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New Zealand men's national basketball team

The New Zealand men's national basketball team is the senior men's national basketball team of New Zealand. The team is nicknamed the Tall Blacks. The Tall Blacks name is one of many New Zealand national team nicknames related to the All Blacks. Over its history, the team has won three FIBA Oceania Championships, and twice appeared in the Summer Olympic Games. It participated in its first FIBA Asia Cup in 2017, finishing in fourth place.

New Zealand New Zealand
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FIBA ranking24 Increase 14 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1951
FIBA zoneFIBA Asia
National federationBasketball New Zealand
CoachVacant
Nickname(s)Tall Blacks
Olympic Games
Appearances2
MedalsNone
FIBA World Cup
Appearances6
MedalsNone
FIBA Oceania Championship
Appearances22
MedalsGold medal australia.svg Gold: (1999, 2001, 2009)
Silver medal australia.svg Silver: (1971, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015)
FIBA Asia Championship
Appearances1
MedalsNone

HakaEdit

The Tall Blacks perform a traditional Haka (Māori challenge) before every game, but due to the influence of Pāora Winitana and Paul Henare, it is very different from the ones performed by the All Blacks.

HistoryEdit

There is a long and storied history of basketball in New Zealand dating back to when Wilt Chamberlain vacationed at the island paradise back in the 60s and introduced the game to the Kiwis.[citation needed] The Tall Blacks competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and finished with a 1–5 record, their only win coming against Angola, in the playoff for eleventh place.

In 2001, they defeated Australia, in a three-game series to qualify for the 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indianapolis, United States. At the tournament, they finished fourth, after beating Puerto Rico in the quarter-finals, before losses to Serbia and Montenegro and Germany. Tall Blacks captain Pero Cameron was the only non-NBA player named to the All-Tournament team in Indianapolis.

The Tall Blacks also qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics, but again finished with a 1–5 record, and lost to Australia in the playoff for ninth place. Their most noted moment was on the 7th day of the games, when they defeated the then reigning 2002 FIBA World Championship gold medalists, Serbia and Montenegro, by a score of 90–87.

2006 FIBA World ChampionshipEdit

At the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the Tall Blacks were not to repeat their fourth-place finish from 2002. After an 0–3 start, the Tall Blacks rallied into the second round, with two straight wins to close out the group stage. However, they would fall in the round of 16 to the defending Olympic gold medalists Argentina, 79–62. After that disappointment, Tab Baldwin resigned as the head coach of the Tall Blacks, and was replaced by Nenad Vučinić, his longtime assistant coach.

2011 Stanković CupEdit

The squad competed at the 2011 Boris Stanković Cup in China. They played 3 games against difficult opposition, China, Russia, and Angola. After going down to Russia in the first game by just 3 points, the Tall Blacks quickly put that behind them, to smash China in their second game, which led to a good win against a strong Angolan team. The Tall Blacks came up against a strong Russian team in the final, but the Russians were no match for Tall Blacks star shooting guard Kirk Penney, as he scored 30 points, to give the Tall Blacks the win and the gold medal for 2011.

Performance tableEdit

Summer Olympic GamesEdit

FIBA Basketball World CupEdit

FIBA Asia CupEdit

Year Position Tournament Host City
2017 4th 2017 FIBA Asia Cup Beirut, Lebanon

FIBA Oceania ChampionshipEdit

Year Position Host
1971 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1971
1975 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1975
1978 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1978
1979 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1979
1981 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1981
1983 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1983
1985 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1985
1987 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1987
1989 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1989
1991 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1991
1993 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1993
1995 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1995
1997 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 1997
1999 1   FIBA Oceania Championship 1999
2001 1   FIBA Oceania Championship 2001
2003 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 2003
2005 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 2005
2007 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 2007
2009 1   FIBA Oceania Championship 2009
2011 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 2011
2013 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 2013
2015 2   FIBA Oceania Championship 2015

Commonwealth GamesEdit

FIBA Stanković CupEdit

William Jones CupEdit

AusTiger International Basketball TournamentEdit

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

New Zealand national basketball team – 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
G 0 Webster, Tai 24 – (1995-05-29)29 May 1995 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Galatasaray  
F 3 Delany, Finn 24 – (1995-08-12)August 12, 1995 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) New Zealand Breakers  
PG 5 Ili, Shea 26 – (1992-10-06)October 6, 1992 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Melbourne United  
PG 6 Kenny, Jarrod 33 – (1985-09-17)17 September 1985 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Cairns Taipans  
SG 9 Webster, Corey (C) 30 – (1988-11-29)29 November 1988 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) New Zealand Breakers  
SF 10 Abercrombie, Thomas 32 – (1987-07-05)5 July 1987 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) New Zealand Breakers  
C 14 Loe, Robert 28 – (1991-08-05)5 August 1991 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) New Zealand Breakers  
PF 16 Smith-Milner, Tohi 23 – (1995-10-06)October 6, 1995 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Melbourne United  
SF 20 Ngatai, Jordan 26 – (1993-03-07)March 7, 1993 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) New Zealand Breakers  
SG 25 Rusbatch, Ethan 27 – (1992-05-04)4 May 1992 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Hawke's Bay Hawks  
C 35 Pledger, Alex 32 – (1987-03-27)March 27, 1987 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) Melbourne United  
PF 42 Fotu, Isaac 25 – (1993-12-18)18 December 1993 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Universo Treviso Basket  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2019

