While the NBL's return to Tasmania will be special for many a local basketball fan, the comeback will be even more special for a particular player.
New Zealand Breakers captain Tom 'Tommy' Abercrombie will play his 350th game for the Breakers on Tuesday night against the Perth Wildcats at the Silverdome.
The 33-year-old forward said he was caught off guard when his manager notified him of the milestone last week.
"It's one of those ones you keep track of especially once you start getting up into the hundreds," Abercrombie said.
"It was a nice little surprise to find out that milestone's coming up.
"Obviously I'd like to be able to celebrate it at home but I get to do it now in our adopted home in Tassie so I'm looking forward to that."
The Auckland born-and-raised player has played his entire career with the Breakers - Abercrombie said he wouldn't have it any other way.
"It's something that I'm very proud of ... it's something that early on I had always hoped I'd be able to do, but nothing's ever promised in this industry, and I've been extremely lucky to play for this team my whole career," he said.
"I've got to play a lot of my professional career in front of my friends and family and do some special things with the club and win some championships [2011,2012, 2013, 2015].
"The clubs been through some changes and ups and downs - it's been awesome to be there through all of that."
The Breakers will call Launceston home during their six-week stint at the Silverdome.
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After spending a number of weeks practising in Hobart earlier in the year due to COVID, Abercrombie was eager to return.
"I'm looking forward to seeing a little bit more of Tassie and getting up to Launceston and playing in front of fans up there and seeing more of what Tassie's got to offer," he said.
As for the state's own incoming team: the JackJumpers, Abercrombie believed bringing Tasmania back into the fold would strengthen the league as a whole.
"It's going to be awesome to have another team in the league and have Tasmania represented," he said.
"It'll be another great stop on the road for us when things get back to normal so to go down there and meet some of the basketball community ... is going to be fantastic.
"We needed a couple more teams in the league for a while so to have another coming up will be great for everyone."
With a buoyant season landing the Breakers in second-last, Abercrombie said getting his team back on track was the priority over celebrating landmarks.
"As a player, it's just another game," he said.
"[I'm] still very focussed on what we're trying to do at the moment as a team and trying to get some momentum and wins on the board."