Perthworld
Earlier this year

Jesse Wagstaff named Wildcats captain

Thought he should retire, now he has been appointed captain. Thoughts?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Will captain the worst Wildcats side in years to a bottom 2 finish.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Norto

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Thoughts? None.

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D2.0  
Earlier this year

Hardly surprising.

I guess the bigger question is who could be the long-term replacement?

They've named Snort'n Norton as VC, so perhaps that's an indication?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Who are the other club captains?

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

There was no other option really, so good to see him get a year as the leader before he likely hangs up the boots. I'd say if they can get Kay back then he'd be in line for future long term captain, otherwise Norton I guess.

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LoveBroker  
Earlier this year

Wagstaff is the most logical choice given his tenure with the club, the only thing against his selection would have been he is close to retiring (I don't know his contract situation).

Rather than choose a player for 1-2 seasons, they could have chosen someone younger but there is such a big gap between Wagstaff and anyone else.

Congratulations to Wagstaff.

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Final year of Wagstaff's contract only Cotton & Blanchfield are under contract for next season, excluding DP's.

When are Perth going to complete their roster, still one spot to go?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Kickett is captain of the kings I've heard. Creek Phoenix,

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Its a way better idea to have an old head captain a club than to put the pressure on someone that isn't up to it. Even if its only for a year, they can identify potential leaders this season and look to promote them next season.
Its a matter of finding a player that has basically conceded his career will be in the NBL and not liable to head somewhere else year to year.
TBH, don't know how much of a leader Cotton is, but would have thought he would been a contender.

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Camel 31  
Earlier this year

'Well, you can flop like I tell you to, or you don't flop at all.'Capitain Wagstaff

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D2.0  
Earlier this year

Cotton's relatively quiet and soft-spoken.
From the little I have seen, he seems very genuine,and a team guy, but not a natural leader.

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LV  
Earlier this year

It had to be Norton or Wagstaff, there were no other genuine options.

Interesting how the "Captain" is basketball is barely spoken about, but in footy it's a big deal. Maybe cos the coach is seen to have more control in basketball, closer to the players during the game, calls time outs regularly, whereas in footy there's a greater perceived need for in game leadership.

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

Cotton doesn't need the extra pressure of captaincy, I'm sure he could do it, the way he plays oozes leadership, but why chuck the extra responsibility on his shoulders when he already has enough especially this season without as much offensive help.

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Cram  
Earlier this year

Yeah the captain role in hoops really isnt nearly as big of a deal as it is in other sports.

Cricket is where Captain obviously means the most. Rugby its big as well as they're the one the ref will talk to about discipline etc (supposed to be the same in association football too, but clearly that doesn't work). Aussie Rules you're leading 22 players out on to the field and trying to lead them off the field as well.

In basketball theres just not that same clear role for a captain. As said above, the coach is able to provide a lot more input and its also a much smaller group.

I think there's also a cultural difference from North American sports where it isnt a big role. The only one of the major leagues where I ever see anyone talking about captains is in Hockey.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Captains set the standard in basketball, on and off the floor. Coaches do have closer say in basketball but captain still very important.

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Cram  
Earlier this year

Are they though? I wouldnt be able to tell you one NBA captain. I mean I could guess at who it might be or should be, but I don't KNOW any. I'd wager a lot don't even have one and rely on informal team "leaders" rather than an appointed one.

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

Yeah captain means more in Australian basketball and other sports, but in the NBA it's the "Star" who's the leader and the vets in the locker room to the most extent. Captain's aren't really a thing in the US.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Probably wrong, but isn't the captain the only player that can officially approach the refs to explain something on the court? Of course it gets done by a lot of other players, but refs can basically tell them to get lost, whereas as captain they can talk to them civilly in most cases about things. That's about the only real power I believe the captain has apart from leadership amongst the team.

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Cram  
Earlier this year

Senator, yeah thats it. The team's star player tends to be the default leader and then other veterans naturally assume a leadership position, but nothing formal.

Anon 477 yeah even that "power" is I think only on a league by league basis. I've played in plenty of rec leagues that have had rules like this but others that don't. Its clear no such rule exists in the NBA.

Clearly NBL teams having a captain is more of a result of the Australian sporting culture rather than the culture of the game itself and it probably varies from team to team. The Wildcats seem to be one of the teams that really promotes that and that has clearly worked for them so thats great. I think Wagstaff is a good choice.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

A captain in basketball is more of a an off court culture setting role. Within the wildcats this is obviously an important position given their strong historical culture. On court captains tend to lead by example.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Maybe Kevvy White could have done it, had the experience at sixers!!!!!!!!!!

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Camel 31  
Earlier this year

One time ago, I played. Numbers were 4 to 15 and Captain wore number 4 and could speak to the refs about a decision.
While Boti Nagy reckoned the Captain had to start

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Slow news day today guys?

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Who are the other club captains?

Apparently DJ has been appointed Sixers captain. It's amazing in a bad way.

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proud  
Earlier this year

In Grid Iron, it's almost always the quarter back that is the default captain from what I've seen.

As for this selection, wasn't Norton captain at Townsville at 23 years of age and yet years later, he hasn't got the experience yet?

As for a basketball captain, I feel like Vlahov was that leader that would do something to turn the momentum in a game, yes not an official role but the captain's play feels like something that they should be responsible for.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Vlahov is a great example of the play you need by a captain. Meanwhile DJ is the total opposite of that.

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

DJ has been great in Sixers opening games.

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