Tom Abercrombie Announces Retirement from Tall Blacks After 110 Caps
After 13 years of playing for the Tall Blacks, Tom Abercrombie has announced his retirement from international basketball, following the team’s run at the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Jordan. The 33-year-old has had a long and successful career, playing for various basketball teams around the world.
A Look Back at Tom Abercrombie’s Career
Abercrombie began his basketball career in New Zealand, playing for the Rosmini College team before moving on to play for the Waikato Pistons in the National Basketball League (NBL). In 2008, he was drafted by the Melbourne Tigers in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) and played for the team for two seasons.
In 2010, Abercrombie was picked up by the New Zealand Breakers, where he would become a staple of the team for ten years. During his time with the Breakers, he won four championships and was named in the All-NBL Team in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He would also go on to represent New Zealand in the 2014 FIBA World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Tom Abercrombie’s Retirement
Abercrombie announced his retirement from the Tall Blacks on Instagram, saying, “It’s been my absolute privilege to represent our country. The pride and honour I felt every time I put on the singlet will never leave me. I’ve been incredibly lucky to play the game I love at such a high level and to do so alongside so many incredible teammates.”
Tributes Pour In for the Retiring Legend
After Abercrombie’s announcement, tributes poured in from fans and fellow basketball players. New Zealand Breakers’ head coach, Dan Shamir, tweeted, “One of the All-Time greats in New Zealand Basketball history. Your contributions, both on and off the floor, over the last decade were unreal. Thank you Tommy A!”
The Legacy of Tom Abercrombie
Tom Abercrombie’s legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of basketball fans around the world. His talent on the court, his dedication to the game, and his love for his country have made him a true legend of the sport.
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Summary: After 13 years and 110 caps, Tom Abercrombie has retired from international basketball with the Tall Blacks. Abercrombie has had a successful career, playing for teams in New Zealand and Australia, and representing his country in various international competitions. Tributes have poured in for the retiring legend, and his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of basketball fans around the world. #SPORT