The New Zealand Breakers have their eyes on the Australian National Basketball League trophy this season and club owner Matt Walsh is so confident that they have the roster to do it that the club is prepared to be based overseas for an undetermined length of time.
The Auckland based club head to Australia next month to prepare for the season which is expected to start on January 15
The season was expected to start last month but has twice been postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“December 1st we’ll be leaving for Australia, we don’t know when we’ll be home, it’s not going to be easy on our guys but our staff and our players number one goal this year is to win a championship and if that means we are in Australia for the next five or six months that’s what we are going to do,” Walsh said.
No location of where the team will be based when they arrive across the Tasman has been confirmed, but Walsh said it would be a state that did not require the team to quarantine.
The early December arrival is to give the team time to acclimatise the new players including American imports Colton Iverson and Lamar Patterson and to get in six or seven pre-season games.
“We believe that if we have that and we have a normal runway into a season we’re going to win a championship.”
The players would be away from home for Christmas and Walsh said all players – including the fathers in the organisation – were on board.