Finch’s star keeps rising

Sharks legend: Chris  Finch
Sharks legend: Chris Finch
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PERSONALLY it was fitting that the first press conference I attended at the Main Press Centre in the Olympic Park was with Great Britain men’s basketball head coach Chris Finch.

It’s a long time since ‘Finchy’ was patrolling the sidelines at Ponds Forge and Sheffield Arena in one of his trademark jumpers as boss of Sheffield Sharks.

Since then he’s had a successful time in Europe before landing an assistant coaching job with the NBA side Houston Rockets as well as leading Britain into two EuroBasket Championships and now the Games.

So it wasn’t as if the assembled media pack was a shock to him.

However, it did take me back to when I was the only journalist quizzing him after Sharks matches, and I wondered whether he ever yearned for the days when all he had to do was fend off my questions rather than interpreting whether the same comment asking in five different languages needed five different answers.

Probably not!

As ever he gave thoughful responses and as someone who calls Sheffield ‘the closest thing to home’, Finch will no doubt put British basketball firmly on the map with his team’s performances in these Games.

The Olympic Park truly is a park. Walking around it in the blazing sun is like taking stroll through a meadow, just with massive sports facilities every few hundred yards. Pretty much perfect.