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Charlie Parker calls himself a teacher, saying he takes pride in this aspect of his job.

As the fourth bench boss in Gunma Crane Thunders history — Tadashi Hayashi, Ryan Blackwell and, most recently, Hiroki Fujita also called the shots — Parker is trying to establish a winning foundation in his first season at the helm. And there’s a lot of teaching to do for the third-year franchise, Parker admitted during a Tuesday phone conversation.

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