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May 2, 2021

Head Coach of the New Zealand National Men's basketball team, the Tall Blacks, joins Dan Boyce on this episode to talk about his time in the NBL, Steven Adams chances of joining the squad in the future, how New Zealand basketballers aspire to play in the NBL and coaching plans for the Tall Blacks future.

Pero Cameron was a part of the inaugural New Zealand Breakers squad who entered the NBL in 2003 and went on to play five seasons in Australia. He was also a part of the inaugural Gold Coast Blaze team in 2007.

He played 130 NBL games and averaged 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists and was one of the greatest "screen setters" in NBL history and a consummate professional.

His greatest success came whilst playing in the NZNBL where he is a 9-time NZNBL champion (1995-1997, 1999-2002, 2008, 2009) and for his efforts playing for the New Zealand national team, known as the Tall Blacks.

Pero was the captain of the New Zealand Team that defeated Australia in the Oceania championships in 2001 and achieved history by reaching the semi-finals of the FIBA World Championship in 2002. 

Pero's achievements were recognised worldwide when he was named part of the FIBA Hall Of Fame in 2017. 

Topics include...

  • The impact the Australian NBL had on aspiring basketballers in New Zealand basketball in the 1990s (2:00)
  • The New Zealand Tall Blacks success defeat the Australian Boomers in 2001 (7:00)
  • Finishing 4th at the 2002 FIBA World Championships (13:00)
  • Facing Team USA at the 2002 FIBA World Championships (17:00)
  • A chance to win a bronze medal in 2002 (22:00)
  • The Tall Blacks FIBA drop off in 2004 and 2006 and what led to that (25:00)
  • Pero's Tall Black career and what it means to him (28:00)
  • The New Zealand Breakers enter the NBL in 2003 (30:00)
  • The chances of New Zealand entering a second team in the NBL (34:00)
  • Memories from the Breakers first season in the NBL (37:00)
  • Playing for the New Zealand Breakers between 2003-06 (39:00)
  • Playing for the Gold Coast Blaze and how he decided to retire (44:00)
  • Coaching the New Zealand Tall Blacks (46:00)
  • The chances we see NBA star Steven Adams suit up for the Tall Blacks next tournament (51:00)
  • The biggest highlights and hurdles from Pero's career and what he learnt from them all (52:30) 

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin

Current NBL Stars - Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver, Bruce Palmer

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton, Donald Sloan

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Apr 23, 2021

Melbourne United rookie Jack White had just begun a fantastic rookie season when he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury against the Cairns Taipans in April.

Jack now faces 12 months of rehabilitation to get back onto the court and in uniform for United.

We spoke to Jack about his take on his own rookie season prior to the injury, get an update on his injury and rehab as well as take look at why he chose to sign with United for his debut season as a professional, memories of playing at Duke University with NBA stars like Zion Williamson, Jayson Tatum and Cam Reddish and what teams he think will find themselves in the NBL Finals this year and what Melbourne needs to do to get there.

Topics include...

  • An update on Jack's Achilles injury post surgery? (2:00)
  • What is causing the increase in injuries in the NBL this season? (5:00)
  • Jack’s take on his season before so far (9:00)
  • Jack’s role with Melbourne United and how it’s different to his role at Duke University (12:00)
  • Wrapping up college (18:00)
  • Why he decided Melbourne United was the best team to play for in his first year as a pro (20:00)
  • The Gippsland basketball connection at Melbourne United (23:00)
  • The biggest learning curve from his rookie season so far (24:00)
  • Highlights of his first year in the league (26:00)
  • Duke coach Mike K opinion of Jack White as a basketball player (30:00)
  • Thoughts of Melbourne United’s chances of making the Finals and who they will face 

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin

Current NBL Stars - Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver, Bruce Palmer

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton, Donald Sloan

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Apr 11, 2021

Mark Leader joined the Devonport Warriors NBL team in 1983 after graduating from Western Oregon University. 

A 6 month holiday in Australia that turned into a 12-year NBL playing career that included championships in 1989 and 1994 with the North Melbourne Giants.

Leader, who is the only Giants player to be a part of the two title runs, he also captained the squad from 1993 to 1995.

After his career Leader turned his hand to coaching, first with the Giants NBL program as an assistant under Brett Brown and then as head coach of the Ballarat Miners and Geelong Supercats in the state league where he won national championships at both clubs.

Mark joins Dan Boyce on the podcast to discuss Tasmanian Hoops in the 1980s, Geelong Supercats returning to the NBL and his championship seasons in 1989 and 1994.

  • Life after basketball... how Mark has spent his time since retiring in 1995 (2:00)
  • How Mark was recruited to Australia from Oregon, USA (4:30)
  • The Devonport Warriors NBL team which existed from 1983-1984 (8:30)
  • Thoughts on basketball returning to Tasmania with the JackJumpers in 2021 (9:30)
  • NBL player-coaches in the 1980s (11:00)
  • His decision to move to the mainland and play for the Geelong Cats (12:00)
  • Is it likely we see Geelong ever return to the National League (18:00)
  • Becoming a naturalised Australian and joining the North Melbourne Giants in 1988 (19:00)
  • Memories of playing alongside the "Twin Boulders" Scott Fisher and Tim Dillon (22:30)
  • Bouncing back from the Grand Final loss in 1988 (25:00)
  • Winning it all with the Giants in 1989 (27:00)
  • Darryl McDonald joins the team in 1994 and the Giants win their second NBL championship (32:00)
  • Learning from Brett Brown (39:00)
  • Deciding to retire in 1995 (42:00)
  • The best players Mark faced during his career (43:00)
  • The highlights and challenges from his basketball journey (45:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Mar 28, 2021

Dejan Vasiljevic played his junior basketball with the Melbourne Tigers program before accepting a scholarship to attend Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence and shortly after the University of Miami.

