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Sep 14, 2023

Adam Forde joins Dan Boyce on the podcast to talk about how he went about recruiting players for the 2023/24 season, what he looks for in players and how you can best go about getting a spot in the NBL as a developmental player.

He also touches on the upcoming NBLxNBA games where Cairns will be facing the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors and what he hopes the Snakes can take away from those games.

All of that and a lot more

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Topics include...

  • Reflecting on how the Taipans ended the 2023 season (2:00)
  • How does Adam Forde approach an off-season and what is his process (4:30)
  • The Taipans off-season and how Fordey has set-up the roster for success in NBL24 (7:30)
  • Adam Forde’s method of pitching the opportunity of playing in Cairns for less money to NBL players (10:00)
  • Using the NBLxNBA games to recruit players to the Taipans (15:00)
  • Why he chose to re-sign Bul Kuol, but not Majok Deng, Mirko Djeric and Ben Ayre (17:00)
  • The Cairns Taipan’s blueprint to success (20:00)
  • What Coach Forde looks for in a development player and how state league players can get themselves onto NBL team radars (26:00)
  • What coach Forde wants to get out of playing NBA team’s during the NBL season (46:00)

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Tyler Harvey, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Luke Travers, Sam Froling

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, Jack White, 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, Dwayne McClain, Darnell Mee, Shawn Redhage, Al Green, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Sep 7, 2023

Terry Johnson played nine seasons across five NBL teams. This included the North Melbourne Giants, Newcastle Falcons, Illawarra Hawks, Cairns Taipans and Sydney Kings. He averaged 11.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 200 NBL games.

He joins the podcast to chat with Dan Boyce about his career highs and lows, his approach to coaching, and growing up playing basketball in the Illawarra region.

We also touch on his time and role with the very first Cairns Taipans team that entered the league in 1999.

All of that and a lot more

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Topics include...

  • Terry explains what he’s been doing since playing in the NBL  (2:00)
  • Growing up with his brother (and future NBL star) Rod Johnson (5:00)
  • Why the Illawarra region is able to develop so many NBL players (7:00)
  • His rookie NBL season with North Melbourne (9:00)
  • Returning home to play with the Hawks (12:00)
  • What he saw in a young Glen Saville (18:00)
  • A second season in Wollongong (20:00)
  • His coaching style and what he learned from NBL coaches like Bruce Palmer, Brett Brown, Brendan Joyce and others (21:30)
  • Leaving Illawarra to become an NBL point guard (24:00)
  • What year did Terry think was his best season (26:00)
  • A chance to play for the Boomers (27:00)
  • The Johnson brothers team up in Newcastle (29:00)
  • Being a part of the Cairns Taipans inaugural season (31:00)
  • Playing for the Sydney Kings (35:00)
  • Retiring from the game and the biggest learnings from his career (40:00)

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Tyler Harvey, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Luke Travers, Sam Froling

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, Jack White, 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, Dwayne McClain, Darnell Mee, Shawn Redhage, Al Green, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Aug 16, 2023

After completing his first season in the NBL as a head coach, Jacob Jackomas joins the podcast to chat with Dan Boyce about the Hawk's new look roster and plans for next season.

They discuss the emotions that you encounter, going through a 3-25 season and how he handled the ups and downs.

On top of all that Jacob also touches on some of the Hawk's new faces including Haejung Lee, the Korean sharpshooter that will be the only Asian born player in the NBL this season.

All of that and a lot more

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Topics include...

  • Finalising the Hawks roster for NBL24 (2:00)

  • Recruiting vs Coaching (3:30)

  • What is different about this Hawks roster compared to last season (6:00)

  • Signing Haejung Lee and the benefits of the NBL’s special restricted player rule / asian player rule (13:00)

  • Jacob’s take on how the Hawks faired last season and if he felt his job was ever ‘on the chopping block’ (20:00)

  • The toughest moments from last season (25:00)

  • What was the most rewarding part of the season (30:00)

  • What is Sam Froling’s ceiling for NBL24 (31:30)

  • What changes he plans to make in regards to coaching the Hawks this season (35:00)

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Tyler Harvey, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Luke Travers, Sam Froling

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, Jack White, 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, Dwayne McClain, Darnell Mee, Shawn Redhage, Al Green, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Jul 17, 2023

Sam Froling joins the podcast to chat with Dan Boyce about making the Boomers World Cup extended squad, plans for next season and more.

Froling will enter his fifth season, after a breakout season which saw him named captain of the Illawarra Hawks and win the Club's Most Valuable Player Award. 

