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Now displaying: 2024
May 23, 2024

Andrew Bogut, one of the greatest basketballers Australia has ever produced, is renowned for his open and honest approach to whatever topics he is given.

He joins Dan Boyce on the Aussie Hoopla podcast to discuss many of the topics mainstream NBL media give a biased view of or fail to cover at all.

He's the most influential person in Aussie Hoops outside of Larry Kestelman and we get to hear his take on some of the hottest topics going around the league right now.

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Topics include...

  • Often controversial, Bogut shares his approach to social media and why he uses it like he does. He also talks about those within the NBL who have asked him to change his ways (2:00)

  • Thoughts on the current state of NBL media and whether topics are getting a balanced view thanks to most NBL reporting coming from the league itself (8:00)

  • What do those within the Sydney Kings think about the highly likely scenario of a second Sydney team entering the NBL within the next few years (19:00)

  • Where is the next NBL expansion team coming from (24:00)

  • What do other NBL owners think about Larry Kestelman owning the NBL as well as being a partial owner of other teams in the league (27:00)

  • NBL Next Stars, the pros and cons and whether it’s overall good or bad for the NBL (29:00)

  • Should the NBL have a Next Stars Vs Young Aussie Talent (Future Forces) game and the plans for an NBL All-Star Game (32:00)

  • Should the NBL have a pride round (35:00)

  • What motivates Andrew do to his podcast Rogue Bogues (47:00)

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, Sam MacKinnon, 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, Jesse Wagstaff

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 17, 2024

Cam Oliver joins the podcast to discuss his time playing for the Cairns Taipans, how it shaped him as a player and a person, and how it helped him reach the NBA.

Since leaving Australia, Cam has played in Spain, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, France and China, and he shares some of the highs and lows from each of these stops.

Currently looking for a team to play with in 2024/25, he confirms that he'd love to return to the NBL.

During his first NBL season, Oliver averaged 17.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 54 percent from the field. This earned him a spot on the All-NBL Second Team.

In his second NBL season, Oliver had to cut his season short due to complications with his wife's pregnancy but averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds across the 24 games he played.

Over his two seasons in the NBL, Oliver averaged 17.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 52 NBL games.

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Topics include...

  • Experiences playing in China (2:00)
  • Where he’d like to play the 2024/25 season and a potential return to the NBL (8:00)
  • How he was recruited to play for the Taipans, and how close he got to signing with the Wildcats (10:00)
  • The trio of Cam Oliver, Scott Machado and DJ Newbill (17:00)
  • Thoughts on Bryce Cotton and falling short of the NBL Grand Final in 2020 (19:00)
  • How Cam used his experience in Cairns to mature and develop as a player and a person (21:00)
  • What caused the Taipans to fall from one win away from the Grand Final his first season, to near the bottom of the ladder the next (27:00)
  • The NBA calls and his experiences with the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks (31:00)
  • Why he thinks he hasn’t been able to latch on to an NBA team (38:00)
  • Stories from playing in countries such as Israel, Spain, Puerto Rico, France and more (42:00)
  • Biggest hurdles and learning moments from his career (45:00)
  • The highlights of his career so far and of travelling Australia (49:00)

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, Sam MacKinnon, 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, Jesse Wagstaff

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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Mar 12, 2024

Harry Froling joins the podcast to give an update on his health after suffering a fractured skull and bleeding to the brain following an alleged assault outside a popular Wollongong nightclub.

A year into his recovery he also talks about his brother Sam's chances of making the Boomers Olympic squad, the issues the NBL faces with poor refereeing and the issues that arise from Larry Kestleman owning the league and NBL teams at the same time.

Harry Froling won the NBL rookie of the year award in 2019 and went on to play six seasons across four NBL teams. This included the Townsville Crocodiles, Illawarra Hawks, Adelaide 36ers and Brisbane Bullets.

He averaged 6.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 154 NBL games.

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Topics include...

  • Harry provides an update on his health after receiving a vicious blow to the head in an ugly incident off the court 12 months ago (2:00)
  • The development of Sam Froling and his chances of being a part of the Boomers Olympic squad this year (6:00)
  • Without any fear of an NBL fine, Harry gives an unbiased view of the current referee situation in the NBL (10:00)
  • What teams should we see in the NBL Grand Final next week? (23:30)
  • The success on and off the court of the Illawarra Hawks (25:30)
  • Harry looks back at his time in the NBL and revisits areas he could have improved or done better (30:00)
  • The biggest hurdles he has faced both on and off the court (40:00)
  • The three-year wall for NBL players (45:00)
  • When does Harry feel he was playing his best basketball (51:00)
  • The biggest hurdles and highlights from his playing career (56:00)

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, Sam MacKinnon, 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, Jesse Wagstaff

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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Mar 2, 2024

Sam MacKinnon played sixteen seasons across five NBL teams.

This included the South East Melbourne Magic, West Sydney Razorbacks, Townsville Crocodiles, Brisbane Bullets and Melbourne Tigers. He averaged 14.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 459 NBL games.

