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Nov 23, 2021

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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Nov 10, 2021

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

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

Topics include...
  • Ballinger on making a living post-basketball as an artist/cartoonist (2:00)
  • Growing up in Indiana and gaining a scholarship to Michigan State University (7:00)
  • Winning the 2000 NCAA National Championship alongside Mateen Cleaves, Jason Richardson and future NBL stars Mike Chappelle and Dave Thomas (11:00)
  • The NBL connection that exists within that team (17:00)
  • That game where Michigan State University faced the Canberra Cannons featuring Magic Johnson (19:00)
  • Finding his way to Australia and his debut season with the Victoria Giants (21:00)
  • Moving to the Wollongong Hawks for his second season in the NBL (25:00)
  • Moving to Adelaide to play with the 36ers (27:00)
  • Becoming an Australian citizen and a "local" player in 2009 (31:00)
  • An ankle injury limits what Adam can deliver to NBL teams after 2011 (35:00)
  • Returning to Melbourne to play with the Tigers (37:00)
  • His difficult exit from the Tigers (38:00)
  • Thoughts on the coaches he experienced during his career and what he took from them for his own coaching strategies (40:30)
  • The rivalry between Adam Ballinger and Shawn Redhage (43:30)
  • Players Adam loved to face off against the most (44:30)
  • The biggest challenges Adam faced during his NBL career (46:30)
  • The highlight from his 10 years in the NBL (49:00)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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

Oct 31, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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

Oct 11, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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

Oct 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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

Sep 17, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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

Sep 6, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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

Sep 2, 2021

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

Topics include...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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Aug 19, 2021

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

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

Topics include...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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Aug 6, 2021

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

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

Topics include...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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Jul 24, 2021

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

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

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

Topics include...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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Jul 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

Topics include...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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Jul 2, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Topics include...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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Jun 24, 2021

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

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

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

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

Topics include...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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May 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Topics include...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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May 2, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Topics include...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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Apr 23, 2021

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

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

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

Topics include...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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Apr 11, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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Mar 28, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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Mar 13, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that and much more.

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Mar 2, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Feb 14, 2021

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

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

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

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

Topics include;

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

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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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Jan 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Topics include;

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

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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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Jan 16, 2021

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

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

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

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

Topics include;

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

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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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