Vasiljevic graduated in 2020 band declared for the NBA Draft but with COVID-19 cancelling any opportunity for NBA teams to see players work out prior to the draft his stock plummeted.

Dejan returned home to Australia and after considering a number of European offers decided to play his first professional season in the NBL with the Sydney Kings.

He is currently averaging 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists after 18 games and alongside former teammate at the Melbourne Tigers, Josh Giddey is a top candidate for the NBL's Rookie of the Year award.

Dejan joined Dan Boyce on the podcast to break down his journey so far and his transitioning his game to the NBL.

  • Dejan's family heritage and how his family had to flee war-torn Serbia (2:00)
  • Junior basketball memories playing for the Melbourne Tigers (6:00)
  • A scholarship to the AIS (8:30)
  • Playing for the University of Miami (10:00)
  • How nominating for the 2020 NBA draft was different under COVID-19 protocols (19:00)
  • NBA goals and why he signed a three-year deal with the Sydney Kings (20:00)
  • The reasons why he chose the Kings over multiple other NBL squads for his rookie season (21:00)
  • Playing for coach Adam Forde and what motivates him on the court (22:30)
  • Thoughts on the NBL Rookie of the Year Award (24:00)
  • Dejan's biggest games in the NBL so far (26:30)
  • What his role is with the Sydney Kings and how it's changed throughout the year (28:00)
  • Why his transition from college to the NBL was an easy one (30:00)
    Australia junior team success (31:30)
  • Goals for playing for the Boomers (33:00)
  • What teams does he love to play against the most (34:00)
  • The biggest challenges and highlights in his career so far (35:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Mar 13, 2021

Earlier this month the Adelaide 36ers signed former San Antonio Spurs swingman Brandon Paul as a replacement for Donald Sloan.

He's set to debut with the 36ers after spending two weeks in quarantine and he joined us on the Aussie Hoopla podcast to share stories of playing overseas, his time with the Spurs and plans for his time in Australia and the Adelaide 36ers.

  • Brandon's quarantine routine (2:00)
  • Thoughts on the Adelaide 36ers (8:00)
  • What he thinks he can bring to the 36ers line-up (9:00)
  • Growing up in Illinois and attending the University of Illinois (11:00)
  • Lessons learnt from his basketball mentor and 3-time NBA champion Dickey Simpkins (14:00)
  • Memories from playing at the University of Illinois (16:00)
  • The impact his family had on his basketball journey (18:00)
  • Going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft and his experiences playing in Europe (19:00)
  • The role Brett Brown played in bringing Brandon to Australia (24:00)
  • Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich and Patty Mills stories from playing with the Spurs in 2013 (25:00)
  • Finishing up with the Spurs and playing in China (35:00)
  • What his role will look like with the 36ers (40:00)
  • NBA plans for the future (42:00)
  • The biggest mistakes he made during his career and what he learnt from them (45:00)
  • Career highlights (46:00)

Visit dunk.com.au for your next set of basketball uniforms.

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Mar 2, 2021

Luke Nevill grew up playing basketball for the Stirling Senators in Western Australia. After struggling to get noticed by elite coaches in Australia he moved to the United States to play high school basketball with Kell High School in Marietta, Georgia.

It didn't take long to be noticed by the University of Utah and accepted a scholarship in 2004. He decided to redshirt his first year as a Utah Ute and developed his skills during training sessions against fellow big man Andrew Bogut.

With NBA interest growing around Nevill he decided to return to college for his senior season, leading the Utes to the NCAA Tournament. At the conclusion of the season, he was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 16.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.7 blocks per game.

Nevill went undrafted and after participating in a training camp invitation from the Cleveland Cavaliers he became one of the first Australian's to go on to play in the NBA D-League, signing with the Utah Flash in 2009.

He played 48 games, started 43 of them and averaged 11.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.

In 2010 Nevill returned to Australia, signing a deal with the Melbourne Tigers. It was a tumultuous season for the Tigers, after recruiting multiple big men (Cam Tragardh, Wade Helliwell and Matthew Burston had also signed deals that season) the team had an unbalanced roster and failed to make the playoffs. 

Nevill averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds and 1 block in only 25 minutes per game.

The following year Nevill returned to Perth when the opportunity to play for his hometown Perth Wildcats came along. In the 2011–12 NBL season, Nevill averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block per game and helped the team reach the NBL Grand Final where they narrowly lost to the New Zealand Breakers.

Nevill signed a pre-season deal with the Indiana Pacers in 2012. He narrowly missed out on making the team and then returned to the NBL, signing with the Townsville Crocodiles mid-season.

Nevill played in Taiwan during the 2013–14 season before returning for his last NBL season with the Wollongong Hawks in 2014.

It was a difficult season for Nevill who averaged the lowest numbers of his NBL career, 7 points, 6 rebounds per game in a team that finished dead last with a record of 6-22.

Nevill would play the remainder of his career in Taiwan and Qatar before retiring in 2018. 

