Anonymous
Last month

Breakers imploding

Tom Vodanovic was met by Police at Auckland airport after being drunk (and assuming disorderly) on the flight back from Perth.

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Anonymous  
Last month

You gotta be shitting me......

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LV  
Last month

I wonder how him and Rob Loe get along.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Wheels.......off

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Senator11  
Last month

Saw this guy taking free throws at the end of the game, noticed he had a gut and was wondering how he was on an NBL roster. Now we know where the gut has come from. #nolongerwarriors

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Anonymous  
Last month

oh how the great and mighty breakers have fallen so bad. 4 out of 5 chips and 5 out of 6 grandies between 2011 and 2016... and now this disaster of a season. The blackwells must be rolling in their post-ownership graves

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Anonymous  
Last month

Is it normal for players to drink to excess on flights? I would have thought a teammate or staffer would've put a stop to it before it got to the point where police would be called. Seems insane

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Lovebroker  
Last month

Was he sitting next to Rice?

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AngusH  
Last month

Jeezus.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Walsh, wearing his cap will be on radio shortly to discuss with Casey frank.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Hampton should get out now

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Jick  
Last month

Minor incident, no charges laid, who cares?

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Anonymous  
Last month

Vodanovic is a great kid. He's a bit of a joker at times, but this is the team culture dragging down an impressionable rookie. He should have been pulled into line by a senior player or staff. In the same way, someone should have been keeping Rice locked down, focused and disciplined. But I guess all of those guys - the Mika Vukonas and Dillon Bouchers - that set the tone and culture, they're all gone now.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Is it normal for players to drink to excess on flights? I would have thought a teammate or staffer would've put a stop to it before it got to the point where police would be called. Seems insane

Yes its normal, they play hard on and off the caught.
This is nothing.
Just that alot more social media, they get exposed.

If their was camera in the 80s and 90s god help us all.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"the caught"

Seriously?

No, drinking to excess is not normal for a professional athlete. It may have happened in the 80's but that era is not the benchmark for professionalism.

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Mystro  
Last month

They were on a red eye flight home from Perth, most of the players and staff were asleep.
Vodanovich took a sleeping pill and had a couple of drinks and it affected him adversely.
He was spoken to by police upon landing and no charges have been laid.
Walsh has said he faces internal punishment from the club but it was out of character so they will be standing by him.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Ohh we check spelling on here, i forgot... yawn


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Anonymous  
Last month

"They were on a red eye flight home from Perth,"

Flight left before 7pm local time, not what I'd call the red eye.

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LV  
Last month

If Matt Walsh had been there to provide some strong leadership, this might not have happened

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Anonymous  
Last month

yourn*

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Zodiac  
Last month

LV made a funny!

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LV  
Last month

Cos Walsh is great at remaining calm and even minded in a crisis.

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Zodiac  
Last month

He should have been pulled into line by a senior player or staff.


Like who Webster? lol The assistant coach that should be in a straitjacket? Shamir? He strikes me as the kind of guy who would spend the duration of the flight hiding in the toilet.

Abercrombie's the only adult on the team and he's too busy keeping his head down signing all the contracts Matt Walsh continually shoves in his face.

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LV  
Last month

Offer Vukona a development coach role for next season. Leadership is lacking. Abercrombie might be too mild mannered to deal with all of this

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MACDUB  
Last month

Walsh fibbing again to make situation look better?

The whole sleeping pill angle sounds ridicolous.

Can someone enlighten me as to whether this is possible e.g have 2 drinks and a sleeping pill and apparently not remember anything and act up (he must have had to act pretty bad for the police to be called)

Sounds like another cover.

This is even worse that it basically happened around staff and players. Talk about unprofessional.

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AngusH  
Last month

Sleeping pills and booze can definitely be a bad combo (probably take more than a couple of drinks). It's also an often-used excuse however. Don't know anything about Vodanovic or his history but the timing is atrocious if nothing else.

