New Zealand Rumors

A former NBA star and the co-owner of English Premier League club Swansea City are part of the new ownership group of the New Zealand Breakers, announced today. Long time club owners and directors Paul and Liz Blackwell today announced that a newly formed company, Breakers Basketball Ltd, will take control of the club from March 1, on the eve of the club’s eight appearance in 11 years in the NBL semifinals. The consortium is headed by former NBA player Matt Walsh, along with business partners Adam Goodman, Romie Chaudhari and NBA All-Star Shawn Marion.
Henare was hopeful the Rotorua native would be available for New Zealand at next month’s Asia Cup in Lebanon where the Tall Blacks will make their debut in the new look FIBA Asia zone. However, Henare opted to go with youth for the tournament, deciding not to select any American based player for the tournament and go with young talent playing in New Zealand. As Adams was not selected, the seven-footer’s next chance to don the black singlet for the first time will have to wait until next year’s June-July international window. “I sat down with him (Steven) a few weeks back and he had a look at the program over the next few years,” Henare told Newshub.
Meanwhile, Adams is currently in the Philippines to help promote the NBA 3v3 tournament this weekend and told Philippines website the Rappler that the time has to be right to represent his country. “Yeah, definitely. When the time is right, I may be suiting up,” he told reporters in Manila on Tuesday “We’re just talking about when’s a good time because they understand my commitments with the NBA. Obviously, that comes first.”