Breakers' coach Andrej Lemanis will reach a significant
milestone tomorrow night when he is in charge for his 250th
ANBL match, but there's growing doubt about how many more he
Lemanis has applied to take over from Brett Brown as
Australia men's coach and is seen as a favourite, along with
arch-rival and Perth coach Rob Beveridge.
It has been advertised as a part-time position, and
Basketball Australia chief executive Kristina Keneally said
the successful applicant could continue to coach an ANBL
side, but Lemanis is reportedly keen to work fulltime if he
is successful because he doesn't think he could do justice to
Keneally said the job could be made fulltime for the right
applicant, which would involve being in charge of the entire
men's high performance programme.
Lemanis has been Breakers coach for the past eight years -
and Boomers assistant for the last four years - and he's in
charge of a side favoured to earn a third consecutive title.
They sit on top of the ANBL ladder with five regular season
The club are far from panicking about the possibility of
losing Lemanis and believe they have able successors in
assistants Dean Vickerman and Judd Flavell. Paul Henare, Pero
Cameron and even Dillon Boucher, who is retiring at the end
of the season, could also come into the frame if Lemanis
Applications for the Australian position close on Friday but
before that the Breakers host Adelaide at Vector Arena on
It's a game that marks Lemanis' 250th in charge of the club
and he will become just the fifth coach to achieve the feat
with one team, joining Lindsay Gaze (Melbourne Tigers), Brian
Kerle (Brisbane Bullets), Brendan Joyce (Wollongong Hawks)
and Phil Smyth (Adelaide 36ers).
"It's nice to get recognised for 250," Lemanis said. "There
was a time when 50 was looking like a long, long way away and
that's a testament to the club and people who run the
"There have been a lot of people who have contributed along
the way and been on this journey with me. It has been an
honour and a privilege to lead this team and I look forward
to the next part of the journey."
The upcoming finals are a big part of that, and the Breakers
are intent on maintaining their two-game lead over Perth at
the top of the table. They take on an Adelaide side rooted to
the bottom of the table but one that has shown some life
having won their last two games.
On top of that, the Breakers have had a two-week break since
their last match, which has proved challenging for a side who
played 10 games in six weeks after Christmas.
"Last week was tough and we could feel it dragging," Lemanis
said. "But the excitement of playing on Thursday is a good
The Breakers will still be without backup centre Will Hudson,
who is battling a knee injury, but will have plenty of
emotion around the game with forward Mika Vukona playing his
200th game for the club.
- additional reporting Newstalk ZB