New Zealand Rumors
The New Zealand Breakers aren’t making contingency plans for a Corey Webster dash to the NBA because as of right now there’s no need to. Breakers coach Dean Vickerman has labelled reports their star Tall Blacks shooting guard is on the verge of heading for an NBA tryout a “beatup”.
Vickerman said when Webster signed his new deal with the Breakers he was asked to keep the club in the loop on any interest from the NBA, and so far there had been nothing concrete to report. “He called me the other day and said he’d seen something on the net about him going for NBA tryouts. He said he had no information on that and that there was nothing solid lined up.”
His “team” reference referred to his management group, rather than the Thunder who reiterated that they are behind their player whatever he chooses around his international availability. Adams said “a ton” of factors had contributed to his decision, including injuries and the looming end to his rookie contract (and expected massive salary hike). He is about to enter the first of two years of team options before he becomes a free agent.
Australia have drawn first blood in a physical opener to the FIBA Oceania Championship, weathering a Corey Webster storm to prevail 71-59 in front of a 16,000 strong crowd at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Saturday. A Matthew Dellavedova (15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) burst in the second term put the Boomers in front for good, while the late play of Patty Mills (17 points, 4 assists) and David Andersen (17 points) helped the hosts secure an important 12-point edge.