A couple of days after notching his 400th NBL game, Oscar Forman was already making plans to reach the 500-game plateau.
The Wollongong Hawks captain chalked up 400 games last Sunday against Melbourne, an achievement the club will officially acknowledge just before tip-off at Friday night's clash with the Sydney Kings at WIN Entertainment Centre.
Forman started his NBL career as a teenage rookie with his home-town club Adelaide, playing five seasons before joining the New Zealand Breakers.
He spent four years with the Breakers and has been with the Hawks since the 2010-11 season, establishing himself as the league's greatest all-time three-point shooter.
"When I started out, hitting 400 games is not something I ever really thought would happen, so I'm pretty stoked to hit it," the 32-year-old forward said.
"I never thought I would be in the company of some of those players who've reached 400. I guess the next mark is 500, but I have to make them meaningful ones. There's no point in sliding through to 500 if you're not actually doing anything with it. You have to make them count."
Unfortunately Forman's 400th wasn't a triumphant occasion, as the last-placed Hawks' losing streak stretched to seven games.
Wollongong will move from eighth to seventh if they beat the Kings. Sydney prevailed 86-83 when they hosted the Hawks on October 11, though the visitors had played the previous night at home against Townsville.
Forman said the run of losses had not shaken his side's belief.
"It can turn around quickly. As quickly as it slides, once we hit our straps, we'll be a team that can turn it right around," he said.
"It's all about getting positivity back, for ourselves, for the club and for the fans. That's a huge key because it's such an emotional game and it goes a long way to helping us win.
"Everyone's got the understanding of what we've gone through and how tough things have been. There's still that self-belief in the team that we can turn it around ourselves.
"It's not just turning up on game day. That's not going to get it done because we're not that sort of team. We're a team that needs to work hard the behind the scenes to get wins."
Making his return for Sydney is former NBA forward Josh Childress, who missed last week's loss to Cairns through suspension.
Childress was the difference when the teams last met, tallying 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.