Tom Abercrombie in action. (Photo: New Zealand Basketball)

One of the greatest players of New Zealand basketball and a legend of the New Zealand Breakers, Tom Abercrombie, has announced his retirement from basketball after 16 seasons.

Debuting in 2008, Abercrombie is the only player to have played in all six Championship Series appearances for the club and confirmed he will retire from the sport at the conclusion of the current NBL season – his final game may be on Friday night in Auckland.

A Grand Final MVP in 2011, the 36-year-old received  All-NBL First Team honours in 2012 and holds the club record for most appearances (425), points (4434), field goals made (1536) three-pointers (568), free-throws (794), blocks (262) and steals (302).

A future Hall of Famer, the ‘one club man’ is sad to be hanging up the jersey but revealed that playing for the New Zealand Breakers meant everything to him and his family.

“Playing for the Breakers has meant everything to me,” said Abercrombie in a club statement.

“It’s been about representing a family, a country and a lot of people have put their heart and soul into this organisation.”

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Breakers’ head coach, Mody Maor, spoke about Abercrombie’s retirement from basketball after dreading the day that he would hang up the Breakers shirt after being a stalwart of the club.

“The things Tom brings to a team, a club, a locker room and to the floor are exceptional,” says Maor.

“Tom Abercrombie is everything you want an athlete to be, from positional size, to toughness, to athleticism, to shooting to IQ to leadership.  He is literally the best captain I have ever been around.

“We are losing a player who is a connection with the Breakers of today and the legacy of the Breakers past.”

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