  • Coaching in the US High School system during COVID-19 (2:00)
  • Junior basketball playing for the Stirling Senators in WA (10:00)
  • Playing high school basketball in the states (12:00)
  • Attending Utah University (14:30)
  • Entering the NBA Draft and reflections on if he stayed at college too long (20:00)
  • Lebron James and Shaquille O'Neal stories from Cleveland Cavaliers training camp (28:30)
  • Returning to Australia to play with the Melbourne Tigers (33:00)
  • An opportunity to play in Russia (36:00)
  • A last-minute signing with the Perth Wildcats and narrowly missing out on an NBL championship (44:00)
  • An opportunity to play in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers (48:30)
  • A year with the Townsville Crocodiles (51:00)
  • Playing in the SBL with the Kalamunda Suns (53:00)
  • Representing the Australian Boomers in 2013 (54:00)
  • Why his final season in the NBL with Wollongong was the toughest year of his career (58:00)
  • The decline of the big man and how it impacted Luke's career (102:00)
  • The culture shock of playing in Taiwan (104:30)
  • The biggest mistakes of his career and what Luke learnt from them (109:00)
  • The highlight of his career (1:12:00)

Visit dunk.com.au for your next set of basketball uniforms.

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

Feb 14, 2021

Doc Adkins is largely unknown to most current NBL fans but is truly an unsung hero of the league and responsible for much of the NBL's success since it was started in 1979.

He helped recruit players such as Cal Bruton, Leroy Loggins, James Crawford, Steve Carfino, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Chuck Harmison and many other NBL Hall Of Famers who would go on to develop the league to the standard it is today.

He is a true pioneer of Australian basketball and worthy of being included in the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame.

On this podcast, he joins Dan Boyce to talk about his involvement in the early years of the NBL.

Topics include;

  • How Dr Dave Adkins became involved in Australian Basketball (2:00)
  • Bringing Cal Bruton to Australia (13:00)
  • How did Dave "sell" the NBL to import players in the 70s and 80s (16:00)
  • How was recruiting import players different in the 70s and 80s compared to the 90s when basketball was exploding in Australia (30:00)
  • Dave's relationship with Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse (38:00)
  • The methods he followed when identifying a quality import for Australian teams (45:00)
  • Coaching the Hobart Devils from 1986-1989 (54:00)
  • Why Dr Dave Adkins needs to be included in the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame (102:00)
  • How the NBL was viewed across Australia when it launched in 1979 (1:07:00)
  • What players he sent to Australia surprised him the most with their NBL careers (1:10:00)
  • The biggest learnings Dave has taken away from his time in basketball (1:19:00)

Visit dunk.com.au for your next set of basketball uniforms.

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

Jan 23, 2021

Adam Caporn is the current head coach of Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence and an assistant coach with the Australian Boomers.

Caporn was Australia's first player recruited to Saint Mary's College of California which lead to an influx of Aussie talent through the doors of Saint Mary's that included NBL and NBA stars like Daniel Kickert, Patrick Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Jock Landale all play for the Gaels.

Caporn returned to Australia after two seasons in California to play three seasons with the Wollongong Hawks (2003-06) and three seasons with the Perth Wildcats (2006-09).

After retiring at only 27 years of age he returned to Saint Mary's as an assistant to head coach Randy Bennett, who had recruited him to the Gaels a decade earlier.

The opportunity to become the head coach at Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence arose in 2014 and Caporn returned home.

He has since also become an assistant coach with the Australian Men's National team.

Topics include;

  • The merry-go-round that has been the Australian Boomers coaching staff this year (2:00)
  • Thoughts on Brian Goorjian returning to lead the Boomers (11:00)
  • Jack White, Josh Green, Tamuri Wigness and Josh Giddeys chances of being a part of the Boomers squad for the 2021 Olympics (12:30)
  • Thoughts on the NBL debuts of Josh Giddey and Tamuri Wigness (14:00)
  • How does the NBL Next Stars program impact the NBA Academy or Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence (18:00)
  • How changing from the AIS to Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence has impacted the development of young basketball talent (23:00)
  • Who are some of the best young talent coming through these programs that could land in the NBL or the NBA sometime soon? (28:00)
  • Adam Caporns own experiences from attending the AIS (32:00)
    Attending St Marys (California) University and opening up the Aussie pipeline for the Gaels which included Daniel Kickert, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Jock Landale (35:00)
  • Returning to play in the NBL with Wollongong (41:00)
  • Signing with his hometown Perth Wildcats (45:00)
  • Retiring from the NBL at 27 years of age (49:00)
  • Coaching his first Boomers game as a head coach during the FIBA qualifiers (56:00)
  • The biggest mistake he made during his playing career and what he learnt from it (58:00)
  • Why he decided against becoming the Adelaide 36ers head coach this season (103:00)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Jan 16, 2021

Luke Schenscher went from playing domestic basketball in Canberra to become the first high school student to play for the Australian Boomers in three years.

His rapid development earnt him a scholarship to Georgia Tech University and then played two NBA seasons, one with the Chicago Bulls and the other with the Portland Trailblazers.

Unable to secure a long-term NBA deal he returned to Australia where he would play 211 NBL games over 8 seasons with the Adelaide 36ers, Perth Wildcats and the Townsville Crocodiles.

He was the starting centre on the 2010 Perth Wildcats championship team and named to the All-NBL second team in 2009 and 2011.

