The NBA season is in the books, and the Dubai squad has a new challenge ahead of them as they begin the 2019 NBA regular season.
After losing the 2017/18 campaign, the Dons have not made the finals since 2011, but this is not a team that has been able to completely put it behind them.
While it is not yet certain how the NBA season will unfold this season, the club has already put a lot of thought into what it needs to achieve in order to stay afloat in the league.
Dubai’s coaching staff has already been tasked with developing the squad for the upcoming season.
Head coach Ahmed Al-Hassan will take over from Ahmad al-Sabah, who has been with the club since 2011.
The former Sydney Kings player is now one of the highest paid assistant coaches in the game.
The team has a wealth of experience, with players like Ahmed al-Ahmad, Fathi Ali and Abdulaziz Ali among their staffs.
It is clear that the squad has some work to do, as there are no guarantees for success this season.
It will be interesting to see what sort of success the team will have in its next three matches, as the club is already playing at a high level in the first half of the season.
The team’s recent performance is not all bad news, as it has won its past five games, including four of the past five against the top eight teams in the world.
Dubais have played five of their six matches against teams that have reached the quarterfinals of the tournament.
However, the team still faces stiff competition, with the likes of New Zealand, Spain and Japan being in their own group stages.
This is the third time the Don squad will face an opposition that has reached the semi-finals of any major tournament in their home country.
Last year’s performance against the Japan-based Golden State Warriors was one of their best performances to date.
However it was not enough to earn the team a berth in the quarter-finals, as they lost in the final.
The squad has struggled against Japan this season and is unlikely to be able to replicate last year’s level of play.
The squad will have to learn a lot from its opponents and prepare for a new game.
Dubia is in a difficult spot, but will need to get some results in order for the team to compete in the 2019-20 season.
The club will have the chance to challenge for the title of Asian Basketball Champions, and will have a chance to win the title this year.