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koberulz
Last year

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Wildcats Are In Trouble

1-5 without Martin, looks like they'll be without Knight for anywhere between the rest of the season and forever. Three of those five have been absolutely garbage performances.

The only reason they're not on the bottom of the ladder right now is the good start they got off to when they had their full team.

Johnson has to go. He's shown far worse form the past couple of weeks than he did before he was released the first time. Martin needs to be replaced by someone closer to his talent level.

The only alternative is preventing Martin from coming back, writing this season off, and dealing with the end of the streak before coming back healthy next season. The roster as it stands now isn't making the playoffs.

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Isaac
Last year
00:35 2 Dec 16

Reply #610719

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Why on Earth did they have that throwaway line about keeping Johnson for the rest of the season? Going to make them look silly now.

With that many fans in the stadium and the expectations, they have to take serious action IMO. Cut an import. Replace whichever of Martin or Knight they'll miss most (e.g., factoring in return dates).


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Hardwood Hero
Last year
00:39 2 Dec 16

Reply #610720

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Yup, we need a young version of Knight or an athletic center, a 3pt shooter & a decent forward who can also defend.


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koberulz
Last year
00:45 2 Dec 16

Reply #610721

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Why on Earth did they have that throwaway line about keeping Johnson for the rest of the season? Going to make them look silly now.
Yeah, just bizarre. There was no possible way it could make them look better.

TBH I'm not sure they'll be good enough without replacing both Martin and Knight. But I wouldn't sack McKay, and obviously it'd be beyond stupid to sack Prather.


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Luuuc
Last year
00:53 2 Dec 16

Reply #610723

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

I missed the sign :(
You must have been back behind me somewhere because I was checking for it.


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Luuuc
Last year
00:54 2 Dec 16

Reply #610724

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Ok well my post doesn't make sense anymore :/


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Anonymous
Last year
00:58 2 Dec 16

Reply #610726

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Dazz deserved to start this thread. Turns out he was ahead of his time. Never doubt dazz. Cats in big trouble but things can turn quickly. Melbourne united looked awful a couple of weeks ago and now appear back on track


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Anonymous
Last year
01:00 2 Dec 16

Reply #610727

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

This thread title makes me smile. Been too long in the making. Cats are in trouble no depth no go to scorers, Prather is all this team has... and it's just not enough.


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Hardwood Hero
Last year
01:23 2 Dec 16

Reply #610735

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

This thread title makes me smile. Been too long in the making.
Yeah all those year straight making the finals, whilst your team sucks.
Cats are in trouble no depth no go to scorers, Prather is all this team has... and it's just not enough.
Prather is more than most teams have, If Johnson & McKay finally get their shit together everyone will be whinging about the cats again as per usual....


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Anonymous
Last year
01:26 2 Dec 16

Reply #610736

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

how many games we are already in , if the imports are not firing it probably wont happen.


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Moose
Last year
01:41 2 Dec 16

Reply #610739

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

How long until Nielsen replaces Gleeson? I give it two weeks, less if they have another double digit loss this weekend


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Bill on the ball
Last year
01:42 2 Dec 16

Reply #610740

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Adelaide will slaughter Wildcats next game if Matty is out.

Can't see any miracle happening there.


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Anonymous
Last year
01:49 2 Dec 16

Reply #610741

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

The smell of blood is in the water now and teams will be lining up to give the wildcats some long awaited humbling.
When you are up for so long it is even sweeter for teams to see you crash down.


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Anonymous
Last year
02:07 2 Dec 16

Reply #610743

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

IMO Johnson needs to go. The import circus drama has kind of settled down a little bit now. With the team in trouble and fans demanding change, most will be ok with it and possibly wanting it. I was initially against cutting him a few weeks ago, I wanted him to get a solid chance, but I think its time we made some changes now while we still have a chance to save the season. I still think on the right team he can be very good, but he just doesn't seem to fit with the cats unfortunately.

McKay is probably safe unless we find some absolute beast who could replace him. I think he still needs to play a bit better, but I think he's performing pretty well.

Wroe needs to be cut and all his minutes given to Bragg. Wroe often looks lazy, useless and like he doesn't want to be there half the time. Bragg is a real spark off the bench, and while he still has lots to learn he doesn't look out of place being on the court.

Our offence is absolutely terrible and needs to be fixed. I don't think we should rush to sack Gleeson just yet, but he definitely needs to listen to some ideas from Nielsen and the other coaches and make some changes.