Topics include;

  • His retirement from basketball and becoming a teacher (2:00)
  • Growing up on a farm in Hope Forest, SA before gaining the attention of the AIS (12:30)
  • Developing his body and game through the AIS (14:30)
  • Becoming the first high school student to make the Boomers squad (19:00)
  • Heading to Georgia Tech University (20:30)
  • Reaching the NCAA championship in 2004 (31:00)
  • NBA interest during his time at Georgia Tech (38:00)
  • Graduating college, considering the NBL then joining the NBDL (42:00)
  • Joining the Chicago Bulls and making a run in the 2006 NBA playoffs (48:00)
  • Facing Shaquille O'Neal (55:00)
  • A season in Portland (100:00)
  • A championship in Perth (105:00)
  • A "money issue" with Perth and the move to Townsville (107:00)
  • The return to Adelaide (1:10:00)
  • Injuries start to take their toll (1:13:00)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Dec 9, 2020

The Adelaide 36ers signed former EuroLeague star Tony Crocker as their second import and final roster signing for the 2020-21 NBL season.

The Oklahoma native carved out an impressive college career, playing alongside Blake Griffin at Oklahoma University, reaching the NCAA Elite Eight in 2009.

Tony's decade-long pro-career has included significant stints in the Basketball Super League in Turkey and the EuroLeague.

The 33-year-old forward most recently played with Pinar Karsiyaka in the Turkish Super League and the Basketball Champions League and having won a number of slam dunk competitions during his time in Europe he is expected to excite the Adelaide fans with his above the ring playing style.

Tony averaged 10.5 points during the COVID shortened season for Pinar Karsiyaka. Prior to that he had played alongside Russian basketball legend Alexy Schved at Khimki Moscow, finishing runners-up to CSKA Moscow.

Topics include;

  • How the coronavirus impacted Tony Crocker's basketball journey (2:00)
  • What did he know about Australian and the league before this opportunity and what caused him to sign a deal with the Adelaide 36ers (8:30)
  • Reaching the NCAA Tournament with Oklahoma University and playing alongside Blake Griffin (12:00)
  • Making the Elite Eight in 2009 only to lose to a talented North Carolina squad featuring Ty Lawson, Danny Green, Tyler Hansborough and Wayne Ellington (14:00)
  • Closing the book on his college career and nominating for the NBA draft (15:00)
  • A decade of playing in Europe, teammates, opponents and highlights (17:00)
  • How he thinks he'll fit in with the rest of the team and what he'll be able to bring to the 36ers roster (22:00)
  • Items on his bucket list while playing in Australia (23:00)
  • What were some of the biggest hurdles he's faced during his career and how he overcame them (24:00)
  • Goals for his time in Adelaide (25:00)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Nov 21, 2020

With the recent passing of Stormin' Norman Taylor, Aussie Hoopla host Dan Boyce and Norman's Illawarra teammate Greg Hubbard remember the player and the man who was the most effective scoring in NBL history.

Taylor holds the Illawarra club record for most points in a game with 54, against new Hawks coach Brian Goorjian's Eastside Spectres in 1990.

He finished with three MVP awards, scoring 1855 in just 67 games, as well as an average of 27.69 points at the phenomenal shooting percentage of 65, plus 10.57 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

Topics include;

  • Thoughts on the Hawks removing Illawarra from its team name (2:00)
  • Thoughts and feelings on hearing of the passing of Norman Taylor this week (9:00)
  • His debut in 1987 and winning the NBL Rookie of the Year (11:00)
  • Memories of playing at "The Snake Pit" (14:30)
  • 1988 - A dismal season for the Hawks... What happened? (17:30)
  • Remembering Stormin' Norman Taylor, his career highlights and impact on the Illawarra community (21:00)
  • The night Norman dropped 54 points on the Spectres (27:00)
  • The impact of Stormin Norman on the Illawarra community (31:00)
  • 1990 - Norman Taylors best season in the NBL (33:00)
  • 1991 - Norman's last season, why was he only in the league three seasons? (40:00)
  • 1992 - Melvin Thomas and Doug Overton join the Illawarra Hawks and the team reach the playoffs (43:00)
  • 1993 - Greg joins the Sydney Kings (47:00)
  • The "forgotten" 5th place Boomers finish at the 1994 FIBA World Championships (51:30)
  • 1994 - Leon Trimmgham and Mario Donaldson join the Kings and Sydney reach the playoffs (56:00)
  • 1995 - Greg suffers a back injury that changes the course of his career (58:00)
  • A return home to Illawarra for Greg's final year in the NBL (1:02:00)
  • The teams and players Greg and the Hawks loved to play the most in the 1990s (104:00)
  • What Greg learnt from his decade in the NBL (109:00)
  • Career Highlights (1:11:00)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Nov 14, 2020

Donald Whiteside played for the Hobart Devils from 1992-1993 after graduating from Northern Illinois University.

After leaving the Devils he played in Latvia, Czech Republic and Spain before signing an NBA deal with the Toronto Raptors in 1996, six years after graduating from college.

Topics include;

  • Thoughts on the US election (2:00)
  • Being one of the very first players to jump from the NBL to the NBA and his start with the Kalgoorlie Goldminers (8:00)
  • Playing college basketball at Northern Illinois (12:30)
  • How did he find his way to Australia (16:00)
  • What he thought about the Hobart Devils roster (19:00)
  • Playing under player-coach Cal Bruton (20:30)
  • Thoughts on NBL talent in 1992 and his rivalry with Doug Overton (21:30)
  • Deciding to return for a second NBL season in 1993 (25:30)
  • How his 1993 season was different from his 1992 season (28:00)
  • Jim Havrilla breaks the backboard (29:30)
  • NBL opponents he enjoyed beating the most (32:30)
  • Playing basketball in Kalgoorlie (33:30)
  • Leaving the Devils and playing in Europe (35:00)
  • Signing with the Toronto Raptors in the NBA (39:30)
  • What imports got paid in the 1990s (45:00)
  • His remarkable journey from high school teacher to NBA player (46:00)
  • What the Toronto Raptors second-year squad was like (50:00)
  • NBA Rookie hazing experiences (51:30)
  • Doug Christie's relationship with his wife (52:30)
  • Signing with the Atlanta Hawks (54:00)
  • Playing against Michael Jordan (1:00:00)
  • Retiring from basketball (109:00)
  • The biggest hurdles and highlights from his career (1:12:00)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Nov 1, 2020

1990 marked the beginning of the most exciting era in Wildcats history after businessman Kerry Stokes purchased the franchise and moved the team into the iconic 8,000-seat Perth Entertainment Centre.

