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Apr 28, 2022
This week Aussie Hoopla host Dan Boyce put out an open invitation to NBL fans to join him on a 'fans only' podcast to discuss the biggest stories in Aussie Hoops and get a fan's perspective of what's topical in Aussie Hoops right now. Fans joining Dan on the show this week are; - Matt Corcoran - Bullet's Fan

- Ashley Proud - 90s NBL aficionado

Topics covered include…
  • Is the NBL Play In Tournament a good idea? (2:00)
  • NBL Awards, who should have won? (15:00)
  • Nathan Sobey re-signs with Brisbane and Bullets fans groan, are they ungrateful or warranted (23:00)
  • Underachievers and Overachievers this season (35:00)
  • NBL Playoff Predictions (43:00)
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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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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, 2022
Ben Knight has been announced as the 2022 winner of the Sydney Kings’ Ring of Honour award. 
The fan and member-voted award will be presented officially at Sunday’s massive clash at Qudos Bank Arena against the Illawarra Hawks.  The Ring of Honour recognises players not just for their talents on the court, but for other reasons worthy of recognition consisting of:    
  • The most entertaining;   
  • The most courageous;   
  • A great teammate; or   
  • Those who gave back to our community.  

Ben joined Dan Boyce on the Aussie Hoopla podcast to discuss his NBL career which included playing for nine teams (an NBL record) during his 16 seasons in the league.

He also shares insights into the merger of the South East Melbourne Magic and North Melbourne Giants, helping to create a culture in Cairns, narrowly missing out on a championship in Townsville before returning to his hometown Kings to help them win a championship in 2005.

He talks about his decision to help the Singapore Slingers become the first Asian based team in the NBL and the obstacles it faced and discusses being a part of the Australian Boomers team which failed to qualify for the 2002 FIBA World Championships, losing to New Zealand at home for the first time in history.

Topics include...

  • On being recognised for his role in Sydney Kings history and entering the Kings "Inner Circle" (2:00)
  • Coming up through the Sydney Kings development program the Sydney Sky and making his debut for the Kings in 1997 (4:00)
  • Playing for Brian Goorjian at the South East Melbourne Magic in 1998 (8:00)
  • Is there truth to the narrative that Goorjian pushed his players too hard during the 1990s and by the Grand Final were always too 'gassed' to win the title (14:00)
  • The Magic and the Giants merge to create the Victoria Titans and Ben gets squeezed out of the roster and signs with Brisbane (17:00)
  • His fourth team in four seasons, playing for the Townsville Crocodiles in 1999/00 (20:00)
  • A breakout season in Cairns opens up opportunities with the Australian Boomers (27:00)
  • Being a part of the 2002 Australian Boomers squad which lost to New Zealand and failed to qualify for the FIBA World Championships (32:00)
  • Financial instability in Cairns leads him to move to Wollongong to play with the Hawks (40:00)
  • A homecoming for Knight as he returns to play for the Sydney Kings and helped win the team's third championship (42:00)
  • Falling short in the Kings run for a fourth championship in a row before falling short to Chris Anstey and the Melbourne Tigers (49:00)
  • The Singapore Slingers and the difficulties it faced being Australia's first Asian based team (54:00)
  • A near career-ending injury during his year with the Melbourne Tigers (103:00)
  • A return to the Sydney in 2010 to help re-launch the Kings (105:00)
  • Reaching his 400th NBL game in 2016 (109:00)
  • Coaching and life after the NBL (1:13:00)
  • The highlights and the biggest lessons learnt during Ben's NBL career (1:15:00)
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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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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 19, 2022
Rob Beveridge ticked off a bucket list item when he was named head coach of the Australian Boomers and guided the team to a 3-0 record in February's FIBA World Qualifiers held in Japan.

The team, NBL development players and European talent faced a gruelling quarantine process and only two days or preparation for the tournament which Bevo gives his insights into the experience.

Beveridge added this achievement to a resume that features a Paralympics silver medal from 2000, an assistant coaching role with the Boomers at the 2004 Olympics, coaching Scotland at the Commonwealth Games 2018 and the two medals won at the junior World Championships in 2003 (gold medal) and 2019 (bronze medal).

Beveridge has spent the past three seasons coaching New Zealand's Southland Sharks and he also shares some of his knowledge of the league and why the league is more popular than ever before.

Topics include...

  • The growth of the NZNBL over the past few years (2:00)
  • Signing Mojave King and how recruiting players for New Zealand NBL teams compares to NBL teams (5:00)
  • The reasons why players should to playing in the NZNBL (8:00)
  • Perth Wildcats purchase of the Otago Nuggets and should every NBL team fund an NZNBL team? (15:00)
  • Coaching the Australian Boomers at the FIBA World Qualifiers (22:00)
  • Nick Kay's emergence as a leader on the Boomers squad (26:00)
  • Which of the younger members of the Australian Boomers squad impressed Bevo the most (35:00)
  • Bevo explains the motivation behind writing his book When Winning Matters: Lessons Learned from Sport's Elite (39:00)
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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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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 9, 2022

Whyalla born and bred Chris Blakemore began training with the Adelaide 36ers in 1990 before spending two seasons at the Australian Institute of Sport and signing a rookie contract with the team in 1993. He played three seasons with the 36ers (1993-1995), a period where the team saw a young core of Blakemore, Brett Maher, Scott Ninnis and Brett Wheeler develop into a playing group that ushered in a new era of success in Adelaide.

