Auckland Pirates

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Auckland Pirates
Auckland Pirates logo
Leagues  New Zealand NBL
Founded 1982
History Auckland Rebels
1982-2000
Auckland Blockbuster
2001
Auckland Stars
2002-2009
Auckland Pirates
2011-2012
Arena ASB Stadium
(capacity: 2,200)
Location Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand
Team colors Navy, Orange, Grey, White
                   
Team manager John McGregor
Head coach Judd Flavell
Championships 10 (1982, 83, 95, 96, 97, 99, 2000, 04, 05, 12)
Website www.AucklandPirates.co.nz
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

The Auckland Pirates were a New Zealand professional basketball team that represented the Auckland region in the New Zealand National Basketball League. They played their home games at the ASB Stadium in Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland won more New Zealand NBL championships than any other team. A key reason for their outstanding success in the mid to late 90s was the coaching of former Tall Blacks coach Tab Baldwin and the outstanding play of Pero Cameron and Kenny Stone.

Formerly known as the Auckland Stars, the team won back to back New Zealand NBL championships in 2004 and 2005 thanks to players like American Casey Frank and Tall Blacks Dillon Boucher, Aaron Olson, Lindsay Tait and Mike Homik.

The Stars were kicked out of the 2010 season after being suspended by the league from February 2010 because of financial problems, with many players, and coach Kenny Stone owing wages and salary. All players were released.[1]

In 2011, the team came under new ownership and was renamed the Auckland Pirates. In 2012, the James Blond Pirates won their first ever franchise title, knocking off the two time previous champs the Wellington Saints 89-83.

The team will again miss out on another season. The Pirates will not be participating in the 2013 NBL season due to, again, financial problems.[2]

Last roster[edit]

# Pos. Player Height
New Zealand 4 PG Lindsay Tait 1.90m
New Zealand 5 PG Shea Lli (DP) 1.83m
New Zealand 7 PG Houston O'Riley 1.80m
New Zealand 8 SG Brook Ruscoe 1.89m
New Zealand 9 SG Hayden Allen 1.90m
New Zealand 11 PF Duane Bailey 1.99m
New Zealand 12 SF Dan Barrett 1.98m
United States 13 G/F Ron Dorsey 1.97m
# Pos. Player Height
New Zealand 14 F/C Tohi Smith-Milner (DP) 2.06m
New Zealand 15 F/C Nick Barrow 2.03m
New Zealand 21 PG Tai Webster (DP) 1.86m
United States 22 PF Isma'il Muhammad 1.98m
New Zealand 34 SF Dillon Boucher 1.96m
New Zealand 35 C Alex Pledger 2.13m
New Zealand 40 SF Daryl Cartwright 2.00m
New Zealand - - SF Simon Wilson (DP) 1.96m

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deane, Steve (4 March 2010). "Basketball: Falling Stars hit rock bottom NBL licence void". nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Pirates out of 2013 NBL

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