On the back of representing the Boomers in several FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, getting the chance to play for Australia in the World Cup is a career highlight for Froling.

We discuss this as well as what it was like playing in Japan, what he's been working on developing during his off-season and what his family had to say when they got the news of his selection.

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Topics include...

  • Playing in Japan (2:00)

  • Being selected to the Boomers extended squad for the FIBA World Cup (7:30)

  • His take on the Hawks 2022/23 season (11:00)

  • Thoughts on the Hawks roster for NBL24 (13:30)

  • What he’s been working on to improve his game during the off-season (15:00)

  • What makes Townsville one of the hotbeds for developing Australian basketball talent (20:00)

  • The biggest hurdles he’s faced so far as a player (25:00)

  • The highlights of his career (30:00)

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Tyler Harvey, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Luke Travers, Sam Froling

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, Jack White, 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, Dwayne McClain, Darnell Mee, Shawn Redhage, Al Green, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Jul 2, 2023

A sliding door moment refers to inconsequential moments that nonetheless alter the trajectory of future events. Aussie Hoopla host Dan Boyce and NBL Legend Mark Dalton discuss the biggest 'sliding door moments in the NBL's 45 seasons.

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Topics include...

  • The NBL Points System (2:00)

  • Larry Kestelman (11:00)

  • NBL Expansion (13:00)

  • The NBL judicial system (22:00)

  • New Zealand Players in the NBL (28:00)

  • The move to summer (40:00)

  • The Next Stars program (50:00)

  • Free To Air TV Coverage (59:00)

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Tyler Harvey, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Luke Travers

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, Jack White, 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, Dwayne McClain, Darnell Mee, Shawn Redhage, Al Green, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Jun 17, 2023

Fresh from an impressive college career at Purdue University and a couple of seasons in the NBA with Indiana and Milwaukee, Everette Stephens came out to Australia to play for the Newcastle Falcons in 1992 and lit up the league with his rim-rocking dunks and ability to fill the box score in every column.

After two seasons he made the move to Geelong where he played alongside Cecil Exum, Adrian Branch, Daren Rowe and Simon Kerle where his son Kendall was born and much later followed his father's footsteps playing in the NBL.

Across Stephens' three seasons in the NBL, he averaged 21.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.1 steals (34th all-time) in 77 NBL games.

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Topics include...

  • An update on what Everette has been up to since playing in the NBL (2:00)

  • Making the choice to play college basketball at Purdue University (6:00)

  • Appearing in the Benji Wilson 30 for 30 documentary (8:00)

  • Memories of college hoops (11:00)

  • Being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers (16:00)

  • A season spent with the Indiana Pacers (21:00)

  • Arriving in Australia (28:00)

  • Memories of the Newcastle Falcons team (30:00)

  • Playing for the Geelong Supercats (37:00)

  • His son Kendall and his chance to play in the NBL (39:00)

  • How he chose to end his playing career (43:00)

  • The highlights and biggest learning moments of his career (49:00)

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Tyler Harvey, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Luke Travers

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, Jack White, 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, Dwayne McClain, Darnell Mee, Shawn Redhage, Al Green, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Jun 3, 2023

In his first NBL season, DJ Mitchell was a surprise addition to the Bullet's roster, earning a spot within the team's starting line-up through his ability to score against any opposition.

Mitchell, who is the son of former NBL import Mike Mitchell who played for Gold Coast, Brisbane and North Melbourne in the 1990s, takes us through what it's been like playing in Australia and the impact his dad still has on the Queensland basketball scene.

During his rookie season, he delivered a breakout game for the Bullets, early in the season against the defending champion Sydney Kings, finishing with a 20 point and 10 rebound double-double. 

Although the Bullets season was marred by continuous coaching changes, which Mitchell gives his thought on, his play continued to grow as the season progressed.

DJ also chats with host Dan Boyce about his time in college, playing overseas and the importance of patience.

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Topics include...

  • Preparing for the Polish National Championship (2:00)
  • The difference between the Polish league and the NBL (6:00)
  • Stories of his father Mike playing in the NBL and the love he still gets from aussie hoops tragics (8:00)
  • Playing college basketball at Wake Forest and Santa Clara (10:00)
  • How the merry-go-round of Bullets coaches impacted Mitchell this season (18:00)
  • The truth behind why he was suspended for one game by the Bullets (20:00)
  • Thoughts on the upcoming season and new coach Justin Schueller (21:30)
  • Advice he received from his Dad regarding his game this season (27:00)
  • The toughest challenges he faced during his basketball career so far (29:00)

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Tyler Harvey, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Luke Travers

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, Jack White, 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, Dwayne McClain, Darnell Mee, Shawn Redhage, Al Green, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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May 19, 2023

NBL legend Mark Dalton returns to the Aussie Hoopa podcast to share his list of true 'Hard Men' of the NBL's early days.

