Cairns Taipans commentator, and veteran of 116 NBL games Matt Smith joins Aussie Hoopla host Dan Boyce breaking down exactly what happened in the Boomers 20 point loss to Canada and why it’s downright silly for Aussie Hoops fans to panic right now.
Yes, Australia’s star-studded team were stunned by a team of little known Canadians during their World Cup warm up game in Perth last night but notice the key word here… “warm-up”.
With hundreds of hoops tragic’s jumping on social media to share their disappointment at the Australian team and fire vitriol at Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis, Matt and Dan talk us through what is really going on and ask us all to just settle down a little.
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Breaking down the Boomers 20 point loss to Canada in the first warm-up game for the 2019 World Cup (2:00)
Should the Australian Boomers be using these games against Canada as practice or taking them more seriously (11:00)
Does Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis deserve all the criticism he's getting on social media (16:00)
The differences between FIBA international basketball and other forms ie. NBA, NBL and G-League play (20:00)
What do the Boomers do differently after losing to Canada by 20 points (28:00)
Why are so many NBA players pulling out of playing in the FIBA World Cup (33:00)
Is it more important for Australia to win a medal in the World Cup or beat USA in Melbourne (37:00)
The negativity surrounding Ben Simmons in the Australian media right now (41:00)
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, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, 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, Ryan Broekhoff
The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart
And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
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