The Melbourne Tigers are a professional basketball team in the National Basketball League (NBL) of Australia. The Big V is the senior basketball league in Victoria, Australia, comprising 102 semi professional sides in 10 competitions. Red and Yellow are the official colors of the team. In 1984 the National Basketball League was joined by the Tigers. A very little amount of success was achieved by the team in the initial years. In 1992 the team became well known for its famous duo, Lanard Copeland and Andrew Gaze. This couple was called as the ‘dynamic duo.’ In 1992 the final was fought between the Tigers and the South East Melbourne Magic which was a newly formed team. Although the Magic lost Darren Perry the point guard in the first game they defeated the Tigers in three games.In 1993 NBL championships the arch rival Magic was defeated by the Tigers in the second round of the playoffs. The finals were between the Perth Wildcats and the Tigers. The first two games were split and the deciding game was to be played at the Perth Entertainment Center which was a venue where the Tigers had never won. Eventually Andrew Gaze scored a couple free throws in the final seconds and went to win the Championship. In the rest of the 90s such a championship form was never displayed by the Tigers. In the 1999 season Andrew Gaze was busy with San Antonio Spurs in the American National Basketball Association. During the late 90s and beginning of the 2000s the popularity of basketball was decreased and due to this the Tigers were in huge economical hurdles off the court. In 2002 it was found out that the club had a debt of $2.5 million and there was a peril of folding. The team managed its way out of debts at the end of 2005.In the 2006/07 season Former NBA All Star and all time NBA freethrow percentage leader Mark Price added a great measure of respectability to the organisation, as their inaugural coach however, in the midst of many early personnel changes; he was fired and replaced by Coach Shane Heal. The Tigers play all their home games at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne. It has a maximum capacity of 3,500. Andrew Gaze, Lanard Copeland and Chris Anstey are amongst few great legends that played for the Tigers.The Tigers began the 2007/08 campaign in fine form, with nine straight victories. The Tigers made it to the semi finals where they eventually won against Brisbane. In the finals they faced the Melbourne Kings. The Tigers went on to win NBL championship by defeating the Kings in the finals.
NBL Champions: 1993, 1997, 2006 and 2008