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Dazz
Last year
03:01 2 Dec 16

Reply #610746

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

It's hard to hypothesise without knowing knowing all the details.
Have we spent too much on Damo, Knight, etc, and that's why we've got crap imports?
Even when we ere going to replace JJ, it was with some bargain lifer from the D-League. Have we run out of money?

What shits is that nobody could have watched JJ and concluded he was a good option to play as an SG. Nor would you look at McKay and conclude he has what it takes to play centre. I think he's doing ok, and improving, but we just don't have enough offensive options.

I AM surprised they haven't found a replacement for Martin, I guess there's just nobody around. I'm tempted to suggest that they need to do something radical, but do we have the money?


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LV
Last year
08:21 2 Dec 16

Reply #610755

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Nobody really knows how much they are getting paid, so is hard to judge all of this stuff. But certainly a major issue is that the Cats have had two import stars in their two recent championships. This season Prather is starring but Johnson and McKay are playing roles without making the kind of impact that Beal made. Johnson had that one huge game vs Cairns but has he had any other performances where he dominated or was the number one match winning player? Yes Beal was inconsistent but he did that regularly enough.


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lawsy
Last year
08:35 2 Dec 16

Reply #610758

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

As presented- this wildcats team is a bottom two team. How are they ever going to score over 70pts? I don't understand how the richest club, with the most corporate dollars and biggest crowds, can have the two shittest, cheapest imports. I'll call it now for everyone and make it simple for the cats fans- no more Ws until 2017


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KET
Last year
08:49 2 Dec 16

Reply #610760

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Am I the only one concerned here that the Wildcats lost because they'll probably bounce back and beat the 36ers handily?


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KET
Last year
08:54 2 Dec 16

Reply #610761

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

lawsy - Import failures happen all the time, it's not necessarily about the money. Money helps, sure, but it won't completely absolve the risk.

For lack of a track record in the NBL, it's a gamble on whether the talent can translate to this league.

36ers have had plenty of failures the last decade or so. Every team has.


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Anonymous
Last year
09:25 2 Dec 16

Reply #610766

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Wildcats didn't have a great start. They won a few close games which all could have gone the other way... they are lucky to be where they are on the ladder.


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Air Delay
Last year
09:26 2 Dec 16

Reply #610767

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

JJ out.
Cedric Jackson in.
Solved?


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Anonymous
Last year
09:34 2 Dec 16

Reply #610768

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

He cant score. They need a streak shooter who can light up for 20 on a bad night.


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Bear
Last year
09:49 2 Dec 16

Reply #610773

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Things have obviously not gone the way the Wildcats anticipated it would, so yes they may struggle to make finals and maybe even make an impact if they do somehow get in at the end of the season.

Injuries to key players hurt every team, no difference to Perth, so this is a no brainer.

Changes to the roster means they no longer have a size advantage on other teams, replacing Jawai with Brandt at 6'10" isn't exactly going to solve that loss but lets face it Nate is a rare type.

So, the Wildcats have gone more athletic and their game plan without Knight will now have to adjust even more, they may run out of time this season to get it right who knows!

They are still a pretty handy organisation, so if anyone can get back on track, Perth can...

I would like to see them develop their rookie list if it turns pear shaped though and give some young guys a run, especially their junior big (I think he is only 19-20 years old) with an eye to the future.


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Anonymous
Last year
09:56 2 Dec 16

Reply #610777

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Wildcats need a perimeter threat and a low post target with low post game.

Cedric Jackson is not the answer.

Jaron Johnson provides less then what Mason Bragg showed, he needs to be released quickly to address at least 1 of their needs.


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paul
Last year
09:58 2 Dec 16

Reply #610778

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

McKay/Brandt
Wagstaff/Walker/Redhage
Prather/Hire
Johnson/Kernich-Drew
Kenny/Bragg/Wroe

I agree with the above comments, if you replace Johnson with a more consistent import, especially one with more playmaking, then this team can still win games.


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Anonymous
Last year
10:35 2 Dec 16

Reply #610787

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Would the cats be OK if they had just kept beal?


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Anonymous
Last year
10:51 2 Dec 16

Reply #610790

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Beal is not the answer either, they were really concerned about his defense last season and is also limited and inconsistent offensively.


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Johnson
Last year
11:01 2 Dec 16

Reply #610791

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Did anyone notice Redhage and Wagstaff running to the bench with a spring in there step when injury time out was called when Faker Knight went down.Must have been thinking more game time or they dont like the guy either.


