Daniel Northern feels Glasgow Rocks need to find the chemistry to match their talent to ensure they reach their full potential.
Rocks were edged 80-77 by London Lions last weekend and currently hold a 1-4 record, identical to that of Sunday’s opponents Manchester Giants, who got their first win against Birmingham Knights last time out.
But Northern knows how good a team Rocks can be and has been encouraged by the way his team-mates react to defeat.
He said: “The biggest adjustment (we need) is just for our team is to find its chemistry.
“Talent-wise we are a top team, but until we gel like we should, we will only be great competitors, not a great team.
“I would say the team’s strongest area right now, is our passion. I actually take losing very hard, but the fact that my team all seems to suffer together is a great sign.”
Such passion points to a team with their heart in the right place and Northern also believes that, despite a slow start, Rocks will rank where they should come the end of the season.
Northern added: “We will make it to the second round of the Play-offs, and after that anything can happen. “Yes we are 1-4, but there is nothing in stone that says we can’t win out and still be the best team in the league.
“That will be achieved one game at a time. I believe in Glasgow Rocks, regardless of who has given up on us.”
Last time they met:
Glasgow Rocks 83 Manchester Giants 65 (BBL Championship, Emirates Arena, 17/03/2013)
What they say:
Giants coach Jeff Jones: “Glasgow looked really good when I watched them at Leicester and they had opportunities to win the game.
“They are deeper then last year and Sterling has a solid and balanced group of players. For me though, EJ (Harrison) is their key player, his experience and skill of controlling a team is important for them.”
Rocks coach Sterling Davis: “Winning always mends. Yes Manchester have had a tough start to the season but now that they have got that winning feeling they can really catapult to another level. We have to be ready for a much more confident Manchester who are trying to find themselves as a unit just as we are.”