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With a career spanning 1984 to 2000 'Tang' (as he is affectionately known) went head to head against some of the greats of NBL history, including Andrew Vlahov, Mark Davis, Scott Fisher, and many more, giving him the perfect vantage point, and experience, to know who was a true 'Hard Man' and who was just a thug.

He takes us through what he feels a true 'Hard Man' is and shares his top 10 'Hard Men' of NBL history, sharing stories of the times he faced them on the court.

Elbows, ejections and dirty plays are littered through this episode, as Dalton runs through his list with the host of Aussie Hoopla, Dan Boyce.

Topics include...

  • How Mark got the nickname “Tang” (2:00)
  • The criteria Mark used to determine his all-time “Hard Men” of the NBL (4:00) What venues were the hardest to play in during the 1980s and 1990s (7:00)
  • Mark shares his list of the top 10 NBL hard men during his 16-year NBL career (9:00)

Mark Dalton played seventeen seasons across five NBL teams. This included the Canberra Cannons, Geelong Cats, Sydney Kings, Brisbane Bullets and Wollongong Hawks. He averaged 9.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2 assists in 421 NBL games.

CAREER RANKINGS:
– 39th in total games played.
– 32nd in total rebounds
– 24th in total steals
– 17th in total blocks

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Tyler Harvey, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Luke Travers

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, Jack White, 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, Dwayne McClain, Darnell Mee, Shawn Redhage, Al Green, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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May 2, 2023

Craig Moller grew up playing both basketball and football in Sydney, signing a scholarship with the Fremantle Dockers at 14 years of age. In December 2012, he was officially drafted by Fremantle in the 2013 rookie draft and spent two years in the AFL system before being delisted and returned to playing state league basketball, a pathway that led him to the NBL.

Moller entered the league with the Sydney Kings under coach Andrew Gaze before moving to Melbourne United where he won an NBL championship in 2018.

He returned to Sydney in 2020 and was a part of the Sydney Kings team that was forced to withdraw from the Grand Final series as a result of COVID-19, handing the title to the Perth Wildcats.

After spending a year playing in Germany, and rehabbing from a severe leg injury, he joins us to discuss a wide range of topics with the host of Aussie Hoopla, Dan Boyce.

Topics include...

  • Craig fills us in on his basketball journey since signing a deal to play in Germany in 2021 (2:00)
  • The different coaching styles of Andrew Gaze, Will Weaver and Dean Vickerman (4:00)
  • The ups and downs of euro basketball and his first season playing in Germany’s Bundesliga (6:30)
  • Dealing with injuries and his mental approach to adversity (12:00)
  • Currently a free agent, Craig takes us through how he's currently making a decision on where to play in Germany or Australia (14:00)
  • The differences in play between Germany and the NBL (16:30)
  • Playing for the Australian Boomers during the team’s FIBA qualifying games (24:00)
  • His desire to play 3x3 for Australia (26:00)
  • Looking back on how he made his decisions when decided to play AFL or NBL as a teenager (27:00)
  • What he likes about playing in regional towns like Hobart and Ballarat (34:00)
  • Being able to get back into basketball at a national level after his AFL career (38:00) 
  • Signing a developmental deal with the Sydney Kings (41:00)
  • The King's dominant 2019/20 season which was derailed by Covid and what really went down during the Kings meeting that saw them forfeit the Grand Final (48:00)
  • The biggest hurdles and highlights from his career (57:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Tyler Harvey, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Luke Travers

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, Jack White, 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, Dwayne McClain, Darnell Mee, Shawn Redhage, Al Green, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Apr 19, 2023

Dwayne McClain played 105 career NBL games, averaged 25.4 points per game, finished third in MVP voting in 1993 and was a part of the All-NBL Teams in 1991-1993.

He was the first NBL player to be sponsored by an international brand (Coca-Cola) and, along with Andrew Gaze, was the first NBL player to have his own signature shoe (with Reebok).

The 'D-Train' joins host Dan Boyce on the show to discuss his time with the Sydney Kings, Gold Coast Rollers and Brisbane Bullets and his experiences playing in college and the NBA.

