For nearly the entire tour, Davis Raducanu has continued to reside with the Washington Wizards to take part in the team’s training camp, even though he lost his job as head coach of the Philippines men’s national team. With only 18 games under his belt as a U.S. citizen, he is still settling into his new role.
“This is my first season coaching — this is my first year in the NBA, and I’m still adjusting to it,” Raducanu told The Washington Post. “I get tired of flying with a team. At the same time, it’s a great opportunity for me to coach in the world’s best league. It’s something that I never had the opportunity to do before. So I enjoy being here.”
The Pacers also signed veteran guard C.J. Miles and reserve center Al Jefferson. Pick up games in Serbia, Hungary and Turkey will come after he returns to America in October. This season will be his first overseas since moving to the NBA.
“I’m still in a transitional period of that, and I’m trying to get more comfortable with myself,” he said. “I know the guys here. I know everybody on the team. So, that’s part of the problem, I guess. I’m not quite where I am when I go over and coach in the Philippines.”
The 42-year-old will face some expectations in the months to come. It has been nine years since the Pacers last advanced to the postseason, and head coach Nate McMillan has been behind the bench since 2010. Raducanu said the team started “to figure out the chemistry a little bit” during the regular season, and he hopes to see the trend continue in 2017-18.
“I hope that we’re able to make it to the playoffs and continue the growth that we showed this year,” he said. “This team has such a lot of potential, and I’m very excited about the chance that we have. We made a lot of progress this year. It’s still in progress, and we’re still tweaking and fine-tuning. We still have a lot of work to do.”