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Wildcats veteran Shawn Redhage to mark 350 NBL games
During a frantic race to the NBL Finals, Shawn Redhage found time to reflect on his incredible career ahead of his 350th NBL game on Monday against the Cairns Taipans. Now in his 12th NBL season, 11 of which have been spent with the Wildcats, Redhage acknowledged the importance of his upcoming milestone before re-affirming the team’s desire to add another championship this season. “These types of milestones are always fun,” says Redhage. “The championships, the teammates that we’ve had and the special moments we’ve created here; those things are really cherished.” “To be able to do it with the group of guys that we’ve had through my career has been pretty special.” “It’s one of those things you’ll look back on when your career is done, but for the moment I’m focused on the day to day.” Currently sitting on 349 NBL appearances, Redhage began his career with 13 games for the New Zealand Breakers in 2004, before joining the Wildcats in 2005 where he quickly built a legacy as one of the club’s all-time greats. “I’ve been fortunate to be with a great club like Perth, and to rack up nearly my whole career here is something I take a lot of pride in.” Throughout an illustrious career, Redhage has cemented his status in NBL history with a number of accolades, having won two NBL titles (2010 and 2014), making four NBL All-Star appearances (2005, 2006, 2007, 2012), featuring in four ALL-NBL teams (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013) and winning the Gordon Ellis medal as the Perth Wildcats most valuable player six times – the most by a player in the club’s history. Known as ‘The Scoring Machine,' Redhage spent his early years in the NBL as a force on the interior, averaging as many as nine rebounds per game in 2005 (with a career high 20 rebounds in a single game), but has since become known for his knockdown ability from deep. Redhage has scored an incredible 5656 career points on 49 per cent shooting from the field, including a career high 40-point outing in 2007, and says a change in role this season has helped him continue to perform at a high level. “Physically I feel good. Reducing the minutes, that’s been helpful for me to stay healthy in the year.” With his 336 appearances the fourth most games ever played by a Wildcat, Redhage is a chance to catch Andrew Vlahov (349) for third most matches should he continue his NBL career into a 13th season, but the forward insists he isn’t looking too far down the road. “That’s the farthest thing from my mind at the moment; we’re still trying to get that next championship, and those next few weeks are going to be crucial.” “I’m still enjoying the game, still trying to improve and still trying to help this team win.” “We definitely have the capabilities. We’ve set ourselves up pretty nicely with a good run home.” Shawn Redhage is set to make his 350th NBL appearance on Monday evening when the Perth Wildcats host the Cairns Taipans. The Australia Day eve match will also feature an opportunity to bid on every players game-worn jersey to raise money for the victims of WA's recent bushfires.