Texas Legends assistant coach Takuma Ito has grown more comfortable in his role as part of the team's supporting cast this season, his second with the NBA G League club.

Under first-year head coach George Galanopoulos, who also guides the Uganda men's national team, Ito's day-to-day responsibilities have increased. From preparing scouting reports to overseeing some skill development drills and individual workouts, the Mie Prefecture native keeps busy.

"I'm constantly talking to assistant coaches about opponents of our team, and the head coach asks me about my opinion, so I feel like I'm more involved," Ito told The Japan Times in a recent phone interview. "I'm more experienced learning about the G League from last year to this year, so I feel like I can help some more, too.