Where to now for the Boomers?
Nothing can be done now, it's time to dust ourselves off and look to Rio.
I believe in many ways, the team did us proud. We beat a world power in Lithuania, we won three games in a row for the first time in 16 years, and the NBA prospects of Aron Baynes and Joe Ingles have frankly never looked better. But we stumbled at the big hurdle, when it was time to stand up and be counted our lack of experience showed and we were unable to execute our fast and furious game plan all the way to completion.
Now questions have to be asked. Whilst I don't think in the end, the Lemanis' coaching was bad, will he stay on until Rio? Has he earned that? He has run a team with great potential, yet it sorely lacked offensive identity and at times, defensive prowess. If he is to move on, who would replace him?
Also what is the nature of our qualifiers now? When do we join Asia and what does it mean for the Boomers yearly calendar?
What will our Rio 2016 team look like? Is there any weight to the rumours of Thon Maker taking up Canadian citizenship? Has Ben Simmons being emmitted from the team caused bad blood between him and the team? Will Dante Exum develop as he is expected to?
Does our, almost shocking inability to make it through to the top 8 adversely affect our funding? Can we still make a claim on the same money due to the sheer potential our future teams have?
A lot of questions have to be raised when our most confidant team in 14 years fails to meet even its lowest objective.
But having said that, I think the Boomers showed promise. I think the team has a great future.. and I can't help but wonder what might have been if not for a few more made freethrows.
And especially what might have been if we had Andrew Bogut and Patty Mills.