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Atiba Lyons to focus on coaching

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Atiba Lyons to focus on coaching

Atiba Lyons has announced his retirement from playing basketball, but he will remain at Sheffield Sharks as coach.

Atiba Lyons has announced his retirement from playing basketball, but he will remain at Sheffield Sharks as coach.

The American was named as player-coach back in 2008, and has since led the franchise to two BBL Cup triumphs, but he will now focus on coaching alone.

He told the Sheffield Star newspaper: “It’s something that I have been thinking about for a while.

“Combining the jobs is difficult and now we’re running the Junior Sharks programme I’m looking after four or five different teams. I enjoyed playing but coaching is something that I really want to do so it makes sense that I do this now.”

However, the newspaper also reports that Lyons will register himself as a player, but will wear a suit during matches to avoid temptation.

The 29-year-old forward made his Sharks debut back in September 2006 against Newcastle Eagles.

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