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Melbourne United
2017–18 Melbourne United season
Melbourne United logo
League NBL
Founded 1984
History Melbourne Tigers
Melbourne United
Arena Hisense Arena
State Netball and Hockey Centre
Arena Capacity HA – 10,500
SNHC – 3,500
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Team colours Navy Blue, White
CEO Vince Crivelli
Head coach Dean Vickerman
Team captain David Andersen
Ownership Larry Kestelman & Michael Slepoy
Championships 4 (1993, 1997, 2006, 2008)
Retired numbers 6 (6, 8, 10, 21, 25, 50)

Melbourne United is an Australian professional men's basketball team competing in the National Basketball League (NBL). United are the only team in the league representing Victoria and is based in the state capital, Melbourne. As of the 2015–16 season, the team splits its home games between the 10,500-seat Hisense Arena and the 3,500-seat State Netball and Hockey Centre (SNHC), known as "The Cage" within the NBL.[1]

Melbourne United's history stems back to 1931 with the beginning of Victorian Basketball. The Melbourne Tigers brand came into use in 1975, and after the Tigers senior men's team won the South Eastern Basketball League (SEBL) title in 1983, a new Melbourne Tigers entity was entered into the National Basketball League (NBL), as an extension of the Melbourne Basketball Association (MBA). The NBL franchise entered into private ownership in 2002, ending the club's relation with the MBA.[2] After 31 seasons of using the Melbourne Tigers name, the club owners decided to rename the franchise Melbourne United in May 2014, with new colours, uniform and logo to be implemented for the 2014–15 season.[3][4] The change was not well received, as it created an uproar amongst Tigers fans and the wider NBL community.[5][6]

Melbourne United are the equal second most successful club in the NBL alongside the Adelaide 36ers and New Zealand Breakers, with all three clubs having won four NBL championships. Only the Perth Wildcats, who have eight NBL championships, have won more.


1984–1991: Early Struggles[edit]

Melbourne United, then known as the Melbourne Tigers, joined the National Basketball League in 1984. Throughout the majority of the 1980s, they saw limited success, despite the number of records which superstar Andrew Gaze, son of coach Lindsay, racked up. 1987 saw Andrew average 44.1 points per game, and set the clubs single game scoring record of 60 points against the Newcastle Falcons, however, the team still failed to make the playoffs. In fact, despite Gaze's point scoring the Tigers finished with a 3–23 record with all wins coming at their home court, the Albert Park Basketball Stadium.

Once imports David Colbert and Dave Simmons were recruited in 1989, the Tigers began to see greater on-court success, making the playoffs for the first time that year. Colbert however, left the club to move to Brisbane in 1991, leaving the Tigers looking for a new import.

1992–1997: Championship Years[edit]

With basketball about to boom in Australia, the Tigers moved into what is now called Rod Laver Arena, the biggest indoor stadium in Melbourne, moving out of the 7,200 seat Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre at the end of 1991. New recruit Lanard Copeland signalled the good times ahead with a dunk for his first points in the NBL and the first points at Melbourne Park.[7] He went on to team up with Andrew Gaze in a decade long backcourt partnership, which many observers cite as the greatest backcourt duo in Australian basketball history. Dubbed "the dynamic duo", the pair were noted for their signature "alley-oop".[8] With this potent backcourt leading the way, the Tigers made the Finals in 1992, against the newly formed South East Melbourne Magic. Despite the Magic losing point guard Darren Perry to a torn achilles tendon in game one, they managed to rally to beat the Tigers in 3 games.[9]

The Tigers filled their biggest need in the off-season, by recruiting one of the best big men in the country in Mark Bradtke. Teaming up with Gaze, Copeland, Simmons, and the newly recruited Robert Sibley from Brisbane, the Tigers boasted a formidable starting lineup. They defeated the arch rival Magic in the second round of the playoffs, to set up a Finals matchup with the Perth Wildcats. Having split the first two games, the Tigers faced the difficult task of the deciding game in the hostile environment of the Perth Entertainment Centre, a venue they had never won at.

