According to Ed Odeven of the Japan Times, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, father of Kobe Bryant, has been named the new head coach of the Rizing Fukuoka in the BJ-League (Japan).
The announcement made Tuesday confirmed Bryant will start his new job during the team’s next home game on January 17th against the Shimane Susanoo Magic. This is not the first time Bryant coaches in Japan. In fact, Bryant coached two different Japanese clubs in the span of three seasons. Back in 2007, Bryant was the head coach of the Tokyo Apache but was forced out of the job after the team in 2009. Bryant then coached the Sapporo Levanga Hokkaido before shifting his coaching career to Thailand’s ABL.
“I am looking forward to the challenge,” says Bryant.