Perth Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge is focused on steeling his side for another assault on the NBL championship after being interviewed for the vacant national coaching job this week.
Beveridge made a brief trip to Melbourne on Thursday, where he fronted the Boomers' selection panel and pitched a plan detailing how he would run the elite program over the next four years, culminating in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Basketball Australia will not rush into making a decision and is likely to leave its announcement until after the NBL season.
Beveridge was confident he put his best foot forward, but already has turned his attention back to the Wildcats as they gear up for a 27th consecutive play-offs appearance.
"Ultimately it's up to them (BA) which direction they want to go but right now I've done that and as far as I'm concerned this is now about winning a championship for the Perth Wildcats," Beveridge said.
"We've got that out of the way and I feel pretty good about where we're at with the Wildcats."
Perth host play-off hopefuls Cairns at Perth Arena tomorrow in the penultimate game of their regular season.
Beveridge chose to rest several players from yesterday's training session, but said he would have his full squad to take on the Taipans.
"It's not about flogging our players, it's about preparing our bodies for the play-offs," he said.
"We'll approach the game the same as always but if it's a blow-out, like it was with Sydney last week, of course you bring bodies out.
"We don't want to be playing Kevin (Lisch) for 35 minutes if we don't have to. We're going to go in and if it comes down to a slog-fest down the stretch, we'll have our best team on the floor."
Cairns embarrassed the Wildcats when the teams last met, in round 21.
Perth players and coaches have admitted they were not as prepared as they could have been for that game, which followed a heavy schedule of four games in 10 days.
"Our defence wasn't up to scratch and they took advantage of that and beat us pretty bad," Wildcats swingman Cameron Tovey said. "We took that personally and weren't happy with the outcome.
"This week's a good game for us to try and get something back on them and to continue with our momentum heading into the finals."
New Zealand hard man Mika Vukona is expected to be fit for next week's top-of-the-table clash with the Wildcats at Perth Arena despite injuring an ankle during the Breakers' 114-84 win over Melbourne on Thursday.The game is likely to be a preview of next month's grand final series, with the Wildcats and Breakers expected to breeze through their respective semifinal encounters.
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