Anonymous
Last month

Hawks management to spend time with NBA clubs

""We had plenty of international scouts through the doors but now we're talking about GMs of basketball, the decision makers, the guys who are spending the money," Campbell said.

"I've been invited over to the States by multiple clubs in the off-season to learn and, having shown what we can offer these Next Stars, it's about building on these relationships with the NBA.""

Matty Campbell has previously said the club is trying to position itself as being known for developing young talent. Good to see these relationships with the NBA being built and maybe next year we'll see another big name with the Hawks

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old mate  
Last month

Perhaps they need to put a competitive side on the floor first and get some gate money.
Perhaps they need to get bums on seats for the first time in a long time. See point 1.

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Reality  
Last month

Don;t worry about winning just develop NBA second round picks and next stars but in the meantime the product on the floor is horrible.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Of all NBL teams to try and develop the relationships that will put the whole Como in good stead moving forward, it's the Hawks. The terrible 'always on the brink of extinction’ Hawks.

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Anonymous  
Last month

The WEC only fits 4000 people in it. 3000 people on a Monday is a great attendance, have to stop thinking we have a stadium as big as Melb or Perth.
The league needs to give us more Friday and Saturday games, go look at the fixture and tell me how many home Fri/Sat games we have in Wollongong, then compare to the Monday games.

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A.  
Last month

So the Hawks are saying 'we have zero hope of ever winning a championship so lets develop young players for other leagues' Great for Hawks fans, lol.

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WookieE  
Last month

While it would have been great to have had more Fri/Sat games to maximise the LaMelo Factor, historically, the attendance on those nights haven't been overly impressive either... Capacity isn't an issue while they can't average 3500...

Don't get me wrong, I would love to see the Hawks home court become that loud, messy stadium that away teams dread, but it's just not happening... Hopefully they can capitalise on that big win last round...

Great to see them making the most of the NBA connections, building that personal relationship with teams is key, especially if the NBL could be bringing in more draft 'n stash players...

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Anonymous  
Last month

It's a very smart move towards long term sustainable growth for the club. All NBL teams should be looking at doing the same thing. Sydney and the pelicans have a similar plan in place and it is working well and could lead to bigger things next season.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"Sydney and the pelicans have a similar plan in place and it is working well and could lead to bigger things next season."

It sounds like you think Sydney invented this initiative.

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Anonymous  
Last month

^No not at all, that's silly talk.
What I think is every team should be doing this for sustainable growth of the NBL.

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Anonymous  
Last month

^No not at all, that's silly talk.
What I think is every team should be doing this for sustainable growth of the NBL.

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Anonymous  
Last month

You don't actually know what sustainable growth means.

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Anonymous  
Last month

^Well explain to us all then

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Anonymous  
Last month

^( crickets )

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Anonymous  
Last month

The NBL are trying to create the 2nd best basketball league in the world, the fans and teams would like the NBL to grow but some of the fans and some teams don't want it to change.

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Anonymous  
Last month

It's good the hawks are trying to create a sustainable future for the club And it’s fans.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Typical big budget Hawks. Able to send staff over to the NBA on a whim...

Big NBA names like Aaron Brooks... Olympic Stars like Dave Andersen...
Boomers like Todd Blanchfield..
LaMelo Ball for FREE... it's not fair how much the league favours the Hawks.


[See how it sounds from the outside, Hawks fans?]

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Anonymous  
Last month

"[See how it sounds from the outside, Hawks fans?]"

No, you just made yourself sound like a bigger idiot

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Anonymous  
Last month

Any NBL team can do this not just the hawks.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Aaron Brooks,

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A.  
Last month

Aaron Brooks is old and not to mention finished.
Dave Andersen is old and practically finished.
Todd Blanchfield is overrated and shoots more bricks than buckets these days.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Andersen has a real nba player look still,
He's old and getting over the hill but it’s fun to watch him play.

