Fukuoka Rizing hires former Chinese league star as new coach

Only a week after the Yokohama B-Corsairs named a new head coach, the Fukuoka Rizing has done the same, reaching out to Texas for a former Chinese Basketball Association star.

The Rizing has named Mack Tuck to lead the squad.  Tuck had been assistant coach for the CBA’s Shandong Lions from 2009-2011, before becoming the Shandong junior team’s head coach in 2011-12.  Before that, as a player for Shandong in 2008-2009, he averaged 28 points per game.“It’s a great honor for me to be named head coach,” says Tuck.  “My goal is to bring home the championship.  I can’t wait to get there and start working to achieve that goal.”   The 38-year-old Tuck has also played in the Dominican Republic, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Bulgaria, Portugal and Venezuela.

Fukuoka made it to the Basketball Japan league championship match May 19th, only to lose 101-90 to the Yokohama B-Corsairs.  It was head coach Atsushi Kanazawa’s final game with Fukuoka.

Yokohama’s head coach, Reggie Geary, resigned his post in order to move to the Chiba Jets, putting assistant coach Michael Katsuhisa in the head coach’s chair.  Taketo Aoki, a veteran forward on the squad, has been chosen to be Katsuhisa’s assistant.  Yokohama also announced that former B-Corsairs star guard has jumped from the squad, moving to the Akita Northern Happinets.