The season was a turbulent one to say the least with the first controversy coming when coach Alan Black was fired and replaced by Bruton only two games into the season.

The team then limped into the playoffs in 5th place and a 17-9 record.

After knocking out the North Melbourne Giants in the Semi-Finals the team moved forward to a Grand Final match-up with a tough Brisbane Bullets squad featuring Leroy Loggins, Derek Rucker and Andre Moore.

Tens of thousands of people across Western Australia tuned in to the live coverage to see the Wildcats triumph 112–106 in Game 1 of the Grand Final series in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,200 at the Perth Entertainment Centre.

Brisbane tied the series at 1–1 after winning Game 2 in convincing fashion at home, 106–90 and in the deciding game, the Wildcats blew the game wide open in the third quarter, creating a 20 buffer to come home easily in the fourth quarter and win the first NBL championship for a Western Australian team in a 109–86 victory.

Ricky Grace was recognised as grand final MVP, averaging averaged 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists over the three-game series.

Topics include;

  • Why Cal was asked to help the Australian Sports Museum expand their basketball history exhibits (2:00)
  • How the 1990 season set the foundations for the long term success of the Perth Wildcats basketball program (8:00)
  • An airline strike, injuries to James Crawford and the death of back up guard Scott Fenton sees the Wildcats start the season off in a difficult place (11:00)
  • Finding Ricky Grace and bringing him into the Wildcats (14:00)
  • Putting together the championship roster (19:00)
  • How the 1986 Adelaide 36ers and the 1989 North Melbourne Giants influenced the way the Perth Wildcats 1990 team was recruited (26:00)
  • The season starts and two games in coach Alan Black is removed as coach and Cal Bruton is made head coach despite plenty of negativity from players and fans (31:00)
  • While Kendal Pinder and Jeff Allen fighting each other in the change room, James Crawford coming off the bench to try and bring him into line and Cal being thrown out of games by referees the team hold a players-only meeting where they want to see Cal Bruton removed as coach (43:00)
  • A semi-final match up with the Melbourne Tigers (51:00)
  • Tiny Pinder is arrested on the eve of the team's semi-final match up with the North Melbourne Giants (56:30)
  • On the eve of the deciding game 3 of the semi-finals, Cal reaches out to Ken Cole to seek leadership to get past the Giants and reach the Grand Final (1:01:00)
  • The NBL Grand Final sees the Perth Wildcats face Leroy Loggins and the Brisbane Bullets (1:07:00)
  • Championship celebrations include the NBL trophy getting a first-class flight to Perth (1:17:00)
  • Cal hopes to coach the team in 1991 to back to back titles but the team have other ideas and instead move Cal back to the General Manager position and hire Murray Arnold (1:21:00)
  • The biggest learnings Cal took away from the 1990 NBL season (1:40:00)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Oct 23, 2020

"Jumping" Joe Hurst played his college ball with Northwest Missouri State University, before starting his professional career for the Hobart Devils in the NBL.

During his debut season, he averaged 32 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block and captured league MVP in the process.

Strangely, he was left off the All-NBL First team that season and become the only MVP in NBL history to not make the All NBL First team in the same season.

Hurst played a second season with the Devils in 1989, averaging 29 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block per game. His numbers not quite what they were during his debut season thanks to a number of mid-season injuries.

Hurst also played professionally for teams in Sweden, Iceland, Croatia, Indonesia and Portugal before playing a final season for Hobart in 1992.

Topics include;

  • Joe Hurst's current role as Bendigo Basketball's director of coaching.and how it allows him to stay close to the development of Australian Basketball (2:00)
  • His basketball roots in Illinois and his college basketball career at Northwest Missouri State University (9:00)
  • A brief NBA stint with the Kansas City Kings in 1985 (12:00)
  • How Joe found his way to the Hobart Devils and funny stories from arriving in Australia (21:00)
  • Joe Hursts 1988 MVP season (31:00)
  • Joe Hurst drops 51 points against the Brisbane Bullets to keep his job (38:00)
  • The 1989 NBL season (44:00)
  • Playing as an import in Sweden, Croatia, Indonesia and Iceland (54:00)
  • The 1992 NBL season (1:00:00)
  • His role as father/coach of his daughter Ahlise Hurst who currently plays at the University of New Mexico (1:05:00)
  • The highlights of his career and the biggest obstacles he faced (1:17:00)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Oct 14, 2020

Bruce has over 30 years experience in basketball from his days playing in Melbourne to becoming one of the seven winningest coaches in NBL history.

The colourful American began his career playing with the Coburg Giants in the NBL before transitioning to an impressive coaching career which included NBL coach of the year honours in 1988 and the NBL championship in 1989.

Palmer's NBL coaching resume includes the North Melbourne Giants (1987-1992), Brisbane Bullets (1993-1995) and the Hunter Pirates (2003).