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Anonymous  
Last month

It's definitely plausible, MACDUB. Just google "sedative alcohol interaction".

Walsh's reputation wouldn't put fabricating this story beyond the realm of possibility, but I'll believe it on face value.

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PyroCross  
Last month

The fact he's drinking multiple drinks on a red-eye flight says quite a lot.

We're missing strong, veteran leadership that will keep the team accountable. Abercrombie's mild-mannered but don't know how he'd keep the team accountable (compared to Boucher, Henare, Vukona, CJ).

If Hampton survives the year with all this, there won't be many worse off-court situations in the NBA, surely..

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Anonymous  
Last month

Monday's meetings are now for etiquette.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Word starting to surface that his drink may have been spiked. No idea how that could even be plausible.

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Anonymous  
Last month

This starts with the coach he has clearly lost the team

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Anonymous  
Last month

What an embarrassment. Walhs is a twit, wonder what Shawn Marion is thinking?

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Anonymous  
Last month

If he took a valium and then had a few drinks, the effects of the alcohol at that level come on pretty quickly. But there still should be rules in place to stop that happening.

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Perthworld  
Last month

Always suspected Walsh would be a bad owner. #spideysense

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D2.0  
Last month

Hmmm

Whilst obviously the timing is horrendous, and I'm happy to believe the worst...
I should point out that a (very small) minority of airline staff can be incredibly precious.

I generally get along famously with the cabin crew, and find that as long as you keep smiling things ok. I've had a couple of flights where I was barely able to walk, but never had a problem.
But on one flight (out of several hundred) I got reported for saying "oh for fuck's sake."

Now in their defence, I am a big bloke, and Vodanovich is a giant compared to most, so you can understand why they are anxious to nip any misbehaviour in the bud

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Violet Crumble  
Last month

Maybe took some gummies?

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Anonymous  
Last month

D2.0 raises a fair point. Was it Qantas? Maybe it was the same lady that served will.i.am

Some other impertinent questions:

- Why was he taking sleeping pills?
- Should he have been drinking alcohol?

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Anonymous  
Last month

Honestly didn't know who he was until yesterday when i was wondering who the fat bloke on the court with 4 fouls and no points or rebounds at the time was.

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Perthworld  
Last month

It was an Air NZ flight.

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MACDUB  
Last month

"They were on a red eye flight home from Perth,"

Flight left before 7pm local time, not what I'd call the red eye."


The flight is literally the most red-eye flight you'll see.
Remembering the time difference, it leaves 6.50pm local time and arrives in NZ at 6am local time. And only 6 hours travel time so not enough for a full night's sleep.

I'm surprised they don't actually stay the night in Perth (go to sleep early, wake up early), get a good sleep, and recovery, and take the morning flight back (no need to acclimatise back to NZT so quick when their next game in Adelaide 6 days later). I guess the red-eye may be cheaper?

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koberulz  
Last month

The game was at 7pm New Zealand time, too, so it would make sense to simply not adjust to the new time zone at all.

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Perthworld  
Last month

MACDUB they took the only non-stop flight from PER to AKL. There's no morning option.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Hamptons handlers will be having emergency meetings atm. Doubt it would affect his draft standings but in a shit situation.
Would it be possible for his management to go to NBL and say their client has been placed in a damaging position and negotiate a release to another team? Would Adelaide be in a position to make a play for him, need a guard and star power. Have absolutely no idea if it's even possible but it's bad PR for future future stars going to a basket case team.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Have the Breakers stay in Perth overnight? YOU really think you could trust that placing group to stay in the hotel and sleep??

Hampton's team won't be happy with this. Bad look for the Next Stars etc etc

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Anonymous  
Last month

They should have stayed, Rice would have loved it in Northridge

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Anonymous  
Last month

Northbridge*

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Perthworld  
Last month

What a shame. Rice could have learnt the art of glassing from the locals to add to his repertoire.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Rice was promised a walk on role for the new upcoming Lord of the Rings movie. Is that now out the proverbial window?

