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Season over but plenty of optimism for NZ Breakers


Season over but plenty of optimism for NZ Breakers

Season over but plenty of optimism for NZ Breakers


Season over but plenty of optimism for NZ Breakers

The Sky Sport NZ Breakers will be watching from afar as the Perth Wildcats play the Sydney Kings in a best of three series for the NBL Championship.

The NZ Breakers fell just short of an incredible season turnaround. After winning only two of their first ten NBL games, it was starting to feel as though the NZ Breakers were looking to avoid last place rather than compete for a playoff position. 

This all changed on December 20th when the team caught fire and won 11 out of their remaining 14 NBL games. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough as they just missed out on a top 4 playoff finish by points difference. Despite this unfortunate end, the team should feel optimistic as they place strong foundations in Coach Dan Shamir’s first season in charge of the four-time NBL Champions.

Massive turnaround after difficult start for NZ Breakers

The 2019-2020 NBL season had plenty of talking points for the NZ Breakers. From the departure of assistant manager Mike Fitchett during their pre-season NBA tour to their star guard Corey Webster departing mid-season, it was not shaping up to be a good season for the NZ Breakers. However, it felt as though things were finally starting to come together for the NZ Breakers when they beat the South East Melbourne Phoenix on the 20th December which kicked off their hot streak.

In the end the NZ Breakers finished 6th overall and share the same record as the Brisbane Bullets (5th) and Melbourne United (4th). The team and fans will feel hard done by, missing out on the playoffs via points difference but there is also plenty optimism to be had. 

NZ Breakers looking to build momentum for next season

NZ Breakers head coach, Dan Shamir will look to build on his first season in charge of the team. 

He was given plenty of praise from NZ Breakers Owner Matt Walsh. Walsh said they knew it would take some time to pick up Coach Dan Shamir’s system. He also stated they had a strong belief in the talent available within the team. 

Given the second half results of the season, fans will be hoping the NZ Breakers will be able to bring these strong performances from the start of next season as the team look to make the playoffs and ultimately win their fifth NBL Championship. 

The New Zealand Breakers are already working hard off the court with the recent appointment of Chanel Pompallier as their first ever female Assistant Coach. Fan favourite Jarrad Weeks a.k.a. ‘Agent 97’ also signed a one-year contract extension. 

Next season is shaping up to an exciting one for the franchise and fans should be excited for what is in store for the Sky Sport NZ Breakers.

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