Robbins says as a result of his recent injuries and the enormous demands the job has on his body, he can no longer give 100 per cent.
'Deciding to retire was a long process, a process of elimination, it wasn't a thing where I woke up one morning and decided, it was something thought out and planned and in the end I've made the decision, and I'm happy that I have made it,' said Robbins
'I'm very, very sad to leave the club and to leave my team mates, and that's something that I will miss very much, but I'll look forward to the new path that I take in my life.
'My career has been a big learning process. The people I've met along the way and the life lessons I've learned have certainly made me the man I am today. I will be forever grateful for the time I have had at the club.'
Wildcats head coach Rob Beveridge paid tribute to the player he's coached from a young age.
'You go through life with highs and lows, and I've been there with him for all of them. I've coached him since he was 16 years of age, and it's like watching your son grow up and develop into a man, and that's why I'm so proud of where he's at right now in his life,' Beveridge said.
'His decision to retire is one of the most courageous things I've seen. He knew it was time, he could have kept playing for a number of years, but what a courageous decision for him to make right now and go out on his terms.
'Brad has put his heart and soul into this club, every time he steps on the court he gives everything, and he sets extremely high standards. He is one of the reasons why we have become successful, because of the sacrifice and commitment he's made over the years. He's irreplaceable.'
Robbins played 213 NBL games including 175 for Perth, the 12th most of any Wildcat, in a career spanning nine years for three different NBL clubs.
The 27-year-old made his NBL debut in 2003 where he played one season for the Victorian Giants before shifting to Cairns for the 2005 season.
At the end of that season, the Taipans released Robbins and he relocated to WA with his partner, where he spent time in the SBL with the Willetton Tigers.
It was from there that he was picked up by the Wildcats on the recommendation of Cats legend Paul Rogers, who was also at Willetton, following the release of import, Steve Leven.
Following the 2009 season, the Wildcats underwent a serious player clean out and restructure, and Brad Robbins was one of only four players who was retained alongside current co-captain Shawn Redhage, Paul Rogers and Stephen Weigh.
In 2010, Robbins achieved the ultimate success by becoming a championship player, helping the Wildcats make history as they won a record fifth NBL title.
Following the championship season, Robbins was appointed Wildcats co-captain alongside Shawn Redhage, where he has served as an inspirational leader and a mentor to the club's development group.
Other highlights in Brad Robbins career include being a member of Australia's 2003 U/20 World Championship winning team and being named the Cats most improved player in 2008.
'Brad Robbins and Shawn Redhage are the two players that still remain from the restructure of our club a few years ago and for good reason. They have proven to be warriors for what we stand for and have played a significant part in transforming us into the organisation we are today,' said Marvin.
'I'm saddened by his retirement but am truly proud and grateful to him for what he has achieved. As captain, he carried this team on his back on numerous occasions through our toughest times. I will always be indebted to him.'
The date of Robbins' retirement will be finalised shortly after discussions with management.
The South West Slammers yesterday announced the re-signing of exciting American import Tre Nichols (180-G-89, college: Boise St.) for the 2017 SBL season. The 5'11" point guard from Dallas, Texas will return to the Slammers for a third season in 2017 after dominating the competition in 2016. The 2016 season saw Nichols lead the SBL in scoring with 31.1 points per game, which led to him earning a spot in the All-Star Five for the second consecutive year. Despite Nichols' career-high sea... [read more]
The 5'11" point guard from Dallas, Texas will return to the Slammers for a third season in 2017 after dominating the competition in 2016.
The 2016 season saw Nichols lead the SBL in scoring with 31.1 points per game, which led to him earning a spot in the All-Star Five for the second consecutive year.
Despite Nichols' career-high season, the Slammers dropped from runners-up in 2015 to missing the playoffs in 2016 with an 8-18 record.
Meanwhile, the Basketball South West board is still going through the selection process for a coach for the 2017 season following the departure of Michael Van Lit, who held the position for just one season.