Topics include;

  • How did Bruce Palmer's reputation as an NBL bad boy begin (2:00)
  • The bond between US NBL coaches he shares with Brian Goorjian and Al Westover (13:00)
  • Melbourne pick-up basketball in the 1970s and 1980s (21:30)
  • How many imports should NBL teams have on their rosters? (27:00)
  • What structure does the NBL have to take operate under to enable larger expansion (32:00)
  • The challenges the Hawks face trying to play games in regions outside of Illawarra (36:00)
  • Bruce begins his coaching career in 1987, wins coach of the year in 1988 and builds the foundation of an NBL championship win with the North Melbourne Giants (39:30)
  • Coaching the Giants to the 1989 championship (59:30)
    The "Twin Boulders" Tim Dillon and Scott Fisher, where do they rank in the greatest import duos of all time? (1:11:00)
  • The 1989 NBL Grand Final win over the Canberra Cannons (117:30)
  • The biggest mistake Bruce Palmer made in his NBL career and what he learnt from it (1:21:00)
  • Difficulties coaching Shane Heal during his time with the Brisbane Bullets (1:23:00)
  • The growth of Japanese basketball over the past 3 years (1:35:00)
  • Coaching in Korea and China and the hurdles faced over there (1:37:00)
  • The financial disfunction that was the Hunter Pirates (144:00)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Oct 4, 2020

The JackJumpers were unveiled as the league’s 10th team this week and despite not entering the NBL until the 2021/22 season, they will soon begin formulating their playing roster.

Tasmania JackJumpers CEO Simon Brookhouse joined Dan Boyce on the podcast to talk about their plans for signing a coach, a playing roster and what fans should expect on game day.

Topics include;

  • The impact the JackJumpers have already made in Tasmania (2:00)
  • Why the deciding against returning the former "Devils" branding (7:30)
  • What the feel of a Tasmania JackJumpers game day will feel like for fans (9:00)
  • Current plans to remember past Tasmanian basketball players and teams during the season? (12:30)
  • The search for the team's first head coach (15:30)
  • When to expect the team's first player signings and what type of budgets is the team working under (19:00)
  • Plans to take the team into venues all across Tasmania (26:00)
  • What is the daily requirements of the JackJumpers CEO? (29:30)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley, Damian Martin

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy,, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who helped build Australian Basketball - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Sep 13, 2020

Donald Sloan has signed to play with the Adelaide 36ers for season 2020-21.

Coming off a stint with Baskets Bonn in the Basketball Bundesliga, and will be the only import on Conner Henry's largely local roster and will play alongside NBL Next Star Josh Giddey and Sunday Dech in the backcourt.

During his NBA career, he averaged 5 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists in 218 games.

Topics include;

  • Thoughts on Adelaide 36ers team coming into the 2020-21 season (2:00)
  • Playing alongside LaMarcus Aldridge during his high school years (7:00)
  • Is Sloan hoping to use the NBL as a platform to return to the NBA (8:30)
  • Facing Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love in the NCAA Tournament (10:30)
  • How it felt not hearing his name called at the 2010 NBA draft (13:30)
  • Signing his first NBA deal with the Atlanta Hawks (17:30)
  • Backing up Kyrie Irving in Cleveland (22:00)
  • Exploding onto the NBA scene in 2013 with the Indiana Pacers (23:30)
  • Funny stories from playing alongside Lance Stephenson (30:00)
  • The most important thing he's learnt during his career so far (36:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Aug 30, 2020

Nunawading Basketball was established in 1969. In 1979, a Nunawading Spectres men's team entered the National Basketball League for its inaugural season. Barry Barnes would coach the team during every NBL season until the team decided to move into the CBD to facilitate more fans and in doing so were renamed the Eastside Melbourne Spectres.

The Nunawading Spectres would narrowly miss out on an NBL Grand Final appearance due to countback in 1979 and then were runners-up in 1981 to Launceston City Casino.

The Spectres' opening-night roster included Bill Palmer, Fox, Brendan Joyce, Alan Black, Dean Templeton and Barry Barnes as coach. Six men who were to play significant roles in shaping the NBL during it's for 20 seasons.

Palmer became general manager of the league in the mid-90s and took the game to new heights. Fox, Joyce, Black and Templeton became NBL head coaches with a combined 565-499 win-loss record and four NBL Coach of the Year awards (two each for Black and Joyce).

Among other players who wore the red, white and blue for Nunawading in the NBL were Damian Keogh, Dean Uthoff, Bruce Bolden, Ian Stacker, Steve Lunardon, Chuck Harmison, Vince Hinchen, Darren Lucas and Robert Scrigni.

Barry Barnes would also coach the Geelong Supercats and Canberra Cannons before becoming the first full-time head coach of the Australian Men’s  National Team in 1993, leading the Boomers in two Olympics (1996 & 2000) and two FIBA World Championships (1994 & 1998).

