Mystro
Last month

Breakers new import?

australiabasket.com are reporting that ex Brooklyn Net Norvel Pelle has signed at the Breakers.
The 28yo Lebanese/American Forward is 6.10" and 105kg.

Interesting if NZ have decided to part ways with Iverson and bring in someone more athletic.

I haven't seen any official news or anything else outside of australiabasket.com yet so could be incorrect.

Guess we'll wait & see.

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KET  
Last month

Remember when people (included many a Wildcats fan around the time Cotton opted out) said the NBL would have weak talent this year?

Next minute we see Landale, Broekhoff and new 36ers import, potentially new NZ import....

Cannot be said that teams aren't putting $$$ in

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Anonymous  
Last month

That would change the team for the better significantly.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Is he an import though having a Lebanese passport. Asian player local?

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Mystro  
Last month

looking at his highlights they are all blocks at the rim.
looks like Shaun Long size wise and athletically but a stud defender rather than scorer.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Webster
Webster
Patterson
Delaney
Pelle

Weeks
Bach/murray
Abercrombie/davidson
Trist/Galloway
Loe

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Anonymous  
Last month

He literally has no basketball IQ. Dumber then McGee . Can block shots but he will be out of position most of the time

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Anonymous  
Last month

Pelle much better nbl fit.
Trist was a bad signing, they couldn't get Fotu but I would have given more time to both Galloway, a dp and had Samuel as another dp.

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Mystro  
Last month

He was only waived by the Nets yesterday I believe.

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Anonymous  
Last month

He's a local, Asian passport.

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Bolt  
Last month

This season has turned into a dick off between blokes with too much money.

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Mystro  
Last month

Disagree Bolt, teams are loaded with talent but Covid is probably supplying us some bargain signings.
This is unconfirmed and simply rumor at this stage.

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Senator11  
Last month

He only just got waived by the Nets, could be boom or bust, he has all the makings of getting into serious foul trouble by the NBL refs.

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Anonymous  
Last month

" he has all the makings of getting into serious foul trouble by the NBL refs"

No different to Iverson so no change there.

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Anonymous  
Last month

People saying it's all bs

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Anonymous  
Last month

Norvel Pelle was waived less than 24hrs ago. Seems like a pretty quick turnaround to already sign the guy?

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Anonymous  
Last month

Pelle has previously been linked to NBL clubs.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Makes sense if Breakers signed a player like this. Iverson has been missing 2-3 bunnies a game and also turning over catchable passes 2-3 times a game. The way Shamir's systems run on the middle on all you need a big who can catch and if finish. Although Ashley would’ve been the right one to bring back from the get go.

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Anonymous  
Last month

If his strength was rim protection, then if there is 1 NBA team that would need his services that would be the Nets!?

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Zodiac  
Last month

Players aren't usually waived by an NBA team and then signed by another team outside the NBA within 24 hours, doesn't even happen within the NBA itself.

Sounds more like a deliberate fake leak by the Breakers to try and fire up Iverson, i.e. if you don't pick it up soon we'll cut you.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Yeah surprised the Nets let him go. Saw him play some minutes in a game for them last week I think and he looked OK

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Anonymous  
Last month

Breakers should have re-signed Brandon Ashley from the beginning. Several of their signings this season have been very questionable. They really didn't need to make many changes from last season, that team was as good as anyone in the second half of the season.

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Bigdog  
Last month

I've never seen him play but can't be worse than iverson.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"Players aren't usually waived by an NBA team and then signed by another team outside the NBA within 24 hours, doesn't even happen within the NBA itself."

It's almost like there is some link from the Nets organisation to New Zealand? ;-)

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Anonymous  
Last month

So no one knows. How unsurprising.

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Anon  
Last month

Interesting if this guy comes under Asia now that Loe has returned home

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Anonymous  
Last month

Best thing that could happen would be getting pelle and salt over iverson and Loe.

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Mystro  
Last month

Lebanon are part of Fiba Asia

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Anonymous  
Last month

Yes clearly part of Asia, he should not be an import.

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Bigdog  
Last month

Salt over Loe. Best thing.

Yeah nah

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Anon  
Last month

Looks like he'll need to be an import. China, Philippines, Taiwan, India, South Korea, Singapore and Japan are the countries eligible under the Asian player rule

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Anonymous  
Last month

Wasn't ater majok a local?

