Wildcats set to run from the ghost of Mike D…

Every NBL offseason, if you listen closely, you can hear the name of Mike Dunigan whispered through the breeze in Perth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVoNR5zWBSk&w=640&h=360 It’s peculiar that this player, who made a brief four-game cameo as an injury replacement for Matty Knight in 2012-13, resonates with pockets of a fan base with no shortage of championship heroes. Dunigan’s cult status is a sign that, for all the success that the Wildcats have enjoyed in recent years, they have never quite managed to win over the NBL’s style critics. The Wildcats have built a perennial championship contender based on defensive grit, eschewing the eye-catching offensive fireworks of the pace-and space era. Despite the wins, the rings, the banners and the record-breaking consecutive finals appearances, these post-millennial Wildcats are yet to attract the kind of admiration reserved for teams like Joey Wright’s 2006-07 Brisbane Bullets juggernaut, or even Rob Beveridge’s upstart 80-shots-per-game Illawarra Hawks of 2015-16.

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