Injuries forced him to retire at only 33 years of age but despite that, he still etched out a Hall Of Fame career where he sits in the top 10 all-time for rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

The all-round talent also represented Australia at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

He joins host Dan Boyce to talk about some of the highs and lows of his NBL career and experiences from playing with the Australian Boomers.

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Topics include...

  • Coaching the South East Melbourne Phoenix (2:00)

  • Parallels between the career of Mitch Creek and Sam MacKinnon (5:30)

  • Sam gives his side of the roller-coaster season with Brisbane where Sam acted as a GM, assistant and head coach (7:30)

  • Should head coaches or team GMs select players for NBL teams (12:30)

  • Do people still remember ‘Slammin’ Sam MacKinnon and the South East Melbourne Magic (13:30)

  • The rivalry between the Magic and the Melbourne Tigers (18:00)

  • Magic win the championship in 1996 (21:00)

  • How Sam leaving the Magic created a huge rift in the Magic coaching staff (27:00)

  • Playing for the Boomers in 1996 and the 2000 Sydney Olympics (30:00)

  • The injuries that derailed Sam’s NBL and NBA opportunities (37:00)

  • Winning the championship with the Brisbane Bullets in 2007 (41:00)

  • The negative elements of being an NBA prospect his entire career (44:00)

  • The demise of the Brisbane Bullets and ending his career with the Melbourne Tigers (48:00)

  • The biggest hurdles and highlights from his playing career (50:00)

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, Sam MacKinnon, 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, Jesse Wagstaff

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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Jan 25, 2024

Michael Hill played seven seasons in the NBL, playing for both the Canberra Cannons and the Brisbane Bullets. He averaged 9.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 235 NBL games and was a key part of Brisbane’s 2007 championship, where he averaged 20 minutes per game coming off the bench.

After winning an NBL championship in 2007 his NBL career was cut short thanks to the ineffective salary cap solution which was the NBL Points System.

A system that was initially developed to create parity among the league and protect NBL teams from exiting the league aligned with one of the darkest periods of NBL history.

He joins host Dan Boyce to give his first hand account of how the points system forced him to retire at age 29 despite being one of the country's best players off the bench and how it shunted the development of Aussie hoops for a decade.

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Topics include...

  • Memories from Michael’s seven seasons in the NBL (2:00)

  • That time Magic Johnson suited up for the Canberra Cannons (5:00)

  • Playing for the Brisbane Bullets (12:00)

  • Winning the 2007 NBL Championship (18:00)

  • Was Sam MacKinnon’s 2006-07 season the best individual season in NBL history (20:00)

  • The end of the Brisbane Bullets in 2008 (22:00)

  • The NBL Points System and how it sent Australian Basketball backwards for a decade (24:30)

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, Jesse Wagstaff

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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Jan 19, 2024

Demitrius Conger signed with the Illawarra Hawks for the 2017–18 NBL season. In 27 games for the Hawks, he averaged 19.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals with the Hawks, who narrowly missed out on making the playoffs, finishing in fifth place (12-16).

Conger went on to finish second in league MVP voting and earned All-NBL First Team honours.

He spent the following season playing in Adelaide, where he saw a drop in his production, but was a vital part of a team who narrowly missed the NBL playoffs.

He joins host Dan Boyce to also discuss his 11 year career as a pro, playing in war torn Israel and goal of returning to Australia to play in the NBL1 to finish his career.

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Topics include...

  • Getting the update from Demitrius on where he’s been playing since leaving Australia (2:00)

  • Breaking down different European basketball leagues (5:00)

  • How he found himself playing in Australia back in 2017 (7:00)

  • His first season in the NBL, playing with the Illawarra Hawks (9:30)

  • Playing for the Adelaide 36ers the following season (16:30)

  • His connection to fellow NYC ballers like Gary Ervin, Corey ‘Homicide’ Williams and Gary Clark (21:30)

  • Playing for coach Joey Wright (29:00)

  • How his time in Australia finished up (32:00)

  • Playing in Israel and his thoughts on the country's current situation (36:00)

  • The biggest hurdles and highlights from his playing career (40:00)

 

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, Jesse Wagstaff

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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Jan 4, 2024

Jesse Wagstaff recently played in his 450th NBL game, becoming one of only 30 people to ever achieve the feat, as well as being only the seventh player to ever do it for one club.

He joins the podcast to reflect on the occasion and review many of the 15 seasons he's played with the Wildcats

He joins host Dan Boyce to also discuss this season's Wildcat squad and his thoughts on where they sit within the current season.

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Topics include...

  • Looking back at a career that played 450 games (2:00)

  • How does this year’s team compare to the slow-starting 2019 team that went on to win the championship (8:00)

  • Why playing 15 seasons with one club is something important to Wagstaff (10:00)

  • Contemplating retirement (12:00)

  • The most difficult season with the Wildcats (14:00)

  • The clothesline from Josh Childress which still gets spoken about frequently today (15:30)

  • What season does he feel he was playing his best basketball (17:30)

  • Jesse’s nerd like tendencies (22:30)

  • His biggest learning moments (25:00)

  • Jesse Wagstaff on playing 450 games and the most difficult and most rewarding Wildcats seasons (30:00)

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, Jesse Wagstaff

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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