The Sydney Kings are an Australian men’s professional basketball team competing in the National Basketball League. The team is based in New South Wales; the Kings were formed from a merger between the West Sydney Westars and the Sydney Supersonics in October 1987. They were the first team to win three consecutive championships in the NBL and sit fifth behind the Adelaide 36ers and New Zealand Breakers, Melbourne United and Perth Wildcats for championships won; the Kings play their home games at the Qudos Bank Arena in New South Wales. The Kings were formed from a merger between the West Sydney Westars and the Sydney Supersonics in October 1987; the team adopted the purple-and-gold colours traditionally linked with the most winning team in the NBA during the 1980s, the Los Angeles Lakers. Before the merger, no Sydney-based teams had made the final four in NBL competition; that changed in 1989, when the Kings finished fifth with a 15-9 record and advanced to the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over the Melbourne Tigers.
After splitting their first two games in the semi-finals, the Kings were humiliated by the Canberra Cannons 142-82 in the series-deciding third game. Sydney made the playoffs in 1990. In 1992, led by imports Dwayne McClain and Ken McClary, the Kings finished second on the ladder; this time they advanced to the semi-finals and were beaten by the Tigers, who would lose to the South-East Melbourne Magic in the championship series. Over the next few years the Kings, despite the rich pockets of private owner Mike Wrublewski, earned a reputation for being chronic under-achievers; the team featured high profile players like Leon Trimmingham, Mario Donaldson, Dean Uthoff and Phil Smyth during the mid-90s but they failed to make the playoffs in 1993 or 1995, were eliminated in the first round in 1994 and 1996. The team soon received the nickname of'The Violet Crumbles', a popular chocolate sold in purple wrapper. After their 1996 elimination, the Kings would not make the NBL playoffs again until 2001, when they made it to the first round before being eliminated by the Townsville Crocodiles.
Australian Olympic team guard Shane Heal was recruited to lead the team, he finished second in the league in scoring average, behind Olympic teammate Andrew Gaze. Heal finished third in scoring average in the 2001–02 season, but the Kings again failed to make the playoffs. For the 2002 -- 03 season, Heal was joined by talented imports Chris Kavossy Franklin; the team welcomed the NBL's all-time leader in coaching victories, Brian Goorjian. The Kings finished on top of the ladder with a 22-8 record, swept the Perth Wildcats 2-0 in the grand final series to claim their first-ever championship. With Goorjian able to implement his defensive tactics which were so successful with the Spectres and Titans in Melbourne, there seemed to be no stopping the Kings, who were able to recruit quality imports like 2002–03 league MVP Chris Williams. In addition, many Victorian groomed players who had played for Goorijan such as Jason Smith and Bradley Sheridan followed him north to Sydney. Heal retired after the 2002–03 season, C. J. Bruton was recruited to take his place, Jason Smith was signed after returning to the NBL after playing in Europe but was injured 13 games into the season and was replaced by import Chris Carrawell.
The Kings started the 2003–04 season with 10 successive wins, would win their second championship after their best-of-five grand final series with crosstown rivals West Sydney Razorbacks went down to the deciding fifth game. Kings player Matt Nielsen would win the regular season and finals MVP in 2003–04 before leaving to play overseas; the Kings again performed in the 2004–05 season despite a disastrous early game against Townsville which saw C. J. Bruton out for weeks with an elbow injury, a season ending torn ACL for rookie of the year candidate Luke Kendall; the Kings managed without their starting backcourt until Bruton came back and they signed import big man Rolan Roberts. Arguably stronger than before the Kings finished on top of the ladder and crushed the Wollongong Hawks in three straight games to become the first team in Australian league history to win three consecutive championships. Jason Smith was named the NBL Finals Most Valuable Player. In the 2005 -- 06 season, the Kings made it to the grand final.
Import centre Rolan Roberts suffered a torn pectoral muscle imitating a Vince Carter dunk during the All Star dunk competition and was replaced by Sedric Webber. In the finals they were swept 3-0 by the Chris Anstey led Melbourne Tigers; the club was purchased in 2006 for $2 million by the chairman of fuel technology company Firepower International, Tim Johnston. Johnston sold a part share in 2007 to 31-year-old Dorry Kordahi, CEO and owner of DKM. On 24 March 2008, coach Brian Goorjian quit the club after a mutual agreement, on 12 June 2008, the NBL terminated the Sydney team's licence as Firepower collapsed and the Kings were unable to pay player salaries. Under a revised management structure and ownership, the Sydney Kings relaunched for the 2010–11 NBL season, returning to the league after a two-year absence. However, despite big-named additions such as Julian Khazzouh, Ben Madgen and Luke Martin, the Kings in their first season back finished in last place on the ladder with an 8–20 record.
