What’s more, he was the only man with a whistle around his neck on Friday afternoon at the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences’ third-floor gymnasium.
He is Zeljko Pavlicevic, a coaching journeyman. And he’s the man in charge of the Japan men’s basketball national team, a project he accepted in 2003 when he took over as head coach.
For Pavlicevic, Friday’s practice at the JISS gym was just another day at the office, a familiar scene for a man who has been involved in basketball for his entire adult life.
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