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Farrison Hord
Last year
11:03 2 Dec 16

Reply #610792

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Knight is fine.

Hip flexor. Not a career or season ending injury. With any luck he'll take to the court against Adelaide.

So everyone can just settle down now.


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Anonymous
Last year
11:04 2 Dec 16

Reply #610793

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Granted - I didn't watch the game. But looking at the box score, Redhage played more minutes than Wagstaff. I can see that Wagstaff looked like he had a shocker from the bench. But IMO all those minutes would have been better with Jesse. He may have found some rhythm when not getting spot mins. And with Knight out you've got nothing to lose in playing your next best big, rather than your cooked old boy.


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Train
Last year
11:19 2 Dec 16

Reply #610797

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Johnson is a major concern, they just aren't getting the required output from him.
Cats only said it was their "intent to keep him on for the season". I wouldn't be surprised to see him go.

And ffs , Kenny , no one is ever going to fall for your pump fakes when you don't ever put the shot up !! Just shoot the ball for gods sakes.


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Wookiee
Last year
11:29 2 Dec 16

Reply #610803

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Imports not firing is ok when your locals are going good and going from last season, it wasn't outside the realm of possibilities that Jesse was going to have a good year and Redhage would be a passable back up, but both have gone down hill (that's the impression I've go when I've watched a game at least) and with the injuries to key players on top of that, it just makes it worse, so really, you'd think that JJ is out the door pretty quick smart, being the most underperforming import of the bunch...

McKay can afford to pick up his socks a bit, but it's definitely JJ that should go... Why they said that thing about keeping him when they brought him back was just stupid, but I doubt anyone will get more than a giggle about bringing it up again when they cut him...

Hopefully they spend a bit more cash on the next one though instead of a discount D-Leaguer... You'd think that with the amount of cash the Wildcats would have coming in and no actual cap this season, it would be madness to be keeping to such a strict budget now...


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Anonymous
Last year
11:48 2 Dec 16

Reply #610814

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Gleeson said in the presser that he feels senior players aren't pulling their weight.

Wonder who he was referring to. Wagstaff? Hire? Jaron Johnson even? (he's not a senior player, but an import so there's expectations).

Angus Brandt has not been the Jervis replacement we have needed.


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Johnson
Last year
11:54 2 Dec 16

Reply #610817

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Wildcats in trouble.How good is this.I've got an idea for coach(dickhead)Gleeson.He said he can pull five guys of the street/pub that could do a better job than some of his players.I'm thinking what better time than New Years Eve at WEC v Hawks.There is a drinking hole called the BREWERY that's on the other side of WEC.He could grab five blokes to take on the Hawks.They won't need water cause being New Years Eve they will have plenty fluids in the tank.They prob be happy with a schooner after each quarter.Now i'l pay to watch that.COME ON GLEESON LETS MAKE THIS HAPPEN.Are you a man of your word or a dickhead like i think you are.i'm guessing the latter.


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Johnson
Last year
12:05 2 Dec 16

Reply #610819

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

It wouldn't suprise if Faker Knight is ok to play next game or two.He does this every game faking an injury that he makes out to be serious.The grub that swings his elbows around and loves to bump little guys after a whistle stops play needs a good one to be put on his chin so his got a reason to stay down.


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Sci
Last year
12:19 2 Dec 16

Reply #610822

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Anonymous
Last year
12:40 2 Dec 16

Reply #610827

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Haha at all these guys making out like the teammates don't like knight. I'd say the opposite they totally love him. Besides damo probably the most respected teammate


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Freethrows
Last year
12:51 2 Dec 16

Reply #610829

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

The Jameel McKay experiment has not worked. Perth needed McKay to be an explosive scorer, making opposition teams worry about how they were going to defend such a mobile big guy, opening the paint for their slashers, and thus freeing up outside shooters for easy shots. They were relying on Wagstaff to be the shooter he has been in the past, not the one he is now. I don't know what they were expecting from Hire, because I've never seen anything in him. I doubt they were expecting much from Redhage other than an experienced old hand who could keep everyone calm and fill a roster spot for very little money.

The fact that Knight has been injured so much of the season, while it shouldn't be a surprise, has meant that the 'Cats front line hasn't had the meat and potatoes that McKay was never going to provide, and Brandt hasn't stepped up. I'm not surprised about that, either. He's always appeared to be a stiff, to me.

