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Gibson geared up for 2015/16

With team rosters finalised and all eyes on the fast approaching 2015/16 NBL season, the underdog Adelaide 36ers have assembled a roster that has gone under the radar of many. Suiting up for his 11th season in the NBL, Sixers captain Adam Gibson is well aware of the star power around the League, but said just because his team doesn’t boast big names, they do possess big talent. “You look around the League and Illawarra have signed former MVPs, and Sydney have signed Josh Childress again and picked up Marcus Thornton. Cairns got Mark Worthington and Melbourne got Steven Holt so from the outside all of the teams are making moves,” said Gibson. “We have changed five players though, and we know they are not big names like them. But, with a couple of pre-season games under our belt now, I’ve seen how the new guys will fit in and we’re definitely going to be an athletic team.” Gibson would know. The 28-year old has had a decorated basketball career, and even as a junior was always elite, as captain of numerous Tasmanian state teams and a scholarship to the AIS in 2004 and 2005. It was a chance meeting in Tennessee, USA that ultimately steered his NBL journey. “I was at the Institute and Ben Allen and I were invited to represent the World Select team at the Hoops Summit in Memphis. Rob Beveridge was the coach, and Bullets General Manager Jeff Van Groningen was there and we got talking,” he explained. “I had a few offers coming out of the Institute from New Zealand, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane, but ultimately chose Brisbane because of the team they had and it was also a bit closer to home than New Zealand.” Gibson made the move to Brisbane where he first started playing under Bullets coach Joey Wright, spawning a partnership that has continued through three franchises with seven play-off appearances in the eight seasons they have worked together. In the past ten years, the two have combined as player and coach for 246 games. There are only two other current players racking up over 100 games under their current coach, in Alex Loughton with 142 under Aaron Fearne and Anthony Petrie 123 also under Joey Wright. Gibson’s second season with Wright is one he won’t forget. The Brisbane Bullets team of 2007 was one of the best line-ups ever assembled and their Championship was a mere formality. An all-time record breaking 21-game winning streak made Gibson’s adjustment to the big time seamless. “That definitely helped. Everything flows pretty well when you don’t lose games,” Gibson explained. “Back then, training was more competitive than some of the games with the starters vs the bench players, we just had set teams. Now Joey mixes the line-ups at trainings a bit more, but back then you knew when you got to training which team you were going to be on.” As the duo prepare for their upcoming campaign, the team know they’re in safe hands with Adelaide assistant coach Kevin Brooks gets to see up close on a daily basis the chemistry that Gibson and Wright have. “They work extremely well together. It clearly is one of the best rapports in the league between a coach and a player. They know each other so well - they know what each other is thinking. “Anytime Joey has something that needs to be done he says just a few words, and you can see that Gibbo has already got it.” Adam Gibson and the Adelaide 36ers start their 2015/16 NBL campaign on Wednesday 7 October, tipping off the new season against the New Zealand Breakers, LIVE on Fox Sports at 7:30pm EST.
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