Anonymous
Two weeks ago

#42664

Tai Wesley will be a local

According to RSN Breakfast Club twitter feed, Tai Wesley will stay in the NBL as a local player next season. This will make him a high sought after free agent!

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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
15:30 6 Feb 18

Reply #671226

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Wildcat bound


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
15:47 6 Feb 18

Reply #671233

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

United have more then enough $$$$ to keep him


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
15:49 6 Feb 18

Reply #671234

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

His 17 kids will be able to upgrade from cheeseburgers to whopper value meals with the money this grown man will be earning next season


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LoveBroker
Two weeks ago
15:54 6 Feb 18

Reply #671236

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

If United are really paying Andersen $600k, then Tai should be getting the same money or more.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
15:54 6 Feb 18

Reply #671237

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

"His 17 kids will be able to upgrade from cheeseburgers to whopper value meals with the money this grown man will be earning next season"

Maybe YOU should get a job like Tai so you can upgrade from the free missed free throw cheeseburgers and get a whopper yourself?


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
16:05 6 Feb 18

Reply #671242

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Maybe YOU shouldn't take jokes so serious


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
16:13 6 Feb 18

Reply #671244

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Lucky that United caught a lucky break here and will finally be able to assemble a decent roster...


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SM
Two weeks ago
16:30 6 Feb 18

Reply #671246

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

I wonder if it's due to an impending citizenship or an apparent 'duty of care'


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
16:33 6 Feb 18

Reply #671247

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Impending citizenship, which is why it's a 12 month grace period.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
16:57 6 Feb 18

Reply #671255

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Oh so that was a 'joke'. Sounded like a primary school comment. Not needed at all. Like the Jawai 'jokes' Totally not needed.


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Train
Two weeks ago
19:20 6 Feb 18

Reply #671274

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

I think most here understood that joke lol I take it you haven't watched much NBL recently.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
20:55 6 Feb 18

Reply #671285

re: Tai Wesley will be a local


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
00:49 7 Feb 18

Reply #671306

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

No such thing as a bad Jawai joke.


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Tornado
Two weeks ago
07:26 7 Feb 18

Reply #671308

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

What a surprise...considering the NBL owner and United owner are one in the same.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
10:55 7 Feb 18

Reply #671333

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Tai is a free agent, so if anything this helps him more than Larry. He will get offers from most teams i'd think.

But feel free to keep hating on Larry.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
11:56 7 Feb 18

Reply #671342

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

"What a surprise...considering the NBL owner and United owner are one in the same."

I wish I was uneducated too


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Tornado
Two weeks ago
14:10 7 Feb 18

Reply #671355

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Uneducated, ok....we will see.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
14:44 7 Feb 18

Reply #671359

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

LK not being the United owner is like saying Donald Trump set up a blind trust for his children to run all his business interests.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
15:11 7 Feb 18

Reply #671365

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Tornado, you literally have no idea of the process that went on in the background to get this done, so yes, you are uneducated on the application.


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LoveBroker
Two weeks ago
15:34 7 Feb 18

Reply #671367

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Well can you offer some clarity around 'the process' then?

If its Wesley becoming an Australian citizen by the 2018/19 season, then fair enough, thats hardly on LK.

If Guam is magically back on the exception list when it was removed in favour of Asian countries, then that is another matter entirely.


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Kingpodge
Two weeks ago
15:58 7 Feb 18

Reply #671375

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

I think you're right Lovebroker, a little clarity and the conspiracy theory speculation disappears.

Doesn't FIBA do the classifications anyways?


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
17:43 7 Feb 18

Reply #671405

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Citizenship application in process . Guam has not been reclassified.


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Tornado
Two weeks ago
07:20 8 Feb 18

Reply #671448

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Citizenship?! How long has he been in Australia?

He has only been playing in the NBL since 2014 and Melbourne (Australia) since 2016.

It doesn't matter how you look at it...it wreaks of favouritism & hidden agendas.

Anon #671365...enlighten me on how you know I have no idea on the situation/application?


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
09:02 8 Feb 18

Reply #671453

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Effectively Melbourne running 4 Imports (lets face it Guam exclusion is a joke-it's America) and Adelaide running 2. Yes, LV buying wins and Adelaide punching above their weight against the teams with some solid backing. Respect deserved for what teams are doing that have little backing and put together the wins. And Tai should be an import next year, has not met requirements for citizenship and only spent half a year here last year. And lets face it he deserves an import spot. Melbourne would bot be winning if he was injured and he was a beast for them last season.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
09:03 8 Feb 18

Reply #671454

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Adding to the above, if he does make citizen as dodgy as it may be then get him on the Boomers squad asap.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
09:21 8 Feb 18

Reply #671455

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

"and Adelaide running 2"

Shorter, Childress, Moore. Which of those isn't an import?


