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This weekend is important


The signs of improvement are starting to show through. Since my last blog we have won 4 of our past five games and if we had shot the ball like I know we can we would have all five but that is sport and you have your bad days. The best improvement has been in our discipline on the court, especially last weekend against Nagoya.

In the games against Nagoya we set out to slow their transition offence and defend the 3-point line. Nagoya really do a good job of pushing the ball and playing at a high tempo. In both games we were able to achieve this goal holding them to 66-points. The team did a great job of making some adjustments and adhering to the game plan. I felt it was the most disciplined performance of the season and very pleasing from a coaching point of view.

One of the most challenging aspects of professional sport is playing time. When you have 12 players suited for a game it is difficult to play all of the players especially given it is only a 40-minute game. Unfortunately, the reality is that some players are going to miss out on playing time and this is not easy to deal with. All players want to play and so they should. This is their job and they want to make sure they perform to the best of their abilities. What everybody must understand is that professional sport is not an equal opportunity environment. You don’t just get to play because you are training hard, you have to earn your opportunity by first of all performing well at training and then making sure you don’t waste your opportunity when playing time does come your way. It is important that players don’t play the victim and make sure they keep putting the extra work in and they are mentally prepared as well as physically prepared for when they are given a chance to play in games.


This weekend is important for our team. We play Kyoto who will be fired up and ready to beat us. Kyoto lost both games last weekend and we currently hold a 3 – 1 series lead on them. As I said in my last blog this is the down to the business end of the season and we have to come out and continue to show great discipline in our performances. We will need to play well to beat Kyoto, they are well coached and play a very good style of basketball. They are quite aggressive on defence and this creates some good scoring opportunities for them. Couple this with the inside presence of Josh Smith and it provides a lot of space for their perimeter scorers.

Lastly, I want to thank all of the fans that travel to our away games. In my 30 years of playing and coaching at the professional level I have never experienced such amazing support. It is such a good feeling to come out for a game and to see the Shiga colours in the stands. It was an even better feeling to reward you all with the great wins in Nagoya. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

See you all at the game

With energy

SD – Head Coach Shiga Lakestars