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Forman's foreword: Hawks are happy

“I’m enjoying my basketball right now more than ever.” A strong sentiment from the captain of last year’s wooden spoon team, but things are changing in the Illawarra. A new shot of enthusiasm and passion has taken over the Hawks and the shockwaves can be felt throughout the League. The off-season acquisitions of coach Rob Beveridge, former MVPs Kirk Penney and Kevin Lisch and leading rebounder AJ Ogilvy has brought the pulse back to Illawarra and nobody is more excited than Oscar Forman. Ahead of his 15th NBL season, Forman finds himself as the elder statesman of the League this year. He will not be the oldest in age, but he is the most experienced. At 420 games played, Forman is two full seasons in front of Cairns' Matt Burston (352) and following the departure of Townsville's Jacob Holmes, is the only man left on the Top 60 Most Games Played list set to hit the court this season. Coming off not only a disappointing season for the team but a perilous time for front office, Forman described his last four months as difficult. “It’s been a tough off-season, to be honest. At the end of every year I’ve travelled overseas as it’s one of my passions, but this time round I just didn’t really feel like I wanted to be in Wollongong,” said Forman. “There were too many times you would get stopped in the streets with everybody asking what was happening. Things were pretty tough, but now looking back I think it made us stronger as a unit. The team was there for each other, we were calling each other to help out and we made a point to stick together.” Aside from the club’s administration problems, Gordie McLeod handed in his resignation after six years as head coach, further muddying the Illawarra waters. It was even harder for Forman who was hearing the developments from Los Angeles. “When I heard that Gordie was leaving, I was in LA and it was incredibly tough. Explaining it to people was hard because they didn’t understand the magnitude of what it meant. “He’s a pretty big part of Wollongong and a massive part of the club. You can’t go anywhere in town without someone talking about him, explaining what he meant to them and what a legend he is. It was so much more than a coach just leaving,” said Forman. “The day before I left to come home, word got through that Rob Beveridge was in town. As soon as I got back I had a meeting with him and we only talked for about 20 minutes, but he explained how he wanted to play, and what he wanted to do. I remember thinking that it was exactly what I wanted to be involved with, and it was all really exciting.” Excitement levels elevated when the club secured renowned sharp shooters in Penney and Lisch. Forman was a teammate with Penney at the Breakers from 2008 - 2010 (New Zealand led the League in three-pointers in 2009 and 2010) so Forman thinks the chemistry should be fine. The offensive possibilities of adding Lisch make them deadly on paper, but how are they going to make it work? “There is always going to be somebody open. That’s the way I’m looking at it. There’s going to be a lot of transition baskets, a lot of people are going to be open. “You’ve got AJ, Kirk and Kevin, none of them are single coverage players and they are going to demand a lot of attention. I’m very happy with that. If they want to take my player away from me for just a second, that’s good enough for me,” said Forman. “The big thing for me, especially now we’ve just finished our first week of official training is how positive everything it is. We’re all having fun. “It’s going to be a group of guys where everybody is pushing for each other and I feel that we are legitimately 10 deep. Training has been pretty fiery and we are all itching to get scrimmaging again.” The Illawarra Hawks get their first hit out tonight against the University of California Golden Bears, featuring predicted 2016 NBA Draft Picks Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb tonight at the Snakepit. Click HERE for the live stream from 6:00pm AEST.
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