New Zealand national basketball team

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New Zealand
New Zealand
FIBA ranking 19 Decrease1
Joined FIBA 1951
FIBA zone FIBA Oceania
National federation Basketball New Zealand
Coach Nenad Vučinić
Nickname(s) Tall Blacks
Olympic Games
Appearances 2
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 4
Medals None
FIBA Oceania Championship
Appearances 21
Medals Gold 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
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The New Zealand national basketball team represents New Zealand in international basketball competitions. It is nicknamed the Tall Blacks, derived from the name of New Zealand's Rugby union team, the All Blacks.

History[edit]

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 reigning the World Champions Serbia and Montenegro, by a score of 90–87.

2006 FIBA World Championship[edit]

Haize Walker future Player

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 defending Olympic gold medalists Argentina, 79–62. After that disappointment, Tab Baldwin resigned as the coach of the Tall Blacks, and was replaced by Nenad Vučinić, his longtime assistant coach.

2011 Stanković Cup[edit]

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.

Haka[edit]

The Tall Blacks perform a traditional Haka (Māori challenge) before every game.

Performance table[edit]

Summer Olympic Games record[edit]

FIBA Basketball World Cup record[edit]

Performance at FIBA Oceania Championship[edit]

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

Commonwealth Games record[edit]

Stanković Cup record[edit]

William Jones Cup record[edit]

2014 FIBA World Championship Team[edit]

New Zealand National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
F -- Abercrombie, Thomas 26 – (1987-07-05)5 July 1987 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) New Zealand Breakers
F -- Anthony, B. J. 25 – (1988-07-20)20 July 1988 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Adelaide 36ers
G -- Bartlett, Everard 27 – (1986-02-06)6 February 1986 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Hawke's Bay Hawks
F -- Bailey, Duane 21 – (1991-10-28)28 October 1991 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Super City Rangers
G -- Bloxham, Josh 23 – (1990-03-13)13 March 1990 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) Nelson Giants
F -- Delany, Finn 18 – (1995-08-12)12 August 1995 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Nelson Giants
F -- Edwards, Justin 23 – (1990-06-30)30 June 1990 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Canterbury Rams
F -- Fotu, Isaac 19 – (1993-12-18)18 December 1993 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Hawaii Warriors
PF -- Frank, Casey 35 – (1977-10-23)23 October 1977 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Wellington Saints
C -- Horvath, Nick 32 – (1981-02-18)18 February 1981 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Manawatu Jets
G -- Kenny, Jarrod 27 – (1985-09-17)17 September 1985 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Hawke's Bay Hawks
F -- King–Hawea, Dyson 20 – (1992-10-15)15 October 1992 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Waikato Pistons
F/C -- Loe, Rob 22 – (1991-08-05)5 August 1991 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Saint Louis Billikens
G -- Mauriohooho Le'afa, Izayah 16 – (1996-11-07)7 November 1996 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Wellington Saints
G -- Ngatai, Jordan 20 – (1993-03-07)7 March 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Brigham Young University–Hawaii
G -- Penney, Kirk 32 – (1980-11-23)23 November 1980 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Trabzonspor Basketball
C -- Pledger, Alex 26 – (1987-03-27)27 March 1987 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) New Zealand Breakers
F/C -- Salt, Jack 17 – (1996-02-11)11 February 1996 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) New Zealand Breakers
G -- Tait, Lindsay 31 – (1982-01-08)8 January 1982 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Pacific Jewellers Saints
F -- Smith–Milner, Tohi 17 – (1995-10-06)6 October 1995 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) New Mexico Lobos
F -- Vukona, Mika (C) 31 – (1982-05-13)13 May 1982 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) New Zealand Breakers
G -- Webster, Corey 24 – (1988-11-29)29 November 1988 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) New Zealand Breakers
G -- Webster, Tai 18 – (1995-05-29)29 May 1995 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Nebraska Cornhuskers
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Physiotherapist
  • Anousith Bouaaphone
Massage therapist
  • Shelley Moana Haha
Operations manager
  • Peter Kadar
Trainer/Team manager
  • Claire Dallison
Assistant manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club field describes current pro club

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Inactive
C Alex Pledger Jack Salt
PF Mika Vukona B. J. Anthony Casey Frank
SF Thomas Abercrombie Reuben Te Rangi
SG Corey Webster Everard Bartlett Jordan Ngatai
PG Jarrod Kenny Izayah Mauriohooho Le'afa

Notable players[edit]

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 with top European teams Maccabi Tel Aviv and Žalgiris, but now plays with Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spain, 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 rosters[edit]

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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (Coach: Nenad Vučinić)

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