The Tigers controlled much of the game, but in the closing minutes had to withstand a furious comeback from Perth, led by their captain Andrew Vlahov. Andrew Gaze iced the game with a pair of critical free throws in the final seconds.[10] The emotional toll of the championship was evident on coach Lindsay, and son Andrew after the game, as they broke down crying whilst embracing. The Perth crowd were noted in the media for a lack of sportsmanship, as they booed Andrew Gaze during the acceptance speech.[11]

The Tigers were unable to reach the Finals for another three years, where they faced cross-town rival South East Melbourne again. In a tough three game series, the Magic again prevailed.[12] During the following off season, import Dave Simmons departed, and was replaced by Jarvis Lang. Having to deal with a mid-season return from Mark Bradtke from the NBA, the Tigers started the 1997 season in very poor form, with a 3–11 mark at the midpoint of the season. Lang was sacked due to concerns over tendinitis in his knees, and Marcus Timmons was brought in on a tip from former assistant coach Brett Brown.

From that point, the Tigers did not lose another game until the second game of the Finals against the Magic. They equalled the now defunct Sydney Supersonics winning streak of 16 consecutive games. With Timmons teaming up with Gaze, Copeland and Bradtke, this quartet accounted for over 90% of the Tigers points production. Game one of the Finals was a whitewash against the Magic, which saw coach Brian Goorjian resort to a more slowdown offense and physical defense in Game two, to combat the Tigers' free-flowing style. The Tigers regained the ascendancy in Game 3, as they claimed their second championship in front of their home town fans.[13]

1998–2002: Financial troubles[edit]

The Tigers were unable to recapture their championship form throughout the rest of the 1990s. Andrew Gaze spent part of the 1999 season with the San Antonio Spurs in the American National Basketball Association (NBA), winning a championship with them.[14] Without Gaze's on-court leadership and point production, the Tigers faltered in the latter half of the season, after looking like running away with the competition at the midpoint of the season. They eventually fell in the first round of the playoffs. After this, import Marcus Timmons requested permission to break his contract, to play in Poland.[15][16] Permission was granted; however, he returned for the next season, this time with the Perth Wildcats, where he led the team to the championship and was named Finals MVP.[17]

As spectator basketball's popularity in Australia fell throughout the late '90s and into the new millennium, the Tigers experienced great financial trouble off the court. In 2000, they moved to the newly constructed Vodafone Arena, but struggled to fill it. By 2002 crowds were at less than 50% capacity and it was revealed that they were $2.5 million in debt, and in serious danger of folding. Andrew Gaze himself did not have a salary paid to him for his final few playing years in order to ease the financial burden. He supported himself through endorsement deals.

2002–2005: Ownership restructure – 'A Family Business'[edit]

A new ownership consortium under Melbourne businessman Seamus McPeake and the Gazes, saw financial stability restored to the club for the 2002–03 season. At the same time, Melbourne's other team, the Victoria Titans (formed under a merger of the North Melbourne Giants and South East Melbourne Magic in 1998) were unable to survive and folded. The licence was quickly picked up and the Victoria Giants were formed, with many former Titan players, including league legend Darryl McDonald.[18]

The Tigers embarked on a financial rationalisation project, the first priority of which was to no longer play games at the very high rent 10,500 capacity Vodafone Arena. The Tigers moved their home games to the smaller main court of the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Royal Park, with the deal signed in July 2002.[19] On court, the Tigers were still perennial playoff contenders despite their ageing superstars Gaze, Copeland and Bradtke no longer producing at the levels they did in the 1990s. However, the club was unable to return to the finals. In 2003, the Tigers reacquired the services of Darryl McDonald after the Victoria Giants let him go.

