A career-high in points arrived exactly at the wrong time for Corey Webster.
The day before the Breakers guard drained six three-pointers in a virtuoso effort that helped his side past Melbourne, Webster made a vow.
Shortly after the club's media session on Thursday, Webster pledged his new plan for dealing with pesky journalists, a plan that took a leaf from the book of one of the basketball's greatest coaches.
"I apologise in advance to all media," Webster tweeted, "from now on I'm doing my interviews like gregg popovich."
Popovich, a five-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs, is renowned for his curt interviews when a sideline reporter has the misfortune of catching him between quarters. Asked what his side has been doing well, Popovich will reply: "We competed." Quizzed how one player will be used in the final period, the answer will be: "Same way."
It's a brusque style that endears the coach to fans and makes media think twice before trotting out another trite question. And, after pouring in 25 points at Vector Arena on Friday, Webster followed that style for the start of his post-game radio and television interviews.
But the mercurial 25-year-old couldn't keep it up at the subsequent press conference. He felt bad, he again said on Twitter, "but don't catch me on a day when I'm not in the mood".
It's one of the contradictions of Webster. A player who exudes swagger on the court is reserved outside of the lines and, rather than choosing to extol his own virtues, Webster often seems to view media duties as a chore.
He has some justification for an aversion to those holding the microphones. After all, Webster's name has not always run across the top of the most flattering stories.
Before he became the scoring threat that could carry both club and country, Webster was stacking supermarket shelves, having been cut loose by the Breakers following a second positive drugs test inside two years.
Club brass hoped the drastic action would serve as a wake-up call and, in 2012, after a year away from basketball, Webster returned as the Kiwi club completed an Australian NBL three-peat.
Webster's form off the bench in both that campaign and the following year left the Breakers wanting to maximise his minutes, a desire that led to starting shooting guard Daryl Corletto being released from the final year of his contract.
And, in September, an ascendant career hit new heights at the basketball World Cup in Spain, when Webster averaged 13.7 points to finish in the competition's top 20 in scoring.
That form has continued into the new season, with 15.5 points per game seeing Webster inside the league's top 10 and the Breakers jump out to an 8-3 record.
The additional responsibilities that come with starting have done nothing to knock Webster's on-court confidence, but whether he fills the role for the Breakers beyond this season remains to be seen.
Webster is aiming to land a short-term deal in Europe when the Australian NBL wraps up, similar to Tom Abercrombie's stint in France last season, and that presence in the shop window, combined with his free scoring, could see the Tall Black make a more permanent move.
In the meantime, Webster will look to assume more of the offensive burden, now Abercrombie's health is again in question. The swingman suffered a quad injury during Friday's shootaround and could spend up to a month on the sidelines, but Webster, as he showed against Melbourne, will be ready for an enhanced role.
"What Tommy brings to the team no one can really replace," he said. "But on the scoring side of it, I just told myself I was going to be more aggressive and, if there were a couple more shots available, just to be confident and try to knock them down and help the team out any way I could."