Plymouth Raiders new boy warms up for clash with Giants
PLYMOUTH Raiders' latest signing Rod Brown trained with his new team-mates last night for the first time.
Brown arrived in Plymouth over the weekend to fill the void left by Jeremy Bell, who had to return to the USA for personal reasons.
The 34-year-old from Dallas, Texas, is set to make his debut on Saturday when Raiders entertain Manchester Giants at the Pavilions in the BBL Championship.
"It was important we got him in as we have been short of numbers for a few weeks now," said Raiders coach Gavin Love.
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"Michael Ojo (bottom) is still not ready to play (after fracturing his eye socket) and we've lost Jeremy.
"It was very important we got another guard."
Brown, who stands at 6ft 1in, is an experienced campaigner.
He started his career in the BBL, playing for London Leopards and London Towers, before moving to Spain, where he played in the best league outside the USA, the ACB League.
He competed for Lagun Aro in Spain's top-flight.
He has also played in Greece, Italy, Cyprus and last season Switzerland.
He helped Lugano to three trophies last term, averaging 12 points and six assists per game.
Although he is an experienced performer, Raiders boss Love knows it might take Brown a couple of weeks to settle into the team.
"It always takes players a couple of weeks to get their legs," said Love.
"There is always that adjustment period, but he is a professional."
Saturday's match at the Pavilions will be Raiders' first match since beating Glasgow Rocks away on January 6.