NBL Hall of Famer, former head coach of the Newcastle Falcons, Canberra Cannons and Sydney Kings who also part of ownership groups at Canberra, Sydney and the Singapore Slingers also joins us on the show to discuss some of the important topics bubbling underneath the excitement that is the NBL Finals.
While NBL awards are given out and Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane prepare for the post-season we talk about the growth of the game, rumours of financial issues at Illawarra, the possibility of Rob Beveridge coaching the Sydney Kings next season and what NBL1 can do to improve the future of Australian hoops.
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Topics discussed on the podcast include;
Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane finish top four and move on to the NBL Finals (2:00)
Is having these four teams the best case finish for the NBL's marketing efforts (5:00)
NBL conspiracy theories (7:00)
Is Andrew Gaze out of a job in Sydney and Rob Beveridge moving in? (8:30)
Are the Illawarra Hawks in financial turmoil and will they be in the league next season (12:00)
Can the NBL make a profit without achieving success outside of Australia and how could USA betting legalities fit into that? (19:30)
How will the NBL1 competition improve basketball in Australia (36:00)
All of this and a whole lot more...
Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;
Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley
Current NBL Stars - Kevin Lisch, Rotnei Clark, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Stephen Holt, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon
Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole
NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti
Aussie Basketballers Abroad - Ryan Broekhoff, Brock Motum, Jack White, Ben Madgen, Clint Stiendl, Ater Majok, Rhys Carter, Clint Stiendl
The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Terry Dozier, Isaac Burton, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry
And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
All that and much more. Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and email at firstname.lastname@example.org