Chris Finch Rumors
Great Britain have appointed long-time NBA assistant Joe Prunty as their new national team boss. The American takes over from Chris Finch, who ended several years at the helm after the Brits’ Olympic campaign. Prunty will lead the national side at the EuroBasket in Slovenia in September. The team has taken giant strides in recent summers, winning promotion from Division B and climbing to No. 23 in the FIBA Ranking Men. Britain have qualified for the past two EuroBaskets.
News of Prunty’s impending appointment was met with shock by a number of current internationals who had expected someone with prior working knowledge of international basketball to take charge. “I cant believe we are considering an NBA guy with no European experience,” said one member of the 2012 Olympic team, speaking to MVP on condition of anonymity. “I was hoping for a Euro coach that would teach the guys not just compete. That really is disappointing. I thought for sure they would want a fresh start and create a more European-style team.”
Great Britain’s men are set to find out their new coach next week, with Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Joe Prunty to be named in charge, according to sources in the NBA. MVP has learnt that final contractual arrangements are likely to be signed off following Easter Weekend to name a successor to Chris Finch, following an extensive recruitment process arranged, somewhat controversially, by an external agency.
Ian Whittell: Chris Finch: “I have things in the States I need 2 concentrate on. I’ve enjoyed it and I’d like to stay involved in some capacity but I’m not sure what my future commitments will allow … ” Lets hope he can sign off with a W in the BBL derby v Bob Donewald and China.
Ian Whittell: not official yet but expect tomorrow to be Chris Finch’s last game as GB coach. Decision taken long before last nights disaster. wants to concentrate on NBA career. an amazing 7 years in charge of GB and has done an unreservedly fantastic job. last night doesnt alter that
Ian Whittell: GB coach Chris Finch: “We have an NBA player too. Hes trying 2 get to the bucket, people are holding him, jumping him, riding him 2 the hoop. I don’t think he’s getting the respect he deserves for his All Star level of play. Luols a very nice guy, sometimes too nice. I was happy to see him angry tonight because he needs to be angry. He deserves more respect.”
The London-born shooting guard – who has just been traded from Detroit Pistons to the Charlotte Bobcats – was due to finally commit to Great Britain in time for London 2012 after a protracted four-year effort to get him on board. But after failing to show at the team’s training camp which closed in Houston on Saturday night, coach Chris Finch has been forced to name a squad without him. GB Basketball performance director Chris Spice said: “We kept the door open as long as we could. “We had been in correspondence with his people, and one day he was in, one day he was out. He felt he couldn’t commit. We are where we are and now we focus on the guys we have here.”