December 12 2013 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
London Lions boss Vince Macaulay is hoping to beat off competition from the continent to extend Paul Guede’s stay at the Copper Box club.
The head coach has seen enough of the 26-year-old Londoner over the first three games of the British Basketball League season to offer him a deal for the whole season, having been originally drafted in on a short-term basis to fill the void left by the enforced absence of new American trio Kramer Knutson, Ben Smith and Nick Freer due to work permit delays.
Guede has impressed in the first three outings, firing 31 points including a game high 19 away at Plymouth Raiders, but Macaulay must play the waiting game over the in-demand ace ahead of Thursday night’s home game against Worcester Wolves.
“We are having a conversation with Paul,” the coach said. “He is constantly getting offers from Europe but we’d like to keep him, so we’ve made him an offer for the season.
“Hopefully we’ll know that answer by the end of this week.”
The capital club lost their first game of the season on Saturday, going down 83-73 at Durham Wildcats.
Macaulay said: “We’re hugely disappointed by the defeat. Certainly they were a team we should have beaten but we didn’t come out with the right attitude in the first 10 minutes of the game and that set the tone.
“We came back, recovered and got ourselves into it in the second half and then we lost one of our players to an eye injury.
“When you’re trying to come back from a 20 point deficit you’ve got to be perfect all the way to the end.
“We almost did it but one or two things just went awry in the last minute that cost us.
“We all had a chat on the way back and everyone was frustrated about the defeat and we just talked about what kind of preparation we’d do this week.
“We’ve done a lot of work on our preparation this season and in all the games we’ve played up to that point we’d been ahead at the five-minute mark.
“That was our target so it was really disappointing with what we were trying to achieve.
“It’s early doors in the season and there will be a few things we need to fix as we go along, but definitely defence is what we are going to hang our hats on this year, to challenge teams and really make it tough teams.”
A Worcester Wolves side boasting one of the league’s last two unblemished records are the Lions’ next opponents at the Copper Box on Thursday.