Andrej Lemanis will become just the fifth coach to
celebrate 250 games in charge of one ANBL team when the
Breakers play the Adelaide 36ers at Vector Arena on Thursday
Lemanis will be in select company, joining coaching legends
Lindsay Gaze (Melbourne Tigers), Brian Kerle (Brisbane
Bullets), Brendan Joyce (Wollongong Hawks) and Phil Smyth
(Adelaide 36ers) in leading the one team to 250 games, the
only coaches to have achieved the feat in the 34-year history
of the ANBL.
Lemanis is proud of the achievement but was quick to
acknowledge others at the club in Thursday night's programme
"I would like to pay tribute to everybody at the club who
contributes their piece to the puzzle. Many have been part of
the 250 game journey with me and I thank them for all of
their efforts in making this club the best in the ANBL.
"Much public recognition is given to the playing team and to
me as the representative of the coaching team. There are just
as many people contributing to the group off the court that
don't get the recognition they deserve in a public forum. We
truly are a team and everyone contributes their piece to the
puzzle, they all have an influence on the success or
otherwise of the on-court team."
Breakers general manager Richard Clarke said Lemanis was more
than worthy of his place among some coaching greats.
"Reaching 250 games for a single club is an impressive
achievement. It shows that Andrej has achieved results, but
also that his vision for the team and the club were strong
enough for the owners to buy into the long-term approach and
give him the opportunity to build that success.
"Andrej is often quoted on his 'one game at a time' focus for
the team, but reaching this milestone shows his commitment to
building an environment and culture that allows that game by
game approach to be successful. He is joining some great
coaches in the select group that have coached 250 games at a
single club, and he certainly deserves his place there."
Lemanis spoke also of his pride in seeing a generation of
basketball talent fostered at the Breakers during his tenure.
"Whilst winning is great, for me the greatest pleasure comes
from seeing the growth of players over the years. To see Mika
Vukona, Tom Abercrombie, Alex Pledger and other young players
come through and become not only better basketball players,
but to see them mature and develop into wonderful people is a
"To think that I may have had a small part to play in that
development is very rewarding. The next wave of young talent
is exciting and I look forward to watching them grow as Sky
City Breakers over the next few years."