NBL: Perth Wildcats’ Greg Hire urges respect for Melbourne United’s Casey Prather in Perth Arena clash

Casey Prather battles with Thunders' Russell Westbrook in the NBA pre-season clash. Picture: Getty Images
Casey Prather battles with Thunders' Russell Westbrook in the NBA pre-season clash. Picture: Getty Images

IT has been extremely important for us to start the season on a winning note to make the most of our fantastic home-court advantage.

And with two wins from two games at Perth Arena, it’s so far so good.

I remember our home court was a fortress when I first entered the league. It was rare for an opposing team to leave with a win. I hope this season we can get back to that status.

There’s no denying our fans make the atmosphere intimidating for our rivals.

I hope everyone who attends our games relishes the opportunity to make it as difficult as possible for the visitors.

We face our first double header of the NBL season against two formidable opponents in Melbourne United at home on Friday and the Cairns Taipans away on Sunday.

We need our fans at their passionate best when we face the super-talented Melbourne at Perth Arena.

United has potent individuals at every position. They have had two great wins against Adelaideand were nearly able to knock off the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, which would have been incredible.

We also see the return of Casey Prather, who I had the pleasure to call a teammate the past two seasons before he joined Melbourne this year.

He wore his heart on his sleeve during his time with us so I hope he receives the respect he deserves.

What he achieved with the club with two championships and two MVPs was something special.

We will always remember those moments.

Come Friday night, I look forward to matching up with him yet again, but on different sides of the court.

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