Ed Odeven Reporting

maxresdefaultFormer Saitama Broncos head coach Natalie Nakase is seen in a 2012 file photo. YouTube

This column on former Saitama Broncos head coach Natalie Nakase appeared in The Japan Times in March 2012. Nakase now works as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Nakase says goal is to coach in the NBA

By Ed Odeven

Isn’t it funny how likes and dislikes can shape one’s future when you least expect it?

Like any ordinary 10-year-old growing up in Southern California, Natalie Nakase preferred fun and games to studying a foreign language.

A third-generation Japanese-American, Nakase briefly took Japanese lessons after attending Sunday church service. She didn’t enjoy this experience.

Reminiscing about those lessons, Nakase said, “I was like, ‘Oh, I can’t do this, dad, because this lady is talking all fast and I don’t know what she’s saying.’ “

Gary Nakase, Natalie’s father, had a simple solution.


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