sheffield Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons has come out fighting after receiving criticism from fans.
Lyons saw his team slip to their fourth consecutive defeat last Sunday, which has left them adrift in the league and out of the BBL Cup.
And in a blast at supporters on Twitter, Lyons has offered to take the calls of any fan who feels like sharing their views with him.
As a director of the Sharks Lyons has more than just a playing and coaching role at the club. He suggested that some supporters don’t appreciate his input.
He posted on Twitter: “I don’t think people realise I put my body, heart, soul and money in the Sharks!! I love our fans who support in good and bad!
“Those who were quiet the last 2 years and now have tons to say after a few losses. Contact me on this (Twitter) or call the office I’ll make time!”
The 82-64 defeat on Sunday against Glasgow Rocks was a low point in Sharks’ season.
The hosts were without point guard EJ Harrison but still managed to ease away from Sheffield.
And it doesn’t get any easier for the Sharks as they welcome Leicester Riders to the EIS tomorrow.
Director of basketball Tim Lewis expects another difficult match: “Rob (Paternostro - Riders coach) has done a good job of putting a group of players together with experience as well as some new faces.
“They’ve made an impact and it’ll be though. They’ll be there or thereabouts this year, but all games are a challenge and we need to make sure we’re at our best tomorrow.”