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Zodiac
Two weeks ago
11:04 8 Feb 18

Reply #671462

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

What makes the Wesley situation particularly galling is he's actually American. Born in the US (spent a few years as a kid in Guam when his dad worked there) basically raised in the US, college in the US the lot.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
11:17 8 Feb 18

Reply #671465

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Typo *3


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LV
Two weeks ago
11:45 8 Feb 18

Reply #671470

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Wesley has 2 young kids and has become a long term fixture in the NBL, making it his home. How many "imports" stay for four years?

As I said a couple of months ago, it'd be perfectly fair if the rule was grandfathered for existing players.

The NBL would be doing itself a favour too, giving a long term player a chance to remain in the league.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
12:15 8 Feb 18

Reply #671472

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Watch all of the whiners stop if Tai ends up at their team. He's a free agent coming off career best form. He could go to a small market team too, such as Cairns and help with depth. Not out of the question.


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Zodiac
Two weeks ago
12:49 8 Feb 18

Reply #671476

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

It's got nothing to do with whining I'd love to have Wesley on my team as a local or an import I'm probably his biggest fan on here over the years.

However it does change the fact it was a bit dodgy by the Breakers and then United to get him classified as Guamanian and thus a local.


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Zodiac
Two weeks ago
12:49 8 Feb 18

Reply #671477

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

* doesn't


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ME
Two weeks ago
13:12 8 Feb 18

Reply #671478

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

A lot of sticklers in this board. Fact is Tai is a great player, and the league should want to keep guys around like him rather than set their rules such that they're excluded. Yes, you can't do it for everyone, but he's already here, already established. Just shut up and let the guy play here. The league is better for it.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
14:03 8 Feb 18

Reply #671482

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Here here


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
15:01 8 Feb 18

Reply #671483

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Game winner by... ME :) Well said bro.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
15:06 8 Feb 18

Reply #671484

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

"keep guys around like him rather than set their rules such that they're excluded."

He won't be excluded under any rules.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
15:19 8 Feb 18

Reply #671486

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Hey @Me, so could it happen for someone like Prather as well?
He has played & lived in Australia longer than Wesley.

Wesley has been in Australia less than 2 years and now classifying him as an Aussie?
Come on now!

And please don't say but he was in New Zealand for a while so that counts, because unless I'm mistaken they are different countries.

I dont like this decision.


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koberulz
Two weeks ago
17:26 8 Feb 18

Reply #671499

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Prather has never played as a local.

Wesley's time in Australia specifically is irrelevant. New Zealanders are also locals.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
18:22 8 Feb 18

Reply #671505

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Thank you KobeRulz, that's what these people are missing. He was allowed to play as a local and then the rule changed whilst he was playing as a local. It’s technically a restraint of trade. So the NBL doing it this way is fair as he still has to be a local on paper with the Aust Gov too


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
19:04 8 Feb 18

Reply #671511

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

I don't get the complaining either, he wants to become naturalised, good on him, it will surely get him a good pay rise.

Who knows he might end up somewhere else, I’m sure Wildcats had plans for a naturalised lisch but that didn’t work out


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Tornado
Last week
08:02 12 Feb 18

Reply #672393

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

The problem is you can't be a joint Australia or NZ citizen...the time he spent in either country is irrelevant if he is going for citizenship in either country. The NBL (local) rule doesn't override the laws in either country.


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AngusH
Last week
08:53 12 Feb 18

Reply #672400

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

TBH, I think he'd still be here whether it's as a local or as an import. I'm fine with the rules being bent to accommodate him given both his personal situation and his status at the time of signing with Melbourne, though. I like to think common sense can rule the day, and I also like to think it's not just happening because he plays for the league owner's team (maybe I'm overly optimistic...).


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D2.0
Last week
04:49 13 Feb 18

Reply #672544

re: Tai Wesley will be a local

Meh,
Like a lot of people who have moved around and had different citizenship, He effectively got to choose which country he wanted to play for. He chose Guam.
I know he was born in the USA, but I thought his dad actually came from somewhere in Oceania?
Anyway, under the previous rules, he qualified as a "local" and that's how he played for the Breakers.

It's not unreasonable that the NBL provides some Grace whilst he waits for Aussie citizenship.


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