Wollongong coach Gordie McLeod isn't sure if Hawks imports Kevin Tiggs and Rotnei Clarke understand everything he says.
Judging by their assertive performances in Saturday night's 85-81 home win over Townsville, the American duo must absorb more than McLeod thinks they do.
It's nothing to do with their ability to follow instructions.
McLeod just reckons his nasally voice and home-spun dialect takes some getting used to.
"Kevin's been thrown in the deep end big-time, and so has Rotnei to some extent, even though he's been here a bit longer," McLeod said after his team's victory.
"I'm sure my accent and the different terminology doesn't help. They need the boys to translate everything for them."
Clarke scored a game-high 23 points and dished out five assists in Wollongong's maiden win for 2013-14.
Tiggs had a big impact off the bench with 20 points, five rebounds and two steals in just 18 minutes.
After losing their first two games to New Zealand and Adelaide, the Hawks secured the win they badly needed, in front of a home crowd and on their 1000th NBL game.
They were ahead at every change, but the lead changed hands throughout the first three quarters and the home team never led by more than eight.
Townsville were coming off the previous week's defeat of New Zealand and made the Hawks work for everything.
Wollongong forced the Crocodiles into seven fourth-quarter turnovers and played with a clearer focus in crunch time.
"We spoke about it during the week, that the big thing they do is they switch their defences, and it confused some of our guys at times," Townsville coach Shawn Dennis said.
"That took us out of our execution and led to turnovers."
Wollongong made 49 per cent of their shot attempts compared to the Crocs' 44 per cent.
They also earned more free throws (19/23 to Townsville's 5/6) and had two less turnovers.
But a worrying sign for McLeod was his team's infuriating inability to prevent the Crocs from grabbing offensive rebounds.
A whopping 17 of the visitors' 37 boards were pulled down at the offensive end. That allowed them to out-score Wollongong 17-0 on second-chance points.
"Considering we gave them 17 offensive boards, it was pleasing to keep them to what we did, but 17 offensive boards is a real problem," McLeod said.
"We can't be doing that and expecting to win many games, but as a team they found a way, and that's a real positive sign.
"The real pleasing thing is we're making progress.
"Sometimes when you don't win games it's hard to see that you're making progress as a team, because a lot of people just focus on the win and the loss, and that's not what it's about.
"If we can continue to make progress, we can cause some headaches," McLeod said.