Henare love Breakers role - but not losing
No-one has higher expectations on the performance of the Breakers than the team itself, says Paul Henare, who concedes the poor start to the Australian National Basketball League season has been tough to take.
Henare - who this year coached the Southland Sharks to their first New Zealand NBL title - is in his first season as an assistant coach to the Breakers.
The Breakers have won the past three ANBL titles and are looking to make it four wins in a row this season. However, with just one win in four games, the Auckland-based club is floundering at the bottom of the eight-team league.
Yesterday, the Breakers made the bold move to axe import Darnell Lazare and Kiwi journeyman Jeremiah Trueman to make room to bring back previous American import in Gary Wilkinson.
Henare told The Southland Times yesterday he was enjoying the role of assistant coach despite the three losses in a row.
"I'm loving it, the only thing I'm not loving is the results but everything else about it, I couldn't ask for more really. I'm learning new things every day. But I would prefer to be in the winners' circle."
The former Breakers captain and long-serving Tall Blacks player was confident the team could and would get over the disappointing start.
"Defensively we're a step behind at the moment but we were one shot away from being two and two. We had a pretty good performance up in Cairns and had a chance to win it so we're definitely not panicking at this stage. But, at the same time, we really want to get back on track.
"I think the public get used to [the Breakers winning] and that's not such a bad thing but, at the same time, no-one, and I really mean this, no-one has higher expectations than the group itself."
The Breakers will get their next chance to get back in the winners' circle when they take on Adelaide in Auckland on Thursday night.
As well as Henare's role with the Breakers, he remains as the Southland Sharks head coach for the 2014 season.
He said that, despite his busy involvement with the Breakers, good progress was being made building a squad to defend the title at the new stadium in Invercargill next year.
"I'm always wearing two hats. I'm talking to a lot of players and trying to make some moves there when I get a chance. I'm confident we'll be able to put together a very strong squad to lead into next season."
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