Blakemore would win Rookie of the Year in his first season and the league's Most Improved Player in his second season.

This early 1990s also saw highly regarded college coach Mike Dunlap hire to coach the team, an era renown for a lot of wins on the court and issues off the court.

Topics include...

  • Early beginnings in Whyalla, SA (2:00)
  • The college football scholarship that could have been (5:00)
  • Choosing between the AIS, NBL and NCAA as a pathway to becoming a professional (7:00)
  • His rookie of the year season in 1993 (11:00)
  • Adelaide 36ers 1994 run to the NBL Grand Final (15:00)
  • The Mike Dunlap era in Adelaide (17:00)
  • A re-built 36ers squad for the 1995 season falls short (25:00)
  • The elbow to Martin Cattalini left 15 stitches, got him suspended from the playoffs and saw the 36ers eliminated from the playoffs (30:00)
  • Leaving Adelaide to play with the Cannons in 1996 (32:00)
  • Blakemore's attempted comeback in 1998 with the Brisbane Bullets which ultimately didn't pan out (38:00)
  • How he feels about his decision to retire looking back at it (40:30)
  • The mental hurdles he faced and biggest challenges (42:00)
  • Rob Rose and Mike Dunlap, why didn't these two see eye to eye? (51:00)
  • The highlights of his career (53:00)
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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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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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Mar 1, 2022

Perth young gun Luke Travers has gone from development player to solid contributor to potential NBA lottery pick in the past three years.

Stepping up his game, perimeter shooting and strength each season to now be a major part of the Wildcat's success, Luke joins Dan Boyce on the podcast to discuss his decision to play in the NBL over college, the people within the Perth Wildcats organisation helping him prepare for the NBA draft and lessons learnt along the way.

Topics include...

  • Snapping the Wildcats three-game losing streak with a win over Tasmania (1:00)
  • How the Perth Wildcats players view the JackJumpers roster who many fans refer to as Perth 2.0 (2:30)
  • Growing up in Rockingham and watching the Wildcats as a junior (3:30)
  • At what point as a junior did he feel he could play as a professional (6:00)
  • What led to him deciding he would attempt to reach the NBA via the NBL instead of college (7:30)
  • His first season with the Wildcats and takeaways from his "learning" year (8:30)
  • Winning an NBL championship in 2020 under bizarre circumstances due to COVID (13:00)
  • The differences playing for under Scott Morrison compared to Trevor Gleeson (16:00)
  • Mock Drafts and draft rankings how much attention does he give those types of things? (19:30)
  • Plans on improving his stock prior to the NBA draft (20:30)
  • Which players does Luke get along with the most off the court (21:30)
  • Players who have helped Luke with his development along the way (22:30)
  • What's the go with the haircut? (24:30)
  • His relationship with his Mum and Dad (26:00)
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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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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.

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

Feb 24, 2022

This episode host Dan Boyce put out an open invitation to NBL fans to join him on a 'fans only' episode of Aussie Hoopla to discuss the biggest stories in Aussie Hoops and provide a fan's perspective for fans to listen to.

Fans joining Dan on the show this week are;

- Matt Corcoran - Bullet's Fan

- Brendan Boyd (1/3 of the Basketball Blokes Podcast)

- Taylor Cowper - Wildcats Fan

 
Topics covered include…
  • The NBA All-Star Weekend and its NBL flavour this year (2:00)
  • NBL Next Stars is it sustainable? (16:00)
  • Thoughts on the NBL's highest-selling jerseys (21:00)
  • The exposure gained from Asian players Zhou Qi, Liu Chuanxing and Kai Sotto can the NBL maintain the interest and the Asian pipeline next season (28:00)
  • NBL crowd numbers... the good and the bad (33:00)
  • What we like and what we don't like about the Tasmania JackJumpers (40:00)
  • Adelaide, Brisbane and Cairns... which team is in the most trouble of missing the playoffs? (48:00)
  • The passing of Jack Bendat and his legacy and impact on the NBL (58:00)
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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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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.

Follow @AussieHoopla on TwitterInstagramFacebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

Feb 3, 2022

Xavier Cooks is in his third season with the Sydney Kings but due to injuries has played only 26 games over his NBL career, averaging 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists per game since entering the league in 2019.

This season, with a full bill of health, Cooks is having a career-best season, averaging 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists while leading Sydney to a top-five record thus far.

He joins Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce to talk about the teams big win over the Perth Wildcats this week, his decision to play college basketball and overseas by debuting in the NBL, his experiences with the Australian Boomers and plenty more.

He also takes us through the ups and downs he faced dealing with his injuries which kept him out of the Australian Boomers in 2019 and has impacted his ability to play at his best in the NBL.

Topics include...
  • The Kings win over the Wildcats and the altercation between Matt Hodgson and Dejan Vasiljevic (2:00)
  • How injuries have impacted his past seasons and how being fully healthy has led him to his best NBL season so far (4:00)
  • Thoughts on being an under the radar talent until making the Australian Boomers squad in 2019 (5:30)
  • His decision to play college basketball and why Winthorp University was the best choice for him (6:30)
  • NBA opportunities with the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns (9:00)
  • Playing overseas in Germany and France instead of the NBL for his first professional season (10:30)
  • Making the Australian Boomers World Cup squad in 2019 but missing out due to injury and how it impacted him (14:00)
  • Learning from coaches Will Weaver, Adam Forde and Chase Buford (19:00)
  • His views on the Kings decision to forfeit the remaining games of the 2020 NBL Finals due to COVID (20:00)
  • Being a part of the Boomers squad who defeated the USA in the Olympic warm-up games (22:00)
  • The highlights and hurdles from Xaviers career so far (24:00)
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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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.

