Former head coach of the Wisconsin Herd, the G-League affiliate of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, and new head coach of the Hong Kong Eastern Jordan Brady, is set to make his coaching debut in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) on November 27 against the Macau Black Bears.
With his new set of imports, Brady mentioned that the team is playing with their strengths which makes them balanced.
“I really like the balance that we have with Trey Kell at point guard and his ability to make plays with the ball and TJ Price with his shooting ability and his offensive versatility and Mike Holyfield [who is] a really good finisher around the rim,” he said.
For the 36-year-old coach, his playing style will focus on pressuring the defense by playing at a fast pace.
“As we continue to build the team, as the season and preseason unfolds, I think that I’ll have a better idea on what our playing style is going to be,” Brady added.
‘The [ABL] league is high, I’m impressed’
With his playing and coaching experience in the NBA and its affiliate developmental league, Brady admitted that the ASEAN Basketball League exceeded his expectations.
“Coming from the G-league and the NBA for the last 7 years I was not sure what level of professionalism with the league was going to be, but I think it’s high and I’m impressed,” he mused.
Brady also commended the level of competition among the teams when he looked at the roster of each team.
“The fact that every team has three import players, as well as a lot of talented local players; I think that’s going to make the league really competitive and it’s a higher level of basketball overall,” he mentioned.
Jordan Brady met Lukas Peng, the General Manager of the Macau Black Bears, while overseas, and they discussed his potential to coach in the ABL.
“He asked me if I was interested in coaching in Asia which I definitely am,” He said. “I like the growth of basketball here in this area and I’ve lived in Asia previously—-I thought it would be a great opportunity for basketball and for life,” he said.