BBL: Paul James says Worcester Wolves some way from best form

Worcester coach Paul James (right) lifts the BBL Trophy after beating Glasgow.
Paul James (right) guided Worcester Wolves to their first-ever title in the BBL Trophy

Worcester Wolves head coach Paul James admits his side are currently playing "nowhere near" their potential as they try to emulate last season's successes.

Wolves, the reigning BBL Trophy and Championship play-off winners, are second in the Championship table but James is adamant there is more to come.

"We're nowhere near our true potential - I don't think we've fired on all cylinders," James said.

"Everybody's still learning. It's tough rebuilding a team, which we're doing."

James had to oversee a major recruitment drive in the summer as a number of key players left the club following their successful 2013-14 season.

Robert Thurman,Chavis Holmes, Sean Park, Donatas Visockis and Remi Dibo all arrived, before Visockis left the club by mutual consent in November.

Paul James on potential signings
"We've got three or four irons in the fire to make sure we get the right player who can give us a boost at both ends of the floor. Whoever comes in will have an impact. We've got to be patient."

"We have talent and depth in the squad and hopefully we can fire just when we need to when the play-offs come around," James told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"It's always very difficult when it's practically a brand new team and they're learning a new system and learning what I'm about.

"We're doing it pretty well at the moment - we're still second in the league."

Despite the loss of Visockis, James says he is prepared to bide his time over signing a replacement for the Lithuanian guard.

"We've got three or four irons in the fire to make sure we get the right player who can give us a boost at both ends of the floor," he added.

"Whoever comes in will have an impact. We've got to be patient."

Wolves' two defeats in the league competition have come against Manchester Giants and Glasgow Rocks, the team they beat to lift the BBL Trophy last season.

And ahead of this weekend's double-header against the Giants and fourth-placed Cheshire Phoenix, James knows the Manchester match, in particular, is vital.

"It's one-one with Manchester, we're both playing for the head-to-head, which is very important," he said.

"We set out at the start of the season to win as many head-to-heads as possible so hopefully we can get the job done."

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