Due to the 2011 NBA Lockout, Australia's highest p
The Perth Wildcats are an Australian professional basketball team based in Perth, Western Australia. The Wildcats compete in the National Basketball League and play their home games at RAC Arena, known colloquially as "The Jungle", their sister team, the Perth Lynx, play in the Women's National Basketball League. After three years of strong lobbying to the NBL, the creation of a national basketball team in Perth occurred in 1982; the Westate Wildcats were played out of the 800-seat Perry Lakes Basketball Stadium. Interest in basketball grew throughout the community and in 1984 the Westate Wildcats became the Perth Wildcats; the Wildcats have gone on to become the highest-drawing and most successful team in the league, having won NBL championships in 1990, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019, placing the team four ahead of Melbourne United, who has five championships. Since 1987, the Wildcats have made 33-straight post-season appearances, an accomplishment matched by no other professional sports team in Australia.
The Wildcats are the city's only major professional basketball team and are one of Western Australia's major summer sport teams, along with the Perth Scorchers, the Western Warriors and Perth Glory. Wildcats players are active members of the Perth community, with the off-court structures aimed at making the players better people so that they could become better players cited as the biggest key to success. There are personal qualities demanded from owner Jack Bendat down through every rank of the organisation, being a proactive part of community work through its InspiRED program, is pivotal; the public support for the Wildcats has been deemed remarkable the way fans have bought into the brand to create the "Red Army". The Wildcats' sturdy culture has long been built on a history of winning. In 2009, after being on the brink of bankruptcy, Jack Bendat and then-chief executive officer Nick Marvin transformed the franchise, focusing on being family-friendly and engaging with children in Western Australia.
From a zero-tolerance swearing policy to always making eye contact and acknowledging supporters, players have a 350-hour community engagement obligation, 200 hours above what the collective bargaining agreement requires. In 2009, instead of doing 20 school visits per year, the Wildcats started doing 100; this increased to 200 school visits in 2010, the year after it rose again to 220. Under Marvin, the philosophy was: the more engaged the Wildcats were with the West Australian community, the more fans they accumulated; as a result, they are the most successful franchise in NBL history and one of the most competitive professional sporting teams in the world, with crowds at Perth Arena the best and unmatched in the NBL. The Wildcats have enjoyed large home crowds since moving into Perth Arena in 2012, resulting in arguably the greatest home-court advantage in the NBL. In January 2017, the Wildcats became the first NBL franchise to break the 10,000-member barrier; as a result of their large fan base, known as the "Red Army", the Wildcats have set numerous record sell-out crowds at Perth Arena.
A record crowd of 13,559 watched the Adelaide 36ers knock off the Wildcats 106–102 on 16 January 2015. A capacity crowd of 13,611 attended Game 3 of the 2017 Grand Final series on 5 March 2017, matching the Wildcats' highest-attendance record. A capacity crowd of 13,611 attended the Wildcats vs Melbourne United match on 12 January 2018, marking the seventh time topping 13,000 at Perth Arena in 2017–18; the Wildcats went on to record the highest attendance for a team during an NBL season with 183,689 fans attending their home games during the 2017–18 regular season. Since 2012, the team has been forced on an extended road trip for much of December due to Perth's annual hosting of the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena in early January; when the Wildcats have won the NBL title, the team's victory celebration and ceremony has been held in the City of Perth at Forrest Place. In 1979, the National Basketball League in Australia was formed, it took another three years of lobbying by the Perth basketball community, led by personalities like Gordon Ellis, before a team in Western Australia became a reality.
Formed in 1982 as the Westate Wildcats, the Wildcats became the first, so far only, Western Australian team to compete in the NBL. The team was coached by Henry Daigle and captained by Mike Ellis, they played out of Perry Lakes Basketball Stadium, they struggled finishing 10th with a 10 -- 16 win/loss record. Gordon Ellis took over as coach in 1983, but a 6–16 record ensued, with the Wildcats finishing well out of the finals race in 13th position. In 1984, the team was renamed the Perth Wildcats, but with coach Lynn Massey at the helm, the Wildcats finished on the bottom of the ladder with only three wins—an all-time low for the team. A fourth coach in Jay Brehmer came into the team for the 1985 season. Brehmer and imports Dan Clausen and Roland Brooks looked to lead the Wildcats to a finals berth for the first time, but they narrowly missed out on the post-season with a 13–13 record and an eighth-place finish; the Wildcats suffered a major setback in 1986 with the loss of the high-scoring Roland Brooks, after he suffered a season-ending injury just 10 games into the season.
