Perth Wildcats: Greg Hire reflects on third NBL championship

Greg Hire looks to get first hands on the ball in game 3 of the grand final against Illawarra. Picture: Getty Images
Greg Hire looks to get first hands on the ball in game 3 of the grand final against Illawarra. Picture: Getty Images

WHAT an ending to such an interesting season.

I don’t think it could’ve been scripted any better for a number of reasons.

While winning a championship is one of the more fulfilling experiences imaginable, circumstances this year made it even more special.

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For Shawn Redhage to exit the NBL on that note is truly remarkable. He was put in the starting line-up due to the injury to Matty Knight and what a moment for Shawn to step up.

I’ve mentioned it before, but he will be missed around the club; his leadership and professionalism is second to none.

Bryce Cotton’s grand final performance I will regard as the greatest performance of which I’ve ever been a part.

Scoring 45 points on 17 shots is truly remarkable; they threw a number of strategies at him and he countered each time, hitting big shot after big shot. Unfortunately, I think that is the last we will see of him in the league.

Each player has had moments this season where they have made an impact in a game to help drive us to the title.

The word adversity is thrown around with recklessness at times, but in a sporting context, we certainly experienced it. From roster changes to injuries, the belief in the group was the strongest it’s ever been.

We always had belief in our roles and knew that if we got healthy we could play our best basketball towards the back end of the season.