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Breakers fuelled basketball’s boom in NZ

A lot has happened in New Zealand basketball since the Tall Blacks shocked the world in Indianapolis in 2002. Someone who has been there every step of the way is commentator Andrew Mulligan, formerly of Dunedin. He tells Jeff Cheshire, as our series continues, how the country’s top professional team has helped the sport boom.

Progress did not come immediately. The Tall Blacks went from no-names to recognisable figures in 2002, and Rebel Sport sold out of basketballs.

But the real basketball boom was a decade away.

Professional hoops had arrived in the form of the New Zealand Breakers a year after the Miracle of Indy.

They began capturing the public’s consciousness 10 years later, as they embarked on a run of four Australian NBL titles in five years from 2011.

It was about the same time that the NBA became regularly accessible on social media and television.

Likewise, Kiwi…

Read more at www.odt.co.nz

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