Andersen Not Going Away for #NBL20
He doesn’t know where the next stop on his basketball journey will be, but David Andersen has declared this NBL season won’t be his last.
The Illawarra Hawks veteran penned just a one-year deal with his inaugural pro club at the start of this campaign, with some believing it would close the book on a two-decade long career.
However, when speaking to the Illawarra Mercury, Andersen revealed his NBL career won’t end in the Hawks’ season finale in New Zealand tomorrow night.
“I’ll definitely lace the boots up for another season, I’m just taking about where it’ll be and what’ll happen,” Andersen said.
“It’s never a question of do you want to play or not? I love playing this sport and going up against the best and facing that challenge.
“It’s been fun, I’ve told a lot of people I feel rejuvenated, I’ve got more energy and it’s been really fun being around Wollongong.
“I didn’t know how I’d go but I’ve surprised myself and hopefully shown a few people I can keep going as a young fella.”
Illawarra is set for a major offseason makeover, as the club will attempt to retool a roster that failed to reach the finals for a second straight campaign.
Andersen doesn’t know if he will be apart of those modifications to Rob Beveridge’s squad, but says he would “definitely” be willing to stay with the Hawks for another season.
“If it’s on the cards I’ll definitely come back and play in Wollongong,” he said.
“We’ll just see what happens over the offseason.”
Andersen reversed his career trajectory this year, bumping his minutes per game total to 17.6, his most since the 2016/17 season with Melbourne (21.3 minutes).
The 38-year-old has also started 15 times, the equal-most starts he has had since the 2015/16 campaign with French club ASVEL Basket (41 starts).
Andersen’s revival has acted as a personal flashpoint, fuelling his belief that he can build on this season and remain a valuable commodity in the future.
“It’s flicked the switch for me that I can keep going,” he said.
“There were a lot of doubts after last season’s efforts and the injuries that I copped. Now I’m hopefully going to come out of it healthy and happy and working hard.
“I’ve played legit minutes and I feel like I’ve got a good base there now that I can build on that in the offseason, get better and stronger and come back even better.”