. Like because sometimes they get too far, like it’s, it’s one thing you know, thinking ahead and believe and know what you’re going to do, but it’s another thing to try to create.

You know, and, and try to have some sort of anticipation or create some expectation. Because when I asked, we take a lot of times when people have certain expectations when they failed, I don’t know what else to do. You know, I live in the moment, but don’t get me wrong. I do plan ahead. I do actually the business,

[00:56:30] Mike Klinzing: It’s hard to run a business if you don’t plan a little, right.

[00:56:33] Tremaine Dalton: I actually do the business side of things, but when it comes to like where I want it to go, I let it develop itself because I never thought in a million years I would be doing philanthropy at this level. You know, I just let it, once the pivot comes, then I start to think of here, you know what I’m saying?

So, but I got so many areas that, for example, I got a comic book, I got an animated. Some this is doing really well right now. And I hope it might end up getting picked up in Japan somewhere. And we got geared everything. I never thought that I’ll have my own comic book. You know what I’m saying?

Or I got a story on eight different languages, you know I’m a well-known street ball player at Paris when I’m also teaching. I mean, trying to some of the biggest players there, and it’s so many different lanes in the process, basketball that goes into that horizontal thinking that I can’t even think that far ahead because I’m already like 10 years ahead.

What I’m doing anyway, you know what I’m saying? Like it’s all right. You know what I’m saying? My first tutorial I did it, France is considered a classic. It was one of the biggest tutorials and offers speaking countries. And I was just on a random, you know what I’m saying? I did it with YouTube and it just popped up, you know?

And now the second one is said, Hey, different languages and it’s starting to move and you can connect with everybody. It’s a way that specific tutorial is a way to really bring communities together and all aspects of basketball. And that comic book is the same way. It’s basically to teach basketball players to be young basketball players, kids, and stuff, to be basketball superheroes.

You know, I was like videos of all my one-on-one when I’m cooking everybody and stuff, but it’s more like I had a big interview in Japan. And is this, I never thought that I would have had it had those things. I think that if I was thinking too hard, too hard about a goal, a specific goal, that puts too much pressure on myself whereas I let just things materialize and then our plan within that materialization, and then I’ll let it grow from there.

[00:58:21] Mike Klinzing: What’s the most fun part of the, what’s something that when you think about what you do to sustain your business, what’s a piece of it that you really enjoy doing, whether that’s maybe the tech side with the web, is it just the financial numbers? Is it the, the organization logistics? What is it about the business side of what you do that you really enjoy?

[00:58:45] Tremaine Dalton: Just waking up and being able to manifest whatever I want to manifest. You know I’m building a facility here in Panama and especially I’m trying to create a world-class facility for the people. You know, because they don’t really have to, they don’t really have too many world-class facilities at all for players to play.

And I’m trying to put it together for these players because it’s a huge potential out here, but nobody’s stepping into it. And I just, in my building it’s, it was an empty gym that nobody used. So the people they found out, I was this world-class coach and they just gave me the gym so I always wanted the gym don’t get me wrong.

I got gyms everywhere, all over the world where because of my partners and stuff. So I’m going to age on my wall where I can go to any stadium, but to have my own, that’s just a, a beautiful thing in itself. And I just manifested that on the fly. So that’s really my favorite part because I’m not rich, another billionaire don’t like that, but you know, I’m in a position where it has its ups and downs, you know how entrepreneurship is, but I’m just in a position where I’m able to manage.

What I want with this basketball and just to not only get myself opportunities, but others as well. And that’s just really my favorite part.

[00:59:53] Mike Klinzing: I love it. That’s a great answer. Yeah. Before we get out, I want to give you a chance to share how people can connect with you. Find out more about you share whatever website, social media, whatever that you feel like people can connect with you, email, whatever you feel comfortable.

How can people find out more about what you’re doing? And then after we do that, I’ll jump back in and wrap things up.

[01:00:18] Tremaine Dalton: Okay. Definitely. You can check me out at or on Instagram at the process_basketball. Yeah, that’s pretty much it, man. I’m chill when it come out of stuff.

[01:00:33] Mike Klinzing: It’s funny. Cause you gotta, as with the podcast you’re always trying to, we’re, we’re always kind of throwing stuff up against the wall, trying to figure out, Hey, what works on social media? What doesn’t work and, and it’s, it’s, it’s definitely something that you have to, there’s a learning curve to it and you gotta figure out what, what can help you to, to get the word out about what you’re doing.

And I know that you and I talked beforehand that for a long time, you were, you were building that you were building it underground, so to speak, and now you’re starting to bring it out to bring, bring the light to it. And it’s exciting that, that we’re, we’re able to be a part of that. And again, we appreciate your time.

It really means a lot that you took the time out of your schedule to jump out with us. And, and I can’t thank you enough for that.

[01:01:14] Tremaine Dalton: And I appreciate you too. Cause this was very short and short notice. You know, it just happened day. We got go. We made it work. Right, right, right. And it’s the vibe, man. That’s really, yeah, that’s really my network and gentlemen, it’s the vibe.

So anybody can approach me especially when it comes to business. And, and a lot of times it worked just because of the vibe, you can read somebody in five seconds it’s really simple. So I’m just in a blessed situation where I never really needed social media like that. And now it is my coming out party.

Now it is for me to start connecting with brands and investors and sponsors and stuff like that. Especially since I’m not working with Nike Europe anymore. So it’s just that time, like, you know what I’m saying? Like, it’s that time

[01:01:57] Mike Klinzing: Really great stuff tonight. Tremaine,  I can’t thank you enough again, like I said, for jumping out with us really appreciate it.

And to everyone out there, thanks for listening. And we will catch you on our next episode.  Thanks.