Nigeria’s male basketball team, D’Tigers have a new coach ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) announced the appointment of former NBA Coach of the Year, Mike Brown as the man to tinker D’Tigers quest for a record-making Olympics in the summer.
Brown is the current Associate Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors and led the Cleveland Cavaliers to NBA glory in 2009.
Alex Nwora, the man who led D’Tigers to pick an Olympics ticket is expected to assist the American during the tournament, although the NBBF is yet to come out with an official position on that. The Nigerian team had a brilliant 2019 where they gave a good account of themselves at the FIBA World Cup and picked an Olympics ticket.
The Nigerian team has a core of young and brilliantly exciting players like San Antonio Spurs’ Chimezie Metu, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie, and Miami Heat’s Gabe Vincent. The appointment of a coach of Brown’s pedigree is expected to brighten the chances of D’Tigers if all goes well.
In what looks like the end game by the Musa Kida-led NBBF, Brown is expected to convince some players of Nigerian descent in the NBA to play for D’Tigers having tried to convince them.
Some of these players’ are; Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo, Utah Jazz’s Miye Oni, Orlando Magic’s Chuma Okeke and Pheonix Suns’ Kezie Okpala.
Other players on the NBBF’s radar include Brooklyn Nets’ David Nwaba, New Orleans Pelicans Jahlil Okafor, Orlando Magic’s Wesley Iwundu and Toronto Raptors’ Ogugua “OG” Anunoby.”