NBL great CJ Bruton sacked as Adelaide 36ers coach

NBL great CJ Bruton sacked as Adelaide 36ers coach
  • PublishedDecember 6, 2023

The Adelaide 36ers have sacked coach CJ Bruton, with his side languishing in second last spot on the NBL ladder.

The 36ers announced on Wednesday morning they had “decided to part ways with head coach CJ Bruton by mutual agreement”.

The 36ers have won just four of 13 games this season and scored just 59 points in a 35-point loss to the JackJumpers in round 9.

“We thank CJ for his tireless efforts, both on an off the court, but we believe it’s time to go in a new direction,” Adelaide 36ers chief executive Nic Barbato said.

“The 36ers organisation would like to thank CJ for his time at the club and wish him and his family all the best for their future endeavours.”

Assistant coach and club Hall of Fame legend Scott Ninnis will fill the role as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

In the final season of a three-year deal, Bruton has led the 36ers since the start of the 2022 season, with a career win-loss record of 27-40 over 67 games in his first head coaching role.

Bruton is Australian basketball great, having won six NBL championships as a player, as well as being a dual Olympian who played for the Boomers 104 times.

He lashed the NBL scheduling in the wake of last week’s loss in Tasmania that came just two days after a loss in New Zealand.

Adelaide star Dejan Vasiljevic was also scathing of the schedule, with the losses contributing to Bruton’s rapid exit.

“You talk about being one of the best leagues in the world, don’t treat your athletes like this,” he said after Saturday’s game.

The 36ers host Cairns in Adelaide on Saturday night.


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