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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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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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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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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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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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Use promo code "hoopla" at manscaped.com/hoopla to get 20% off any purchase.

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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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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Use promo code "hoopla" at manscaped.com/hoopla to get 20% off any purchase.

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

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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Use promo code "hoopla" at manscaped.com/hoopla to get 20% off any purchase.

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

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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Use promo code "hoopla" at https://au.manscaped.com to get 20% off any purchase.

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, 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.

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

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)

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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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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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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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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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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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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Jun 1, 2020

Mal Speed was named the chairman of the NBL after the conclusion of the league's debut season in 1980. Speed had a key role in developing the sport of basketball both nationally and internationally and his guidance over the 1980s and 1990s saw basketball boom during the early 90s down under.

On this episode of Aussie Hoopla host, Dan Boyce dives into the growth of the NBL in the 1990s and why it was so successful, the league's rapid decline in the late 1990s and what changed as well as the decision to shift the league from summer to winter, what led to that decision and in hindsight was it the right move.

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

  • Thoughts on the NBL and its current situation (2:00)
  • How Mal became NBL chairman in 1980 and how the NBL changed during his time as chairman (9:00)
  • A financial model that works for the NBL's big market teams and small-market teams (14:30)
  • How TV deals impact the growth of the NBL (20:00)
  • David Stern and his involvement with the NBL in the 1990s (26:00)
  • Hobart, Geelong and Gold Coast exit the league in 1996, how did this decision come to be (33:00)
  • The NBL's move to summer, was it the right move? (38:00)
  • Did the NBL refuse to work with the NBA during the 1990s? (43:00)
  • Mal Speed's favorite NBL players (45:00)
  • What does Mal Speed think the NBL got wrong during the 1980s and 1990s and what did he learn from them (48:00)
  • Did the AFL try to take down the NBL in the 1990s (55:00)

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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

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

May 10, 2020

Former owner of the South Dragons Mark Cowan joins Dan Boyce on the podcast to talk about how the team began, the stars who made their way through the program like Mark Price, Shane Heal, Joe Ingles and finally the ultimate achievement that was winning the 2009 NBL championship.

Mark Cowan discussed this and more on the latest episode of Aussie Hoopla.

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

  • How the idea of the South Dragons became a reality (2:00)
  • Bringing in NBA Hall of Famer as the head coach (16:00)
  • Shane Heal becomes the teams player/coach (19:30)
  • Recruiting Joe Ingles to the Dragons (22:00)
  • 2006-07: The team's first year in the league (28:30)
  • Signing Dennis Rodman to play with the Dragons in 2007 (30:00)
  • 2007-08: Year Two doesn't go as well as planned (35:00)
  • 2008-09: Brian Goorjian turns the team around before winning a championship (39:00)
  • The things Mark learned from the South Dragons success that applies to his business today (42:00)
  • Facing the Melbourne Tigers in the 2009 NBL Grand Final (45:00)
  • How Brian Goorjian created a championship culture within the South Dragons (51:00)
  • The deciding game five of the 2009 NBL Finals (59:00)
  • The NBL falls into disrepair in 2009 (103:00)
  • How the legacy of the South Dragons has helped the NBL to be the success it is today (105:00)

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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

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

May 1, 2020

Will Weaver in his first season as head coach of the Sydney Kings delivered what could be described as the best debut season ever by an NBL head coach but it was unable to end in victory or defeat, COVID-19 instead forced the team to withdraw from the NBL Grand Final.

He joined Dan Boyce to discuss the season that was and look at how the team is rebuilding for next season.

Topics include...

  • Dealing with the realities of COVID-19 (2:00)
  • How the opportunity to coach the Sydney Kings came about (7:00)
  • Putting together this years team, recruiting Casper Ware, Jae'Sean Tate and Didi Louzada (12:00)
  • What NBA scouts are saying about Jae'Sean Tate and Didi Louzada after a year in the NBL (20:00)
  • The Kings take the court for their first game of 2019-20 (22:30)
  • How did the Kings bounce back after their first loss (25:00)
  • The Kings lose to Perth how did they use their regular-season loss to Perth to plan for the NBL Grand Final (27:00)
  • Xavier Cooks joins the team, why did the Kings make the move (29:00)
  • A semi-final match-up against Melbourne United which included record comebacks for both teams (31:00)
  • Will's take on the way the Kings season ended prematurely (32:00)
  • How mental health was considered in the league up to the Sydney Kings decision to withdraw from the NBL (42:30)
  • What is happening within the Sydney Kings with the new salary cap changes and their roster all free to sign with other teams (45:00)


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All of this and a whole lot more...