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

Feb 2, 2022

Mike Kelly is currently the associate coach of the Perth Wildcats and recently was named as part of the coaching staff for the Australian Boomers FIBA World Cup qualifying team.

He joins Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce to talk about how the Boomers are preparing for the first round of qualifying games and how the Perth Wildcats are faring during a season heavily impacted by COVID-19.

He also takes us through the ups and downs he faced as head coach of the Cairns Taipans from 2018-2021 and how it developed him as a coach.

Topics include...
  • Thoughts on the Perth Wildcats loss to the Sydney Kings this weekend (2:00)
  • How do the Perth Wildcats split responsibilities among the coaching staff (5:00)
  • Being named as an assistant coach for the Australian Boomers (7:00)
  • How the Boomers coaching staff have been recruiting players for the FIBA qualifiers in February with most NBL players unavailable (9:00)
  • How COVID-19 is making it extremely difficult to count players (14:00)
  • The ups and downs of Mike's three-year stint as head coach of the Cairns Taipans (17:00)
  • The mental hurdles the Taipans faced in 2020-21 during the COVID impacted season (19:00)
  • Did the NBL's move from three imports to two help or hinder the Taipans (21:00)
  • The NBL Next Stars program, how does a coach juggle a team trying to make the playoffs with a young player trying to make the NBA (24:00)
  • Finding out he wouldn't be returning to the Taipans mid-season and the mental toll it took on him (26:00)
  • Taking the job as associate coach at the Perth Wildcats and how it came about (29:00)
  • How does Perth as an organisation compare to Cairns and Melbourne (30:00)
  • The player's Mike has enjoyed working with the most since arriving in Perth (33:00)
  • The return of Majok Majok (35:00)
  • The biggest learnings Mike took away from his time with the Taipans (36:00)
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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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.

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

Jan 25, 2022

Jayson Wells played three seasons in the NBL (2001-2003) with the Canberra Cannons and Cairns Taipans before embarking on a professional basketball journey that saw him play internationally for 13 years. His playing career saw him spend time in Argentina, Dubai, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Sweden and Ukraine.

Playing under Cal Bruton at Canberra he teamed with Tonny Jensen, David Patrick, David Simmons, Troy Pilon and although the team only won three games that season, he shares tales of the fun they had on and off the court.

Replacing import Matt Garrison he joined the Cairns Taipans for two seasons and helped them become must-see tickets in Queensland's upper north.

He joins Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce to talk about how his time in Australia shaped his career, how he transitioned into an author, coach and motivational speaker as well as working alongside NBA stars like Lebron James, Kevin Durrant and Chris Paul. 

Topics include...
  • Since retiring from basketball in 2011 Wells has worked as a motivational speaker and coach alongside NBA stars like Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and more (2:00)
  • What is the Jayson Wells experience (6:30)
  • Growing up in Cleveland Ohio and his decision to play at Indiana State University (13:00)
  • The child inside all of us and how it influences who we are (15:00)
  • Making the most of the opportunities presented in college and NBA interest after graduation (19:00)
  • Being a witness to Ray Allen's shooting regime and how it taught Wells a valuable lesson (25:00)
  • Playing as an import overseas (28:00)
  • Arriving in Australia and playing for the Canberra Cannons (32:30)
  • Playing with the Cairns Taipans (34:00)
  • Reaching his peak as a pro basketball player (39:30)
  • The biggest lessons learned during his 13-year pro career (41:30)
  • The highlight of his time as a player (46:00)

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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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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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Dec 22, 2021

Young Filipino talent Kai Sotto has signed a multi-year deal with the Adelaide 36ers this season and after missing the teams first four games made his NBL debut against the Cairns Taipans this week.

The 18-year-old played 10 minutes and filled the box score, showing his versatility with 1 point, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks.

Sotto is already an emerging figure within the Philippine national team program and an NBA draft prospect decision and he joined Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce to discuss getting back onto the court, his decision to develop his game in Australia and how he is settling with the 36ers. 

Topics include...
  • His self analysis on his first game in the NBL (2:00)
  • Kai talks about his father Ervin sotto who was a Filipino basketball player and how he has helped guide his basketball journey so far (4:00)
  • Growing up in Las Piñas, Manila the capital city of the Philippines (5:00)
  • Thoughts on the Pinoy fans and their expectations (7:00)
  • Why he decided not to go play college basketball (11:00)
  • On playing for the Phillipino National team (13:30)
  • The benefits of playing alongside Daniel Johnson, Cam Bairstow and Isaac Humphries (15:00)
  • What areas of his game Kai thinks he needs to work on the most (16:00)
  • What NBA and Philipino players Kai idolised growing up (18:00)
  • Kai's role with the 36ers this season (21:00)
  • The biggest hurdles Kai has faced in his career so far (27:00)
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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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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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Nov 23, 2021

Guy Molloy has called it quits on coaching the Melbourne Boomers WNBL team after almost a decade with the club. Molloy will move to New Zealand to take on a dual role which includes coaching the New Zealand Tall Ferns (National Women's team) and coach the Wellington Saints in the NZNBL.

