Tom Abercrombie the BACKBONE is set to retire at the end of NZ Breakers season

Publish Date
Tuesday, 13 February 2024, 12:54PM

Since making his debut in 2008, Tom Abercrombie has been an absolute backbone of the New Zealand Breakers!

In a career spanning 16 years, Abercrombie has seen it all; four championship banners raised, changes in ownership, struggles through a pandemic and, in the last couple of seasons, a comeback...

But all good things must come to an end.

The Breakers have announced the 36-year-old will retire from all basketball at the end of the current NBL season, hanging up his singlet after more than 400 appearances.

The Breakers must win Friday night’s game against the Bullets at Spark Arena and no one has had more success at the venue than the Breakers’ captain.

Earlier this season, Head Coach Mody Maor said he was dreading the day that Abercrombie did not put on the Breakers’ uniform anymore. Now it appears, that day has come.

“The things Tom brings to a team, a club, a locker room and to the floor are exceptional,” says Maor

“Tom Abercrombie is everything you want an athlete to be, from positional size, to toughness, to athleticism, to shooting to IQ to leadership. He is literally the best captain I have ever been around.

“We are losing a player who is a connection with the Breakers of today and the legacy of the Breakers past.”

It is inevitable Abercrombie’s number 10 jersey will be retired and hang in the rafters alongside his former team mates Paul Henare, Dillon Boucher and CJ Bruton.

Matt Walsh says Friday night’s game at Spark will be an opportunity to see a future Hall of Famer, playing in the flesh.

“On behalf of all of Breaker Nation, thank you, Tom. I look forward to raising number 10 in the rafters next season.”

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