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

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

Apr 19, 2020

Doug Overton, the first player to make the jump from playing in the NBL to the NBA joins the Aussie Hoopla podcast to tell stories from his time playing for the Illawarra Hawks, stories from over a decade of playing in the NBA and what he's doing now as a basketball coach at Lincoln University.

Doug was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1991 but wasn't able to make the roster as a rookie when he found himself playing his first professional gig in Australia for the Hawks in 1992.

An All-NBL First teamer that season who went on to sign a deal to play with the NBA's Washington Bullets the next season, the first NBL player to ever make the NBA and then went on to play in 499 NBA games over 11 seasons.

In one season with Illawarra, he averaged 24 points, 5, rebounds and 6 assists per game culminating with the Hawks team MVP.

He played for the Washington Bullets, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers.

Topics include...

  • The impact Doug Overton made in the NBL and how fondly remembered he is down under (2:00)
  • How the Coronavirus has impacted the US (11:00)
  • Playing for La Salle University and trying to make the Detroit Pistons championship team (12:00)
  • Getting the offer to play in Australia (18:30)
  • Taking the court for the Illawarra Hawks in 1992 (25:00)
  • Memories of playing in the Snake Pit (28:00)
  • Doug's biggest games in the NBL (30:00)
  • A semi-final match up against Scott Fisher, Paul Maley and the North Melbourne Giants (33:00)
  • Making the NBA.. finally, with the Washington Bullets (35:00)
  • The mental toll of being an NBA journeyman (36:30)
  • Playing alongside Chris Webber and Juwan Howard in Washington (39:30)
  • Dikembe Mutombo, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Jalen Rose in Denver (40:30)
  • Allen Iverson and Mark Bradtke in Philadelphia (46:00)
  • Mentoring NBA players and being mentored during his time in the NBA (48:00)
  • What lessons from the NBA does he share with the players he coaches today (59:30)
  • Who is the GOAT Michael Jordan, Lebron James or Kobe Bryant (108:00)
  • Who was the coach Doug learned the most from (108:30)
  • Michael Jordan stories (1:13:00)


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All of this and a whole lot more...

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

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, Ryan Broekhoff

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

Apr 7, 2020

South East Melbourne Phoenix head coach Simon Mitchell joins Dan Boyce on the Aussie Hoopla podcast to provide a recap on the team's first year in the league.

From looking at how the team was put together in the club's first few months to the process the team followed with signing talent and the highs and lows of the 2019-20 season.

Coach Simon Mitchell also provides his in-depth thoughts on what the team did well and what it did poorly at this season and how they will change that for the upcoming season.

Topics include...

  • How the Phoenix are dealing with COVID-19 and the mental health space of its players (2:00)
  • How did the Phoenix approach its first NBL season ie. recruitment, culture (8:00)
  • What went into the team recruiting Mitch Creek as their first player signing (11:30)
  • Thoughts on team culture and why they recruited the players they did for the team's inaugural season (15:00)
  • Getting the team's debut win against the Melbourne United (18:00)
  • How the Phoenix went for run and gun offense in a league full of big men and interior defense (23:00)
  • What led to the Phoenix poor end to the season (30:00)
  • What changes do the Phoenix need to ensure a strong core for the upcoming season (31:30)
  • The ups and downs of NBL Next Star Terry Armstrong this season and NBA Draft chances (35:00)
  • The highlights of the season (38:00)
  • The biggest mistake's made by the Phoenix this season and what they learned from them (42:30)

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All of this and a whole lot more...

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

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, Ryan Broekhoff

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

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 and email at info@aussiehoopla.com

Apr 3, 2020

Perth Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson joins Dan Boyce to recap the Wildcats 10th NBL championship and discuss the unique events that led to the Perth being crowned champions.

Topics include...

  • How has the coronavirus impacted the Perth Wildcats operations (2:00)
  • The unusual end to the NBL Grand Final and has Trevor's views that situation now it's all in the rearview mirror (6:00)
  • How the Perth Wildcats celebrated their 10th NBL championship under unusual circumstances (8:00)
  • How offseason changes did the Wildcats make to the squad to be successful in 2019-20 (12:00)
  • Why prompted the Wildcats to bring in NBA big man Miles Plumlee mid-season (15:30)
  • The culture built within the Perth Wildcats program... what is it exactly? (21:00)
  • How did the Perth Wildcats prepare for the semi-final series (24:00)
  • Bryce Cotton's role within the Perth Wildcats (25:00)
  • How the Grand Final played out against the Sydney Kings (27:00)
  • The growth of Clint Stiendl throughout the playoffs (31:00)
  • What Trevor thinks was his biggest blunder this season and what he learned from that (34:00)
  • How will the Wildcats adjust their roster for next season (35:00)
  • Thoughts on Damian Martin possibly retiring and how the team would replace him if he does (37:00)
  • How can the Wildcats continue to grow beyond the success they already have (41:30)

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All of this and a whole lot more...

