PAUL Smith says he isn’t satisfied with the start BiG Storage Cheshire Jets have made to the season – despite the fact they lie fourth in the table.
The head coach said this weekend’s break from competitive action could not have come at a better time as he is looking forward to ironing out some problems in training.
“I am not happy with our performances so far,” said Smith. “We started well but in the last three or four games we have not played well at all.
“Even in the BBL Cup game we won on Sunday (against London Capital), we didn’t play as well as we can.”
Smith knows full well the league table currently flatters Jets.
He said: “It doesn’t mean much at the moment as we have played seven games, other people have only played two or three. But to have lost four games already this season, I did not expect that.
“Everyone was relieved when we broke our losing streak on Sunday but this break couldn’t have come at a better time as there are things we need to sort out.”
Defence has been one of the main concerns for the Jets and Smith this week showed his ruthless streak by releasing American import forward Shuan Stegall. The Jets coach is now on the lookout for a bigger player to add physical strength to his line-up.
“Shuan was a good player and a great guy,” said Smith. “But he was not big enough or strong enough for the role we needed him to play.
“I am looking for a player maybe 6ft 9in or 6ft 10in, to come in as a replacement and give us more of a presence.
“There has also been a lack of hustle. The boys work hard in training but on the court they have not been working back as well as they should.
“This break allows us to iron that out and get them doing what they need to to help the team get the results we need.”
Smith has not set his side a target in terms of their finishing position in the league, but he believes that if he can get the most out of them they can beat anyone.
“I believe form is temporary, class is permanent,” he said. “These players are struggling for form at the moment but it will come because they are all good players. None of them have shown their best yet.”