Bullets axe NBL coach James Duncan


James Duncan was sacked as Brisbane coach as management lost confidence after the NBL club started the season 3-6.

The signing of Boomers star Aron Baynes and NBA veteran Tyler Johnson came with championship aspirations in Duncan’s second season at the helm.

But, after a 10-18 record last season and two of their three wins this year against the latest Illawarra, the club bosses have lost patience.

Sam Mackinnon, two-time NBL champion and head of basketball for the Bullets, will lead the Bullets as interim head coach.

Bullets CEO Peter McLennan traveled to the United States to meet with owners who include former NBA guard Kevin Martin, Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton and Toronto Raptors forward Thaddeus Young.

The NBL have retained a 25% stake in the club which has not really challenged for a title since its revival in 2016 after an absence of eight years.

“JD is a person of character, and just a great guy in every way, which makes it all the more difficult, we felt now was the time to pivot and change direction,” McLennan said. .

“We will work at pace and diligently consider our next steps for the organization.

“The club would like to sincerely thank JD for his hard work and commitment over the past year and a half and wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

Sports agent and executive Jason Levien, and co-owner of English Championship football team Swansea City Jake Silverstein also have a stake in the club.

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