Resolve key to Crosswell achievement
FORMER Ballina basketballer Nathan Crosswell admits he wasn't the most talented player to break into the National Basketball League.
Crosswell, 33, debuted in 1999 and racked up 350 games at six clubs.
The journeyman played his final NBL game with the Adelaide 36ers on Saturday night.
"I was never the most talented guy but I made sure I did everything right," Crosswell said.
"I'd watch extra videos, train longer if I felt I had to and kept on top of my diet.
"I would have loved to have been a couple of inches taller and jump a little bit higher but it wasn't in the cards for me."
Crosswell played with the Melbourne Tigers, Victorian Titans, Victorian Giants, Cairns Taipans and Townsville Crocodiles before finishing with a two-year stint as co-captain of the 36ers.
He won an NBL Championship with the Tigers in 2007-2008 and was selected in the Australian Boomers that season, but was unable to attend.
"Winning in 2008 was definitely the highlight," Crosswell said.
"That's what you play for and you want to be part of the best team." Crosswell was thinking about retirement around Christmas time and made the decision a few weeks ago.
He was honoured with a video tribute at the NBL awards night on Sunday and will have another tribute at the clubs presentation dinner on Thursday.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet but it's all been very humbling," Crosswell said.
"Once you start thinking about retirement then I think it's time to go.
"I'll always love the game and at 33 I was still learning things every week."
Crosswell came along at a time when the NBL was still booming in popularity.
He got to play with the likes of Andrew Gaze, Chris Anstey and Darryl McDonald.
Crosswell is moving back to Melbourne and will play in the South East Australian Basketball League. "I'm keen to get back to Melbourne and play in the winter competition," he said. "I'd like to get into coaching and see where that takes me."