2005–2009: The new championship years[edit]

Melbourne's Championship banners

The conclusion of the 2004–05 season saw a changing of the guard for the Tigers. League legend Andrew Gaze retired, and Mark Bradtke accepted an offer from Brisbane, in part to be closer to his wife's (Nicole Provis – former Australian tennis champion) family. Lanard Copeland's dwindling production saw the Tigers decide not to renew his contract, although, he was offered an off court role with the club. Believing he still had playing years in him, he followed Mark Bradtke to Brisbane. Imports Rashard Tucker and Dave Thomas would take the lead on court roles at the club, joined by big man Chris Anstey who returned from a 3-year stint in Europe.

With Darryl McDonald moving into the starting line-up, joined by Thomas, Tucker, Anstey and an improving Neil Mottram, the Tiger's had an extremely successful regular season, which saw them finish second to the Sydney Kings. Tigers coach Al Westover was named Coach of the Year. Centre Chris Anstey was named both the Grand Final Series' Most Valuable Player and league MVP and Stephen Hoare won Sixth Man Of the Year.

The Tigers swept the finals, defeating the Perth Wildcats 2–0 in the Semi Finals and the Sydney Kings 3–0 in the Grand Final. McDonald's season was particularly impressive, as he outclassed many quality point guards throughout the season, including starting Australian Boomers point guard C. J. Bruton in the grand final series. His stellar performances were seemingly at odds with his advanced age of 42, making him the oldest player in the league.

A new Melbourne team provided a new local rivalry in the 2006–07 season. The South Dragons, having enticed Shane Heal back from a two-year retirement, showed respectable form in their first season, making the playoffs. Although they added former NBL stars such as Frank Drmic and big man Matt Burston from Perth, their youngsters such as Joe Ingles led the way. Former NBA All Star and all time NBA freethrow percentage leader Mark Price added a great measure of respectability to the organisation, as their inaugural coach however, in the midst of many early personnel changes, was fired and replaced by player-coach Shane Heal.

The Tigers roster was enhanced for the 2006–07 season. McDonald signed a new two-year contract, and former Tiger Nathan Crosswell returned from Cairns to back him up, with a promise he would eventually take over the reins. Neil Mottram exercised his European out clause to play with Italian second-division team Fabriano. Despite rumours that local big man Simon Conn, or ex West Sydney Razorback Simon Dwight were in their sights to replace Mottram, the Tigers managed to secure Axel Dench's signature on 9 August 2006, just before leaving for Singapore for a pre-season competition. They successfully appealed Dench's point status, allocated from when he was previously active in the NBL two years prior with the Hawks. The Tigers now looked extremely strong for the upcoming season, as League MVP Chris Anstey returned to the Tigers, after not receiving a call-up from the NBA after his off-season work out with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Tigers won the Singapore Cup, in their first games with new additions Axel Dench and Nathan Crosswell. McDonald's son, Derrick, also played with the Tigers on the trip. He would continue to see court time with his father throughout the season as a developmental player on the Tigers' roster.

The Tigers fell to the Brisbane Bullets in the pre-season Blitz, which perhaps proved an omen for the upcoming season. With a roster that was legitimately 10-deep, the Bullets dominated the season, en route to an NBL record 21-game win streak and defeated the Tigers 3–1 in the Finals.

This defeat perhaps indicated to the Tigers' management that despite their depth and experience, a dose of athleticism was required in the roster. They responded by signing athletic young Boomer David Barlow from Sydney on 3 April 2007.

Despite releasing back-up centre Axel Dench to free up points for Boomer Brad Newley, Newley announced on 27 April that he was signing with the Adelaide 36ers.

The Tigers were expected to look for a new import guard after declining to resign import Rashard Tucker, who subsequently joined the Cairns Taipans.

However, Melbourne veered away from signing an import guard, instead looking to veteran Estonian, former NBA big man and long-serving Euroleague player Martin Müürsepp to fill the breach at centre. His signing came as a result of his close relationship with Chris Anstey whilst in Dallas and Russia, and after the Tigers missed out on Sean Lampley.