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Perthworld  
Last month

It's good to see organisations like NZB plus SEM and ADL be proactive about their issues, unlike a certain other club.

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Mystro  
Last month

Majok had both Australian and Lebanese passports

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Mystro  
Last month

With Loe departing Australia to be with his family surely NZ will just be looking at local options due to quarantine or will they just run with what they have and suck it up.

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Dr Dre  
Last month

Could Mika Vukona be an option...??? Currently based on the GC...???

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Mystro  
Last month

prefer someone under 50

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Anonymous  
Last month

Vukona. Lol. Why don't yas get Pero as well.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Vukona would actually keep the Webster in line and make sure they're passing the ball. He'd get on Patterson's arse too and make sure he lost some weight. Would be a smart signing, even if he didn't play much.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Only just under 50, what about Dave Andersen.

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Zodiac  
Last month

He'd get on Patterson's arse too and make sure he lost some weight.


Like he did the past couple of seasons when they teammates at the Bullets?

Vukona was a useful role player in the day but those days are long gone he clearly played on a year too long last season when he was a statue, possibly even a couple of seasons too long, the guy is absolutely done.

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Anonymous  
Last month

The pledgehammer

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Anonymous  
Last month

Olgun Uluc said on his podcast the breakers also explored bringing in Brandon Paul to replace Lamar Patterson. So they could be considering a switch of both imports

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Anonymous  
Last month

"Like he did the past couple of seasons when they teammates at the Bullets?"

Exactly. See how Patterson's condition and game improved over the course of each season there. In contrast, there hasn't been much progress during his time with NZ so far.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Yes, the only possible explanation is that Mika was the one who made Patterson get in shape...

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Anonymous  
Last month

No. But if you know Mika, and have seen him operate in a team environment, you would know he holds his teammates to high standards.

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Zodiac  
Last month

And he rocked up out of shape BOTH seasons and then played his way into shape during the season as he likely will do with NZB.

Please, Patterson would laugh in Vukona's face.

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Anonymous  
Last month

No one laughs in Vukona's face. I have seen how he leads teams, he is as firm a leader and as respected a leader as I have seen.

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Zodiac  
Last month

Stop it I realise you're trying to prolong your client's career but he's completely and utterly irrelevant now to the point the Bullets weren't even interested in signing him again.

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Tjamu  
Last month


Anonymous
Earlier this week

He literally has no basketball IQ. Dumber then McGee . Can block shots but he will be out of position most of the time

McGee isnt even dumb. Someone just sorta said he was and it got traction. Much like the rumours of Westbrook being a locker room cancer or Jimmy Butler being an asshole.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"Stop it I realise you're trying to prolong your client's career."

I don't have clients, I'm not a lawyer, or social worker, or agent, or any other profession that has clients. You had obviously not thought of the importance of off-court leadership and standard setting in sporting environments, and certainly don't know the impact Vukona has had in that area across his career. The Breakers need that sort of leadership at the moment.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Vukona is a bit past it.
Had a hell of a career though.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Vukona is probably a bit past it, no one laughs in his face though, I assure you.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Fake new.....Pelle going to the G league

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Bigdog  
Last month

I would prefer Vukona over trist.

Vukona = Mana.

And despite what zodiac says, locker room presence is exactly what the breakers need.

But they also need a decent big.

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robt  
Last month

Don't know Vukona well enough to comment on his leadership. I have seen that he is past his playing days.

Couldn't the above disagreement be settled by hiring him but not on the roster. Director on Morale & Focus, perhaps. They did it for their HC (sorry, for their Director of Coaching/Basketball?)!

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Anonymous  
Last month

"Couldn't the above disagreement be settled by hiring him but not on the roster. Director on Morale & Focus, perhaps. They did it for their HC (sorry, for their Director of Coaching/Basketball?)!"

Good idea.

He's still probably a useful training body too.

Even if it's not Pelle, Breakers must be eyeing someone seriously for the past week or so given the situation for Loe.

I feel sorry for Loe. Him and his partner just had their first child around the time the Breakers shifted to Australia. Auckland has since had a short lockdown and this isn't an easy time for anyone.

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Kevin Booth  
Last month

Canton Charge bound!

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sharod  
Last month

How about Michael Karena replacing Loe? He is not that athletics but with size and know how to use his body for defense and offense as seen from the NZ NBL.

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