Hong Kong Eastern has inked a deal with Jordan Brady as the team’s successor to Spanish Head Coach Edu Torres for the 2019-20 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.
The 2017 ABL champions announced the news of Jordan Brady’s addition as the team’s new head coach via Facebook, completing its search for the integral piece in the team’s huge offseason structural shakeup.
As a player, Brady had professional stints in Luxembourg and the NBA G-League from 2008 to 2012. Following his playing career, he was an assistant coach in the NBA’s developmental league for the Iowa Energy (2012-13), Baskersfield Jam (2013-14), Los Angeles D-Fenders (2014-15), Idaho Stampede (2015-16), and Salt Lake City Stars (2016-17).
In 2017, the 36-year-old tactician became head coach of the Wisconsin Herd, the affiliate team of the NBA’s Milkwaukee Bucks. During Brady’s two-year tenure with the team, he compiled a record of 33-67.
Although his win-loss record may not seem impressive, the American coach’s developmental skills have granted players under his tutelage opportunities of representing the USA during the qualifying rounds of the recently concluded 2019 FIBA World Cup, as well as two-way contracts from around the league.
In the ABL, Brady will be tasked with bringing the Hong Kong powerhouse back to becoming legitimate title contenders following consecutive early playoff exits in the team’s past two seasons since winning the championship in its debut campaign.
Along with its trio of imports, the roster will be reinforced with a cast of proven local players. Brady will have to work his magic in utilizing the quickness and sharpshooting abilities of his new backcourt, while ensuring his big men outhustle the opposition’s on both ends of the floor.
With the announcement of Brady’s addition, Hong Kong Eastern now becomes the fourth ABL team to complete its imports and head coach cast, joining the Formosa Dreamers, Singapore Slingers, and Mono Vampire Basketball Club.
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