Molloy has spent 32 years coaching at a national level in Australia which included stints with The Australia Women's national team, Canberra, Perth and Melbourne in the WNBL and for the men spent time in the NBL coaching both the Cairns Taipans and South Dragons.

It's fair to say no other coach has the experience Molloy has at coaching both sexes at a national level and he joins the podcast to chat with Dan Boyce on the differences between coaching men and women and the lessons he's learnt from coaching in our national leagues.

Molloy also coached Ben Simmons and Dante Exum as head coach of the men's national under-17 side, the Emus.

 
 
Topics include...
  • Guy on his decision to leave the Melbourne Boomers WNBL and coach in New Zealand (2:00)
  • Thoughts on the growth and development of the WNBL over the last 9 years (6:00)
  • How the Boomers players feel about Molloy leaving at the end of the year (7:30)
  • Guy Molloy outlines his new role in New Zealand which includes coaching the Women's National Team and the Wellington Saints in the NZNBL (9:00)
  • Guy takes us through his 32 year coaching journey that started with coaching the Canberra Capitals (WNBL), Canberra Cannons (NBL) and Canberra Gunners at only 23 years of age (13:30)
  • Guy on his experiences coaching the Australian Opals in the early 90s and memories of Oz94 - FIBA Women's World Championships held in Australia (18:00)
  • Coaching the Perth Breakers in the WNBL (24:00)
  • Michelle Timms, the trailblazer, and what she did to put Australian Basketball on the map (26:00)
  • Switching from the WNBL to the NBL to coach the Cairns Taipans in 2001 (31:00)
  • Remembering the Cairns Taipans from the early 2000's (38:00)
  • The hard work involved in building a winning culture with the Taipans program and making the playoffs for the first time in 2004 (41:00)
  • Winning a championship as part of the South Dragons in 2009 (46:30)
  • The demise of the South Dragons (50:00)
  • Coaching Ben Simmons and Dante Exum on the Australian junior team (56:30)
  • Returning to the WNBL and being a part of the Melbourne Boomers in 2013 (101:30)
  • Recruiting or coaching what's more difficult? (105:00)
  • The differences between coaching Men and Women (107:00)
  • The toughest lessons Guy faced over his coaching journey so far (112:00)
  • The highlight of his coaching career so far (1:14:00)
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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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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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Nov 10, 2021
Adam Ballinger played twelve seasons in the NBL, spending time with the Victoria Giants, Wollongong Hawks, Adelaide 36ers and Melbourne Tigers. Over his career, he averaged 15.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 340 NBL games.

Prior to the NBL he played college basketball with Michigan State where he won a national championship alongside NBA stars Jason Richardson, Mateen Cleaves and future NBL stars Mike Chappell and Dave Thomas.

Topics include...
  • Ballinger on making a living post-basketball as an artist/cartoonist (2:00)
  • Growing up in Indiana and gaining a scholarship to Michigan State University (7:00)
  • Winning the 2000 NCAA National Championship alongside Mateen Cleaves, Jason Richardson and future NBL stars Mike Chappelle and Dave Thomas (11:00)
  • The NBL connection that exists within that team (17:00)
  • That game where Michigan State University faced the Canberra Cannons featuring Magic Johnson (19:00)
  • Finding his way to Australia and his debut season with the Victoria Giants (21:00)
  • Moving to the Wollongong Hawks for his second season in the NBL (25:00)
  • Moving to Adelaide to play with the 36ers (27:00)
  • Becoming an Australian citizen and a "local" player in 2009 (31:00)
  • An ankle injury limits what Adam can deliver to NBL teams after 2011 (35:00)
  • Returning to Melbourne to play with the Tigers (37:00)
  • His difficult exit from the Tigers (38:00)
  • Thoughts on the coaches he experienced during his career and what he took from them for his own coaching strategies (40:30)
  • The rivalry between Adam Ballinger and Shawn Redhage (43:30)
  • Players Adam loved to face off against the most (44:30)
  • The biggest challenges Adam faced during his NBL career (46:30)
  • The highlight from his 10 years in the NBL (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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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.

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

Oct 31, 2021
Isaac Burton played 96 games in the NBL over four seasons with both the Sydney Kings and the Newcastle Falcons. A defensive ball hawk who excited the crowd with flashy dunks was a fan favourite in Sydney and the NBL during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Burton became embroiled in a point-shaving scandal during his time playing basketball (and baseball) at Arizona State University, a moment in history that has recently been made into a Netflix documentary called "Bad Sports".

The documentary focuses primarily on the players at the centre of the ASU scandal, namely Stevin “Hedake” Smith and Burton, but it also zooms out to lay bare the real villain in their story: the NCAA, which doled out stipends so insufficient that athletes came to see point-shaving as their only means of survival. 

Burton re-joins Aussie Hoopla to go into further detail on the point-shaving incident, discuss his involvement in the crimes and interactions with the FBI and how it impacted him.

He also discusses his time playing basketball in Australia and Cyprus with Dan, remembering some of the highlights and lowlights from his career.

