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Sixteen games out of 60 (more than 25%) to open Japan's 2022-23 pro basketball season is a pretty big sample size to analyze new head coach John Patrick's impact on the Jets.
By all visible signs, the Jets (13-3, tied for the best record in the 24-team league with the Ryukyu Golden Kings through Sunday, December 4) remain a title contender.
Defense is the foundation of the team's success, a building block of Patrick's overall coaching approach.
And with about 1 minute remaining and his team leading the Akita Northern Happinets 75-67 on Sunday, December 4 at Funabashi Arena, Patrick, a former Stanford University guard (1987-91) stood on the sidelines and enthusiastically encouraged his players to "D-up, D-up!"
It's an abbreviated reminder to play defense, to give a strong effort in limiting the other team's scoring opportunities.
Patrick's plea didn't change the course of the game. But it sent a strong reminder from the sideline that he's paying attention to every detail during every game.
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Author: Ed Odeven
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