NBL: Perth Wildcats’ Greg Hire says team “embarrassed” by recent performances

Perth is looking to climb out of a rutt. Picture: Getty Images
Perth is looking to climb out of a rutt. Picture: Getty Images

ON most occasions when I write this column, it’s quite easy to come up with positives irrespective of the result of the game.

Unfortunately, this past week there weren’t many positives. We were humiliated and embarrassed by the performances we put up against Sydney.

The beautiful thing is we have an opportunity to rectify our mistakes, beginning with New Zealand at Perth Arena on Saturday.

To have 700 fans attend an open training session this week was truly special.

It speaks volumes of the loyalty of our fan base.

On another basketball matter, I have made the tough decision to join the Rockingham Flames in the upcoming SBL season.

It’s quite obvious I’ve been a proud player and supporter of the Joondalup Wolves for quite some time.

Having captained the Wolves championship side in 2011, it was an extremely hard call to switch sides.

In 2011, we wanted to establish a culture that could compete for championships.

That is what I will try and emulate at the Flames.

I will look to mentor our exciting emerging talent while using the game time as a springboard into the next NBL season.

I needed an environment where I would have opportunities to take control of the team.

Not only was this a tough decision for myself, but also for my wife, who won a championship with the Wolves.

The Wolfpack has one of the more loyal fan bases going around.

I’m sure it will be quite an unusual experience lining up against them for the first time.

The Wolves placed priority on signing two quality imports and opted not to rely on a player who, due to NBL commitments, may not be available every week.

I hold no ill feelings towards the club and wish them nothing but the best.