New Zealand men’s basketball coach Paul Henare has only just taken up the role, but he is already thinking big.
A medal at next year’s Rio Olympics is his ambition and it’s a lofty goal for a side that missed qualifying for London in 2012 and whose best result at an Olympics was 10th in 2004.
“It must be our goal to not only qualify for and compete at the Olympic Games, but to challenge for a medal in 2016,” he said.
The former international point guard hinted that securing the services of Oklahoma City Thunder centre Steven Adams, who attended a summer training camp last year rather than play at the World Cup, would be a key goal.
“I believe that with hard work, good planning and our best talent being available that we can achieve great things,” said 36-year-old Henare.