13/04/2024
Tom Abercrombie will officially retire at the end of the Breakers' finals run. (Photo: NBL)

Tom Abercrombie will officially retire at the end of the Breakers' finals run. (Photo: NBL)

Tom Abercrombie has left an incredible legacy on New Zealand basketball and the Breakers’ franchise and is hoping to conclude his stellar career with one more special achievement.

Tom Abercrombie has left an incredible legacy on New Zealand basketball and the Breakers’ franchise and is now hoping to conclude his stellar career with one more special achievement.

The New Zealand Breakers’ captain recently announced that this NBL season, his 16th, would be his last.

However, 36-year-old isn’t finished yet and will be looking to lead to the promised land and add a fifth championship ring to the collection before hanging up the jersey.

427 games. Four championships. Grand Final MVP. All-NBL First Team honours.

There’s nothing that the NBL legend hasn’t done, he leads the franchise in games, points, blocks and steals.

Abercrombie said his side would rise to the occasion for the play-in qualifier against Sydney Kings next week following an up and down season.

“It’s not about me now it’s about us … we feel like we’ve got a very good idea of who we are and what we look like when we’re at our best,” he said.

“We back ourselves to go and do it the hard way, just as we have all year.”

Abercrombie said it was hard to compare against successful teams of the past but felt the current side was “very much a championship contender”.

“It’s a while ago since the Breakers have won a championship … this is a different era now, we’re a very different team,” he said.

“I think there’s always qualities that are part of championship teams and I’d like to think we possess some of those.”

While the Breakers go into the clash as underdogs, Abercrombie felt the side would be ready for the challenge and saw it more as an opportunity. He also emphasised the importance of not getting too caught up in the emotion of finishing his career.

“We’re not thinking about going and winning however many games it’s just one game,” he said.

“Win or go home … a one-off game with nothing to lose and that’s what we’re focused on.”

The game could be Abercrombie’s last dance and regardless of the outcome. His legacy as one of the greatest NBL players of all-time will remain.

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