Without their star import, the Wildcats struggled to be competitive as they finished the season in 12th place with an 8–18 record. Many changes occurred in 1987. Most the team moved from the small confines of Perry Lakes Stadium to what
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The National Basketball League is the pre-eminent professional men's basketball league in Australia and New Zealand. The league was founded in 1979 and is contested by nine teams. In August 1979, the inaugural season of the NBL commenced, playing in the winter season which it did so until the completion of the 1998 season, the league's twentieth season; the 1998–99 season, which began only months was the first to be played during the summer season. The shift, used by the league, was an attempt to avoid competing directly against Australia's various winter season football codes; the NBL experienced its "golden age" in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but its popularity, media attention and corporate support deteriorated and plateaued in the decade afterward. A second Melbourne club, the South Dragons, entered the league in the 2006–07 season, but was short lived, soon folding 3 years after the 2008–09 season in which they were premiers. In the 2006–07 season, the NBL became the first Australasian sporting league to field a team from Asia with the Singapore Slingers playing.
The Gold Coast Blaze joined the competition in the 2007–08 season. In 2007, Australian NBA player Andrew Bogut suggested the NBL try to adopt a model similar to the Australian Football League whereby there are the same 10 or 15 teams over a 10-year period. A turbulent period during 2008 and 2009 saw the league lose teams from Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore; the 2009–10 season earmarked as the season in which the NBL would begin its revamping, much like the old National Soccer League which became the eight team A-League. The NBL returned to free-to-air television in Australia for the first time in three years with One broadcasting 2–3 games a week; the 2010–11 season saw the return of the Sydney Kings after the club was purchased for A$20,000 on 31 July 2008. In 2013, the NBL had a de-merger from Basketball Australia. Crowds improved for the 2013–14 NBL season, recording the highest cumulative crowd attendance figures for the past five years. After numerous teams folding and a plummeting public profile property developer Larry Kestelman purchased a 51% portion of the league.
Since game attendance, TV viewership, website visitors and app downloads have been on the increase. In April 2016 the Townsville Crocodiles folded as they had become too financially unsustainable to continue; however the Cairns Taipans may play some games out of the Townsville Entertainment Centre in the future. Larry Kestelman has stated on the Aussie Hoopla podcast that no NBL club will fold again as long as he is in control of the league. Allowing for clubs to recruit the best Australian players not in the NBA became easier with the marquee rule which saw the return from Europe and the US of players such as Brad Newley, David Andersen and Andrew Bogut. In addition the Asian/Oceania born player rule, introduced for the 2016–17 season, allows for clubs to recruit players born in countries such as India and Japan who would not count as imports under NBL rules; the growth of Basketball in Asia over recent years and the overall strength and standard of Australian Basketball should ensure the sustainability of the league for many years provided Asian players continue to strive to compete in the NBL and Asian basketball fans are able to follow the league.
Current trends should see the NBL as the third highest attended basketball league in the world, after the NBA and EuroLeague. From 2016 to 2018, saw a renewed interest in the sport, with it being described as being the national basketball league's greatest period. 2016/17 set a new attendance record for the league, with the figure being matched the following year, as well as the grand final series for the 2017/18 season, being the highest attended. Since the 2009–10 NBL season, each team has played 28 games during the regular season, 14 home and 14 away; the regular season ends in late March. The top four teams at the end of the regular season advances to the Finals; the team finishing in the first and second position at the completion of the regular season receives home advantages in their best-of-three first round matchup against the team finishing in fourth and third position. The winner of each of the three matches advances to the Grand Final; the winner of Series 1 plays the winner of Series 2 in the best-of-five Grand Final series, with home advantage being awarded to the highest remaining seed.
The winner of this series is crowned as NBL champion. The National Basketball League was founded in 1979 with nine teams. Due to club expansions and relocations, many of the teams either changed or ceased to exist. There are eight teams; the teams are located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Wollongong. The Illawarra Hawks are the oldest club in the competition, having participated in every season since 1979; the salary cap for each team is $AU1.1 million as a'soft cap' with marquee players able to be paid amounts that will exceed that amount for the team. Whilst NBL salaries are not disclosed by clubs, it is understood some players will earn in excess of $AU500,000.00 per season including endorsement deals. There has been significant support for the NBL to expand into Asia by many NBL players as well as from ex-Australian Boomers head coach Brian Goorjian, be it differently to how it was done with the now-defunct Singapore Slingers which had 14-hour round-trip flights to the Australian East Coast.
