Adelaide 36ers co-captain Nathan Crosswell will be celebrating 350 games in the NBL this Saturday night and has announced that it will be his final NBL game.
Nathan began his NBL career in 1999 at the age of 20, when he joined the Melbourne Tigers.
Crossie as he is known to his team mates, has played for six clubs throughout his career; Melbourne Tigers, Victorian Titans, Victorian Giants, Cairns Taipans, Townsville Crocodiles and the Adelaide 36ers.
He won a championship with the Melbourne Tigers in 2007/08 and was selected for the Australian Boomers camp in 2008, but was unable to attend.
Nathan Crosswell said that he has been thinking about retirement for the past couple of months and made the decision with his family.
“Ever since I have started thinking about retiring, I knew that it was time. I would like to thank all my team mates, coaches, support staff and teams I have played in over the years,”
“I have had a long career in the NBL and have been lucky enough to play at the highest level in Australia for 14 years.”
The co-captain said that it has been getting tougher to train the older he gets.
“I’ve got guys that I’m playing with now whose birthdays are in the 1990s, it keeps you on your toes and it keeps you up with what’s going on, training during the week it is hard work.”
Adelaide 36ers General Manager Dean Parker said that Nathan has endured the many changes and challenges in league over the past 14 years and this makes him an exceptional talent.
“Nathan has been a great leader for this Club, he was vice-captain in 2011/12 and co-captain for season 2012/13 and he has earned the respect of all the players and Clubs he has played with over his 14 years, making him the great person he is, both on and off the court.”
“We would like to wish Nathan, Roslyn, Harrison and Emily all the best for the future and thank him for his fantastic contribution to the Adelaide 36ers and to Australian basketball.”
Nathan’s final game is an away game against the Wollongong Hawks in Wollongong this Saturday night and it will be broadcast on NBL.TV for subscribers and for fans wanting to follow the state of play, they can log on to LiveStats.
The Adelaide 36ers will be holding their Awards and Auction Night next Thursday at Adelaide Arena. Tickets are $120 and can be purchased by calling the Club on 8345 0900.
To watch the game on demand and for post-match highlights go to www.nbl.tv