Although fondly remembered in Australia for being a part of the exciting Kings squads of the 1990s, he also won an NCAA championship with Villanova where he was the game-high scorer against a supremely talented Georgetown team that featured Patrick Ewing.

To win the championship McClain and Villanova University had to play 'The Perfect Game' and he takes through that period of his life and how it shaped the rest of his career.

Tune in to hear all of this and a lot more.

Topics include...

  • Dwayne McClain returns to Australia (2:00)

  • Winning the 1985 NCAA championship and being a part of ‘the perfect game’ (6:00)

  • A stint with the Indiana Pacers (12:30)

  • Playing with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s All-Star team and discovering basketball in Australia (16:00)

  • His first season in Sydney (18:00)

  • His second season with the Kings and the 92 semi-final series against the Melbourne Tigers (19:30)

  • 1993, his third year with the Kings and what led to the disappointing season (22:30)

  • Trevor Ariza and his Sydney Kings connection (23:30)

  • How McClain and the Sydney Kings parted ways (24:00)

  • A short stint with the Gold Coast Rollers and then the Brisbane Bullets (26:00)

  • How D-Train ended his time in the NBL (30:00)

  • Basketball blood runs deep in the McClain family with NBA legend Chuck Person and Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Katrina McClain being his cousins (31:00)

  • The nightlife in Sydney during the 1990s (34:00)

  • The biggest learning moments and the highlights from Dwayne’s basketball journey (35:30)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 Aussie Hoopla to 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, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Tyler Harvey, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Luke Travers

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, Jack White, 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, Dwayne McClain, Darnell Mee, Shawn Redhage, Al Green, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Apr 6, 2023

Tyler Harvey entered the NBL by storm, taking the Illawarra Hawks to the semi-finals and finishing runner-up in MVP voting after a season where the team finished dead last.

Since that time, he's consistently been among the league's highest scorers, and he's, without a doubt, one of the greatest shooters the league's ever seen.

Tyler enters his fourth season with the Hawks and has averaged 18.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists since entering the league in 2021.

Harvey joins host Dan Boyce on the show to discuss his time and college and if he made the right decision entering the NBA draft as a junior, his experiences overseas and in Australia, how he approaches basketball and life when he's away from the court... most notably becoming a father only three weeks ago.

Tune in to hear all of this and a lot more.

Topics include...

  • How Tyler is spending his NBL off-season (2:00)
  • Why he loves playing in Australia (4:30)
  • His view on last season and how he is approaching the next season (7:00)
  • Whether he made the right decision entering the NBA draft as a junior (11:30)
  • Being drafted by the Orlando Magic and fighting for a spot in the NBA (16:00)
  • His relationship with Brian Goorjian and how he made his way to play in Australia (20:00)
  • Thoughts on players using the NBL as a springboard to the NBA instead of the G-League (24:00)
  • Tyler’s shooting routine (30:00)
  • What he loves about Wollongong (34:00)
  • How you can get shooting tips directly from Tyler (39:00)
  • The biggest hurdles and the highlights faced during his basketball journey (40:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Tyler Harvey, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Luke Travers

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, Jack White, 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, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Apr 2, 2023

Very few have accomplished more than NBL legend Mark Dalton by age 20. In that time, he had played for the Australian Boomers at the 1984 Olympics and averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds as a starter in the Canberra Cannon's second NBL championship.

Dalton played seventeen seasons across five NBL teams. This included the Canberra Cannons, Geelong Cats, Sydney Kings, Brisbane Bullets and Wollongong Hawks, and his all-time numbers sit amongst some of the best to have ever done it. Ranking in the top 40 for games played and rebounds as well as sitting in the top 25 for total steals and blocks.

Yet, he never played for the Boomers at the Olympics again. He says poor advice from AIS coaches stopped him from taking a scholarship from major US colleges, and his NBL journey saw him unceremoniously axed from multiple NBL teams.

Dalton joins host Dan Boyce on the show to discuss a myriad of topics, ranging from all of this plus NBL free agency, his son Callum, his NBL career and his recent fight against cancer.

Tune in to hear all of this and a lot more.

Topics include...

