a unremarkable record from the opening two months of the campaign, Brighton
Bears head coach Nick Nurse believes his side are now the third best team
in the BBL.
But the Iowan has
warned his rivals that the south coast team are only going to get better
from now on.
The Bears are currently
nestled in fifth spot in the Southern Conference, out of the play-off berths
as has been the norm in recent season in Brighton.
However with a spot
in the quarter-finals of the Trophy all but secured, and an exciting side,
their coach and co-owner thinks the potential is huge.
"We're a pretty good
team," states Nurse, who was quick to distance himself from early reports
linking him with a return to London.
"Right now, I'd rate
us as third in the league. I think we can close down on Towers but I don't
know if we can catch up with Chester.
"If you look at the
games, we've lost, we've given up two to Towers, two to Chester and two
to Thames Valley. That's no disgrace, especially for Brighton."
With a solid starting
rotation led by Albert White and Sterling Davis, it is already apparent
that this year's Bears side wil not suffer the same fate of mediocrity
as its recent predecessors.
Nurse reveals however
that he might add further reinforcements to his roster - if the right personnel
"I don't want to
add people just for the sake of it. But we will juggle things around. Potentially,
we have two spots to fill, one non-permit and one British. So will see
who is around before we make any moves."
Nurse is enjoying
the responsibility of his activities off the court also. After enjoying
the luxury of well-funded organisations in Manchester and London during
his previous three campaigns in the BBL, many expected the drop down to
previously unfashionable Brighton to be a challenge.
Not so, he insists.
Living on the south coast is an upgrade from residence in Crystal Palace,
and his hands-on role at the club has made a refreshing change.
"I'm loving it here,"
he enthuses. "It's been going well in building things up. We had a nearly
full house a few weeks ago for the TV game and people seem to know who
we are in the city. There's always been a lot of potential here."
He adds, laughing:
"I'm now out in the real world but I could see myself staying on here for
a long time."
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