Damo 75
Last month

Mennenga released

Taipans have released Sam Mennenga. Assuming he'll be at the Breakers next season.

Definitely a loss for Cairns.

https://www.taipans.com/news/taipans-release-sam-mennenga

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Dunkman  
Last month

He was a massive body that liked shooting the three ball, his inside work wasn't great. Forde rebuilding.

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AngusH  
Last month

Do the Breakers still sign NZ nationals?

Mennenga showed some flashes, I'm a bit surprised Cairns dropped him, I wonder if there's more to it.

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JMS  
Last month

Those big guys that only want to shoot the 3 ball must be frustrating for the coach and the playmakers unless they are exceptional. Daniel Kickert was one of those, very good shooter but just didn't offer enough inside to build a team around. Jonah Bolden seems similar, I wonder what happens in junior ball with these guys to stop working on their inside game?

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Dunkman  
Last month

Kickett is a good example, played for a few quality teams, I don't believe any won championships. Big men got grab rebounds and have inside presence.

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BigD  
Last month

There's a few reasons why junior bigs are reluctant to go inside.

First, there’s not many junior coaches at all that know how to actually teach bigs how to play inside. Then you have the issue that coaches don’t actually push their teams to throw the ball inside to the bigs (because they’re not confident in them, which stems from not knowing how to teach them), so as they never get the ball inside they get frustrated, and either quit or start playing on the outside where they can get the ball. Then you have the issue that nearly all programs (and state bodies) don’t give any opportunities to actually post up inside at all. Victoria’s state system is a great example of this, where their bigs jobs is just to give handoffs or high post catches to give it back to the guards in the gets and delay stuff they run. So why and how would a big work on an inside game if they don’t get the opportunity to.

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Mystro  
Last month

He has signed with NZ on a 2x year deal

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koberulz  
Last month

Has free agency started?

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AngusH  
Last month

Really strange

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Anonymightymouse  
Last month

Good signing for NZ. Solid player.

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Twinkletoes  
Last month

I'm a bit surprised Cairns dropped him


According to the press release, Mennenga asked to be released to go back home to NZ. It would seem the Taipans were happy to agree with this. They already have Waardenburg and Gak on the books for next season and presumably will be looking for an import big as well, so I don't think this is a huge loss. I also think Mennenga was frustrated with the court time he got and that was probably not going to change next season.

As for him liking to shoot the 3, he was encouraged by the players and coaching staff to shoot the 3 more often. When that came off he was good however I agree with Dunkman that his inside play wasn't always the best.

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Q Anon  
Last month

@koberulz free agency never stops

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Dorito  
Last month

A friend who has who has worked with Forde, say's he's not everyone's cup of tea, can be hard to work with, some would say he's a 'bully', and not all players will like his approach, not sure what Mennenga's relationship with him was like, but obviously McCall and Miller's relationship with him had seemingly deteriorated? Maybe Mennenga's falls into the category of not liking Fordes approach?

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Twinkletoes  
Last month

Interesting to see the Breakers bought out the 2nd year of Mennenga's Taipans contract which obviously was appealing to the Taipans. Mennenga is only 22 so has plenty of upside. Perhaps he will go better under Maor.

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Dunkman  
Last month

Interesting, it'll be interesting to see how he goes under Maor, I’m certainly not convinced. So breakers have Pineau and Mennenga in the fives, total opposite type players. Pineau didn’t get lot time under Maor, maybe they are looking to release him.

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Basket 91  
Last month

Mennenga is a good signing for the breakers.

Cairns definitely had too much depth this season and it is a balancing act with young players and promising minutes.

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Mystro  
Last month

Pineau would be a good mentor for Sam.

Great signing, was gutted Wardenburg & Mennenga went to Cairns so it's great to get one in a Breakers uniform.

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PyroCross  
Last month

It appeared as though Mennenga was caught in the Cairns frontcourt depth, which included an import who showed his wares but got less playing time than Mennenga.

Sam also fills a critical gap for NZ that they missed last season by undercutting Rob Loe's salary - shooting from the perimeter. I suspect Pineau will stay on the team as the 11th man who has proven to be helpful in spot minutes against certain bigs in the NBL. It would then be a question of what happens to Delany (is he a starter in this NBL?) or Dan Fotu (what is his NBL role?)

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Perthworld  
Last month

Why is Pineau being so underutilised?

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Dunkman  
Last month

Who knows PW, very good blue collar worker. Would be great fit at JJs if Lee doesn't return. Lee would be great at Sixers.

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Kolzee  
Last month

I like the way menninga plays but it's hard to say if it's a good signing without knowing how much cap he's taking up.

But also mody doesn't appear to like perimeter shooting 5's so one of the two has to change

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