The 205 cm, 105-kilogram Muursepp saw time as part of the Tigers' front line – taking minutes previously allocated to both Dench and Tucker. The decision to not sign an import guard indicates that talented Canadian swingman Dave Thomas would see more time there during the 2008 season, in addition with former Kings swingman David Barlow and the up-and-coming Tommy Greer.

The Tigers began the 2007–08 campaign in fine form, with nine straight victories, as new import Martin Muursepp eased into the lineup with his precision passing. However, in early November, the Tigers hit a rough patch. They lost star import Dave Thomas for two months with a dislocated kneecap, and Martin Muursepp was battling an ankle injuries, receiving cortisone injections before the game to play. The Tigers lost four straight games, which prompted a crisis meeting, where the Tigers brought out their 2006 championship trophy at a training session and asked each player to talk of what it meant to them.

The Tigers responded by steadying the ship with a tough win against Perth at home, before letting import Martin Müürsepp go, whilst signing their initial target, Sean Lampley. With Lampley providing a much-needed scoring punch, especially due to Thomas's injury, the Tigers held down second spot for the remainder of the season. Dave Thomas returned late in the season, and despite having not beaten either the Kings or the Bullets in five encounters this season, they appeared to be hitting top form at the right time.

The Tigers faced Brisbane in the semi-finals, and after easily accounting for them in game one, closed out the series in overtime in Brisbane. Sean Lampley and Chris Anstey made several big shots down the stretch, with Lampley taunting the Brisbane players down the stretch with his clutch shooting. Anstey was fined $2000 by the league for making an obscene gesture to the fans after the game.

The Finals Series proved to be one of the best in NBL history. The Tigers matched up against the Kings, and after fading out in the last quarter of game one, took game two down in Melbourne, as several Kings players lost their cool down the stretch. In Game three Sean Lampley hit clutch three-pointer with just 13 seconds remaining to clinch the game, and the Tigers looked ready to close out the series on their home floor in game four.

However, the Kings, showing the tenacity they have been regarded for, fought through injury and poor shooting to take game four on the Tigers floor with a gutsy performance down the stretch. In game five the Kings sold out the Entertainment Centre, with a new buzz around basketball due to the intensity of the series. Down the stretch, the Tigers were able to make the big plays, and closed out the championship, providing the perfect farewell for veteran guard Darryl McDonald.

2009–2014: The New NBL[edit]

On 11 May 2009 the Tigers made a short-lived decision that they would sit out a year of the new NBL competition, due to poor financial management from Basketball Australia, with McPeake stating that his concerns were with "Governance and the TV deal."[20][21][22][23] The Tigers had been the most profitable and well run club in Australia, stringing together five consecutive profitable seasons. With no naming rights sponsor for the league and a poor television deal, the financial forecast was poor, and the Tigers made the decision to sit out one year.[24]

On 28 May 2009 the Tigers reversed their earlier decision, after receiving assurances from Basketball Australia on the television deal.[25][26]

On 10 June 2009 the Tigers announced their first two signings, Mark Worthington and Chris Anstey, and confirmed that they would commence the new season with no imports for the first time in club history.[27] It was further reported that they had let Stephen Hoare go, and Tommy Greer would pursue options elsewhere, likely with the Cairns Taipans. The Tigers are waiting on Sam Mackinnon to be passed fit by doctors, with youngster Jesse Wagstaff as a backup option. Nathan Crosswell may have played his last game for the Tigers, as they look to secure Nathan Herbert's signature. On 17 June 2009 the Tigers announced they had resigned Darryl Corletto, as well as newcomer Ryan Bathie. On 18 June 2009 they announced they had resigned David Barlow and Luke Kendall. On 19 June 2009 they announced they had resigned Daniel Johnson and Matt O'Hea, meaning that three spots were remaining on the roster. Tommy Greer and Sam Mackinnon are understood to have been offered contracts, with Stephen Hoare awaiting their decision.[28] On 23 June they announced the resigning of Sam Mackinnon, meaning that two spots remain. On 26 June they completed their roster, securing Tommy Greer, despite offers from Cairns, and resigning Nathan Crosswell, after apparently missing out on Nathan Herbert. On 21 July it was announced that David Barlow would play in Spain this year, meaning that the Tigers would need to look for a replacement. They subsequently signed Ben Knight and Timothy Lang.[29]

