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NBL: Brisbane Bullets sack coach James Duncan

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The Brisbane Bullets have reacted to their ordinary start to the NBL season by sacking coach James Duncan.

Despite having a strong roster that includes prized off-season recruit Aron Baynes, the Bullets are languishing in second last spot on the ladder with just three wins from nine matches.

Canadian Duncan was in his second season in charge of Brisbane, having previously been an assistant coach at the Sydney Kings.

“JD is a high-character individual, and just an all-round great guy which makes this all the more difficult. We felt the time was now to pivot and take a change of direction,” said Bullets chief executive Peter McLennan, who met with the club’s owners in the US to discuss Brisbane’s below-par 2022-23 NBL campaign.

“We will work at pace and diligently consider our next steps for the organisation.”

Former Bullets championship-winning captain Sam Mackinnon, also the club’s general manager, has been named interim coach.

Mackinnon’s first game in charge is on Sunday when the Bullets travel to New Zealand to meet the second-placed Breakers.

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