NBL: Perth Wildcats’ Greg Hire praises MVP Bryce Cotton

NBL MVP Bryce Cotton will be important against the 36ers. Picture: Getty Images
NBL MVP Bryce Cotton will be important against the 36ers. Picture: Getty Images

WHILE the week off before the playoffs has had advantages in terms of recovery, I’m getting quite antsy to match up against Adelaide this Saturday.

Never before have we had to wait two weeks to begin a finals series. I can honestly say I’m bursting at the seams.

The training has been intense as we study our offensive and defensive schemes in the hope of winning game 1 away from home.

We have tremendous respect for the 36ers. They contest every possession and are difficult to stop if they get a roll on, particularly with a loud home crowd behind them.

The play-offs are a different ball game; there are no second chances and it goes to another level. One possession can decide how the season finishes.

With the end of the regular season came the announcement of the NBL awards on Tuesday night.

I need to mention the efforts of Damian Martin, JP Tokoto and Bryce Cotton.

JP earned a spot in the All-NBL Second Team and Damo was named Defensive Player of the Year for a record sixth time, an incredible feat.

Bryce Cotton was awarded the MVP as well as All-NBL First Team.

He’s incredibly humble and I couldn’t think of a more deserving winner.