Glasgow Rocks player-coach Sterling Davis has revealed that he’s short of fitness going into the new British Basketball League season after spending the past month whipping his revamped side into shape.

And the American, whose side visits Newcastle Eagles tonight in their Trophy opener, admits that he dreams of being able one day to hang up his boots and focus purely on his sideline career.

At 33, Davis still has plenty left in the tank. However with a squad that has undergone an extreme makeover following last term’s disappointing sixth place finish, putting the pieces of the puzzle together in the build-up, while getting himself in shape, has been his toughest challenge to date.

He said: “You have to juggle it. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I loathe it. That’s just how it is. Every year you have different trials and tribulations. You have to go through different hurdles. This year’s group is different from the last one. You have a new feel.

”With this group, we have a lot to cover and it’s going to take time for them to understand everything. I love the challenge of it. But there are days when it’s great to play, some when it’s great to coach and some when it’s great to be doing both. I’m used to it but it’s not getting any easier.”

Davis concedes that he couldn’t have asked for a harder start than perennial favourites Newcastle who are out to banish the memories of last season when they surprisingly came up empty-handed.

“They’ve got a few new guys but their core is back,” he said. “They have some great talent. I’d rather we had that test sooner rather than later. I’ve been pounding into everyone’s heads what the rivalry is like. But I think we’ll be ready, mentally and physically, and we’ll see what happens.”

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