Breakers crumble to Hawks
Illawarra Hawks have stormed home to defeat a disappointing New Zealand Breakers team in front of their home crowd (courtesy NBL).
Breakers stalwart Kirk Penney will bring a storied and well-travelled basketball career to a close at the end of the NBL season.
The 37-year-old has made 158 NBL appearances for the Breakers across two stints, playing a role in their maiden 2010-11 title triumph.
He's also played for clubs in the United States - including in the NBA for Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers - and Spain, Israel and Turkey.
But having endured a tough 2017-18 NBL season with injuries, the Auckland native has decided to hang up his shoes at the end of the campaign.
He'll hope to end his career on a high by taking the Breakers through next month's semifinal against Melbourne United and to a fifth NBL title in eight years.
"It feels like the right time to step away from the game," Penney said.
Penney also enjoyed a long Tall Blacks career, making his debut in 1999 and starring at the 2002 world championships, in which they finished fourth.
KIRK PENNEY: A BREAKERS CAREER
- October 4, 2007 debut (vs West Sydney Razorbacks)
- 158 NBL appearances
- 3200 points, averaging 20.3 points per game
- 483 three-pointers
- 641 rebounds
- 369 assists
- Scored 49 points in one game vs Adelaide in 2010.