26 Jul 2013

Abercrombie rejoins Tall Blacks in China

5:16 pm on 26 July 2013

The playmaker Tom Abercrombie won't be rushed into the New Zealand basketball team's starting lineup for tonight's second test against China, despite the side's first up loss to the hosts last night.

The Tall Blacks lost their opening match of the Four Nations tournament in Yinchuan by 12 points, losing to China 79-67.

Abercrombie is joining the side today after a unsuccessful effort to break into the NBA when he took part in the recent summer league trials.

The Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vucinic says Abercrombie isn't yet familiar with the team's playing patterns and he's likely to be eased back into international basketball from the bench.