Auckland Pirates Drop Anchor
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The Auckland Pirates team was unveiled today as the newest franchise to join the National Basketball League. The team brings with it a host of high profile local and international talent and a steadfast ambition to shake up the competition.
The new side boasts much more than a new moniker and logo. Top tier coach Kenny Stone takes the helm, a new board and management structure is in place and international players as well as Tall Blacks form a formidable team.
National Basketball League Chairman, Sam Rossiter-Stead says the Auckland Pirates side joining the 2011 competition shows great determination and commitment.
“The Bartercard NBL Board is delighted to welcome the Auckland Pirates into this year’s competition. Putting together a new franchise from scratch in these tough times is an extremely difficult task and we have been impressed with the dedication shown by all of those driving this project forward.
“The reward for all of their hard work over the last 12 months is a unique opportunity to showcase their talents on Sky Television on Wednesday evenings and we look forward to watching the league tip-off on 13th April when the Pirates take on the Oceana Gold Nuggets from Otago.”
Kenny Stone, Auckland Pirates Coach, is excited about leading the team into a new era of Auckland NBL basketball.
“We have put together a good mix of players who are working hard in the preseason and will be very competitive when we tip the season on in April. I’m confident our fans will enjoy the style of basketball we will play and we are all looking forward to their strong support during the season.”
Auckland Pirates GM John McGregor says the side is keen to get back on court with a top line up on and off court.
“We’re ready for a big season. We’ve got the passion, players and commitment to go all the way.
“Basketball continues to experience a huge surge in popularity and participation. The guys can’t wait to give Auckland basketball fans some incredible on court action this year.”
Based at ASB Stadium, the Auckland Pirates will take on the eight other regional teams in the NBL, culminating in the finals in July.