The Taipei Fubon Braves, who were the title holder of last season’s Super Basketball League (SBL), will officially gain ground in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) on November 16 against their East Asia rival, the Macau Black Bears.
In the Season Launch on October 10, Head Coach Roger Hsu expressed his excitement for the upcoming 10th season of ABL.
“I’m very excited, and also nervous because I know this league has more than two imports, it’s totally different basketball because we have a lot of local players,” Hsu said.
Coach Hsu also mentioned that he has to develop the relationship and chemistry of their imports and local players.
“It’s totally different basketball because we have a lot of local players, but last year we have played with two imports, I just have to develop the team and the players’ chemistry,” he added.
The Braves’ transition to ABL may be challenging according to coach Hsu because of their limited information about the local players and imports of other teams.
“But in the ABL, I don’t know anyone,” coach Hsu answered. “I have to do scouting on nine different teams and it’s a big challenge to us.”
Although they may be unfamiliar with their competitors, Hsu and the rest of the Braves are confident with their roster depth in the upcoming season.
With local stars Joseph Lin and “The Beast” Lin Chih-Chieh, and World Imports Charles Garcia and NBA veteran OJ Mayo, the Braves look to make an early statement in the ABL.
The Taipei Fubon Braves is ready to show who they are to the ABL community and urged the fans from different countries and teams to support them.
“I hope every different country can support us because we are a new team, we are from Taiwan. We are the Taipei Fubon Braves and [I] hope every fan can support us!”