There are many factors that contribute to having a successful season in the NBL. One of the most important, and perhaps the most difficult to quantify, is luck. Luck can be a double-edged sword and last season, the Illawarra Hawks felt its bite. After missing out on the playoffs --no thanks to an injury-plagued season-- and losing much of their roster in the free agent market, the Hawks were left licking their wounds. This year, with a brand new roster, new general manager and a new majority owner, the Hawks are heading into the upcoming season with a point to prove.