Toronto Raptors Assistant Coach Patrick Mutombo has directly linked player performance to coaching and has called for coaches to get better as a means to improve basketball in Africa.
He made this statement in an interview on BAL Hang Time-a dedicated channel to the Basketball Africa League-where he also touched on the potential of the continental championship to popularize the sport in Africa.
“The coach transmits his knowledge but also his lack of knowledge. If our coaches get better, of course our players will also get better” he said.
BAL was scheduled to commence in March this year but had to be indefinitely suspended due to the corona virus pandemic. 12 teams from countries like Rwanda, Morocco and Nigeria were scheduled to compete in the maiden edition.
After spending four years at Metropolitan State University, Mutombo’s playing career as a pro lasted seven years before serving as an Assistant Coach for Denver Nuggets and Austin Spurs before joining Toronto.
He was part of the Raptors Team that won the 2019-2020 NBA title. He isn’t related to NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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