    • Thoughts on NBL Free Agency and what advice he has for his son Callum, who currently plays for Melbourne United (2:00)
    • The early years of the Australian Institute of Sport (9:00)
    • How he was talked out of playing college basketball by AIS coaches (15:00)
    • Being unfairly 'blacklisted' by the Australian Boomers and left of numerous teams he felt he deserved to play for (16:30)
    • A cancer scare that has him urging every man over 50 years of age to get checked (25:00)
    • The 1984 Canberra Cannons championship (35:00)
    • Moving to Geelong to play for the Cats (45:00)
    • Being a part of the Sydney Kings during their first 8 years in the league (49:00)
    • The biggest learning moments he gained from his NBL career (101:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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 - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Kai Sotto, Luke Travers

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

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, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Mar 13, 2023

Chris Harriman played two seasons in the NBL, playing for both the Sydney Kings and the Hunter Pirates (runner-up in the 2004 rookie of the year award) before taking up an opportunity to coach college basketball.

Since then, he's coached at some of the top college basketball programs, including Saint Louis, Nebraska, New Mexico and the University of Cal (Berkley), where he is an assistant coach to  Mark Fox.

While few may be aware of who Harriman is, many are familiar with his work. During his almost 20 years coaching in the US, he's helped develop some of the NBL's best talent, including Kevin Lisch, Keanu Pinder, Brian Conklin, Tim Coenraad, Rob Loe and Jack McVeigh, amongst many others.

Harriman joins host Dan Boyce on the show to discuss a myriad of topics, ranging from the current state of college basketball, thoughts on the Australian basketball system compared to the USA, how the NBL hurt young basketball talent with the points system during the 2000s and advice for anyone hoping to play or coach in the US college system.

Topics include...

  • The role of an assistant coach in the US college system and how it compares to being an assistant coach in the NBL (2:00)
  • His time with the Sydney Kings during the 98/99 season (5:30)
  • Remembering the talent of former Kings import Acie Earl (8:30)
  • Playing division II college basketball with Augusta State and its Aussie pipeline during the early 2000s (9:30)
  • His return to the NBL after college and a season with the Hunter Pirates (11:00)
  • How the NBL points system hurt the development of Australian talent, especially point guards (14:00)
  • Developing some of the NBL’s best talent, a list that includes Keanu Pinder, Kevin Lisch, Tim Coenraad, Brian Conklin, Jack McVeigh and many more (18:30)
  • How US colleges view Aussie players right now (20:00)
  • What Aussie players need to know if they want to play college basketball (22:00)
  • How college basketball has dramatically changed since Covid (25:00)
  • How things have changed now college players are ‘getting paid’, and top players are now generating ‘six figures’ (27:00)
  • Lessons learnt from Rick Majerus and other coaches (30:00)
  • What Aussie coaches need to know if they want to become a college basketball coach (34:00)
  • Thoughts on coaching in the NBL (35:00)
  • The biggest hurdles and the highlights faced during his basketball journey (40:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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 - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Kai Sotto, Luke Travers

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

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, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Mar 1, 2023

This week saw Illawarra Hawks stalwart Tim Coenraad retire after 14 seasons in the NBL.

He steps away from the Hawks as the third-highest in games played capped Hawks player of all time has announced his retirement.

One of the finest three-point shooters in the league, particularly when playing at home in the WIN Entertainment Centre in front of a crowd invariably full of #22 Coenraad jerseys, he joins this episode of the podcast to talk about the different eras he went through as a player, experiencing different coaches (McLeod, Beveridge, Goorjian, etc.), across multiple seasons. The period of time where Illawarra seemed to be regularly fighting through voluntary administration and his experiences playing alongside some of the biggest names in Hawks history.

He also tells about the year spent playing alongside LaMelo Ball and the media circus which accompanied that.

Topics include...

  • What retirement looks like for Tim Coenraad (2:00)

  • What his role will be within the Hawks organisation moving forward (4:00)

  • Looking at how his career ended and the stories behind his multiple comebacks (8:00)

  • The things he will miss and the things he’s happy he'll never have to face again now his NBL career is finished (14:00)

  • What was the closest he ever came to playing for another NBL team (22:00)

  • Looking at different eras of the Hawks, starting with the Gordie McLeod era (27:00)

  • The imports he enjoyed playing with most during his time with the Hawks (30:00)

  • Why he enjoyed playing with LaMelo Ball (32:00)

  • The Rob Beveridge Era and the hatred he feels for the Perth Wildcats (35:00)

  • Knocking Adelaide out of the playoffs and reaching the NBL Grand Final in 2017 (39:00)

  • The Hawks v Kings rivalry and how Illawarra players are introduced to it (44:00)

  • His last season with the club and the difficulties faced by Jacob Jackomas in his first year of coaching (47:00)

  • The most challenging times he faced being a part of the Hawks organisation whilst it faced numerous years of financial difficulty (49:00)

  • The LaMelo Ball season and the circus that came with it in 2020 (53:00)

  • His relationship with coach Brian Goorjian and what he taught him as a player (55:00)

  • The biggest hurdles he faced as a player (59:00)

  • The highlights of his career (1:03:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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 - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Kai Sotto, Luke Travers

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

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, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Feb 2, 2023

Cairns Taipans forward Ron Dorsey nailed an incredible three-point fade away to send game two of the 2011 NBL Grand Final series into double overtime, the first time this had occurred in NBL history.

