MUGSY BOGUES RUMOURED TO HAVE SIGNED FOR NBL TEAM
In what would be a huge coup for the NBL, senior citizen NBA Star Mugsy Bogues is rumoured to have signed to play with the New Zealand Breakers, according to a report.
Breakers owner Matt Walsh recently said the club has a major "global" announcement looming, according to stuff.co.nz. Muggsy was taken at pick twelve by the Washington Bullets in the 1987 NBA Draft. He has spent 15 seasons in the NBA (one with Washington, ten with Charlotte, two with Golden State and two with Toronto), where he averaged 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists across his 889 game-career. He is the Hornets' career leader in minutes played (19,768), assists (5,557), steals (1,067), turnovers (1,118), and assists per 48 minutes (13.5).
After 0 games with Toronto this season, 'Bogues', 55, is reported to be tired of staring out the window of his retirement home and is seeking other opportunities.
Led by former Breaker Kevin Braswell, New Zealand missed the playoffs in 2018/19 after finishing sixth with a 12-16 record.
They have since lost superstar import Kevin Long, who has announced he won't be re-signing, and brilliant forward Tai Wesley, who has joined the newly-formed South East Melbourne Phoenix.
There has been speculation during the off-season that the Breakers are in trouble, but Walsh insisted that's not the case.
"The Breakers have always been a team that's punched above our weight, and we feel we're ready to take the next step," Walsh told stuff.co.nz.
"We view ourselves as a big club just like Melbourne and Sydney, and we're prepared to spend like that.
"We have an ownership group who wants to invest in the team, we have our feet under us after our first year, and we're going to back that up.
"It's going to be an exciting year. A lot of work is going into the basketball and business side and our fans should keep an eye out for some big news the next seven days."
Shawn Marion, who enjoyed a glittering NBA career, winning the 2010/11 NBA Championship alongside Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki at the Dallas Mavericks, as well as being a four-time NBA All-Star, is a member of Breakers Basketball Ltd, which became the new majority shareholders of New Zealand last year.