Breakers want to build a dynasty
Just if this becomes the first is a point of contention however the Breakers wish to establish a basketball dynasty and believe they have the tools in place to dominate the ANBL for many years.
Its northern border Shorebased club won backtoback titles using their 7973 defeat of Perth night but, with many of the squad returning next season, don't wish to stop there. Two titles isn't yet a dynasty but they are enroute.
"We are building something pretty special here," forward Dillon Boucher said. "There's without a doubt. This isn't just a oneoff thing. We are backtoback already but we've started referring to a threepeat already. We want to go, we want to develop a legacy here."
Boucher, the nononsense 36yearold who played a cheap football shirts leading hand in the playoffs, will quickly sign a new oneyear deal to help make that happen. He'll join Tom Abercrombie, Mika Vukona, CJ Bruton, Daryl Corletto, Alex Pledger and BJ Anthony on next season's roster and Leon Henry will probably join time.
The club want imports Cedric Jackson and Gary Wilkinson to return but Jackson is intent on returning to the NBA and Wilkinson will have to pay a reduced role that is prone to see him usurped by Pledger around the starting five.
That might have seemed like a distant dream when they wrote their mission statement six years ago because they languished close to the bottom on the table. One of their set goals ended up being to end up like Perth, they they beat to win their second championship. People, the tables have turned.
"Our vision is to be a basketball dynasty," Breakers general manager Richard Clarke said. "That's designed in our strategic plan. It had been pretty ambitious whenever we wrote that six years ago but part of that is the fact a dynasty is sustainable and created over a very long time.
"While winning championships is part of that, so is the academy structure and influence locally. It's about being something enduring. When we wrote that we looked at Perth, who went 26 consecutive years in the playoffs, as well as the Brisbane Broncos, who went 15 consecutive years until they missed the [NRL] playoffs. The exam for us is the fact that we want to put ourselves in the positioning to win the championship every year and the minimum benchmark is the playoffs."
The New Zealandness from the Breakers is without a doubt a strength. They're a group young Kiwi basketballers wish to play for and, as well as a strong academy system, retain good links with promising youngsters like Rob football kits Lowe and Isaac Fotu who earn scholarships to American universities.
They hope players of that calibre decide to join the Breakers once the finish college in the same manner Abercrombie, Pledger and Corey Webster did.
The club possess a threeyear model around their top squad and also have the things they call a "depth chart" which tracks the very best fiveeight players in the country in every position. Australian clubs are free to recruit Nz talent however the Breakers hope the best make their way to its northern border Shore.
There is a chance they could lose players overseas when they continue excel, and Abercrombie will attempt by helping cover their NBA clubs over the winter, but they have long trumpeted their depth. Be it enough to be a dynasty is going to be played out over the future years.