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Kennedy set to join NBL’s Jets

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

Forward Thomas Kennedy left one struggling bj-league team last week and is getting ready to join another struggling squad, this time in the NBL, The Japan Times has learned.

A longtime Japan basketball insider on Monday informed this newspaper that Kennedy is poised to sign with the Chiba Jets (4-12), who have lost 12 straight games. And he is reuniting with Reggie Geary, his former Yokohama B-Corsairs head coach, who is trying to turn things around in Chiba.

An announcement is imminent.

Kennedy, a University of Detroit Mercy alum, was the Shimane Susanoo Magic’s leading scorer (17.1 average in 10 games), but was released on Nov. 12.

Shimane was swept by the host Ryukyu Golden Kings last weekend and fell to 1-11, the worst record in the 10-team Western Conference. The Susanoo Magic were held to 48 points in the series finale.

The 201-cm Kennedy played a starring role for the B-Corsairs last season, averaging 18.8 points per game and helping the franchise capture a championship in its second season.

Like Geary, the Chiba Jets departed the bj-league after the 2012-13 season concluded. The Jets, now in their third season of existence, defected to the NBL for the current campaign.

Chiba has had three head coaches in its brief history: Eric Gardow (2011-12), Shinji Tomiyama (last season) and Geary.