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CBS Sports' Doug Gottlieb visits Montana State basketball camp

By Kane O'Neill, KTVM Sports, koneill@ktvm.com
Published On: Jun 24 2014 10:42:12 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 11 2014 03:35:49 PM MDT
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There are still a few more month before basketball season gets underway, but new Montana State's men's coach Brian Fish had a big name on the courts this afternoon.

CBS Sports analyst Doug Gottlieb spoke to campers at MSU's basketball camp Tuesday afternoon.

Gottlieb, a former NCAA and professional basketball player, is a good friend of Brian Fish and jumped at the opportunity to come to Bozeman and speak to the young kids at Montana State.

"I think it's really important to grow the passion and love for the game," said Gottlieb. "But to also understand it doesn't matter if it's Montana, the Dakotas, if you want to make it in this game you got to work. You got to work everyday."

Gottlieb also spoke to Bobcat fans at Montana State's 'Sixth Man Mixer' at the Baxter Hotel on Tuesday night.

In his introductory press conference earlier this year, Brain Fish said one of his first goals was to win back the fans and says he believes this shows his sincerity to do that.

"Doug will be doing TV shows and radio shows and, now that he's been here, he may tweet out or say on radio, 'Montana State got a big win," Fish said. "It gives him a connection with us. It also gives our fans a chance to connect with somebody that's gonna be doing the (NCAA) tournament and have them watch it. I just think it creates an interest in basketball that gets people talking 12 months a year, which I always think is good."

"I think a big part of winning at a place like Montana State is letting others in," Gottlieb said. "Letting others be a part of the process. As much as it's Fish bringing me in so that people can meet me and we can talk basketball, it also helps people get to know him."

Gottlieb is just the first big name to visit the basketball camps. On Thursday former Oregon Duck and current Denver Nuggets guard Aaron Brooks is scheduled to make an appearance at the camp.