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

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, Ryan Broekhoff

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

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 and email at info@aussiehoopla.com

Mar 26, 2020

Melbourne United head coach Dean Vickerman joins Dan Boyce to talk about the Melbourne United this season and their semi-final exit.

A number of topics are covered relating to what impacted the squad during the season ie. losing players, coaches, travel, and injuries. He confirms there were hurdles the team faced with getting players to play with each other, what he learned from the season as a whole and what he thinks needs to change in order for them to be successful next season.

Topics include...

  • How Melbourne United are staying strong during the Coronavirus (2:00)
  • How the team went about constructing the team after losing the 2019 NBL Grand Final (7:00)
  • Rebuilding the team and why they decided to go with Melo Trimble, Shawn Long and Casey Prather as the team's import trio (10:00)
  • What impact did losing assistant coaches Mike Kelly and Simon Mitchell on the team (12:30)
  • NBLxNBA - does playing NBA squads help or hurt an NBL teams Grand Final chances (18:00)
  • A six-game winning streak in November, what was different (25:00)
  • Reflections on the team's choke in Semi-Final Game 1 to the Sydney Kings (29:00)
  • United bounce back in Game 2, which changed (31:00)
  • What mistakes did United make this season and what needs to change to make next season a success (34:00)
  • How will United and the NBL be impacted financially next season (42:00)

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All of this and a whole lot more...

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

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, Ryan Broekhoff

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

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 and email at info@aussiehoopla.com

Mar 19, 2020

Adelaide 36ers General Manager Jeff Van Groningen joins Dan Boyce to talk about the Adelaide 36ers end to the season and the departure of head coach Joey Wright.

The comments made by 36ers co-captain on Twitter and the impact of that, the teams search for a new head coach as well as the crazy finish to the NBL season.

Topics include...

  • The craziness of deciding the NBL Grand Final champion (2:00)
  • What factors led to the Sydney Kings decision to forfeit the NBL Grand Final and should this have been something that was decided by the NBL (13:00)
  • Joey Wright, Kevin White, and the Twitterverse, what happened? (17:30)
  • Will players impacted from this ie. Jerome Randle, Ramone Moore, Kevin White, and Harry Froling want to return to the club after something like this? (21:00)
  • With everything that's happened, how does the club plan to operate moving forward (24:00)
  • Where are the 36ers up to as they search for a new head coach (38:00)

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All of this and a whole lot more...

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

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, Ryan Broekhoff

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

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 and email at info@aussiehoopla.com

Mar 12, 2020

Cairns Taipans coach Mike Kelly joins Dan Boyce sits down to reflect on the Cairns Taipans season only weeks after falling short in the 2020 NBL semi-finals to the Perth Wildcats.

Topics include...

  • Coronavirus and its impact on Australian basketball (2:00)
  • Reflection on Mike Kellýs interview on Aussie Hoopla last year and how recruiting players was different in his second season as coach (7:00)
  • Nathan Jawai's season and the decision-making factors which led to him re-signing for 2019-20 (15:00)
  • The pressure of year two as the Taipans head coach and the need to perform (17:00)
  • Nailing your imports, how the Taipans recruited Scott Machado, Cam Oliver and DJ Newbill in the pre-season (20:00)
  • Scott Machado's near MVP season and what led to him playing in Cairns (23:00)
  • The Taipans slow start to the NBL season and what changed that led them to a 3rd place NBL finish (30:00)
  • Falling short against the Perth Wildcats in the semi-finals (31:30)
  • Majok Deng did he reach the potential Cairns thought he possessed in his first year with the Taipans (37:00)
  • The Taipans plans for next seasons roster (39:30)
  • Do the Taipans hope to sign Queensland basketball phenom and NBA prospect Mojave King as a Next Star for next season (41:30)
  • Import thoughts for next season (45:00)
  • Favorite moment of the season as well as Mike's biggest failure and what he learned from it (47:00)

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All of this and a whole lot more...

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

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, Ryan Broekhoff

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

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 and email at info@aussiehoopla.com

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