Locating a team in the city of Darwin would make an Asian-based road-trip less drawn-out, although Darwin does not have the support for a national domestic
The Adelaide 36ers known as the Sixers, are an Australian professional men's basketball team in the National Basketball League. The 36ers are the only team in the league representing the state of South Australia and are based in the state capital, Adelaide; the club was called the Adelaide City Eagles when they joined the NBL in 1982, but changed their name to the 36ers the following year. The 36ers nickname comes from the fact that the Colony of South Australia was proclaimed on 28 December 1836, they will play their home games at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre from 2019 onwards. The 36ers' tally of four championships is equal with the New Zealand Breakers, third only behind the Perth Wildcats and Melbourne United as the most by any club in the NBL's history. After the demise of the Forestville Eagles at the end of the 1981 NBL season had left the West Adelaide Bearcats as Adelaide's only representative in the NBL, the Basketball Association of South Australia formed a composite team representing all the state league teams.
This team was known as the Adelaide City Eagles when they joined the NBL in 1982. Mike Osborne was appointed as team coach, Chris Stirling was captain and the team, like West Adelaide, played out of the 3,000 seat Apollo Stadium; the Eagles performed well in their first season but missed the playoffs finishing in 7th place on the ladder with a 15–11 record. The championship was won that year by the West Adelaide Bearcats who featured future 36ers in 1982 NBL MVP Al Green, Moscow Olympian Peter Ali and veteran guard Ray Wood; the Adelaide City Eagles changed their name after the 1982 season to the Adelaide 36ers to reflect on the history of South Australia's proclamation in 1836. Mike Osborne continued as head coach; the 36ers once again missed the NBL playoffs in 1983 finishing 6th on the ladder with an 11–11 record. The 1984 NBL season saw the first time the 36ers would reach the NBL finals, finishing the regular season in 3rd place in the Western Division with a 16–7 record; the team lost their Elimination Final to the Nunawading Spectres 108–101.
Following the season, Mike Osborne was not retained as coach. With the West Adelaide Bearcats facing financial difficulties, the club pulled out of the NBL after 1984 with a number of their players joining the 36ers. From 1985 the Adelaide 36ers would be the sole South Australian team in the NBL, a situation that continues as of the 2016–17 NBL season. Former Australian Boomer and 1964 Olympic representative Ken Cole was signed as coach of the Adelaide 36ers for the 1985 NBL season. Under Cole, the 36ers became one of the league's premier teams. Import players including 6'9" centre Bill Jones, New York-born combo guard Al Green and an NBL rookie in 24-year-old Power forward from Philadelphia, Mark Davis who joined the team 5 games into the season after dominating the local league with South Adelaide, combined with local players Darryl Pearce, team captain Peter Ali, young gun Mike McKay, veteran Ray Wood to help Adelaide to a 20–6 record and second on the regular season ladder behind the Brian Kerle coached Brisbane Bullets who featured Australian Olympian Larry Sengstock, arguably the leagues best player and former West Adelaide championship player Leroy Loggins, Ronnie "The Rat" Radliff, the "Black Pearl" Cal Bruton.
The team had a bye going into the semi-final where they defeated for the Newcastle Falcons 151–103 at home in what the record semi-final win in the NBL, something Ken Cole had publicly predicted would happen. Leading 105–84 going into the last period, Cole told his team that he wanted a record score for a Semi-final and the team responded, producing a 46–19 last period to blow the Falcons away and get the record. In the last single game NBL grand final played, Adelaide were up against the Brisbane Bullets on the Bullets' home court. Going into the final period the game the Bullets' were leading 78–74 but a 42–21 last period in favour of the home team with Loggins leading the way saw Adelaide fail to win their first grand final going down 95–120. 1985 would see Al Green set a single season points per game record for the 36ers when he scored 31.0 ppg in 28 games played. Green, who Ken Cole chose to move to Point guard and leave Darryl Pearce at off guard, adjusted to his new role running the team's offense and led the team in assists for the first time averaging 5.1 per game.