Hawks Power Past The Defending Champs 98-77 - 3 days ago
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The dynamic backcourt of Rotnei Clarke (183-PG-89, college: Butler) and Marvelle Harris (193-G-93) has already proved a winner as the Hawks ran rings around a physical Perth Wildcats side 98-77 on Sunday. The combined 36 points and four assists from the import backcourt does not jump off the page, but they completely dictated pace and found a way around the 'Cats physicality to give their side big buckets at crucial times. Harris (19 points, three assists) and Clarke (17 points) ran the s... [read more]
The dynamic backcourt of Rotnei Clarke (183-PG-89, college: Butler) and Marvelle Harris (193-G-93) has already proved a winner as the Hawks ran rings around a physical Perth Wildcats side 98-77 on Sunday. The combined 36 points and four assists from the import backcourt does not jump off the page, but they completely dictated pace and found a way around the 'Cats physicality to give their side big buckets at crucial times. Harris (19 points, three assists) and Clarke (17 points) ran the show and got good back-up from snipers Cody Ellis (203-F-90, college: St.Louis) (16) and Oscar Forman (205-F-82) (13). Tim Coenraad (201-F/G-85, college: Nova SE) fill the stat sheet with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Perth were out of sync for large parts, getting most of their production from Jameel McKay effort plays around the rim. McKay was by far the 'Cats best with 15 points and 15 boards, backed up by fellow import Jaron Johnson (198-G-92, college: Louisiana Tech) (16 and seven). Harris, McKay and AJ Ogilvy all got the party started with jams in the first three minutes, but the first quarter was a completely one-sided affair. Illawarra ran rings around the defending champions. Two threes and a dunk kick-started things for a hungry Hawks side that did not take a single possession off on either end. The ball was singing through hands no matter who manned the Hawks backcourt and all too often they had the 'Cats a step slow in rotation. It was a treat of early offence, captured in a picture-perfect four-man hot-potato ball swing from corner to corner and finished with a triple. Casey Prather (198-F/G-91, college: Florida) continued to show off the upgraded skill set, but struggled making plays with the ball in his hand as Perth turned it over six times in the first quarter and nine in the half. He was outshone by new Hawk and NBA hopeful Harris, who has proved to be a man completely dedicated to his craft not afraid of the moment. Imports in the Hawks back-court have been quite hit-and-miss over the last few years but coach Rob Beveridge has found a gem in Harris. He has the optimal tools for a Beveridge-coached team: shooting, ball-handling, versatility, physical defence, unwavering work ethic and a fearless attitude. Five different Hawks connected on threes in the first quarter alone as they went into the second up 37-19. Perth's back-up centre Angus Brandt shouldered the burden down low as the 'Cats worked at chipping away at the margin. But the resistance was futile so long as the explosive Clarke-Harris duo was on the court. Perth dominated the entire third term and started to get scoreboard love when Greg Hire came alive for three third-quarter threes, and at one point got the margin back to a single possession. But for every question they asked, the Hawks answered with distance shooting. Ellis shot the Hawks out of immediate danger, while Tim Coenraad, Nick Kay and Rhys Martin kept the margin steady for a cruisy victory. The Hawks took six ABC points from the game, with Perth winning only the third quarter. Courtesy of: publicnow.com
NZ Maori to take on Australian Indigenous Team in Gisbourne, Te Awamutu and Tauranga - 6 days ago
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The National Maori basketball team will be taking on the Apunipima Australian Indigenous Basketball team in a three game trans-Tasman series, starting tomorrow in Gisborne. Game two will be in Te Awamutu and the third in Tauranga. Head of Maori Basketball, Willy Taurima, says the Australians are the favourites due to the team being the defending champions and featuring some players, which will be led by ANBL veteran Tyson Demos(191-G-88). 'It certainly won't be a whitewash. They have a fe... [read more]
The National Maori basketball team will be taking on the Apunipima Australian Indigenous Basketball team in a three game trans-Tasman series, starting tomorrow in Gisborne. Game two will be in Te Awamutu and the third in Tauranga. Head of Maori Basketball, Willy Taurima, says the Australians are the favourites due to the team being the defending champions and featuring some players, which will be led by ANBL veteran Tyson Demos (191-G-88). 'It certainly won't be a whitewash. They have a few stars and we are missing a few guys due their obligations with the Breakers, but we've recruited enough experience to really have a crack at bringing the title back home to New Zealand.' The New Zealand Maori team that's been named boasts two recently retired Tall Blacks, nine NZ NBL current players, and eight former NZ Junior Tall Blacks. Taurima says there is a great rivalry building between the two teams. The last two events were highly competitive, with both nations holding a title each. 'This is the third year in the event's history. The first year was in 2014 when it was a two game series. It resulted in a draw at one win each, but New Zealand Maori won the title on point differential. The second year, in 2015, we lost two games to one. All three of those games went down to the wire, with about five points in it.' This year the event is being taken on the road to towns that Taurima says has a proud Maori representation in their communities. 'We wanted to widen the opportunity for people to see international basketball. And these will be great games with that good old Australian/New Zealand rivalry.' Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz
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