Tait ready to face his home side

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Kiwi Lindsay Tait. Picture: SYLVIA LIBERHome is where the heart is, but proud Kiwi Lindsay Tait will be doing everything he can to conquer the New Zealand Breakers when he lines up for Wollongong in their NBL season-opener across the Tasman tonight.Tait (left) spent three years with the Breakers before eventually shifting to Wollongong at the start of last season.But a shoulder injury wrecked his campaign after a handful of games and he is on a mission to make up for lost time.The New Zealand Tall Blacks’ starting point guard always enjoys clashing with his former side, especially in his homeland where he can catch up with family and friends.But those close to Tait know to give him plenty of space to concentrate on basketball.”I’m sure there’ll be a few things off court like family and friends trying to get tickets, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to provide enough for all of them,” the 26-year-old said before the Hawks left for New Zealand yesterday.”I’m just trying to focus on the game. Generally the basketball side of things takes care of itself when I feel good and happy, and my family’s pretty good because they understand how it is and how I am when it comes to the game.”Tait has regained full strength in his shoulder – he originally suffered the injury while body-surfing – and powered through the pre-season without any setbacks.”It seems like it’s been a long off-season,” he said. “I think we’ve had enough of playing trials and practising, now it’s time to get down to business and all the guys are looking forward to it.”The Hawks played five of their six pre-season games on the road, winning three.”We won our last game of the pre-season and our confidence is good,” Tait said. “If you asked anybody in the league right now, they’d probably say the same, but we definitely feel good coming into the season,” he added.”This game will be a very good test for us to get the season started, on the road against a very good team. We’ll definitely know where we’re at.”

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