01/03/2024
Dejan Vasiljevic (left) now playing at Adelaide, is eager to link up with Antonius Cleveland in NBL25. Picture: Adelaide 36ers Media

Dejan Vasiljevic (left) now playing at Adelaide, is eager to link up with Antonius Cleveland in NBL25. Picture: Adelaide 36ers Media

Adelaide 36ers guard Dejan Vasiljevic has urged the club to bring last season’s MVP Antonius Cleveland back and re-sign interim coach Scott Ninnis.

After the 36ers’ season was ended with a thumping loss in Brisbane to the Bullets, questions quickly turned to what NBL25 could bring for Adelaide.

ESPN’s Olgun Uluc reported the 36ers had met with legendary coach and current Boomers mentor Brian Goorjian, but Vasiljevic is eager on seeing Ninnis remain in the chair.

“Yes, Scott deserves it,” he said.

“You see where we were at the FIBA break when CJ (Bruton) was fired, he had two days to prepare for Cairns.

“We gave up a lot of points, we competed well against (Melbourne) United, beat Brisbane, lost two games, then the new year rolled over.

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“We beat United, we beat Sydney, had a close one against Cairns, each week we got better and better.

“We were started to get respected, it wasn’t being last, it was could Adelaide make the six?

“Scotty deserves it, and I would be pissed if he isn’t the coach for two years and onwards.”

Vasiljevic recently signed a lengthy extension to stay in Adelaide, and he’s made his feelings clear about keeping two more stars – Trey Kell III and Isaac Humphries.

“I’d start a gofundme to keep the both of them (Humprhies and Kell III),” he said.

“As Scotty said, you need to keep that core group together. If we could lock away Trey and Isaac, you’ve got myself, and the coaching staff.

“Scotty deserves more than one year, I think it takes at least two years to build an established organisation to move forward.

“You build; we have Jason Cadee coming back, Nick Marshall, I’d like to keep KG (Kyrin Galloway).”

The former Sydney King also dropped another name very familiar to the 36ers fans.

“I’m putting it out there, Cleveland, I want him back too,” he said.

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