The James Blond Super City Rangers did their NBL title aspirations no harm at all this week by signing Tall Blacks point guard Lindsay Tait on a three-year contract. The signing of Tait will likely herald major changes to the Rangers roster as the Auckland franchise build a team capable of winning the 2016 championship
Tait has won seven NBL championships the most recent the 2014 title with the Wellington Saints.
The 33 year old last played a season in the city of sails in 2012 when he was a member of the championship winning Auckland Pirates team. The prospect of returning to his hometown is something the Tall Blacks point guard is looking forward to.
“The prospect of staying at home in Auckland to be close to my two sons while at the same time having the opportunity to continue my career in an organization that I believe will compete for a championship are the main deciding factors in my decision making process.”
The Rangers exited the 2015 competition at the semi-final stage but with Tait, a 15-year veteran of the NBL, at the helm a visit to the grand final will be a distinct possibility.
“Having the ability to play alongside and under some of the great talent that the Rangers are currently looking at acquiring is also a very exciting prospect for myself in an effort to erase the bad taste that last season has left in my mouth (a heart breaking 72-68 loss to the Southland Sharks in the NBL Final).”
Rangers coach Jeff Green is delighted to have signed Tait.
“It’s exciting for the future of the Rangers franchise to have signed a player of Lindsay’s caliber. We lacked a fast break game last season along with a good defensive structure and Lindsay will help in both those departments. We want to play a higher tempo game in 2016. We will also benefit from Lindsay’s exceptional leadership qualities.”
The James Blond Super City Rangers have not only made their on court intentions clear with the signing of Tait but have also boosted their front office by appointing Reuben Waihi as General Manager effective immediately.