Great Britain name assistants to Prunty

Guy Goodes and Nate Reinking have been named as Joe Prunty’s assistant coaches for Great Britain ahead of Eurobasket this September in Slovenia.

Goodes had been linked with the head coach position, following the departure of Chris Finch after their elimination in the group stages of the Olympic Games in London last year.

Domestically, Goodes has been an assistant to David Blatt at Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, and while this will be a much different role, admits that he is looking forward to the challenge.

“I am very excited to join the coaching staff of the British national team and to be the assistant of Joe Prunty, a veteran NBA coach,” said Goodes. “I am extremely motivated and will do everything in my power to help the team succeed and reach new achievements.”

Reinking is an ex-Great Britain international and has appeared for GB at the 2009 and 2011 Eurobasket tournaments as well as the 2012 Olympics; he announced his retirement months before the Games began. This will be the American-born’s first coaching job.

“I have a deep passion and love for the GB family and look forward to working hard as we head toward our goals at Eurobasket 2013,” he said.

Former Boston Celtics video co-ordinator Kwame Graves will serve as a third assistant coach in charge of scouting and analysis, as well as player development.

“I feel great about the staff we have assembled,”Prunty commented. “We are extremely well-rounded and each member brings a unique coaching background to our staff. The individual strengths of each coach will complement one another very well. It is an honour to be working with these coaches.

“Guy is a well-respected coach and brings an outstanding knowledge of the game of basketball, while Kwame brings that special blend of on-court coaching and teaching abilities as well as film work that makes him invaluable.

“It is a pleasure to see Nate Reinking continue his career with the GB family following his retirement from playing for Great Britain last year. He brings with him excellent experience of our players and understands exactly what they are going through so is a fantastic addition to the coaching team.”

Great Britain’s backs will be up against the wall in Slovenia this summer, sports agency, UK Sport have set an unlikely target of qualification for the Basketball World Cup in Spain next year as the agency has put pressure on GB to perform at major tournaments in order to receive necessary funding in the build up to the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng has added to the pressure as he has decided to take this summer off. Portland Trailblazers center Joel Freeland is rumoured also to take this summer in order to work on his game ahead of the new NBA season.

Prunty has stated that he will contact Charlotte Bobcats duo Ben Gordon and Byron Mullins ahead of Eurobasket. The pair have not yet played a game for Great Britain despite Gordon stating back in 2010 during the Eurobasket 2011 qualifiers that he was looking forward to playing for GB.