His form saw him selected to his second All-NBL First Team after winning selection in 1981 while with West Adelaide. For his efforts during the season, 19-year-old guard Mike McKay was awarded the NBL's Rookie of the Year award. McKay played all 28 games, averaging 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. 1986 would see the Adelaide 36ers win the first of their four NBL championships. 27-year-old import centre Bill Jones replaced Peter Ali as captain and 6'6" former import forward Dwayne Nelson returned to the team after a year away, while Ken Cole would win the NBL Coach of the Year award after guiding the team to a 24–2 record, 5 more wins than the second placed Canberra Cannons. The 36ers were undefeated at home during the regular season going 13–0, the first time a club had gone unbeaten at home in l
Nunawading Spectres is a NBL1 club based in Melbourne, Victoria. The club fields a team in both the Men's and Women's NBL1; the club is a division of Melbourne East Basketball Association, the major administrative basketball organisation in the region. The Spectres play their home games at Nunawading Basketball Centre. Nunawading Basketball was established in 1969. In 1979, a Nunawading Spectres men's team entered the National Basketball League, joining nine other teams for the league's inaugural season. In 1982, a Nunawading Spectres women's team entered the Women's National Basketball League for the league's second season. In 1987, the Spectres men changed their name to Eastside Spectres and spent five years under that moniker before merging with the Southern Melbourne Saints in 1992 to become the South East Melbourne Magic. During their time in the NBL, the Spectres were two-time grand finalists, losing to Launceston in 1981 and Perth in 1991; the Spectres women played 10 seasons in the WNBL and won six championships, including four in a row between 1986 and 1989.
In 1990, with the Eastside Spectres still a championship contender in the NBL, a Nunawading Spectres men's team re-emerged in the form of a South East Australian Basketball League franchise. Two years the Spectres women joined the men's team in the SEABL after withdrawing from the WNBL following the 1991 season. In 1995, the men's team collected their first title as they won the CBA East Conference Championship; the women's team were conference runners-up in both 2000 and 2008, while the men were conference runners-up in 1999 and 2004. In 2011, the men's team won their second conference title and their first SEABL National Championship after defeating the Bendigo Braves 88–61 in the grand final. Spectres guard Shane McDonald was superb as he racked up a game-high 28 points to earn the MVP award. After finishing as conference runners-up in 2013, the men's team won their third conference title in 2014 behind the likes of Mitch Creek, Tommy Greer, Shane McDonald, Simon Conn and Matt O'Hea. However, they were unsuccessful in claiming National Championship honours after going down to the Mount Gambier Pioneers 85–71 in the grand final.
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The National Basketball League Finals is a tournament held at the end of each NBL season to determine the league champions. The top four teams qualify for the finals based on the regular season results; the current finals format consists of two rounds: the best-of-three Semi Finals and best-of-five Grand Final series. The top six teams at the end of the regular season advance to the finals under this playoff system: The first round of the postseason sees the team that finishes in first place at the end of the regular season against the team that finishes sixth; the three teams that win their respective best-of-three first-round series advances, is joined in the semifinals by the highest-placed losing team from the first round. Teams are seeded again for the best-of-three semifinal series; the three winning teams from the first round are seeded in order of their regular-season finishing positions, the first-round loser automatically becomes the No. 4 seed. The two winning teams from the semifinals meet in a best-of-three Grand Final series to determine the champion.
The top six teams at the end of the regular season advance to the finals under this playoff system: The first round of the postseason sees the team that finishes in first place at the end of the regular season against the team that finishes sixth. The three teams that win their respective best-of-three first-round series advances, is joined in the semifinals by the highest-placed losing team from the first round. Teams are seeded again for the best-of-three semifinal series; the three winning teams from the first round are seeded in order of their regular-season finishing positions, the first-round loser automatically becomes the No. 4 seed. The two winning teams from the semifinals meet in a best-of-three Grand Final series to determine the champion. WNBL Finals
Melbourne United is an Australian professional basketball team based in Melbourne, Victoria. United play their home game at Melbourne Arena; the team made their debut in the NBL in 1984 as the Melbourne Tigers, as an extension of the Melbourne Basketball Association. The franchise entered into private ownership in 2002, ending the team's relation with the MBA; the Tigers were led by coach Lindsay Gaze and his son Andrew from 1984 until 2005, with the pair guiding the Tigers to two championships in the 1990s. The pair were supported by fellow club legends such as Dave Simmons, Lanard Copeland and Mark Bradtke. Four consecutive NBL Grand Finals followed between 2006 and 2009, with championships coming in 2006 and 2008 behind the likes of Chris Anstey and Darryl McDonald. After 31 seasons of using the Melbourne Tigers name, the franchise was renamed Melbourne United in May 2014, a change, not well received by Tigers fans, former Tigers players, or the wider NBL community. Four years the franchise won their first NBL Championship since adopting the Melbourne United name.
