Basketball star, Aminu Al-Farouq has applauded the recent appointment of Golden State Warriors associate head coach Mike Brown as the new head coach for Nigeria’s men basketball team (D’Tigers).
Brown in February was approached by the Nigeria Basketball Federation president Musa Kida and agreed to become the new head coach for D’Tigers and will lead the team to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Speaking to FIBA website, Al-Farouq says the recent announcement is a sign that Nigerian basketball is moving in the right direction.
“When I first joined the national team, I felt like people didn’t take it seriously, or whatever the case may have been,” Al-Farouq said.
“To see it at a place where it is now, with guys wanting to play for it in the prime of their careers, and coaches wanting to coach, seeing it as an opportunity – I feel what we’ve been able to do the last couple of years, bringing it to a light where we’re playing every year and always qualifying for events, that’s taken Nigerian basketball, and African basketball overall, to a new place.
“I’m super excited (about Brown). Obviously he’s coached at the highest level. He’s going to bring a lot of work ethic and experience to our game and it’s also going to be good for our young guys, too, guys that play overseas, with the credibility Brown brings.”
Brown, a former Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers head coach has coached the likes of the late Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Kevin Durant, Steve Kerr, Tony Parker and Kyrie Irving.
“I’m honored and humbled that Musa Kida and the Nigerian Basketball Federation have given me this opportunity,” Brown said.
“The Nigerian Basketball Federation has been very professional and organized throughout the vetting process. They want to continue to build a world-class team and organization on and off the court. I’m excited to have learned that the Federation’s vision is to provide the team with the necessary resources to compete at the highest level.
“Their commitment will enable the players and coaches to focus our energy on competing at the highest possible level every time we step on the basketball court. We want to make all of Nigeria proud.”
Nigeria will be appearing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics’ men’s basketball competition for the third straight time which will hold next year.
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