After three seasons with Spaniard Edu Torres at the helm, Hong Kong Eastern enter their fourth ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season with a new Head Coach in Jordan Brady.
This season will see a new look Eastern team look to improve on their semi finals finish and make a stronger run towards capturing their second ABL championship.
Aside from Torres, another major departure from the team is former World Import MVP, Marcus Elliott, who opted to sign with the Singapore Slingers. Meanwhile, Michael Holyfield will be the only returning import to the team. Holyfield’s fellow Americans, Trey Kell and TJ Price complete Eastern’s import line up.
On the local players front, Hong Kong Eastern receives a boost with the return of French Taiwanese Steven Guinchard who was a part of their Season 8 championship team. Under the ABL’s “One China” rule, Guinchard will be eligible to suit up as a local.
Another notable addition is 6-foot-4 Filipino-Nigerian Joseph Eriobu. The fourth pick of the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Draft qualifies as a local under league rules due to him being born in Hong Kong.
“We’ve been working hard and I’m really pleased with the level and ability of our players to fit into a new concept both on offense and defense,” said the 36-year-old American head coach at the media session interview at the ABL’s season launch event.
“I really like our imports lineup. Holyfield is a really good rebounder that brings a lot of energy to the team. TJ Price is an outstanding shooter with great play making skills. His versatility will be really important for us. Trey Kell is a really unique player. A big strong guard with a great ability to make plays and shots off the dribble.”
“We have a really good balance of local players. Lee Ki is a veteran who’s well known to the league. I’m really impressed with his leadership and he’s been doing a great job at getting the locals to buy into our new style of play. I feel Jon Siu is a really talented player, a big strong athletic guy and he’s working at improving his shooting. Across the board, I feel we have a good balance of leadership and skill distribution that’s really going to help us out for the season.”
Hong Kong Eastern will tip off their season at home against the Macau Black Bears on the 27th of November 2019.
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