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Now displaying: November, 2020
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.

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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