Topics include...
  • The Netflix documentary "Bad Sports" and why Isaac decided to be a part of it (2:00)
  • Burton's relationship today with Stevin "Hedake" Smith (5:30)
  • Why Isaac chose to play basketball instead of baseball despite being drafted to the MLB three times (8:00)
  • Growing up in Los Angeles in the 80s and 90s and the dangers he faced growing up (11:00)
  • His college experience playing baseball and basketball at both East Los Angeles Community College and Arizona State (14:30)
  • Arriving at Arizona State, meeting Stevin Smith and how they spent their time on campus (16:30)
  • How the investigation began and his interactions with the FBI (19:00)
  • Graduating college and signing with the Sydney Kings (23:00)
  • The reasons Isaac loved living in Sydney (28:00)
  • His first day at training with the Sydney Kings and who he spent time with on the team (30:00)
  • Facing off against Andrew Gaze, Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace and other NBL legends (35:00)
  • Playing against Allen Iverson (39:00)
  • Shane Heal heads to the NBA and his second season with the Kings (40:00)
  • Matt Nielsen's emergence into an NBL star (46:00)
  • An NBA try-out with the Phoenix Suns (47:00)
  • His friendship with Latrell Sprewell and the tension present during his time with the Warriors that culminated with him choking coach PJ Carlesimo (52:00)
  • His season with the Newcastle Falcons in 1998 (55:00)
  • His revenge game against the Kings while with the Falcons (58:00)
  • How Isaac spent 2000-2001 in prison but was allowed out to play basketball for the Las Vegas Silver Bandits IBL team (102:00)
  • A return to Sydney in 2001 (1:07:00)
  • Playing basketball in Cyprus (1:11:00 )
  • Thoughts on college players being paid to play (1:13:00)
  • What life lessons Isaac took away from the point-shaving experience (1:18:00)

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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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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.

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

Oct 11, 2021

After being part of the Boomers coaching staff that guided Australia to the bronze medal game at the 2019 FIBA World Cup and leading the Sydney Kings to the NBL Grand Final as the team's head coach Will Weaver was offered the chance to coach the Houston Rockets last season, and what a season it was.

Acting as the assistant coach to the Rockets head coach Stephen Silas, Weaver saw first-hand player movements such as Russell Westbrook and James Harden being traded to Washington and Brooklyn respectively, the Rockets breaking NBA records for the most injured roster of all time as the team saw 3o different players log minutes for the Rockets in 2020-21), two of those players being NBL stars Jae'Sean Tate and Cam Oliver.

Topics include...
  • How the opportunity to coach the Houston Rockets came about (2:00)
  • What was the process he went through to become an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets (5:00)
  • What is Will Weaver's specific role within the Rockets coaching staff (7:00)
  • How the Rockets handled the trades of both Russell Westbrook and James Harden (10:00)
  • The Rockets NBL connection with Jae'Sean Tate and Cam Oliver last season and how they viewed their contributions (12:30)
  • Thoughts from watching the Boomers achieve their first-ever Olympic medal (14:30)
  • Nathan Sobey's improved role for the Boomers play another season in Australia (17:00)
  • How the Rockets handled losing 20 games in a row and the positives Will saw despite the team record (22:00)
  • If playing the Olympics as Dante Exum did, is a better path to gain an NBA contract than individual workouts, the route taken by Thon Maker (24:00)
  • What were the biggest hurdles he went through during his first year with the Rockets and what did he learn from them (33:00)

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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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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Oct 1, 2021

The Perth Wildcats announced the surprise signing of exciting import Vic Law for the 2021/22 NBL season. While many hoops tragics were convinced Law was likely to be in Brisbane for a second season, Law instead headed west and will look to pair with NBL MVP Bryce Cotton and help the Wildcats secure their eleventh NBL championship.

Last season Law averaged 18.8 points, 8.4 rebounds per game (fourth in NBL), 2.6 assists and 0.6 steals before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in his first NBL season in the NBL. The injury kept him out of action for five months but once he had rehabbed the injury he was offered the opportunity to play for the Los Angeles Lakers at the recent NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Law averaged 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Lakers NBA Summer League team, including a game-winning performance against the Clippers where he came up with the clutch triple and defensive play to seal the win. 

Law played his college basketball at Northwestern University before a short stint with the Orlando Magic in the NBA.

Topics include...
  • Vic Law and his podcast 94 and more (2:00)
  • His decision to sign with the Perth Wildcats instead of the Brisbane Bullets (4:00)
  • NBA summer league with the LA Lakers (6:00)
  • Why summer league isn't enjoyable (10:00)
  • Thoughts on the NBA G-League (14:00)
  • Vic Law's "quarantine routine" and what his reading/watching/playing on PS5 (16:00)
  • Why he decided to play another season in Australia (17:00)
  • Thoughts on coach Scott Morrison and what role have the Wildcats told him they want from him (22:00)
  • Thoughts on how he'll play alongside Bryce Cotton (25:00)
  • Playing college basketball at Northwestern (27:00)
  • What motivates him to play at both ends of the basketball court (29:00)
  • Going undrafted in 2019 and making the Orlando Magic roster (30:00)
  • What he needs to work on to make it back into the NBA (34:00)
  • The toughest hurdles and mistakes Vic Law has gone through during his basketball journey (36:00)
  • The biggest highlights of his career (45:00)

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, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs

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, Gary Ervin, 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.

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

Sep 17, 2021

Talking to us directly from quarantine, the Adelaide 36ers newly signed sharp-shooter Dusty Hannahs.

