Coach Paul Henare stepping down from Breakers

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New Zealand Breakers coach Paul Henare has rejected a contract extension and will leave the NBL franchise.

SKYCITY Breakers coach Paul Henare.
SKYCITY Breakers v Illawarra Hawks. ANBL Basketball League. Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. 16 February 2018. © Copyright Image: Marc Shannon / www.photosport.nz.

Paul Henare has reportedly rejected a contract extension from the Breakers.

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Henare, who has coached the Breakers since 2015, informed the Breakers owners of his decision today.

"I will not be looking to re-sign with the club for next season. I wish the club the best for the future and thank the Breakers family for all the support over the last 15 years," is what Henare told the owners, according to a team source.

The 39-year-old former Tall Black has had a long and decorated career with the breakers. He played for the franchise between 2003 and 2011, winning a championship in his final year.

He then transitioned to coaching with the Breakers, first as an assistant in 2013, before stepping up as head coach in 2015.

The Breakers were knocked out in the semi-finals this season by Melbourne United.

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