'We've done all the hard yards' – Breakers ready for NBL opener after gruelling pre season

Breakers captain Mika Vukona says that his side are ready to go in their NBL season opener against the Cairns Taipans in Auckland tomorrow.

Speaking to 1 NEWS today, Vukona said that his side are well prepared for the first match of their season.

"We've done all the hard yards during pre-season," he said.

"We really want that to come to fruition."

Vukona also spoke about the perceived notion of the Taipans being their "bogey team", having struggled home and away against Cairns last season.

"There's no bogey team in a new season."

The skipper finished by taking time to thank the clubs fans, urging them to turn out in support of the side ahead of the new season.

"They are another team member out there, we really do need them."

"Hoepfully we can get a lot of people there tomorrow.

The Breakers face Cairns at Spark Arena in Auckland tomorrow evening.

Mika Vukona says the team are itching to kick things off against Cairns in Auckland tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: Steven Adams back training after overcoming injury sustained in scary pre-season fall

Steven Adams is back training for Oklahoma City Thunder after overcoming a lower back and glute injury sustained in his team's first NBA preseason game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

The Rockets' star point guard James Harden fouled Adams, forcing the Kiwi to sit out the rest of the game as he headed to the locker rooms to have his injury addressed.

While the injury did not look too serious, it raised alarm bells for the Thunder with their depth at centre significantly shorter this season after trading away back-up player and sixth man Enes Kanter to the New York Knicks to acquire 10-time all star Carmelo Anthony.

But the Kiwi was back training at this morning's training with coach Billy Donovan saying he had a "full go".

Donovan did not comment on whether Adams would play in the team's next pre-season game against the New Orleans Pelicans tomorrow at 1pm NZT.

Adams has not had injury issues so far in his steady rise to fame in the NBA - the Rotorua-born basketballer has played in at least 80 games three times in the past four seasons and showed his grit in the notorious Western Conference Finals in 2015 after he was kicked in the groin twice by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green.

The Thunder start their season against the Knicks on October 20.


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Watch: Steven Adams slams thunderous dunk off cheeky bounce pass from new All-Star Paul teammate George

Steven Adams and his new teammates appear to have found some synergy heading into the new NBA season, as the big Kiwi and superstars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony put on a show in the OKC Thunder team scrimmage this morning.

With Westbrook not partaking in the scrimmages for personal reasons, the other two superstars were given a chance to work with Adams and they didn't disappoint.

Early in the exhibition game, George and Adams combined for a clean slam dunk after George bounce-passed to his open centre in the paint.

George finished the game with 30 points on six-for-eight shooting from behind the three-point line while Adams added 13 points on five-for-five shooting.

Adams also snagged six rebounds and three assists in the scrimmage.

Anthony notched 11 points with eight rebounds and five assists in the game against the Thunder reserves.

OKC play their first game of the regular season against the New York Knicks on October 20 NZT.


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