In the off-season of 2010, the Tigers roster was dismantled after the departure of Julius Hodge, Mark Worthington, Nathan Crosswell as well as the retirements of NBL greats Sam Mackinnon and Chris Anstey. The Tigers announced the signing of American import guards TJ Campbell and Eric Devendorf. They then landed the signature of Wollongong Hawks superstar Cameron Tragardh. The Tigers would then sign big men Matt Burston, Wade Helliwell and Luke Nevill. They capped off their roster with the signing of Big V forward Lucas Walker. Along with Bennie Lewis, Daryl Corletto and Tommy Greer, who had stayed in Melbourne, the Tigers completed their roster for the 2010–11 season.

The season started disastrously for the Tigers losing their opening game at home to their rivals, the re-vamped, Sydney Kings. The Tigers would proceed to start the season on a 7-game losing streak. After the 6th loss, Melbourne fired point guard TJ Campbell and signed 2009/10 NBL MVP, Corey 'Homicide' Williams as their new point guard. After showing positive signs in the loss against reigning champions Perth, the Tigers finally broke the shackles and won their first game when they defeated the Gold Coast Blaze on the road. Throughout the season the Tigers claimed big scalps including a victory against Perth, in Perth, that ended in controversy with Corey Williams and Eric Devendorf taunting the crowd. In early February, the Tigers released centre Luke Nevill, in an agreement that would let him play in Russia. They also released import Eric Devendorf leaving them with only one import. Daryl Corletto and Matt Burston were promoted to the starting line-up and stayed there for the rest of the season. After the terrible 7-game losing streak start to the season, the Tigers would finish with a 10–18 record and 7th place on the ladder.

In the off-season of 2011, the Tigers were the most active club at the beginning of free agency. They secured the signature of NBL Coach of the Year, Trevor Gleeson as their head coach on a three-year deal. On the first day of free agency, Melbourne announced the signing of Australian forward Liam Rush, who would be returning to the NBL after stints in Europe. They, on the same day, announced the addition of exciting young guard Daniel Dillon as their second free-agent signing of 2011. After just a week of free agency, Melbourne announced the final 3 positions on their roster had been filled after they re-signed forward Lucas Walker as well as the significant signings of the exciting import duo Ron Dorsey and Ayinde Ubaka who had both starred for the Cairns Taipans in season 2010–11, helping them to their first Grand Final appearance.

In January 2012, Seamus McPeake, after a terrible loss to the Gold Coast Blaze, gave the players an unprofessional spray in the locker room, allegedly abusing several players with offensive language and sacking guard Ayinde Ubaka on the spot.[30]

2014–present: The New Melbourne[edit]

On 20 May 2014, the club changed the name of the Melbourne licence, announcing they will be known as Melbourne United from 2014–15 onwards.[31] The change was met with strong scrutiny from members, fans and past legends such as Andrew Gaze and Lanard Copeland, with the latter even stating he wanted his jersey "taken down from the rafters".[32]

After missing the playoffs in 2014–15 with a 13–15 win/loss record, Melbourne hired former NBA assistant coach Dean Demopoulos as their head on a two-year deal. The club then hired former Townsville Crocodiles assistant Mike Kelly, and named former Tiger Tommy Greer as Basketball Operations Manager for the 2015–16 season.[33] On 22 May 2015, United signed another former Croc Todd Blanchfield to a two-year deal also.[34]

On 17 March 2017, Dean Vickerman was appointed head coach of Melbourne United for two seasons. In April 2017, Josh Boone and Casper Ware re-signed with Melbourne United for the 2017–18 NBL season.

