The Macau Wolf Warriors are entering the second year in the ASEAN Basketball League and they’re itching to erase the disappointing season that they had last year. The addition of ABL veterans Douglas Herring and Steven Thomas were seen as the first step towards this but without a reliable head coach, then these moves would have been for nothing. Wolf Warriors executive Joaquim Lobo and the rest of the management chose to bring in Todd Purves for the head coaching job.
Both Lobo and Purves, along with Steven Thomas, attended the ABL Season Launch last October 10 at the Conrad Hotel in Manila, Philippines. During the media availability, the ABL was able to have a correspondence with both Lobo and Purves. The Wolf Warriors executive was quick to admit that they had difficulties last season as they were struggling to find their identity in the league. However, he was also cognizant of the issues that plagued them on the court, such as the lack of a reliable leader, missing out on plays, and just being simply outclassed on multiple occasions.
Todd Purves mentioned that he’s ready to face the tasks that the Wolf Warriors management set upon him before they hired him. “For any basketball team to succeed, there needs to be an establishment of fundamentals at a grassroots level,” he said. He cites that while basketball is a relatively easy game to pick up and play, it takes more than that to play at the professional level. He knows what he’s talking about as he led the Indonesia Warriors to the league’s title back in 2012 over the San Miguel Beermen, of which he was the team’s consultant in 2013 and 2014 over in the Philippines.
While the fans of the team will be looking for more wins, Purves believes that it will come as soon as the team knows how to play basketball the right way and when they start to trust in themselves. “Winning will handle itself as long as we know how to play first,” said the American. Putting an emphasis on growing the locals’ skill levels, he mentions that he has full trust in Herring and Thomas to make the right calls in the locker room and also on the court so that it helps the local players play better in games.
More than anything, the love for basketball is there and Purves is excited to start the season with the team. “I love basketball and it’s my hope to build a winning culture here,” he expressed.