Perth Wildcats coach Scott Morrison keen to see Bryce Cotton, Vic Law and Michael Frazier II combine

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Michael Frazier II, Bryce Cotton and Vic Law will finally step onto court at the same time.
Camera IconMichael Frazier II, Bryce Cotton and Vic Law will finally step onto court at the same time. Credit: Trevor Collens/The West Australian

Perth Wildcats’ import trio are preparing to finally be unleashed together at the same time and coach Scott Morrison can’t wait to see what they can produce during Friday night’s opening game of the season against Adelaide.

Bryce Cotton, Vic Law and Michael Frazier II were part of the same line up during the NBL Blitz, but were never on court together as Morrison rotated his roster amid a series of injuries.

While Frazier is still expected to be on managed minutes, Morrison is excited by the prospect of seeing his three ex-NBA players combining for the first time.

“That’s kind of how we built the team,” Morrison said.

“We wanted to have an explosive kind of wing and versatile players who can play different positions and play both sides of the ball. That’s how we basically attacked our off-season signings. Danny (Mills) did a great job with that all stuff.

“We can’t see the fruition of that until we get everyone healthy and hopefully that will come soon enough. I’m definitely excited to see our speed and our aggressive attack when those guys are out there because I think it’s going to be tough to key in on any one guy.”

Vice-captain Mitch Norton won’t play after being ruled out until January with a knee injury and star shooter Todd Blanchfield is waiting for final approval from his knee surgeon before being allowed to suit up. But Morrison said there was no guarantee he would ask Blanchfield to play given he only resumed training this week.

Adelaide will be without 218cm Next Star Kai Sotto (knee), ex Wildcat Sunday Dech (quad) and forward Emmanuel Malou (knee).

Norton’s unavailability will see Kevin White again matching up on Adelaide import Dusty Hannahs and they had to be separated after a heated exchange during the NBL Blitz.

Vic Law looms as a massive addition for the Wildcats.
Camera IconVic Law looms as a massive addition for the Wildcats. Credit: Steve Bell/Getty Images

Morrison said White wouldn’t take any backward steps.

“I’ve only known Kevin for a short time but I expect tension to follow him everywhere he goes,” Morrison said.

“He’s a hard-nosed defender, he’s a big-time competitor. Some people refer to Norto as a wombat and with my limited experience with Australian animals I would say Kev is more a Tasmanian Devil.

“He looks nice and friendly but you don’t want to put your hand in the pen because it might get snapped off.

“He’s the kind of guy you want on your side when you go to battle. We’ve just got to make sure he keeps his head and uses all that energy and toughness in a positive way which I’m sure he will.”

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