Basketball: NZ Breakers confirm December Australian departure for NBL season with January start date in mind

NZ Breakers have confirmed they'll spend six weeks training in Australia before next year's COVID-19-affected Aussie National Basketball League.

They're due to cross the Tasman on December 1 and while the draw hasn't been finalised, the club's anticipating a mid-January tip-off.

The players are embracing for their new reality - a home base somewhere in Australia.

"I guess with everything that has happened, we rensigned ourselves to the fact we would be over there at some point," captain Tom Abercrombie says. 

While the players will travel alone, plans are in place to ensure they aren't separated from family all season. 

"I'm hoping they'll be able to come over for some of our time there," says Abercrombie. "With three little ones all under five, it's a tall ask to leave them with my wife all alone."

Centre Rob Loe faces a slightly different situation, remaining home for the time being, with his heavily pregnant wife.

"We are due at the end of the year/start of 2021, so that's an interesting predicament I'm in, but it will all work out, I'm sure," Low tells Newshub. 

With all the distractions and complications that come with playing professional sport during a global pandemic, the objective remains the same for club owner and chief executive Matt Walsh - win.

"No.1 goal is to win a championship and if that means we are in Australia for the next 5-6 months, then that's what we are going to do," Walsh says.