3x time NBL champion and 3x NBL MVP Leroy Loggins joins the show to talk about his pro basketball journey which included escaping the mean streets of Baltimore, being drafted into the NBA, playing in the 1980s NBL and representing Australia at the 1992 Olympics.
Find information on Leroy Loggins community work at Leroy Loggins Community Organisation.
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Topics discussed on the podcast include;
The NBL today and how imports comparing today's imports to those who played in the 80's and 90's (2:00)
Facing drugs, crime and violence in Baltimore (7:00)
Try outs for the 1980 US Olympic team (13:00)
NBA opportunities with Detroit and Washington in 1980 (15:30)
Getting out of Baltimore and finding a way to Australia (19:30)
The Australian-American basketball league in 1979 (20:30)
Leroy's first season in the NBL (25:30)
Why did Leroy Loggins leave Brisbane to play in West Adelaide (28:30)
Why do people talk more about the 1986 Adelaide 36ers than the 1985-87 Brisbane Bullets (33:00)
How Leroy Loggins found himself homeless, begging for food and attempting suicide in the middle of his NBL career (37:00)
1987 Leroy's third championship and the best season of his career (43:00)
Leroy talks about some of his favourite teammates (47:30)
Leroy discusses working with indigenous Australians (52:30)
What the Leroy Loggins community organisation is all about (55:00)
Playing in the 1992 Olympics with the Australian Boomers (1:00:00)
All of this and a whole lot more...
Listen to the full interview below or download on iTunes.
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, Rotnei Clark, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Stephen Holt, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon
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
NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti
Aussie Basketballers Abroad - Ryan Broekhoff, Brock Motum, Jack White, Ben Madgen, Clint Stiendl, Ater Majok, Rhys Carter, Clint Stiendl
The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Terry Dozier, Isaac Burton, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore
And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
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