GARBELOTTO OUT AT ROCKS AND GB

Tony Garbelotto is out as head coach of Great Britain, Glasgow Rocks and Scotland.

In a domino effect that stunned British basketball, MVP has learnt that the 49-year-old Englishman was told on Tuesday that his contract with Basketball Scotland, which would have seen him lead their national side into April’s Commonwealth Games, was being terminated.

It is understood Garbelotto subsequently resigned from Great Britain. And while, officially, his employment at the Rocks remains subject to due process, he is not expected to return to the Emirates Arena.

“It is with regret that we have had to terminate Tony’s contract with the men’s national team,” Basketball Scotland chief executive Kevin Pringle said.

“With the Commonwealth Games now fast-approaching, our focus turns to the recruitment of a new Head Coach to give them as much time as possible with the squad before April’s Games.”

What led to the move remains wholly unclear with Garbelotto thought to be taking legal advice over his positions.

Players at the Rocks were caught cold by the move when they were informed on Wednesday morning with one describing themselves as “completely stunned.”

“All I can say at this point is that Darryl Wood will be coaching the team in Worcester on Friday,” said Rocks owner Duncan Smillie.

Alberto Lorenzo, Garbelotto’s former assistant, has been placed in interim charge of GB for next week’s away double-header against Greece and Israel.

It will be the loss of the British role which will likely hurt the now-former head coach the most after coveting the opportunity to return from exile in Vietnam and become the first UK-born play caller in charge.

No decision on a replacement will be rushed.

“All at British Basketball wish Tony well for the future and thank him for the work he has undertaken with the GB Men,” British Basketball Performance Director, Mark Clark said.

Elsewhere, former Rocks star Neil Watson, along with Jawad Adekoya and Kinu Rochford, has been sacked by Plymouth Raiders for alleged drug use to complete one of the BBL’s most bizarre days.

 

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