Hawks coach Zico Coronel is in the corner of NBL general manager Justin Nelson to put basketball in a "positive light".

However, in the same breath, Coronel emphasises there's a critical difference in mistakes NBL coaches and players make when juxtaposed with those of referees.

Hawks coach Zico Coronel says Justin Nelson has been doing an exceptional job since assuming the mantle of general manager of the National Basketball League a few months ago.

"He has added a lot to the media presence of the league in getting games back on Sky," says Coronel before the Jarrod Kenny-captained Hawks tip off against the Nelson Giants at Trafalgar Centre in round six of the NBL covered live on Sky TV from 7pm tomorrow.

He says part of Nelson's portfolio was to put basketball in a "positive light" in New Zealand.

Coronel was responding to questions on