Trevor Gleeson had some strong words about the Brisbane Bullets. Picture: Getty Images
Trevor Gleeson had some strong words about the Brisbane Bullets. Picture: Getty Images

Bullets laugh off ‘illegal’ tactics mind games

BRISBANE have laughed off the pre-match mind games from Perth coach Trevor Gleeson who has accused the Bullets of "illegal'' tactics.

Ahead of the NBL semi-final series that gets underway in Perth on Thursday, Gleeson has put pressure on the officials by questioning Brisbane's "very physical" style of play that was only legal "until the umpire calls it".

"They set a lot of illegal screens on the ball, which we're going to have to navigate through,'' Gleeson told the Perth media last week.

"We know in the finals the referees normally put the whistles in the pocket but that's the way every other sport does it. We're OK with it.''

Perth - in their 33rd-straight playoff appearance - are a perennial NBL powerhouse that enjoy a great home court advantage that includes fewer fouls called on them and getting handed more free throws than their opposition.

Bullets assistant coach CJ Bruton said Brisbane would be trying to take the referees out of the contest.

"He (Gleeson) made a comment? He's a coach, he's allowed to make that,'' Bruton said.

Casper Ware, Andrew Bogut, Bryce Cotton and Jason Cadee come together before the NBL playoffs. Picture: Getty Images
Casper Ware, Andrew Bogut, Bryce Cotton and Jason Cadee come together before the NBL playoffs. Picture: Getty Images

"The players will tell the story. Clearly the referees have their job to do and I'm sure they'll get advice from the referee's co-ordinator Scott Butler about what's going on and how they manage the game.

"Clearly they (Perth) know we've added depth to our squad and this is a new beast. They've got a couple of injuries on their side of the fence.

"That's one way that he (Gleeson) feels he will make an impact by telling that story but overall the players will dictate the outcome.''

Brisbane point guard Jason Cadee suggested if the referees were on the lookout for illegal screens, they might want to watch Wildcats centre Angus Brandt too.

"Trev will do what he has to do to try to get the refs to help them, I guess. It's part of the tactics these days,'' Cadee said.

Jason Cadee at Brisbane Bullets training. Picture: AAP Images
Jason Cadee at Brisbane Bullets training. Picture: AAP Images

"We play the right way. We know that.

"If he (Gleeson) is making points of illegal screens then they'll watch out for Gus' (Brandt) big screens then.''

Brisbane welcomed back its players and coaches from international duties at training on Monday when club legend Leroy Loggins dropped in to offer his support.

Cadee said having the NBL icon present was a great reminder of the club's history and was motivation for the current side to join Loggins and his teammates from the 1980s as championship winners.