He joined the podcast to talk about his time in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies, his college basketball experiences as well as goals for this NBL season which include winning a championship in Adelaide.
 
Topics include...
  • Handling quarantine, hobbies and interests (2:00)
  • Thoughts on the Adelaide 36ers so far (5:30)
  • Knowledge of the NBL and its players (6:30)
  • Playing college basketball for Texas Tech and the University of Arkansas (9:00)
  • Going undrafted and his journey to reaching the NBA (14:00)
  • Playing as a professional in Greece (26:00)
  • What he thinks he needs to develop to return to the NBA (27:00)
  • His experience playing in the TBT (The Basketball League) (29:00)
  • The biggest hurdles he has faced during his career so far (32:00)
  • The biggest highlights of his career (33:30)

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, 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, Gary Ervin, 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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Sep 6, 2021

This month the Perth Wildcats announced former Director of Scouting at Philadelphia 76ers Danny Mills would join the team as General Manager of Basketball Operations.

Mills’ primary role will be to oversee the basketball department, with a particular focus on recruitment, talent identification and player pathway strategy and development.

Mills was born and raised in Perth and played juniors for both Wanneroo Wolves and Willetton Tigers. He was an eight-time WA State Team representative, a Perth Wildcats training squad member in 2002-03 and played college basketball at Oregon Tech from 2004-07.
 
He joined the podcast to talk about his time with the 76ers during its "Trust the Process" era, thoughts on Ben Simmons and his future, plans for the Wildcats roster for this season and memories of his time as a player and being a lifelong Wildcats fan.
 
Topics include...
  • How the role was offered to Danny and what a general manager of basketball does (2:00)
  • Danny's experiences playing basketball as a junior, being a part of the AIS squad which included Andrew Bogut and his college career (4:00)
  • Memories of the NBL growing up in Perth and being a huge Wildcats fan (9:00)
  • How he was able to get a role as a scout with the Philadelphia 76ers and how that led to the role with the Perth Wildcats (13:00)
  • Being a part of "The Process" in Philadelphia and what he learnt from it (15:00)
  • Thoughts on Ben Simmons current situation (23:00)
  • How Perth is different to every NBL team and what the team is focused on for future success (31:00)
  • The background on signing new head coach Scott Morrison (36:00)
  • Signing Vic Law (41:00)
  • The Wildcats roster needs for this season and what he plans to focus on next (43:00)
  • Thoughts on the next star program and is it something they intend to utilise this season? (51:00)
  • What the Wildcats will do with their vacant third and import spot (56:00)

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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, Gary Ervin, 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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Sep 2, 2021

Coming off leading the Australian Boomers to their first medal Brian Goorjian joined the podcast to take us through not only his experiences coaching the group but his take on the men who spent countless hours in building a sport, building stadiums, coaching junior players which ultimately led to Australia's bronze medal-winning group.

Topics include...

  • Returning home to Australia (2:00)
  • The Boomers medals are Australia's biggest win in global sports (7:00)
  • The legends who paved the way for the Boomers success starting with Ken Watson (13:00)
  • Adrian Hurley and his input to Australian basketball (20:00)
  • How Lindsey Gaze is responsible for the stadiums the Boomers played in as junior players (13:00)
  • Why the NBA and the G-League want more Aussie coaches (28:30)
  • How Brian approached this Olympics as a coach differently to any other (36:00)
  • How he varied his coaching to different players on the Boomers (41:00)

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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, 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, Gary Ervin, 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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Aug 19, 2021

Despite many vocal hoops tragics thinking Nick Kay shouldn't have made the Boomers squad he played a key role in the team, often taking on the toughest defensive assignments (listen to him talk about guarding Kevin Durant) and nailing a number of clutch three-point baskets when needed.

Nick joins the show to talk about making history by winning the Boomers first Olympic medal, his experiences with the team, Boomers culture night, playing for Brian Goorjian, how close he came to playing for the JackJumpers and his plans for this season in Japan.

Topics include...

  • Nick's take on the team emotional after the Boomers bronze medal win (2:00)
  • The Boomers culture and stories from the team's culture night prior to the Olympics (5:00)
  • How the squad came together and added to the foundation built from the 2019 World Cup squad (7:30)
  • A covid scare in Las Vegas puts the team's Olympic chances in jeopardy (9:30)
  • Aron Baynes goes down and how it changed the squad (11:30)
  • Facing the USA in the semi-finals (13:00)
  • Comparing the 2019 Boomers team to the bronze medal squad differs from the fourth-place finishing FIBA World Cup squad in 2019 (16:30)
  • Looking at guys who choose against playing in the Olympics to secure NBA contracts and whether that works (18:00)
  • Preparing to play in Japan and how close did he come to playing for the JackJumpers this season (21:00)
  • Guarding Kevin Durant (24:00)
  • How the 2019 NBL championship won under COVID-19 conditions sits with him (27:00)
  • The negative reactions he received from social media when Nick made the Boomers squad (28:00)
  • documentary and his involvement with the Australian Boomers program (33:00)

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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, 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, Gary Ervin, 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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Aug 6, 2021

South East Melbourne Phoenix guard Cam Gliddon knows a thing or two about playing in bronze-medal games begin a part of the Boomers squad World Cup squad in 2019 who fell to Spain in the semi-finals before losing the bronze medal game to France.

