It makes lots of sense, just not to you. They have the core of players, and a coach, who have helped take them to NBL championships and helped their national team be only one of four countries to make the top 16 at the past four World Cups.
The culture and standards in NZ basketball that were born in the early 2000s when Henare and Penney were amongst the youngest players, carried on to the late 2000s, early 2010s when Henare, Vukona and Penney were senior players and Webster, Abercrombie and Pledger were youngsters, and are still there now that Henare is coach, Penney and Vukona are near the end of their careers and Abercrombie, Webster and Pledger are approaching veteran status.
The way the club and national team operates, it will still be there in a few years when the next group of players emerges. Cedric Jackson walked into this culture and into a championship team and helped them maintain those levels, but he didn't create the success.
We obviously disagree, but let’s revisit this at the end of the season. I stick to my position that over the past seven seasons the Breakers and Perth have been so far ahead of everyone else that I class any other team as a challenger until they knock off both the champs.
It will certainly take a lot more than Sydney going 5-2 to start the year to be equal top with Perth and one game ahead of NZ to change my opinion!