NBL: Perth Wildcats losing streak like nothing Greg Hire has experienced

Dexter Kernich-Drew, Jameel McKay and Jaron Johnson during Perth's loss to Adelaide. Picture: Getty Images
Dexter Kernich-Drew, Jameel McKay and Jaron Johnson during Perth's loss to Adelaide. Picture: Getty Images

THE last couple of weeks have been the most challenging in my career.

I can’t remember a time when we have lost three from four games at home and experienced a streak of losses.

We pride ourselves on making the Perth Arena our fortress.

There’s definitely nothing like our home court with 12,000 passionate Red Army fans going berserk at every great play you make.

The one thing I’ve noticed over my career is that, regardless of how you are shooting, the majority of fans just want to see effort.

We’ve lacked a couple of key pieces in Damian Martin and Matty Knight but there is absolutely no chance we can use that as an excuse.

That’s a part of professional sport.

Individuals must take ownership of the opportunity and provide a little extra to the squad.

We aren’t a team of superstars but when we come together we are a superstar team; we have shown that and I believe we can be that.

It won’t be easy against Melbourne United at Perth Arena on Friday.

The recent addition of Casper Ware at Melbourne’s point guard spot has seen them take some big scalps in recent weeks.

You also can’t go past the talent of Chris Goulding and David Anderson.

We know we will have a battle on our hands.

We need to go back to basics, which is feeding off the crowd’s energy and playing our brand of basketball.

It’s time to stop talking, and time to start backing it up on the court.