What has already been reported by a multitude of media became official yesterday evening: Jasmin Repesa resigned from his coaching job at Lottomatica Roma. But the story that sounds pretty familiar is probably bigger news in the United States, as Roma is the team of Brandon Jennings. So I imagined a US version of the news that we might see in the upcoming days published all around the globe:
The team of former Oak Hill Academy standout Brandon Jennings accepted yesterday the resignement of their Croatian head coach Jasmin Repesa (pronounced Jawss-Meen Repp-eeh-sawhh). Pallacanestro Virtus Lottomatica Roma (what an awful name by the way, they should call themselves Roma Gladiators to make it easy) currently holds an overall record of 9-6 while being being at 5-1 in the prestigious Euroleague tournament, where Jennings has averaged 7.8 point per game so far. The US-born PG was recently benched in the domestic competition, which resulted in a five-game losing streak.
Rumored pressure by club officials to give the American standout more playing time may be one of the reason for the decision from the coach from Ex-Yougoslavia. The team will play tomorrow against DKV Joventut Badalona, future NBA Draft lottery pick Ricky Rubio’s team, in a decisive game to enter the Sweet 16.
Former Sacramento Kings Draft pick Dejan Bodiroga (pronounced Day-ahn Bau-dee-raw-gah), who recently become GM of the Italian team, is currently in intensive talks with a multitude of high-profile coaches in order to find a way out of the crisis and help Jennings out of his shooting slump. Brandon Jennings himself should profit from this decision, as he did not have the best relationship with the former coach at least since he was kicked out of practice for not going hard enough in a game setup situation in the beginning of the season.