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A Day In The Life With New Zealand Breakers Owner Matt Walsh

New Zealand Breakers Owner MATT WALSH has not had a typical day since arriving in Auckland last year. This offseason has seen his small Australian Basketball League club get global coverage for signing top U.S. high school recruit R.J. HAMPTON. The effort to get that deal done was a spent making the phone calls and putting in the time to help his club. Aside from recruiting, his time has been spent hunting sponsorships to keep the team sustainable. The former Univ. of Florida basketball star spoke with THE DAILY during a rare slow day for him about how he goes about a “typical” day. 

5:30am: I usually get up around 5:30 and do something called F45. It’s a high intensity training workout that started in Australia. I do that for about 45 minutes to an hour. 

6:45am: I come home, and that’s right around the time my kids are getting up for school. So I make their breakfast and do their lunches. I work crazy hours sometimes, so when they get up, we have breakfast together and I hang out with them for about an hour until they go to school.

8:00am: I head into the office. I’m only around 5 minutes from the office, so I’m there around 8:05. Before the staff get in between 8:30 and 9:00 I’ll have a coffee, answer emails, those type of things.

Walsh (l) spent a large portion of his team's offseason recruiting Hampton to New Zealand
Photo: MATT WALSH

8:30am: We’ve had a long offseason because we didn’t make the playoffs. So from February 15 until now, I’ve been focusing just on sponsorships with LISA EDSER, who is our COO, and SIMON EDWARDS, who is our sponsorship manager. I don’t really have a typical day. I will spend a ton of time out of the office. This offseason was a little bit different because I spent a lot of time recruiting R.J. Hampton, and in the last few days we have a young Chinese player from the NBA Global academy who we are recruiting to play next year.

9:00am: I’ll meet with Lisa and talk about what our goals are that day, and what sponsorships we’re pitching that week. I’ll talk with CRAIG STANAWAY, who is our media manager, especially in the last two weeks because there’s been a story about the Breakers or R.J. Hampton almost every day.

10:00am: We’ll have COREY WEBSTER and TOM ABERCROMBIE, two of our top players who live in the area, come in and work out with our strength and conditioning coach. I’ll drop in and watch some of those workouts sometimes.

12:00-5:00pm: We’re out in meetings. There’s rarely a day where I am just sitting in the office. We’re out selling sponsorships, and we share the vision of where we want to go as the Breakers and it’s all coming to fruition now with the R.J. news, the Chinese player we’re looking to sign and the naming rights deal with Sky Sport.

5:00pm: I’ll get home by 5:00 so I can hang with my wife and three kids for as much as I can. At least one or two nights a week I’ve got some sort of charity event or dinner or social event that I go to. If we’re prepping for a big pitch, we’ve been known to be in the office until 9:00 at night.

1:30am: I don’t really sleep well, it’s not one of the things I do well. I’ll be up until 1:00 or 1:30 most nights.

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