Perth Wildcats coach Scott Morrison has refused to address speculation that his team is about to sign American power forward John Brown after beating New Zealand 95-85.
The Wildcats maintained their strong season as Bryce Cotton and Vic Law combined for 51 points, but all the talk has become whether the club will replace their other import Michael Frazier II.
International media have reported Brown is set to join the club and photos emerged of a man resembling him in Perth on Sunday. Frazier didn’t play against the Breakers due to a hamstring injury but was at RAC Arena for the game.
Morrison wasn’t prepared to provide any insight into the club’s decision making.
“No comment,” Morrison said.
“In the words of Bill Belichick, we are on to Tasmania.”
Brown was playing in Russia but players received permission to leave the country due to the war with Ukraine. He must play for Perth by Saturday’s clash against Sydney to be eligible for finals.
Australian basketball icon Andrew Gaze said the power forward would be a huge boost for the team’s championship chances.
“If it’s true he’s coming in, they have got someone who is an entertainment machine. He has got some bounce,” Gaze said.
The Wildcats have injury concerns with Mitch Norton playing only 15 minutes after hurting his hamstring. That came in the same match where Matt Hodgson returned from a calf injury.
“It must be somewhat bad if Mitch wasn’t able to go,” Morrison said.
“He’s a pretty tough kid as we all know. He plays through a lot of pain and a lot of injuries. I’m hoping it’s just a precautionary thing because we’re getting down on numbers. We’ve got a number of guys out right now. We’ve got to be careful not to do any damage in practice this week.”
Law scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds, Bryce Cotton had 25 points, five rebounds and six assists while Majok Majok was powerful with eight points, 12 rebounds and four assists.
“I’ve got to give new Zealand a lot of credit,” Morrison said.
“They picked us apart to start the game. They’re a really good team. They destroyed our pick and roll defence, They did it last week too.
“It was lucky for us we were able to hit some tough shots and make a couple of small adjustments. At the end of the day we were lucky they missed some of the good looks they got.”