JJ might not have been as big a bust as he appears if McKay had been the threat they hoped he would be. Having said that, Perth can only afford to drop JJ (not McKay) if they are going to make a player move (unless they offload them both, which I cannot see them doing!) The only reason they would drop JJ is if there was a ball-handling, shooting PG available immediately. Cedric Jackson is not that guy. He would need to be able to play 2 when Martin gets back to make it worthwhile.

I think Perth will slide one stop further down the ladder by the end of the season and finish 6th. It will be a shame, if that happens, but successful franchises almost always suffer a slide, and Perth's run of injuries, combined with poor recruiting, is the perfect storm for a fall from finals grace.


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Anon
Last year
12:56 2 Dec 16

Reply #610830

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

What happened to Hussey as a replacement??


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Luuuc
Last year
13:04 2 Dec 16

Reply #610832

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

I doubt that the cats had expectations of McKay being much more than what he has shown this season. He's an energy guy who can get up & down the floor quickly and should be able to get himself some easy points if our game is flowing. I haven't seen anything to suggest he was ever an unstoppable force in the paint who would be drawing double teams and freeing up other guys.
I think he would have fitted in well last season alongside Jawai & Knight, and probably would have been more effective this season had a) we been healthy and able to play our usual Wildcats defence, or b) had Brandt not been so underwhelming (that one has hurt a lot IMO)

Meanwhile the Cats clearly had expectations of JJ making our offence more potent than Beal did. They talked him up as an athlete who could attack the rim and also rain down the threes. He hasn't been able to do either of those things so far. The defences he is facing in the NBL are obviously a level above what he was dealing with in the inappropriately-named D League, because no one seems to have any trouble shutting him down. It's not like he isn't trying, either. He's just not that good.


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leungtl
Last year
13:12 2 Dec 16

Reply #610835

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

"What happened to Hussey as a replacement??"

I think he had to be let go when Kenny came back, could be wrong though.


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Anonymous
Last year
14:14 2 Dec 16

Reply #610852

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Bragg happened. Hussey is not a distant memory


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Anonymous
Last year
14:37 2 Dec 16

Reply #610866

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

I think the coaching/recruiting people of the Wildcats have a bit to answer for. Members and supporters pay a lot of money to watch their team. If you look at those brought in for this season - JJ, McKay, Brandt - by current NBL standard, they're low cost rubbish. The offense has never been great to watch, but with these limited players the stagnation stinks. Only Prather looks like a Wildcat import should. There is not one genuine "good shooter" on the team. And it's about time they arrested the guy in the crowd with the gun who keeps shooting Knight. The drama is getting to be embarrassing, the rapid recoveries are really embarrassing.


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Dazz
Last year
16:25 2 Dec 16

Reply #610896

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Damo is not usually a scoring threat, and Redhage is nolonger a starter or a threat.
The Cats recruiting last season was exceptional, they nailed everything that was needed.
This time around they lost the plot.
Problem is they went in a particular direction, aiming for a quicker up-tempo offense. Unfortunately McKay and particularly JJ have not live p to expectations. They have fallen back into relying on Knight, which rules out up-tempo.

Lets assume we get Knight back, we're still reliant on two guys for most of our offense. The rest are too inconsistent. Too many "role players".

The worst thing is that over the past couple of years, losing Knight was not such a big deal because Jervis was a very handy substitute. I was impressed with Brandt last season, but have yet to see similar output.

At the time JJ was sacked, I thought he still had potential. Now I'm not so sure. He's not a bad player, just not what we need.

Jackson at his best would be ok, ditto with somebody like Gary Ervin or Jamar Wilson. Holt would be perfect if he could play as an Asian. And Yeah, what I wouldn't give to see 2014 Beal back.


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Green 53
Last year
16:32 2 Dec 16

Reply #610897

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Quinn cook or Scottie wilbekin wouldn't be bad options if they become available


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Red74
Last year
16:42 2 Dec 16

Reply #610899

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

JJ plays better running off the ball for catch and shoot type plays. His dribble entry is crap!

Nick Marvin spotted talking to Matt Neilson after the game without the flog.


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Red74
Last year
17:30 2 Dec 16

Reply #610903

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

What's Brock Motum doing?


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koberulz
Last year
17:36 2 Dec 16

Reply #610907

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Playing in Europe.


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Bobby
Last year
17:56 2 Dec 16

Reply #610909

re: Wildcats Are In Trouble

Why don't they go after Kobe. He isnt doing much these days.


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