New Zealand Breakers
Danish International Joins Breakers to Complete NBL21 Roster
The Sky Sport Breakers have completed their 10-man NBL roster with the signing of 1.93 metre Danish international Rasmus Bach on a two-year contract.
However, the 25-year old qualifies as a ‘local player’ because he holds an Australian passport having spent his childhood in Sydney and Brisbane.
Bach also has permanent residency in America after winning a scholarship to play basketball at Fort Lewis College in Colorado, where he has completed a Degree in Sports Administration.
The Shooting Guard joins the Breakers from Danish club Randers Cimbria where he averaged 12.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in a COVID ravaged season.
The team was on a 19-4 run before the pandemic cut the year short.
“Rasmus is a player who will give us depth, in both guards and wing positions, and I’m hoping he can develop into a good rotation player who can contribute,” said Sky Sport Breakers Head Coach Dan Shamir.
“He’s got the body, he’s got the potential, he’s got the drive, and he’s very hungry to play in the NBL, and that’s why we’ve signed him.”
Bach is currently on day-12 of Melbourne quarantine and will fulfill a lifelong dream when he joins his new Breakers’ teammates on Sunday.
“Growing up in Australia, the NBL was the league I watched, and the first NBL games I ever went to was the Brisbane Bullets against the Breakers in 2008,” he said.
“Even though I moved to America as a 12-year-old, I kept my eye on the NBL and would always watch the games.
“I always dreamed of coming to the NBL, and I’m super thankful to the Breakers and the organization for giving me this opportunity.
“I’m all about winning. Whatever the coach and team want me to do, I’m willing to do.”
While Bach may be unfamiliar to many kiwis, Shamir has revealed the Breakers have been watching him for months.
“We were intrigued with him the moment we saw him a few months ago,” he said.
“The only thing that delayed us signing him was that the NBL schedule this year was very different, and we wanted to keep our last spot open till the last minute.”
The Breakers’ opening NBL game is just a month away, with it now likely star American import and former NBA player Lamar Patterson arriving in the new year.
The two-time NBL First Team All-Star is dominating the Peurto Rician league, leading his Pirates team to the playoffs.
“Obviously we hoped from a selfish perspective that he would get on the plane a little earlier, but I’m happy he’s playing well and leading his team to success,” said Shamir.
“He’s going to join us close to the start of the season, having played 20 games, which is almost two-thirds of an NBL season.
“The challenge will be to incorporate him straight away, and we will do everything we can to achieve that.”
Shamir says Patterson will join a Breakers roster which has quickly settled into their Melbourne surroundings.
The season tips off on January 15.