Topics include;

  • The history of the Nunawading Spectres NBL program (2:00)
  • The difference's between the Australian National program in the 1960s compared to the 1990s (10:30)
  • The NBL begins in 1979, Barry's memories of that time and the first season of the Nunawading Spectres (18:00)
  • The Spectres miss out on the 1979 Grand Final in unusual fashion (30:00)
  • The Spectres ability to produce some of the greatest Australian coaching talent in the 1980s (36:00)
  • Why Barry wasn't happy about the team moving to the CDB and becoming the Eastside Spectres (41:00)
  • A three-year stint with the Geelong Supercats which includes Shane Heal, John Dorge, Daren Rowe and Bobby Locke (47:00
  • Does winning the coach of the year award mean you're doing your best coaching? (56:00)
  • What things would he do differently as a coach knowing where the game is today (100:00)
  • Who was the hardest opposition player to stop during his time as a coach (103:00)
  • Memories of former Nunawading Spectre Robert Scrigni who sadly took his own life only a few years after playing for the Australian Boomers (106:00)
  • Thoughts on his former Boomers assistant Brett Brown being fired by the Philadelphia 76ers (108:00)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Kevin Lisch, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Aug 20, 2020

Barry Barnes is arguably the most successful Boomers coach ever. With a record of 119 wins and 53 losses as head coach, an outstanding 69% win percentage, and having led the national team to two fourth-place finishes (1996 and 2000) his resume is hard to beat.

Barry became a Boomers assistant coach under coach Adrian Hurley in 1985, joining the team at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic games before being elevated to head coach in 1993 where he would become the program's first full-time head coach.

Barnes was head coach of the National Men’s Team from 1993-2000 leading the team in two Olympics (1996 & 2000) and two FIBA World Championships (1994 & 1998).

Barnes was elected to the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in 2007.

Topics include;

  • Should the Boomers coaching job be a full-time or part-time job? (2:00)
  • The difficulties of coaching the national team (8:00)
  • Why 1996 was the Boomers best chance of winning a medal so far (17:00)
  • Did the Boomers tank in 2016 (20:00)
  • An unusual start to the 1996 Olympic Games (24:00)
  • Facing Dream Team III and Shane Heal's clash with Charles Barkley (30:00)
  • Memories of the 2000 Olympics (39:00)
  • Boomers rookie hazing stories (55:00)
  • The Boomers 2021 Olympic hopes and what the team need to do to bring home their first Olympic medal (105:00)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Kevin Lisch, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Aug 1, 2020

Andrew Parkinson played 10 seasons in the NBL debuting with the Geelong Supercats (1988–1990) before relocating to Melbourne where he would win the league's Most Improved Player award in 1991 with the Southern Melbourne Saints after averaging 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

In 1992 the Saints merged with cross-town rivals the Eastside Spectres and formed the South East Melbourne Magic where "Parky" played from 1992 to 1998, winning NBL championships in 1992 and 1996.

In September 2019, Parky was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma (SSC) of the bladder, a highly malignant and fast-growing cancer. 

Parky gives us an update on his condition and takes us through NBL championship years with the South East Melbourne Magic.

Topics include;

  • Playing basketball as a junior with Knox and Dandenong basketball associations (2:00)
  • Becoming one of the first Australia's to attend an NCAA basketball program (10:00)
  • A rookie season with Geelong Supercats (11:30)
  • A breakout season in 1991 which resulted in the NBL Most Improved Player (18:00)
  • Be a part of the Australia Boomers program in 1992 (22:00)
  • Playing for the now-defunct Southern Melbourne Saints (26:30)
  • Parky's current battle with bladder cancer (30:00)
  • How much did the Magic and Tigers hate each other back in the day (36:00)
  • The Spectres merge with the Saints and win the 1992 NBL championship as the South East Melbourne Magic (41:00)
  • What Brian Goorjian's grueling training sessions were like (43:00)
  • Why Robert Rose was the best import Parky ever played with (54:00)
  • The road to the 1992 NBL Championship (56:00)
  • A second Magic championship in 1996 (58:00)
  • Did the Magic underachieve by only winning two titles? (105:00)
  • What forced Parky into an early retirement (109:00)
  • The biggest mistake of Parky's career and what he learned from it (1:14:00)
  • The highlight of his career and is Parky's "masters" basketball team the greatest of all time (1:19:00)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Kevin Lisch, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Jul 27, 2020

Newly appointed Adelaide 36ers coach Conner Henry joins the podcast to talk about how the team is coming together during the off-season and what he likes about new recruits Isaac Humphries, Keanu Pinder, Sunday Dech and Josh Giddey.

Henry also enjoyed an NBA career prior to coaching which saw him drafted to the Houston Rockets before playing for the Boston Celtics as the went head to head with the LA Lakers in the 1987 NBA Finals.

Henry takes the time to share some memories from sharing the court with Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Kevin McHale as well.

Topics include;

  • Taking the 36ers head coaching job and dealing with an NBL off-season during a pandemic (2:00)
  • Connor talks about his playing time in the NBA which included stops with Houston, Boston, Milwaukee and Sacramento (11:00)
  • Memories from playing a part in the Lakers v Celtics rivalry and the 1987 NBA Finals (15:00)
  • What's it going to take to bring an NBL championship to Adelaide this season (18:30)
  • Expectations on Next Star signing Josh Giddey and how the 36ers plan to use him (21:00)
  • Jerome Randle will not be a part of the team next season but coach Henry explains what the team are looking for in an import point guard for 2020-21 (23:00)
  • What Connor likes most about the team's recent recruits Isaac Humphries, Keanu Pinder and Sunday Dech (26:30)
  • Coach Henry points out what he likes about the returning 36ers core of Daniel Johnson, Jack McVeigh, Brendan Teys, Daniel Dillon, Obi Kyei, Alex Mudronja (31:00)

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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Kevin Lisch, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Jul 19, 2020

Matthew 'Bubble' Shanahan played 17 seasons in the NBL, playing for eight NBL teams, which is the second most in NBL history behind Ben Knight who played for nine teams.

At 6 foot 5 inches tall, Shanahan was a versatile player who could play any perimeter position, he also led the NBL in three-point percentage in 1999.

