Is a coaching change enough to save the Illawarra Hawks' season?
Here's how the Hawks got into a hole this season. What can new coach Justin Tatum do to get them out?
Jacob Jackomas is no longer coaching the Illawarra Hawks, but he might have already found himself a new career as a fortune teller. The second-year coach was let go by the Hawks early last week after the team suffered a third straight loss and fell to 2-7 on the season, and his words leading up to that moment were eerily prescient.
“We’ve got to change, we’ve got to change ourselves,” Jackomas said after his side’s round six loss to Sydney. “If that’s something I have to do in that space, maybe I have to get into the drastic end and there’s a scapegoat in this place.”
And a week later, when asked if it was time to panic yet after a loss to an undermanned Cairns Taipans squad: “I mean, what’s that going to bring... if the players start to see me start to worry about things that aren’t basketball, then it’s over anyway.”
Then again, maybe it shouldn’t have taken some supernatural force to see the writing on the wall for Jackomas and the Hawks.
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