Thanksgiving Game Plan Includes Feast For The Gonzaga Hoops Family | Zag Sports

November 24 – LAS VEGAS – It has essentially become an annual ritual for Gonzaga to go to a prestigious holiday basketball tournament.

This created another GU tradition with coaches, staff, players and their families gathering for a holiday meal no matter the location or if Thanksgiving falls on game day.

That tradition took a year-long hiatus last season due to COVID-19 protocols when the Zags beat Kansas in the season opener on Thanksgiving Day in Fort Myers, Florida.

When the tradition returns on Thursday, it is expected to have a big dinner with nearly all players with family members attending at least one of GU’s three games this week at T-Mobile Arena.

“This will probably be the biggest contingent we have been able to have,” said GU assistant coach Brian Michaelson. “Fortunately, most of the players have family here.

“We’re just going to have a big meal at the hotel, try to get everyone together and have some time together. Wherever we are, Hawaii, Bahamas, we’re always trying to get everyone together.”

For Drew Timme’s family, Thanksgiving means great food, naps, and watching the Dallas Cowboys, who entertain the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday.

“It always involves the Cowboys, it’s first and foremost,” said Megan Timme, Drew’s mother. “Then we have all the turkey and the dressing and eat about three times and take about five naps. Tons of family, usually 15-20 people.”

The Timmes attended Drew’s games in Florida last year but couldn’t eat with the team. The year before, they enjoyed the team’s holiday meal in the Bahamas during Drew’s freshman year.

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What is Thursday’s itinerary?

“Hopefully it’s going to be a little more of the Cowboys and hopefully a win,” Megan said. “Hopefully we can eat with the kids and just enjoy preparing for the next game (Friday against Duke No.5). Drew is working on that (watching the Cowboys game). worked himself. All families are great. It’s a big extended family. “

Michaelson did some quick math on coaching families.

“I have three, Roger (Powell Jr.) has four, Steven (Gentry) has two and our kids are very young,” Michaelson said. “That’s nine little ones. The four from Coach Few are a little older. It will be great to be there with the whole team and the families.”

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