Home arena[edit]

The Melbourne Tigers played out of their traditional home, the 2,000 seat Albert Park Basketball Stadium from 1984–1987 before moving into the 7,200-capacity Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre (more commonly known as The Glass House) in 1988. The Tigers played in The Glass House (which it shared with the North Melbourne Giants) from 1987–1991 before they and new team South East Melbourne Magic both moved into the 14,820-seat National Tennis Centre in 1992. The centre could hold up to 15,400 for basketball (almost 2,000 more than the Brisbane Entertainment Centre which at 13,500 had been the largest venue since 1986), easily making it the largest venue in the NBL at the time. The Tigers enjoyed success at the Tennis Centre, winning the NBL championship in 1993 and again in 1997 as well as making the Grand Final in 1992 and 1996. In 1996, the Tigers and Magic set a then NBL record attendance of 15,366 for a regular season game at the Tennis Centre, while the 1996 Grand Final series between the two Melbourne rivals set an NBL record aggregate attendance of 43,605 over the 3-game series, a record that still stands as of the 2016–17 NBL season.

Citing the rising costs of playing games at the Tennis Centre, the Tigers moved to the newly built, 10,500 capacity Vodafone Arena (now Hisense Arena) in 2000. Located next door to the Tennis Centre, the Tigers remained at Vodafone until 2002 before they moved again into the smaller (3,500 seat) State Netball and Hockey Centre.

Since 2012, the club has split its games between Hisense Arena and the Netball Centre, but in 2015 also played games at the newly renovated Margaret Court Arena which (as part of the Melbourne Park tennis complex) had been given a retractable-roof as well as an upgrade from 6,000 to 7,500 seats. From 2016–17, Melbourne United will play most of its games at Hisense Arena with a select number of games played at the Netball Centre during January due to the Australian Open tennis (Hisense Arena is the second largest arena at Melbourne Park).

Melbourne's all-time home game attendance record was set on 11 July 1994 when 15,129 attended a Round 14 game between the Tigers and South East Melbourne at the Tennis Centre. As Melbourne United, the teams record home attendance of 10,300 was set on 4 December 2016 against the New Zealand Breakers at Hisense Arena during Round 9 of the 2016–17 NBL season.

Honour Roll[edit]

NBL Championships: 4 (1993, 1997, 2006 & 2008)
NBL Finals Appearances: 16
NBL Grand Final appearances: 8 (1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
NBL Most Valuable Players: Andrew Gaze (1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998), Mark Bradtke (2001/02), Chris Anstey (2005/06, 2007/08)
NBL Grand Final MVPs: Lanard Copeland (1997), Chris Anstey (2006, 2008)
All-NBL First Team: Andrew Gaze (1984–2000; 15 times), Mark Bradtke (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999–2005; 10 times), Lanard Copeland (1998/99), Chris Anstey (2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09), Dave Thomas (2006/07), Ebi Ere (2008/09), Mark Worthington (2009/10), Seth Scott (2012/13), Chris Goulding (2013/14, 2015/16), Daniel Kickert (2015/16)
NBL Coach of the Year: Lindsay Gaze (1989, 1997, 1998/99), Al Westover (2005/06)
NBL Rookie of the Year: Andrew Gaze (1984)
NBL Best Sixth Man: Darryl McDonald (2003/04), Stephen Hoare (2005/06, 2006/07), Hakim Warrick (2015/16)
NBL Best Defensive Player: Chris Anstey (2007/08)
NBL Most Improved Player: Nate Tomlinson (2013/14)