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Ben  
Last month

You Breakers can have both Lemanis and Vukina back fOr ThE cUlTuRe. I'll even drive them to the airport for yas.

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Perthworld  
Last month

You forgot Richard Clarke.

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Last month

Mod: Post flagged and awaiting moderation.

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Mystro  
Last month

Hampton has signed on for 2 seasons with NZ, Adelaide have zero chance he plays for them.
If he gets drafted, Breakers get a buyout.

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Go Dees  
Last month

Should of just had toke with Webster

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mystro  
Last month

Apparently Vodanavich's cardinal sin was being too loud on the flight whilst people around him slept.
The league should probably stand him down for a couple of games....

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Anonymous  
Last month

How old is this brat?

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Boxed Out  
Last month

Heard he was cut off by flight attendant. Became abusive and then proceeded to continue drinking from drinks he had in his carry on luggage

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Anonymous  
Last month

Breakers are a shitshow.
Long removed from their glory days.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"Apparently Vodanavich's cardinal sin was being too loud on the flight whilst people around him slept."

You sound like you are trying to downplay the incident.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Not saying this incident is major but considering the number of issues the club is having, it puts them and him in the spotlight unnecessarily. Vodanavich is young and doesn't know any better. The problem is that there is obviously nothing in place to improve the team culture, which is currently shithouse.

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Anonymous  
Last month

I agree. Taken in isolation, this would be a minor incident, but with everything else going on around the club it's made it a complete shitstorm

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Tom  
Last month

Breakers off court dramas directly follow on court performances. Losing brings out the worst in all aspects of an organisation. Recruitment is vital to success. Bradley is a useful athlete. He has a glaring weaknes defensively when he gets caught in on ball switches. He does not know what to do or he has never been shown what to do. Cotton, Melo, Casper just expose him. Henry tries hard but he shoots so poorly it puts all the pressure on Webster, who has played really well but can't carry all the offence. Hopson is a our best player. He's good but the jury is still out on whether he is a franchise player or not. Abercrombie shoots well but needs someone to set him up. Throw in a point guard still developing his game and management without a philosophy it is a recipe for trouble. Against Perth I thought they bonded together pretty well and stayed in the game longer than most expected. If they can build on this they can at least be a spoiler and pinch some games.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"Vodanavich is young and doesn't know any better"

Lol the guys like 25, i think he knows that you shouldn't get drunk and act like a tool on a plane.

Anyway I would have thought drinking multiple drinks straight after a game on a long flight isn't exactly ideal recovery for a pro athlete and probably something the club would tell them not to do. Not surprised his fat ass had a few drinks though.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Matt Walsh says sorry (eventually): https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport-video/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503077&gal_cid=1503077&gallery_id=214211

I think the helping Glen Rice, rather than discarding him, is surprising (in a good, decent way that one would expect from the Blackwells not Walsh).

Maybe, just maybe, Walsh has learned and the Breakers turn the corner.

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Anonymous  
Last month

An article on stuff.co.nz suggests multiple players were getting drunk on the flight, with Vodanavich being the worst behaved. Kind of blows a hole in the "everyone else was asleep" nonsense.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Out there thought: Breakers to get their shit together and make the final. The the start of an epic run starts this weekend.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"Bradley is a useful athlete. He has a glaring weaknes defensively when he gets caught in on ball switches. He does not know what to do or he has never been shown what to do. Cotton, Melo, Casper just expose him"

Arguably, Cotton and Casper would expose most, if not all, bigs in the league.

Ashley's problem is that he's struggled to find the middle ground between no foul and no defence. If he can learn to play defence without fouling, which has usually been him contesting unnecessarily or reaching stupidly, he is a good player in this league.

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Anonymous  
Last month

There are physios, S&C guy and a team manager and I am sure many other hanger ons. Someone should have stopped it. Hell what was the Coach and AC doing? Were they upgraded and missed it all?

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