- New Zealand national basketball team
New Zealand FIBA Ranking 18th Joined FIBA 1951 FIBA Zone FIBA Oceania National Federation Basketball New Zealand Coach Nenad Vučinić Nickname(s) Tall Blacks Olympic Games Appearances 2 Medals None World Championships Appearances 3 Medals None Oceania Championships Appearances 20 Medals Gold: 1999, 2001, 2009
Silver: 1971, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011
The New Zealand national basketball team represents New Zealand in international basketball competitions. It is nicknamed the Tall Blacks, derived from the name of New Zealand's Rugby union team, the All Blacks.
- 1 History
- 2 Olympic Games record
- 3 FIBA World Championship record
- 4 Commonwealth Games record
- 5 William Jones Cup record
- 6 Notable players
- 7 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship Roster
- 8 Competitions
- 9 Rosters
- 10 External links
The Tall Blacks competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and finished with a 1–5 record, their only win coming against Angola in the playoff for eleventh.
In 2001, they defeated Australia in a three-game series to qualify for the 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indianapolis, United States. At the tournament they finished fourth, after beating Puerto Rico in the quarter-finals before losses to Serbia and Montenegro and Germany. Tall Blacks captain Pero Cameron was the only non-NBA player named to the all-tournament team in Indianapolis.
The Tall Blacks qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics but again finished with a 1–5 record and lost to Australia in the playoff for ninth place. Their most noted moment was on the 7th day of the games, when they defeated reigning World Champion Serbia and Montenegro 90–87.
2006 FIBA World championships
At the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the Tall Blacks were not to repeat their fourth-place finish from 2002. After an 0–3 start, the Tall Blacks rallied into the Second round with two straight wins to close out the group stage. However, they would fall in the round of 16 to defending Olympic gold medalists Argentina, 79–62. After that disappointment, Tab Baldwin resigned as the coach of the Tall Blacks and was replaced by Nenad Vučinić, his long time assistant coach.
The Tall Blacks perform a traditional Haka (Māori challenge) before every game.
Olympic Games record
FIBA World Championship record
- 1986 FIBA World Championship: 21st
- 2002 FIBA World Championship: 4th
- 2006 FIBA World Championship: 16th
- 2010 FIBA World Championship: 12th
Commonwealth Games record
- 2006 Commonwealth Games: Runners-up
William Jones Cup record
- 2000 William Jones Cup: Champions
Probably the most well-known former New Zealand Tall Black player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) is former Portland Trail Blazers forward Sean Marks, who is currently a free agent. Another New Zealand player, former University of Wisconsin star Kirk Penney, briefly played in the NBA, and later played with top European teams Maccabi Tel Aviv and Žalgiris, but now plays with Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spain after being released by the New Zealand Breakers. In past generations, players such as Stan Hill and Glen Denham were well revered and respected players who were the face of New Zealand basketball.
- Pero Cameron – 2002 FIBA World Championship All-Tournament Team
- Glen Denham
- Stan Hill
- Sean Marks – National Basketball Association player
- Kirk Penney – National Basketball Association player
2011 FIBA Oceania Championship RosterNew Zealand National Basketball Team roster
4 Tait, Lindsay January 8, 198229 - 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Wellington Saints SG 5 Fitchett, Michael September 20, 198228 - 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Nelson Giants SG 6 Penney, Kirk (C) November 23, 198030 - 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada PF 7 Vukona, Mika May 13, 198229 - 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) New Zealand Breakers SG 8 Dickel, Mark December 21, 197634 - 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Otago Nuggets PG 9 Kenny, Jarrod September 17, 198525 - 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) New Zealand Breakers SF 10 Abercrombie, Thomas July 5, 198724 - 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) New Zealand Breakers C 11 Pledger, Alex March 27, 198724 - 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) New Zealand Breakers PF 12 Anthony, B. J. July 20, 198823 - 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) New Zealand Breakers PF 13 Frank, Casey October 23, 197733 - 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Wellington Saints SF 14 Henry, Leon October 14, 198525 - 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) New Zealand Breakers C 15 Loe, Robert August 5, 199120 - 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Saint Louis University
- Head coach
- Assistant coach(es)
- Video technician
- General manager
- (C) Team captain
- Club field describes current pro club
Pos. Starter Bench Bench Inactive C Alex Pledger Robert Loe PF Mika Vukona Casey Frank B. J. Anthony SF Thomas Abercrombie Leon Henry SG Kirk Penney Mark Dickel Michael Fitchett PG Lindsay Tait Jarrod Kenny
2011 Stanković Cup
The squad competed at the 2011 Boris Stanković Cup in China. They played 3 games against difficult opposition, China, Russia and Angola.
After going down to Russia in the first game by just 3 points, the Tall Blacks quickly put that behind them to smash China in their second game which led to a good win against a strong Angolan team.
The Tall Blacks came up against a strong Russian team in the final, but the Russians were no match for Tall Blacks star shooting guard Kirk Penney as he dropped 30 points to give the Tall Blacks the win and the gold medal for 2011.
Performance at Oceania championship
Year Position Host 1971 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1971 1975 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1975 1978 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1978 1979 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1979 1981 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1981 1983 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1983 1985 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1985 1987 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1987 1989 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1989 1991 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1991 1993 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1993 1995 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1995 1997 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 1997 1999 1 FIBA Oceania Championship 1999 2001 1 FIBA Oceania Championship 2001 2003 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 2003 2005 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 2005 2007 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 2007 2009 1 FIBA Oceania Championship 2009 2011 2 FIBA Oceania Championship 2011
1986 World Championship: finished 21st among 24 teams
Gilbert Gordon, Peter Pokai, Stan Hill, Neil Stephens, Dave Edmonds, Ian Webb, Dave Mason, Tony Smith, Colin Crampton, Frank Mulvihill, Glen Denham, John Rademakers (Coach: Robert Bishop)
2000 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 12 teams
2002 World Championship: finished 4th among 16 teams
2004 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 12 teams
2006 World Championship: finished 16th among 24 teams
2010 World Championship: finished 12th among 24 teams
New Zealand squad – 2000 Summer Olympics – 11th place New Zealand squad – 2002 FIBA World Championship – 4th place New Zealand squad – 2004 Summer Olympics – 10th place New Zealand squad – 2006 FIBA World Championship – 16th place New Zealand squad – 2009 FIBA Oceania Championship – Gold Medal New Zealand squad – 2010 FIBA World Championship – 12th place 2010 FIBA World Championship StagesGroup A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Knockout stage | Final RostersGroup A | Group B | Group C | Group D Teams Qualifying
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