Their five championships is second only to the Perth Wildcats for most titles in NBL history. Melbourne United's history stems back to 1931 with the beginning of basketball in Victoria; the Melbourne Tigers brand came into use in 1975, after the Tigers won the South Eastern Basketball League title in 1983, a new Melbourne Tigers entity was entered into the National Basketball League in 1984, as an extension of the Melbourne Basketball Association. The Tigers struggled given a lack of financial resources. During the early struggles of the 1980s, the Tigers were led by coach Lindsay Gaze and his son Andrew. Andrew Gaze was a prolific scorer, as he set a still-standing NBL record with 44.1 points per game for the 1987 season. During the year, he had a 60-point game against the Newcastle Falcons. Despite his dominance, the Tigers finished with a 3–23 record; the addition of imports David Colbert and Dave Simmons in 1989 saw the Tigers make their first-ever finals appearance. The addition of Lanard Copeland in 1992 led to the Tigers reaching their maiden NBL Grand Final series, where they were defeated 2–1 by the South East Melbourne Magic.
Gaze and Copeland formed arguably the best back-court partnership in NBL history, with Copeland playing second fiddle to Gaze and always stepping up as the "go to" man when Gaze was absent. Joining Gaze and Simmons in 1993 was Mark Bradtke, as the foursome led the Tigers back to the NBL Grand Final, where they faced the Perth Wildcats. Having split the first two games, Game 3 in Perth went down to the wire. A tense and tight affair led to a frantic final minute – with the Wildcats trailing by three and Andrew Vlahov holding possession, his three-point attempt from the top of the arc looked oh-so-good, before completing a near-full circle of the rim and hitting the backboard before rattling out, it was a fitting maiden championship win for Andrew and Lindsay Gaze, with the father-son duo embracing in a memorable teary breakdown following the game. The Tigers returned to the NBL Grand Final in 1996, where they were once again beaten 2–1 by the South East Melbourne Magic. Following the 1996 season, the Tigers parted ways with Dave Simmons.
The 1997 season began with import Jarvis Lang being replaced by Marcus Timmons. Behind Gaze, Copeland and Timmons, the Tigers reached their fourth NBL Grand Final series, as they finished the 1997 season on a 17–1 run that included a record 16-game winning streak, they once again faced the Magic, this time claiming a 2–1 victory to win their second NBL Championship. The Tigers were unable to recapture their championship form throughout the rest of the 1990s and the early 2000s. In 2002, the franchise entered into private ownership after the organisation had racked up a $2 million debt. Poor management has led losses to mount in the so-called professional phase of the Melbourne Basketball Association's ownership of the franchise. A new ownership consortium under Melbourne businessman Seamus McPeake and the Gazes saw financial stability restored to the organisation for the 2002–03 season; the Gaze era ended in 2005 with the retirement of coach Lindsay and the sport's greatest Australian player, Andrew.
In addition, the Tigers parted ways with both Mark Lanard Copeland. Darryl McDonald and imports Rashad Tucker and Dave Thomas were joined by Chris Anstey for the 2005–06 season. Fellow stalwarts in the team included Stephen Hoare and Tommy Greer. Behind coach Al Westover, the Tigers reached the 2006 NBL Grand Final series, where they swept the Sydney Kings 3–0; the 2006–07 season saw the Tigers return to the NBL Grand Final, where they were defeated 3–1 by the Brisbane Bullets. The 2007 off-season saw the Tigers acquire David Barlow and Nathan Crosswell, joining a core of Anstey, McDonald, Corletto and Greer. Import Sean Lampley joined the Tigers mid-season and helped them reach their third straight NBL Grand Final, where they once again faced the Sydney Kings; the series was tied at 2–2 heading into the deciding Game 5. Game 5 saw the Tigers complete the job they were so close to doing in Game 4 at home by winning 85–73 at the Kingdome to celebrate Darryl McDonald's last game in style. Both Anstey and Thomas finished with 12 rebounds.
In 2008, the Tigers acquired the services of Sam Mackinnon and Ebi Ere, while long-time swingman Dave Thomas departed for Cairns. However, following an injury to Mackinnon and the mid-season departure of Rod Grizzard and Luke Kendall were acquired in January 2009; the 2008–09 season saw the Tigers return to the NBL Grand Final for a fourth straight year, but they were defeated 3–2 by the South Dragons. In