TOKOROZAWA, SAITAMA PREF. – Tracy Williams is the Saitama Broncos’ eighth head coach since the team entered the bj-league in 2005. Only ex-NBA forward David Benoit lasted more than one season during his time at the helm — 2006-08 — and the Broncos were 36-48 in those two campaigns.
Team president Toshihiko Narita has a long history of mediocrity in the bj-league, with a revolving cast of players, coaches and team personnel. And so, after splitting a two-game series against the visiting Toyama Grouses last weekend, Saitama (2-8) is in a familiar position: facing an uphill battle to reach the playoffs.