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Homicide's Sauce  
Last month

"The WEC only fits 4000 people in it. 3000 people on a Monday is a great attendance, have to stop thinking we have a stadium as big as Melb or Perth.
The league needs to give us more Friday and Saturday games, go look at the fixture and tell me how many home Fri/Sat games we have in Wollongong, then compare to the Monday games."

So because your fans don't give a shit and can't be bothered rocking up to a Monday night game, you think the league should reward this, by taking away games from bigger venues.

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robt  
Last week


Reality, you wrote, "Don;t worry about winning just develop NBA second round picks and next stars but in the meantime the product on the floor is horrible."

1. If you're really into our game, you'll be ok with that direction. You have the rest of the league to appreciate and you can choose to ignore or criticise the Hawks direction.

2. If you are not into our game (a casual watcher/fan) you'll love the flair and talent that LaMelo and others will regularly be displaying if the Hawks strategy works well. So will every other teams' fans ....no real threat from the Hawks but what a great night of basketb. So the whole of the NBL will benefit.

3. We will get great exposure in the US and, more importantly, the NBA as the Hawks/NBL have already proven. The US doesn't really give a fig for a team called Illawarra Hawks. They want to see "their" kids playing in this Aussie league everyone is raving about.

4. If you're an Illawarra fan, and into our game too, then I agree, you have a right to feel disappointed with your team's direction. Only solution I can offer is to change your team or change your expectations from your current team. Sometimes, neither is easy.

NB. The Hawks are placing themselves very advantageously for their own future, I think. As they currently operate, it seems that they are one of the less financial teams and will remain so for foreseeable future. As the saying goes, if you keep doing the same thing you'll always get the same results. So, Hawks are trying something different. If they are successful at selling their club for the development and maturation of NBA future stars, they have secured their program well into the future. Of course, other teams will join in (if it's successful) but the Hawks will have the jump on the others.

Now, here's my own problem with all the above. Are the Hawks good enough to live up to the offer or are they finding benefit in their great good-fortune in getting LaMelo. He is exceptional in his role. I don't mean as a player, I mean as a "Next Star" player. Gets to play huge minutes, stands high in his team and the league on all positive stats on a losing team, is a high draft prospect and, what a fa(ther)mily? R.J. and DiDi are great too but with their teams' rosters, are not getting the same raps.

Are the Hawks riding LaMelo's success wrongly?

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D2.0  
Last week

Hopefully their time in the USA begins with somebody actually explaining the game of Basketball to them, including the different positions and roles of each.

Then maybe a geography lesson?
"See, these are all the different States in the USA. This is where Imports come from."

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Anonymous  
Last week

"4. If you're an Illawarra fan, and into our game too, then I agree, you have a right to feel disappointed with your team's direction. Only solution I can offer is to change your team or change your expectations from your current team. Sometimes, neither is easy."
Maybe a better owner would also be beneficial.
Your points are valid and passion is there, however the product and poor crowds are shithouse.
Yes you got 3000 ish on a Monday night, that helps with all the other abysmal crowds you get.
Unfortunately the Gong IMO opinion is going down the road of the Crocs. Fan dis interest.

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robt  
Last week

Thanks for your reply Anon.

Townsville situation does look similar! This (Hawks = Development) may be /have been the answer. At least, it's different (doing the same gets same results etc).

PS. I am not a Hawks supporter, if anything, a Bullets fan. Really want to be one (Bullets fan) but ....? Just love the league and want it to succeed. I even see so much good by the much-criticised actions of Sydney Kings & Melb United.


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D2.0  
Last week

"We want to be known as a club for Developing Young Players"

WTF?

So far they have done a shit job with Naar, Grida, Glover, and Poziglou.

They can't claim any credit for Dech or Ball. (Except for giving them the opportunity, which is not the same thing at all.)

So what he's effectively saying is:
"We want to known as the club that can't afford decent players."

Well Congratulations, you're already there.

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