Head coach Rob Paternostro has revealed that he’s very much looking forward to the new season, after achieving a BBL treble last time out.
“I’m excited for it, I can’t wait for it to begin. I think the league is in a good place right now both on the court and off,” said Paternostro who has added three new faces to the group in Downing, Hassan & Gamble.
“I believe the new talent coming into the league is going to be great for our fans. I think a lot of teams will feel good about their group and will look forward to getting started.”
Riders will go into next year without the services of Zaire Taylor who has signed with BBL rivals Worcester Wolves.
“When the season finished my goal was to bring the whole team back. It was a great group of guys, who achieved so much together. I loved working with all of them and I believe we could have continued to improve, but throughout the process Zaire was very open and honest with us, which I respected. It was a decision that he made which he felt was better off for him,” Rob explained.
‘It’s a long season and I believe its important to have a team that can adapt to all the situations you will be in throughout a BBL season.’
“Once he made that decision we knew we had to go in a different direction, I think like all of those guys who played last season we will always have a special bond.”
Paternostro is in an upbeat mood about the group he has assembled and believes the sides’ adaptability could prove a key factor again this year.
“I’m looking forward to finally having everyone in the same room. It’s always fun to finally see them together as a group. What we have tried to do is to have a group that can potentially play in many different ways.”
“It’s a long season and I believe its important to have a team that can adapt to all the situations you will be in throughout a BBL season.”
Drew Sullivan and Jamell Anderson have both been away with Great Britain this week. Jamell became the first player to go through the British pathway having been based in England and there are more to follow in the club according to the head coach.
“When you look at the Leicester Riders, you are not only looking at British talent that contribute at the senior level, but we are also trying to bring as much talent to our program as possible,” he said.
“No matter what level, we are trying to get as many talented players as we can and be a desired destination for players of all ages.”
Paternostro will begin pre-season with the side at the start of September, as he prepares the group for the upcoming BBL season.