He joins this episode of the podcast to talk about his time in Cairns, how close the team came to winning it all, and, of course, gives us a play-by-play of the aforementioned shot.

He also tells up about playing alongside Patty Mills at the Melbourne Tigers in 2011/12, a season which ended up tumultuous, to say the very least.

Topics include...

  • Growing up in Detroit (2:00)
  • Following in Joe Dumars footsteps (6:00)
  • Beginning his pro career in Finland (9:00)
  • An NBA try-out with the San Antonio Spurs (12:00)
  • Signing with Cairns and their run to the NBL Grand Final (15:30)
  • Dorsey, Ayinde Ubaka and Daniel Dillon all leave Cairns for the Tigers (27:00)
  • Patty Mills joins the Tigers (29:00)
  • Winning a title in the New Zealand NBL (35:00)
  • Wrapping up his career and then retiring from pro basketball (36:30)
  • Life after basketball - The RD Hoops Academy (38:00)
  • The highlights and challenges from his hoops journey (41:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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 - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Kai Sotto, Luke Travers

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

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, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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Jan 25, 2023

In this episode, host Dan Boyce asks the question, 'Should we have an NBL Pride Round' and, together with Sydney Kings superfan and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community Olivia Evans discuss the positives and negatives of the Pride Round, Cairns Decision not to participate in it and the reaction of fans on social media to devoting an entire round to the  LGBTQ+ community.

 
Topics covered include…
  • How the LGBTQ+ community has responded to the NBL announcing it's Pride Round (2:00)
  • Should there be an NBL Pride Round (7:00)
  • Multiple NBL players decide not to participate in Pride Round (11:00)
  • The positives and negatives of having a Pride Round (26:00)
  • Cairns Taipans' statement on why the entire team will not participate in Pride Round (34:00)
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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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Jan 19, 2023

Five months ago, Cam Bairstow retired from basketball at the age of 31. Cam joins the podcast to talk with host Dan Boyce about fighting through the pain of those injuries during his time in the NBL and what he plans to do for a second career.

The talented forward played a total of 74 games for Brisbane, Illawarra and most recently, the Adelaide 36ers, but perhaps his greatest achievement though was his two seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, lining up on 36 occasions from 2014 to 2016.

Bairstow also represented Australia during both the 2014 FIBA Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics campaigns.

Topics include...

  • How he decided it was time to retire (2:00)
  • The luck and help from others that Cam experienced which helped him reach the NBA (9:00)
  • Was Cam Bairstow’s AIS class the most talented in AIS history? (10:00)
  • Memories of playing at the AIS (12:00)
  • Hurdles faced during his time at New Mexico University (14:00)
  • Playing for Steve Alford and how his ‘Bobby Knight’ style didn’t mesh with Cam (16:00)
  • The way Aussie players mentally play the game compared to others (18:00)
  • What led to his breakout season as a senior and his experience being drafted by the Chicago Bulls (20:00)
  • How strength training played a big role in his college success and being drafted (25:00)
  • Playing for the Australian Boomers and how it helped him prepare for the NBA (28:00)
  • How he experienced the Chicago Bulls and why he chose to sign with Brisbane instead of trying to sign a second contract in the NBA (34:00)
  • His experience as a part of the Boomers at the Rio Olympics and the shoulder injury that may have cost Australia a bronze medal (40:00)
  • His two seasons with the Brisbane Bullets and playing in Australia for the first time (43:00)
  • Playing in Lithuania as an import (46:00)
  • A season playing with the Illawarra Hawks and again fighting through injuries (54:00)
  • How he approached his last season in Adelaide (55:30)
  • The biggest hurdles and learning moments from his basketball journey (59:00)
  • Cam’s plans to move into a career as a player agent next season (1:00:00)
  • The highlights of his basketball journey (1:05:00)
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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.

Head to Aussie Hoopla to 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 - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Kai Sotto, Luke Travers

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

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, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills

All that and much more.

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