Topics include;

  • Entering the NBL and winning two championships in his first two seasons (2:00)
  • A stint at the AIS, playing with Sam MacKinnon, Aaron Trahair, Simon Dwight and the strength of Victorian basketball in the early 1990s (9:00)
  • How missing out on a junior world championships medal fueled his NBL career (12:00)
  • Brian Goorjian stories from playing for him at the South East Melbourne Magic (14:00)
  • The "unglamorous" life of an NBL basketball player (17:30)
  • Lessons learned from Robert Rose, Leroy Loggins, Ricky Grace and Darryl McDonald (25:00)
  • The season he had the most fun and NBL drinking stories (30:00)
  • Remembering the 2001 championship with Wollongong Hawks (34:00)
  • Why Joe Ingles was the worst rookie in NBL history (37:00)
  • Toughest moments of his NBL career (42:00)
  • What makes a good NBL franchise (44:00)
  • How will The Hawks fare in the NBL with plans to play games outside of Illawarra (47:00)
  • NBL Free Agent thoughts and reflections on his own career (49:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Kevin Lisch, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Jul 9, 2020

David Patrick, a former NBL player for the Canberra Cannons has since gone on to become Australia's best coach in the NCAA and easily the most successful recruiter of Aussie basketball talent for the past 15 years.

Topics include.

  • Accepting a coaching role at Arkansas University (2:00)
  • Coaching and recruiting during a pandemic (7:30)
  • How is the NCAA going to fare when it returns to after COVID-19 (11:00)
  • Playing for Syracuse and playing in the 1996 NCAA championship (13:00)
  • Playing with the Canberra Cannons in the NBL (20:00)
  • Playing overseas in England and Spain (25:30)
  • The beginning of his coaching career with Nicholls State University (27:30)
  • Coaching Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova at St Mary's University (31:30)
  • Spending time with the Houston Rockets as a scout (37:00)
  • The move to LSU and recruiting Ben Simmons to play in the NCAA (39:00)
  • Doup Reath, his talent levels and the likelihood of him playing in the NBL this season (44:00)
  • The move to Texas Christian University and coaching Kouat Noi (48:00)
  • Stories from being a part of the Boomers coaching staff for the 2019 FIBA World Cup (51:00)
  • Ben Simmons relationship with the Australian Boomers and the likelihood he plays in the Olympics (56:00)
  • Coaching goals from here, career highlights and the toughest obstacles he faced over his journey (1:00:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Kevin Lisch, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Jun 26, 2020

Adonis Jordan joins the Aussie Hoopla podcast to talk about his basketball career which includes reaching two NCAA Final Fours with Kansas University, two NBA stints with the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks as well as 76 NBL games played with the South East Melbourne Magic, Townsville Crocodiles and the Victoria Giants.

All of this and a whole lot more... Topics include.

  • Growing up in New York... with the name "Adonis"(2:00)
    Adonis Jordan's connections to Mary J Bligh, Aerosmith and Greek Gods (8:30)
  • Memories of high school basketball in New York, LA, Cleveland (10:30)
  • Playing college ball with Kansas University (13:00)
  • Losing the NCAA championship in 1991 to Duke University (17:00)
  • Mental preparation and how it helped Adonis face NBA stars like Jason Kidd (22:30)
  • Playing for coach Roy Williams and the stories about Michael Jordan he shared with Adonis (26:00)
  • His strategy with coaching young players today (31:30)
  • Being drafted in the 1993 NBA draft by Seattle and his first year in the NBA (35:00)
  • A stint with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1999 (42:00)
    Playing with the Denver Nuggets in 1993 with Dikembe Mutumbo, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf as well as NBL legends Darnell Mee and Kevin Brooks (47:00)
  • Being cast in the 1994 film Blue Chips and starring alongside Shaquille O'Neal and Anfernee Hardaway (55:00)
  • Arriving in Australia, debut in the NBL with the South East Melbourne Magic in 1994 (58:00)
  • The rivalry between Adonis Jordan and Darryl MacDonald during 1994-95 (103:00)
  • Playing for Brian Goorjian could we see Adonis join the Hawks as an assistant coach (108:00)
  • A return to the NBL in 2003, playing for Townsville and Victoria (109:00)
  • The biggest obstacles Adonis had to face during his career and the highlights of his career (113:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Kevin Lisch, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Jun 5, 2020

Anthony Drmic had a career year in Adelaide this season, averaging 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists per game, earning him a spot in the 36ers starting lineup.

After being told by Adelaide he would not be re-signed for the 2020-21 season he is now a free agent and in discussions with a number of NBL teams. 

On this episode of Aussie Hoopla, Dan Boyce talks with Anthony about being a free agent, the current market for players, how COVID-19 has impacted player salaries and opportunities and how he is currently navigating the move to another NBL team.

All of this and a whole lot more... Topics include.

  • We congratulate Anthony on marrying longtime partner Jenna during COVID-19 restrictions (2:00)
  • The rise of e-sports and Anthony's role as a content creator for Mind Freak (6:30)
  • Anthony reviews his own performance during NBL 2019-20 (12:00)
  • Joey Wright, Kevin White, Twitter, how it impacted the 36ers players last season and why he won't be re-signing with Adelaide (14:00)
  • How are NBL players dealing with the changes to salaries and having no clear start date to the NBL season (16:30)
  • The biggest mistake he made this season and what he learned from it (20:00)
  • Sports psychology and how it can help NBL teams (21:30)
  • Playing for Australia and what Anthony thinks he needs do to make it to this years squad (24:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Kevin Lisch, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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