Taipans' slump baffles stalwart of side
HE has been there since the beginning, but Aaron Grabau struggles to recall a time with the Taipans like the present.
Speaking for the first time about his side's slide to the bottom of the NBL ladder, the fan favourite said he simply could not explain their limp performances this season, especially considering how well they train.
In fact Grabau said it was like watching two different teams, such is the difference between their training and playing levels.
"If we play like we train we win every game," Grabau said.
"We are on court for 2 1/2 hours, plus weights then shoot around for another 45 minutes every day. We are training so well.
"But then we come out and aren't getting it done. It's frustrating."
A veteran of 404 NBL games, Grabau remembers being in sides that made the wooden spoon their own.
"In the early days there was certainly a lack of professionalism, but that is not the case this season. We are doing all the little things, we have a plan that will win games and we just aren't doing it," he said.
"Everyone just wants to win. We are getting sick of these losses."
He said coach Aaron Fearne, who played alongside Grabau in the first Taipans side, was dealing well with the mounting pressure.
"He gets angry and frustrated when he sees our poor rebounding and turnover stats. But if he is feeling any extra pressure to get wins, he's not showing it," Grabau said.
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Sick of losses: Aaron Grabau can't remember a worse time for the team but says professionalism is not the issue. Picture: MIKE WATT