Udog
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Wildcats history lesson

THE Adelaide 36ers created a monster when Perth Wildcats used the blueprint of the club's 1986 "Invincibles" to rebuild their struggling NBL club.

The Wildcats substantially improved on Adelaide’s initial model over time and today against Illawarra, start their quest for a record eighth NBL championship, while the 36ers languish far behind on four.

Perth, now in its record 31st straight finals, entered the NBL in 1982, the same season as Adelaide.
“I knew what I had to do,” Bruton recalls with fondness, having played on Brisbane’s runner-up to that team.

“I looked at Adelaide’s 1986 team and said 'that’s our blueprint’ for success.

“The Wildcats’ owner at the time, Bob Williams, recruited me to build a championship team so I took a leaf out of Adelaide’s book.”

Bruton recruited frontcourt import duo James Crawford and Kendall “Tiny” Pinder as his foils for Adelaide’s rebounding beasts Mark Davis and Bill Jones.

He had himself to match up against old friend and adversary Al Green, with Alan Black and Mike Ellis as his answers for Darryl Pearce.
Full story (from Feb 2017)

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Udog  
Last year

Posted this in another thread but thought it was a good look at that period so have started it's own.

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Anonymous  
Last year

When people start complaining about Wildcats fans starting pointless threads, just remember this one.

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Cats 4 life  
Last year

Exactly, think everyone has an idea by now and that's why we cop it when we lose.

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Udog  
Last year

Didn't enjoy it then?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Why wouldn't we enjoy it? What do you think it means?

My point was that everyone complains about Cats fans starting threads but you post this info in one thread, then repeat in its own thread, in a really bad attempt to stir the pot.

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Udog  
Last year

Only if you don't like reading it I guess.

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Isaac  
Last year

Or because it's a basketball forum, in an easy to ignore thread, and it might be of interest to some people here? It doesn't need to be seen as an endless fan battle.

If only every NBL team had a fan base as talkative. I don't think anyone even started a thread for Hawks-Taipans yesterday!

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Camel 31  
Last year

Most likely Adelaide Invicibles wouldda won a few more ...but they sacked the coach......

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Udog  
Last year

That was the biggest stuff up ever for the club. Set them back about 10 years after that.

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Blaze Bandi  
Last year

Love the cats

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Udog  
Last year

Isaac is right. You don't have to read it. It's not inappropriate either considering it's the leagues 40th anniversary.

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Bol  
Last year

Why did they sack the coach?

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Udog  
Last year

Apparently for smoking doobies. There was a bit more to it under the surface though.

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Udog  
Last year

It was a brilliant team though and Ken Cole was a great coach and massive personality.

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Udog  
Last year

Most of the team refused to play so they had to bring him back for the remainder of the season but it was the end of an era and much too short at that.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Thanks for sharing..

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Bol  
Last year

Cal followed the blueprint to perfection and got himself sacked after a championship. The irony

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