The majority of Southland's title-winning team indicate they want to return to defend their NBL crown next season.
The Southland Sharks beat the Wellington Saints to be crowned NBL champions after a tense final in the capital.
About 50 people gathered at Invercargill airport to welcome home NBL champions after their final win over the Saints.
The Wellington Saints beat the Nelson Giants 97-85 to progress to the NBL final against the Southland Sharks.
The Southland Sharks crusied into the NBL final after a comfortable 95-80 semifinal win over Super City Rangers.