Gliddon joins the podcast to talk with Dan Boyce about the Boomers roster this year compared to 2019. How the team is different without Andrew Bogut and Aron Baynes, insights into the team's offensive and defensive structure under former coach Andrej Lemanis and how it compares to Brian Goorjian's squad and plenty more.

Topics include...

  • The Boomers lose to the USA after being up by 15 points in the first quarter and its emotional toll on players and fans alike (2:00)
  • Was this the last chance the core group of Mills, Ingles, Delly, Baynes had of achieving a gold medal together (7:00)
  • The mental impact of losing the semi-finals prior to playing in the bronze medal game (10:00)
  • The Boomers end of game body language after the USA loss and how it will impact Australia in the bronze medal game (12:00)
  • How this year's Boomers squad differs from the fourth-place finishing FIBA World Cup squad in 2019 (14:00)
  • Brian Goorjians 2021 Boomers Vs Andrej Lemanis 2019 Boomers, which was stronger? (20:00)
  • What the Boomers need to do to defeat Slovenia and claim their first Olympic medal (24:00)
  • Nick Kay flack from hoops tragics online, is it warranted? (26:00)
  • Thoughts on the South East Melbourne Phoenix roster coming into 2021-22 season (28:00)
  • Thoughts on Luc Longley's new documentary and his involvement with the Australian Boomers program (33:00)

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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, 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, Gary Ervin, 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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Jul 24, 2021

Former Wildcats star Trevor Torrence was a part of Perth's first NBL championships (1990-91) and he joins us on the show to discuss his playing career and how he has transitioned to working with corporations and elite sporting teams in the area of emotional intelligence (EI) with Genos International.

Ben Palmer, the CEO of Genos International also joins the discussion to shares insights into the success Genos International has had working with the Phoenix Suns in the NBA and how the Suns credit the Australian developed program as an integral part of this 2021 success and NBA Finals appearance.

Torrance played in 11 NBL seasons with Perth and Gold Coast. He played in 305 NBL games and averaged 9 points and 3 rebounds per game.

Topics include...

  • Emotional Intelligence (EI), what it is and how it helped the Phoenix Suns reach the NBA Finals (2:00)
  • The Boomers culture and the EI strengths it is built around (9:30)
  • How basketball in the 1990s was void of emotional intelligence and how it would have made a difference to the careers of NBL players (12:30)
  • Specific examples of the way the Phoenix Suns changed the behaviour of the players and staff to optimise communication and improve emotional intelligence (17:00)
  • Ben Simmons mental health challenges after the 2021 playoffs and where emotional intelligence is a critical component (22:00)
  • Negative social media and its impact on elite athletes (30:00)
  • How Perth Wildcats 1990-91 championship teams developed a raw version of emotional intelligence and how it made them successful in the 1990s and set the foundation for the club as it is today (32:00)
  • Firing the coach of an underperforming team to create change, is it always the best solution (34:00)
  • How NBA teams developing their EI within their programs is akin to the focus on analytics 10 years ago (40:00)

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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, 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, Gary Ervin, 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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Jul 15, 2021

Gary Ervin joins Dan Boyce on another episode of Aussie Hoopla to walk through his basketball journey and share memories of his time playing in the NBL.

Ervin was the NBL's Most Valuable Player for the 2010–11 NBL season after racking up 20.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game playing for the Wollongong Hawks.

Ervin also spent time with the Townsville Crocodiles and Adelaide 36ers.

Ervin played 112 games in the NBL over four seasons and averaged 16.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

Topics include...

  • Gary Ervin on what he's been up to since leaving Australia (2:00)
  • New York basketball and the night Ervin scored 30 points in 3 minutes (3:30)
  • Playing in the Jordan Classic with LeBron James and Chris Paul  (7:00)
  • College basketball with Mississippi State and Arkansas (9:30)
  • The NBA Draft experience (16:00)
  • The G-League and fighting for an NBA spot (19:00)
  • Finding his way to Australia and the Wollongong Hawks (22:00)
  • Why he loves Australia and his comparing his other experiences playing overseas (28:00)
  • Why he wishes he planned his career like Bryce Cotton (30:00)
  • An up and down season with the Townsville Crocodiles (31:30)
  • The championship that could have been with the Adelaide 36ers (37:00)
  • Narrowly losing to the Perth Wildcats in the Grand Final (43:00)
  • A return to Wollongong to wrap up his NBL career (45:30)
  • Deciding to retire (47:30)
  • Information on a Gary Ervin documentary coming out (49:00)
  • What teams and players Gary loved to play against while in the NBL (51:00)
  • Highlights and learnings from a career as a professional basketball (58:00)

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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, 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, Gary Ervin, 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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Jul 2, 2021

Andre Moore joins the show to talk about his NBA and NBL career as well as what's happening on the Australian Basketball scene today.

Moore was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 2nd round of the 1987 NBA Draft. In 10 games with the Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks, he averaged 2.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.

Moore then embarked on a career in Australia when he signed with the Brisbane Bullets in 1990 and led them to that year's NBL Grand Final before losing to the Perth Wildcats.

His teammates on Brisbane included fellow Americans Derek Rucker and Leroy Loggins. Moore's outstanding play saw him selected to the 1990 All-NBL Team after he averaged 26.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, and two blocks per game while shooting 61.1% from the field.

After playing for the Bullets, Moore spent time with the Hobart Devils (1995) and Cairns Taipans (1999-01).

Topics include...

