Perth Wildcats’ Greg Hire expects Bryce Cotton to contribute “immensley”

US import Bryce Cotton drives to the basket for the Perth Wildcats against the Sydney Kings in Sydney last week. Picture: Getty Images
US import Bryce Cotton drives to the basket for the Perth Wildcats against the Sydney Kings in Sydney last week. Picture: Getty Images

WHAT a difference a couple of weeks make.

Heading into the Christmas break, there were a lot of questions about the direction of the club. Internally, while tough decisions were being made, our team never wavered in supporting each other and driving towards success.

The result against the Adelaide 36ers didn’t go our way in round 12, but there were positive signs.

The win against the Illawarra Hawks in the next round was one of the more satisfying in my career.

There is no doubt our backs were against the wall, we were down a player, we hadn’t got too many away wins and we were playing against an in-form and talented Hawks outfit.

The focus and intent was there from the get-go, each individual had an impact.

At the conclusion of the game, there was a fair amount of emotion; we had been through a lot as a group and to walk away with a win, I believe, contributed to the results that followed.

Since that victory, we’ve had the addition of Bryce Cotton and anyone who has watched our games will know he is going to contribute immensely. His poise and ability to create for others as well as scoring himself will help us go a long way.

We’ve also seen our captain and leader Damian Martin re-enter the fold from injury.

His relentlessness on the defensive end and control in the offensive end will be a huge advantage. What his leadership does for our team cannot be understated.

To come back from this recent road trip 2-0 and full of confidence creates a great vibe amongst the group.

Against Brisbane, I saw a side of us that I haven’t really seen all year; the belief that we could win no matter the margin.

That mindset can be powerful.