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Mike Brown, coach of Nigeria’s men’s basketball team has vowed not to leave his position as D’Tigers coach after they failed to progress further in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games on Saturday.
D’Tigers lost all three of their group games to favourites Australia, Germany and Italy, just two weeks after stunning exhibition upsets over Team USA and Argentina.
Brown took charge of the former African champions in an attempt to push the emerging basketball country to the next level.
An NBA coach for the Lakers and Cavaliers and currently an assistant with the Golden State Warriors, Brown is credited for helping Nigeria improve and become an international factor over the past few months.
The American has now pledged to keep coaching the team despite their performance in Tokyo.
“I coached in Afrobasket (African qualifying tournament) during a pandemic in 2020 in November and had no problems,” Brown told Boston Globe.
“The players involved, as long as they want to keep coming back, I’m going to keep fighting for them. And I’m going to get this programme headed in the right way because this programme can be really good. We hit a few speed bumps during this Olympics and it hurts.”
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