The power of Lanard Copeland

Lanard Copeland, one of the few NBL stars past or present to be as popular off court as he is on the court.

We say ‘is on the court’ because Lanard still plays, those who watched the Red Bull Reign would of seen him and D-Mac partner up to play some three on three basketball, reported on his playing and unfortunately D-Mac was named Darren not Darryl in the report which no doubt would raise the ire of Giants and Tigers fans around the nation.

Lanard loves the Tigers so much that when Melbourne United came he told the media that he told them he wanted his retired #21 Tigers jersey taken down from where United play because he played for the Tigers and want nothing to do with Melbourne United.

In the 2014/15 season Tigers fans watched amused as the #21 jersey was still hanging up and then fans got annoyed when on the court the #21 was being used by a Melbourne United player, this year #21 is not being used but the retired #6 and #8 are.

What endears Lanard to the public off court is that he tells things as he sees them, just like what he told the world about Melbourne United or his thoughts on who his favourite NBL and NBA starting five would be and so much more.

Lanard’s interview on The Pick and Roll makes excellent reading and is perhaps one of the best interviews in recent times as you can sense a lot of emotions from his thoughts on beating the Magic after the Tigers were seemingly out for the count to his thoughts on Lindsay Gaze and how Lindsay’s coaching techniques help Lanard today.

For those who don’t know, Lanard coaches in BigV with the Hume City Broncos and takes on the Tigers twice a year with 2015 ending in a one wins each draw, what makes it more enthralling for Tigers fans is that the coach of the Tigers is none other than Andrew Gaze and they play for

Lanard coached the Broncos to finals and there is no doubt that Lanard will continue to make the Broncos and any future teams (hopefully the Tigers) successful in future seasons.

In a final statement on Lanard’s popularity, ‘Rebuilding Our Melbourne Tigers’ posted The Pick And Roll interview on it’s page yesterday and at this time of writing it has been seen by over 2,000 people and shared a dozen times illustrating the fact that when Lanard speaks, people listen.


Copeland and Gaze to battle on the sidelines

Andrew Gaze’s Melbourne Tigers will be taking on Lanard Copeland’s Hume City Broncos in their BigV clash this Saturday night (March 28) in a game the promises to be interesting for Tigers fans who get to see the two NBL legends (and good friends) try to outwit each other with their team’s on court.

The game will commence from 8pm at the Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium with the Tigers (0-2) hoping to win their first game of the season while Hume City (2-1) hope to continue their Top 5 form.

The Melbourne Tigers women’s team (0-2) is also taking on Hume City (2-0) at Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium on Saturday night with their game commencing from 6pm, Tigers fans are encouraged to if possible to attend this game as well as the Men’s game to give the side support and encouragement as they too seek to open their win account against a side that has won their two games by an average of 21 points.

United keeps Tigers titles, jerseys hanging

Melbourne Tigers fans were unhappy to discover that the club’s four championship banners were still hanging far above the court at Hisense Arena, Melbourne United have said multiple times that they are a club born out of the Melbourne Tigers and by this logic those banners should not be up there even if the Tigers name and history is owned by Melbourne United.

Melbourne Tigers fans have also pointed out that the retired jerseys of the Melbourne Tigers including Lanard Copeland’s #21 are also still up (Picture taken by K.E) despite United assuring people that permission would be asked to keep those jerseys up which in the case of Lanard Copeland would of been a big no based on his comments since the announcement of United back in May.

Fans also noted that the promised honouring of past Victorian NBL teams were not done with no signs of Magic, Titans, Giants, Bears, Supercats, Saints, Spectres jerseys or title banners anywhere at Hisense Arena, this knowledge will no doubt lead to questions from fans of those teams who were swayed to joined United based on their promise to do such things.


Tigers retired jerseys not honoured by United

Melbourne United has decided to make available the jersey numbers that were retired by the Melbourne Tigers.

Numbers such as Andrew Gaze’s #10 and Lanard Copeland’s #21 and many other Tigers legends are now able to be used by Melbourne United players.

In the case of Warrick Giddey’s retired #6 and Lanard Copeland’s #21 they have been taken by Nate Tomlinson and Greg Page (a development player).

This discovery will further anger Tigers fans who believe that retired jersey numbers should be honoured and untouched by Melbourne United despite their claims the two sides are different.