These are just a couple of words that could describe our NBL season.
For me, the one word that describes my outlook on the year is injury.
It was one of the more frustrating seasons I’ve had to endure.
For the first time, I dealt with a major injury, which was definitely a challenge.
It’s always a weird feeling upon the completion of a season, particularly this year, coming off a championship in 2014.
The end to this season was a complete reversal of our finish to 2013-14.
We struggled with injuries throughout the year.
We lost Earnest Ross with a season-ending Achilles injury and we lost Matty Knight at a critical point, too.
Our victorious semi-final opponent Cairns fielded the same starting five for the entire season.
We didn’t have that luxury, but it is definitely not an excuse for our early exit.
We simply didn’t reach our goal.
However, I am extremely proud of the way the group responded to some of the challenges we faced.
With a couple of guys injured against the talented Taipans, we could’ve thrown in the towel.
But the team responded to play with plenty of pride and determination in both semi-final games, which Cairns won 71-64 in Queensland and 80-68 here in WA.
At one period during the clash at Perth Arena on Sunday, I had never heard the crowd so electric.
It definitely gave me goosebumps.
This will be a critical off-season for me; I won’t be enjoying too much time off.
It will be important for me to rehabilitate this body of mine and have it in optimal condition for next season.
I need to have an impact on the squad and the best way to do that is to ensure I can step onto the court.
Look for a fitter and better Greg Hire next year!