Source: Melbourne United History

Retired Jerseys[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Melbourne United roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
F 2 Australia Von Hofe, Felix (DP) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 91 kg (201 lb)
F/C 3 United States Boone, Josh (I) 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 108 kg (238 lb)
G 5 Australia Short, Sam (DP) 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
G 7 Australia Hooley, Peter 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb)
G 8 Australia Adnam, Kyle 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb)
F 9 Australia Moller, Craig 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
G 12 Australia Dillon, Daniel Injured (IN) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb)
F/C 13 Australia Andersen, David (C) 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 113 kg (249 lb)
F/C 14 New Zealand Smith-Milner, Tohi (DP) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
F 20 Australia Barlow, David 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb)
G 21 United States Ware, Casper (I) 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 79 kg (174 lb)
F/C 22 Australia Majok, Majok 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
G/F 23 United States Prather, Casey (I) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 96 kg (212 lb)
G 25 Australia McDonald, Durrell (DP) 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
F 42 Guam Wesley, Tai 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 109 kg (240 lb)
G 43 Australia Goulding, Chris 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb)
F Australia White, Jesse (TP) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 102 kg (225 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • United States Mike Kelly
  • United States Simon Mitchell

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (I) Import player
  • (TP) Training player
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 22 August 2017

Club History Summary[edit]

Years Chairman CEO Head Coach Championships Finals Appearances
1984–2000 Lindsay Gaze Lindsay Gaze Lindsay Gaze 1993, 1997 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997
2000–2005 David Minear Seamus McPeake Lindsay Gaze
2006–2009 Greg O'Neill Seamus McPeake Al Westover 2006, 2008 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
2010–2011 Seamus McPeake Seamus McPeake Al Westover (2010)
Trevor Gleeson (2011)
Darryl McDonald (2011)
2012–2015 Larry Kestlemen Vince Crivelli Chris Anstey
Darryl McDonald
2015–present Larry Kestlemen Vince Crivelli Dean Demopoulos

Notable past players[edit]


  1. ^ Melbourne United to play home games at Hisense, Margaret Court
  2. ^ Tigers now able to gaze into a future
  3. ^ Melbourne Tigers to change their name to United
  4. ^ Tigers turn United in hope of galvanising the community
  5. ^ Melbourne United a step backwards for the NBL
  6. ^ Tigers' greats dismayed at change
  7. ^ 1992 Lanard Copeland debut - YouTube
  8. ^ Andrew Gaze and Lanard Copeland - YouTube
  9. ^ 1992 NBL Grand Final - YouTube
  10. ^ 1993 NBL Grand Final - YouTube
  11. ^ Melbourne Tigers 1993 news report - YouTube
  12. ^ 1996 NBL Finals Magic v Tigers (sorry for the poor quality) - YouTube
  13. ^ Melbourne Tigers Championship story - YouTube
  14. ^ Andrew Gaze, Australia ...player profiles by Interbasket
  15. ^ "Marcus marches on". The Advertiser. 8 January 2007. 
  16. ^ WTK Anwil Włocławek - Zepter Śląsk Wrocław 82:75 (18.12.1999 r.) - skrót - YouTube
  17. ^ BASK Timmons leaves cats to chase overseas riches - Search results from HighBeam Research
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  19. ^ "Tigers' new home near zoo". The Age. 26 July 2002. 
  20. ^ "Anstey to play on after Tigers U-turn". The Age. 28 May 2009. 
  21. ^ Sgargetta, Davin (29 May 2009). "Tigers U-turn on new league". The Age. 
  22. ^ PM - Melbourne Tigers join new Australian basketball league
  23. ^ "Melbourne Tigers to join Basketball Australia comp". AAP. 28 May 2009. 
  24. ^ Basketball Australia & NBL needs real reform | The Roar
  25. ^ Basketball - News, NBA News, NBL News - Sportal
  26. ^ "Melbourne Tigers to join national basketball competition". The Australian. 28 May 2009. 
  27. ^ Basketball - News, NBA News, NBL News - Sportal
  28. ^ "Stephen Hoare future limbo". 19 June 2009. 
  29. ^ "Lang signs with Tigers for 09-10 NBL Season". 17 September 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  30. ^ Flailing Tigers sack import Ayinde Ubaka
  31. ^ Melbourne United Joins NBL
  32. ^ Melbourne Tigers greats dismayed at name change
  33. ^ Melbourne ups the ante with performance coaching team
  34. ^ Blanchfield heading to Melbourne

External links[edit]