Tim Coenraad returns to win NBL title with Illawarra Hawks

Returns: Tim Coenraad shoots last season.

Returns: Tim Coenraad shoots last season.

THE desire to win an NBL championship was the driving force behind Tim Coenraad’s decision to sign on for another season with the Illawarra Hawks. 

Bringing his signature transition three-point shot and energy off the bench, Coenraad said he had always planned to stay in the NBL next season, which will start after he turns 33. 

It is believed Coenraad had interest from other clubs, including the Sydney Kings. 

But after losing the grand final series with the Hawks this year, Coenraad is keen to take the final step with the Hawks. 

“I loved the team we had last year, it was a really good group of guys who got along off the court and I think that showed in our chemistry,” he said.

“We were picked to come towards the bottom of the ladder and we turned that around.

“It was really a proud moment to make the grand final and in the end took a well polished Wildcats team to sweep us, so I think what we did was pretty special.

“I want to be around this Illawarra Hawks group again and go one better.”

Only Oscar Forman, the sharp-shooting co-captain, is the only other off-contract member from the Hawks squad, as they look to secure import talent, to replace Marvelle Harris and Michael Holyfield, who produced mixed form on the way to the grand final series.

“I want to be around this Illawarra Hawks group again and go one better.”

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