The Illawarra Hawks have announced the re-signing of long-time Hawk and current co-captain, Oscar Forman, for the upcoming 2017/18 NBL season.
Returning for his eighth season with the club, the ninth most capped Hawk of all time returns for another tilt at the NBL title. The signing confirms an almost identical roster to the one that graced the Sandpit last season.
Despite speculation around his potential retirement, Forman reiterated that it didn’t cross the mind of the SA-born sharpshooter.
“It was always my plan to play on,” Forman explained.
“I never indicated at all that I was going to retire this year.
“I don’t really believe in age is what signifies an end of career; I think it’s your performance and it’s your body.
“I think I keep in pretty good nick and I think I still perform where I can give something to the team.”
Proficient from behind the arc last season, Forman led the side in 3-point shooting percentage. In doing so, he has now scored the third most 3-pointers of any Hawk, shooting at a prolific 43.86% – the best of any Hawk attempting 200 or more 3-point shots.
Despite age being against him on paper, Forman credited his ability to look after his body as the reason he has achieved such longevity in the game.
Additionally, opting not to chase off-season game time, as many NBL players do, has Forman fit, firing and hungry when the NBL season comes around.
“I’ve played with a number of people and everyone’s body is different,” said Forman.
“I guess with me I’ve taken the last few off seasons off.
“I travel and I clear my mind and make sure I have the desire and the burning passion for basketball when the season starts, rather than feeling burnt out.”
With the re-signing confirming an almost identical roster to the one that fell just short of an NBL title in 2016/17, Forman believes there is a huge opportunity to do something special this season.
“It builds on and carries over, you carry a bit of momentum,” he said.
“You look at the New Zealand’s or the Perth’s, they just have that core together and if you can bring everyone back, you just tweak a couple of things.
“I’m very happy about that. You have guys who are going to get better from playing together, guys who are going to get better from being in the league longer, guys who are going to get better from being comfortable with the system and with what we do.
“You’re not being surprised by anyone, you know what everyone does on court and it will be getting a couple of new guys to speed.
One of the more dangerous offensive weapons in the history of the NBL, Forman is in line to play his 500th NBL game this season.