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Robert Loe Alex Pledger
PF Isaac Fotu Tohi Smith-Milner
SF Thomas Abercrombie Finn Delany Jordan Ngatai
SG Corey Webster Ethan Rusbatch
PG Tai Webster Shea Ili Jarrod Kenny

Notable playersEdit

Probably the most well-known former New Zealand Tall Black player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) is former San Antonio Spurs forward Sean Marks. Another New Zealand player, former University of Wisconsin star Kirk Penney, briefly played in the NBA, and later played in the EuroLeague with Maccabi Tel Aviv and Žalgiris, after being released by the New Zealand Breakers. In past generations, players such as Stan Hill and Glen Denham, were well revered and respected players, who were the face of New Zealand basketball.

Past rostersEdit

1986 World Championship: finished 21st among 24 teams

Gilbert Gordon, Peter Pokai, Stan Hill, Neil Stephens, Dave Edmonds, Ian Webb, Dave Mason, Tony Smith, Colin Crampton, Frank Mulvihill, Glen Denham, John Rademakers (Head Coach: Robert Bishop)

2000 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 12 teams

Sean Marks, Pero Cameron, Mark Dickel, Phill Jones, Kirk Penney, Robert Hickey, Nenad Vučinić, Tony Rampton, Paul Henare, Brad Riley, Ralph Lattimore, Peter Pokai (Head Coach: Keith Mair)

2002 World Championship: finished 4th among 16 teams

Sean Marks, Pero Cameron, Mark Dickel, Phill Jones, Kirk Penney, Robert Hickey, Dillon Boucher, Damon Rampton, Ed Book, Paul Henare, Paora Winitana, Judd Flavell (Head Coach: Tab Baldwin)

2004 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 12 teams

Sean Marks, Mark Dickel, Phill Jones, Pero Cameron, Kirk Penney, Dillon Boucher, Ed Book, Paul Henare, Paora Winitana, Tony Rampton, Aaron Olson, Craig Bradshaw (Head Coach: Tab Baldwin)

2006 World Championship: finished 16th among 24 teams

Kirk Penney, Pero Cameron, Phill Jones, Mark Dickel, Casey Frank, Paul Henare, Dillon Boucher, Paora Winitana, Tony Rampton, Craig Bradshaw, Aaron Olson, Mika Vukona (Head Coach: Tab Baldwin)

2010 World Championship: finished 12th among 24 teams

Thomas Abercrombie, Benny Anthony, Craig Bradshaw, Pero Cameron, Michael Fitchett, Casey Frank, Phill Jones, Jeremy Kench, Kirk Penney, Alex Pledger, Lindsay Tait, Mika Vukona (Head Coach: Nenad Vučinić)

New Zealand Tall Blacks – 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
PG 0 Ili, Shea 22 – (1992-10-06)6 October 1992 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) New Zealand Breakers  
G/F 1 Te Rangi, Reuben 20 – (1994-10-14)14 October 1994 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Brisbane Bullets  
PG 4 Tait, Lindsay 33 – (1982-01-08)8 January 1982 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Super City Rangers  
SG 5 Bartlett, Everard 29 – (1986-02-06)6 February 1986 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Southland Sharks  
PG 6 Kenny, Jarrod 29 – (1985-09-17)17 September 1985 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Perth Wildcats  
F 7 Vukona, Mika (C) 33 – (1982-05-13)13 May 1982 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) New Zealand Breakers  
G 9 Webster, Corey 26 – (1988-11-29)29 November 1988 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) New Zealand Breakers  
SF 10 Abercrombie, Thomas 28 – (1987-07-05)5 July 1987 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) New Zealand Breakers  
F/C 11 Wynyard, Tai 17 – (1998-02-05)5 February 1998 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Kentucky Wildcats  
F/C 12 Fotu, Isaac 21 – (1993-12-18)18 December 1993 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) CAI Zaragoza  
G/F 13 Prewster, Dion 25 – (1990-01-10)10 January 1990 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Wellington Saints  
C 14 Loe, Robert 24 – (1991-08-05)5 August 1991 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) New Zealand Breakers  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Video analyst
  • Judd Flavell
Scout
  •   Tim Fanning
Strength and conditioning coach
  • Gavin Cross
Doctor
Physiotherapist
  • Anousith Bouaphone
Team manager
  • Andrew Dewhurst
Operations manager
  • Peter Kadar
Groupie/Ball bag
  • Greg Elliot
Cultural ambassador
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 15 August 2015

KitEdit

ManufacturerEdit

2015: Peak[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship – New Zealand, FIBA.com, Retrieved 30 September 2015.

External linksEdit