Former NBA player ready to coach his own daughter

kenny-battleFormer NBA player Kenny Battle is long done playing basketball, however he’s taking on a new position that will bring him closer to his daughter.

According to Chicago Tribune, Battle is now the head coach for the Joliet Catholic girls basketball team, where his daughter Ty Battle plays.

“It’s not that much different for me because I used to coach at Malcolm X College,” Battle said. “It’s all about teaching the game of basketball. Girls pick up things a lot easier than boys. I wanted the opportunity to coach my daughter once she got into high school. I can be there and help her along the way. When you’re coaching, you’re able to teach more.”

Battle was an assistant coach for the Angels last season, when the team finished 28-3 after losing to Montini in the Class 3A state championship game.

Battle inherits a roster stocked with young, tested players. Junior point guard Nicole Ekhomu, sophomore Jnaya Walker and Battle return.

“Nicole has a lot of experience and she has to bring that leadership on the court,” Battle said. “Her tenacity, scoring ability and athleticism all come out, but she has to do it every single game. We’re all excited. We’re going to compete and play aggressive defense and have fun. We have a pretty good team full of young players.”

Kenny Battle said his daughter is being heavily recruited by colleges.

“(Ty) has a number of offers, but I want her to enjoy her sophomore season,” Battle said. “She knows a lot coaches from top programs are showing interest in her. She’s excited to be wanted for the next level.”

Kenny Battle played for Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics, and Golden State Warriors during his NBA career. He appeared in total of 134 NBA games (started 17), averaging 4.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, and 13.4 mpg.


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