After a summer that saw the Jets facing closure after 21 years in the BBL, former hero Hamilton was given the task of building a team in the space of a fortnight.
“It’s been a nightmare and a blessing” admitted the 40-year-old. “From the start, I really only had three days to put a team together, otherwise the guys would not have arrived on time for the first game, mainly because of the time it takes process work permits and visas.
So, I spent a lot of hours on the phone to my contacts in the States trying to get some players. And unbelievably we managed to do it.”
Hamilton was a member of the legendary 2002 Jets team that completed a clean sweep of BBL honours, and he’s clearly raring to go: “It’s great to be back involved in basketball. Currently, everything is still a whirlwind and we are doing our best to prepare for the season.
“People should understand that this is a new project, and we are basically starting from scratch, it’s going to be a very long and difficult journey this year, but we should be proud that we have saved the organization from collapse, as it would have been very sad to see a franchise with so much history go under.
“I have always wanted to coach. Having been a professional for nearly 20 years, I have seen it all, and done it all. I believe I have the drive and vision to get the Jets back to where we should be.”
The new-look Jets open their season on Saturday evening when they travel to Loughborough University to face Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.
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