NBL: preparation the key to Perth Wildcats becoming road warriors

WITH so much time being spent travelling and with gruelling NBL schedules, I thought I would use this week⿿s column to delve into the life of a Perth Wildcat on the road.

We’ve been pretty successful with our road schedule thus far and I think there are some contributing factors to this.

One component that comes into play is our conditioning in the off-season and pre-season, which has been of major benefit to us.

There have been a couple occasions this season in which we have come from behind and stolen a win in the fourth quarter.

That is because we believe in our system and believe in each other.

The extra fitness certainly helps.

Second is the unity of the group; with not one personality alike, there is a great feeling among the team.

Many of us have been together for quite some time but the new signees have slotted in seamlessly.

There is great banter among the lads; everyone has their own unique trait.

Some enjoy playing practical jokes and others like to get to every meeting 45 minutes early.

Finally, professionalism plays a key part in success on the road.

Of course, it should go without saying that we act in a professional manner, but members of the group often exceed expectations for the betterment of the team.

We spend countless hours watching film, analysing our match-ups for the next game and reviewing previous contests.

There is great communication between coaches and players and teammates with each other.

We are certainly ticking the right boxes for victories on the road.