Expect about as much excitement from the sidelines as from on the court at Halifax Rainmen games this coming season.
The Rainmen’s newest head coach, Josep (Pep) Claros Canals, is not only expected to help win games in the new National Basketball League of Canada, he’s also expected to bring ample enthusiasm.
“He’s not one of those sit-down coaches – he’s up he’s across the floor, he’s jumping on top of the scorer’s table,” said Rainmen owner Andre Levingston, who hired Canals yesterday.
“The guy is just very passionate about the game.”
The 42-year-old has spent the past three years as an assistant in Spain’s top professional league. He has also been a head coach at Spain’s lower levels and in Portugal, Holland, Mexico and Venezuela.
While the Rainmen had job applications from several NBA assistants, they preferred Canals because of his familiarity with FIBA rules – which NBL Canada will use – and the fact he’s more likely to stay a full season.
Levingston described him as a “workaholic.”
“At the end of the day, I thought he was the best candidate,” Levingston said.