  • Andre Moore launches his first signature sneaker 20 years after retiring from the NBL (2:00)
  • Working in juvenile detention centres with his program for underprivileged youth Big Feat Basketball (8:00)
  • Navigating gangs and drugs while growing up in Chicago (12:00)
  • College basketball and facing Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas in 1986 (16:00)
  • His friendship with Scottie Pippen from his time preparing for the NBA draft in 1997 and thoughts on his new book (21:00)
  • NBA memories playing against Utahs Karl Malone and alongside forgotten NBA stars like Lafayette Lever, Alex English and Sidney Moncrief (26:00)
  • How Andre found his way from the NBA to the Brisbane Bullets in 1990 (31:00)
  • Thoughts on the 2021 NBL Grand Final (33:30)
  • Going up against the 1990 Perth Wildcats (38:00)
  • Nathan Sobey's breakout season and Boomer's chances (40:00)
  • Ben Simmons and his decision to not play in the Tokyo Olympics (41:00)
  • Why aren't power forwards as important in the NBL today as they were in the 1990s (48:00)
  • Josh Giddey draft chances (52:00)

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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, 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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Jun 24, 2021

Jeff Van Groningen, the current GM of Basketball for the Adelaide 36ers has been involved with the National Basketball League since 1994.

Having spent with the Geelong Supercats, Melbourne Tigers, Brisbane Bullets, Sydney Kings and Adelaide he joins host Dan Boyce to talk about the highs and lows faced by the Adelaide 36ers this season before diving into the NBA interest around potential top-10 pick Josh Giddey.

Van Groningen shares what questions NBA scouts are asking about Giddey as their scout potential draft picks for this years NBA draft and how he has seen Giddey develop as a player this season.

Jeff also tackles the abuse Ben Simmons has received in both traditional and social media, whether it's fair and the consequences it could have.

Topics include...

  • Recruiting a roster amidst a pandemic. What were the obstacles and nuances to putting together the 36ers team in 2021 (2:00)
  • What concerns and questions were players asking when they were deciding where to play in 2021 (8:00)
  • The decision behind releasing Donald Sloan mid-season (12:00)
  • While Josh Giddey had a break out season Adelaide stumbled in 2021. How do the 36ers measure whether running with an 18-year-old point guard was the right or wrong decision in hindsight (18:00)
  • The exciting addition of Filipino junior star Kai Sotto and what he can bring to the 36ers next season (25:00)
  • What will the 36ers be looking to add to their roster to improve for next season (31:00)
  • How COVID has impacted the 36ers and the NBL financially (33:30)
  • Josh Giddey's NBA interest and what questions are NBA teams asking to determine his draft potential (41:00)
  • What parts of the season were the 36ers front office excited about the most in 2021 (49:00)
  • The attacks on Ben Simmons after his NBA playoffs exit, whether it was fair and the impact it could have (53:30)

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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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May 23, 2021

Aaron Grabau played 405 games with the Cairns Taipans, was the only player to be a part of both the team's inaugural roster in 1999 and the teams first NBL Finals appearance (2011).

He became a Taipans legend and to date is the only player to have his jersey retired by the club (twice, which you'll hear about on the show) and he joins Dan Boyce on this episode to go discuss his career as well as the first 15 years of the Cairns Taipans in the NBL.

Grabau takes us those first few years of the franchise where winning was a surprise benefit, to the success achieved under coaches Alan Black and Aaron Fearne.

We revisit the Taipans visit to the 2011 NBL Finals where they finish one game short of becoming NBL champions and get his take on some of the greatest Taipans players of all time.

Grabau's resume also includes five state league championships, three ABA National Championships, two ABA National Championship MVP awards, all with the Cairns Marlins.

Grabau finished his career as the Taipans all-time leader in games played, rebounds and steals and second in all-time points scored.

He averaged 7 points and 3 rebounds over 418 NBL games and today works as a member of the Cairns Police Force.

Topics include...

  • Retiring in 2013 and Joining the police force how being a part of the Taipans prepared him for his second career (2:00)
  • A rookie season with the Geelong Supercats (6:00)
  • The Cairns Taipans enter the NBL in 1999 (9:00)
  • The Taipans debut season and its 0-7 start and the first win in Taipans history (11:30)
  • The Taipan's roster for that inaugural season and how the losses impacted the team (15:00)
  • The Taipans make the playoffs in 2004 and success begins in Cairns (16:30)
  • Alan Black joins the team as coach and the team recruits Darnell Mee, Martin Cattalini, Nathan Jawai (19:00)
  • Comparing the coaching styles of Rod Popp, Guy Molloy, Alan Black and Aaron Fearne (20:00)
  • Nate Jawai as a young player (24:30)
  • Aaron Grabau's prime years during 2004-07 (26:00)
  • The Taipans disintegrate and fall into voluntary administration (27:30)
  • The impact of Darnell Mee in Cairns (30:00)
  • Players Aaron looked up to growing up (32:00)
  • The Taipans reach the NBL Finals in 2011 (33:00)
  • Losing good players to other NBL clubs, what toll does that take on players and the club (36:00)
  • What led to his decision to retire (37:30)
  • The story behind Grabau's jersey retirement and how he came to be retired by the club twice (39:00)
  • The teams and players he loved playing against the most (40:30)
  • The best Cairns Taipans players in team history (44:00)
  • The highlights and lessons of Aaron's career (46:00)

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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

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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

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