Auckland Pirates

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Auckland Pirates
Auckland Pirates logo
LeagueNational Basketball League
FoundedMarch 2011
FoldedNovember 2012
HistoryAuckland Pirates
2011–2012
ArenaASB Stadium
LocationAuckland, New Zealand
Team coloursNavy, orange, grey
Championships1 (2012)
WebsiteAucklandPirates.co.nz
Uniforms

The Auckland Pirates were a New Zealand basketball team based in Auckland. The Pirates competed in the National Basketball League (NBL) and played their home games at ASB Stadium.

Team history[edit]

In March 2011, the franchise was unveiled by Basketball Auckland ahead of the 2011 NBL season, marking the return of an Auckland presence to the NBL, a year after the Tab Baldwin-owned Auckland Stars folded. Australian NBL veteran Luke Martin was recruited in the crucial point guard position, while imports Raheim Brown and Kevin Mickins complement the likes of Dillon Boucher and Brook Ruscoe in the inaugural team.[1] However, the Pirates' first season ended with them missing the playoffs with a 5–11 record.

While retaining Boucher and Ruscoe for the 2012 season, the Pirates made a recruiting splurge as they picked up Lindsay Tait, Alex Pledger, Hayden Allen, Duane Bailey and Ron Dorsey. The new and improved roster helped the team finish the regular season in second place with a 13–3 record before going on to defeat the Manawatu Jets in the semi-finals and out muscling the Wellington Saints in the grand final to claim the NBL championship. Alex Pledger was named Finals MVP[2] while Lindsay Tait was named Most Outstanding Guard, Most Outstanding Kiwi Guard and All-Star Five for the 2012 season.[3]

On 2 November 2012, the Pirates withdrew from the NBL, with Basketball Auckland revealing their financial model was unsustainable.[4] Basketball Auckland chairman Chris Ford said the franchise intended to field a team again in the future.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deane, Steve (25 March 2011). "Basketball: Pirates hoist flag for Auckland". NZHerald.co.nz. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  2. ^ "VIDEO: Auckland Pirates win Kiwi NBL title". NewsHub.co.nz. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ "2012 NBL FINAL FOUR". Basketball.org.nz. Archived from the original on 29 November 2012.
  4. ^ "PIRATES OUT OF 2013 NBL". Basketball.org.nz. 2 November 2012. Archived from the original on 24 November 2012.
  5. ^ Abercrombie, Nicola (2 November 2012). "Auckland Pirates will not defend their title". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Basketball: Auckland withdraw from 2013 NBL". NZHerald.co.nz. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2017.

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