NBL: Perth Wildcats season’s challenge galvanises group

Nick Kay under defensive pressure against Melbourne United on February 17. Picture: Getty Images
Nick Kay under defensive pressure against Melbourne United on February 17. Picture: Getty Images

THIS past weekend has seen the completion of the regular season and while it’s an incredible achievement to finish on top, that is definitely not our end goal.

We have secured home- court advantage throughout the playoffs which can be extremely beneficial but we still have a long way to go.

It’s been a strange old season with a hot start, quite a slump in the middle patch and then stringing some wins together to finish off the year.

Those challenges throughout the season will hold us in good stead – it galvanises the group.

The FIBA break comes at a great time for the group. There are a few banged up bodies, myself included, and hopefully we see the return of Mitch Norton.

Congratulations to Nick Kay and Bryce Cotton on selection into the All-NBL First Team, which was well deserved, while it was unfortunate that Bryce wasn’t rewarded with the MVP honours for the season. As I said to him, a Grand Final MVP and championship sounds that much better.

While the season has been fun, this is when you really start to get to enjoy it; those hours in the off-season working on your craft are for these moments.