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Aug 1, 2020

Andrew Parkinson played 10 seasons in the NBL debuting with the Geelong Supercats (1988–1990) before relocating to Melbourne where he would win the league's Most Improved Player award in 1991 with the Southern Melbourne Saints after averaging 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

In 1992 the Saints merged with cross-town rivals the Eastside Spectres and formed the South East Melbourne Magic where "Parky" played from 1992 to 1998, winning NBL championships in 1992 and 1996.

In September 2019, Parky was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma (SSC) of the bladder, a highly malignant and fast-growing cancer. 

Parky gives us an update on his condition and takes us through NBL championship years with the South East Melbourne Magic.

Topics include;

  • Playing basketball as a junior with Knox and Dandenong basketball associations (2:00)
  • Becoming one of the first Australia's to attend an NCAA basketball program (10:00)
  • A rookie season with Geelong Supercats (11:30)
  • A breakout season in 1991 which resulted in the NBL Most Improved Player (18:00)
  • Be a part of the Australia Boomers program in 1992 (22:00)
  • Playing for the now-defunct Southern Melbourne Saints (26:30)
  • Parky's current battle with bladder cancer (30:00)
  • How much did the Magic and Tigers hate each other back in the day (36:00)
  • The Spectres merge with the Saints and win the 1992 NBL championship as the South East Melbourne Magic (41:00)
  • What Brian Goorjian's grueling training sessions were like (43:00)
  • Why Robert Rose was the best import Parky ever played with (54:00)
  • The road to the 1992 NBL Championship (56:00)
  • A second Magic championship in 1996 (58:00)
  • Did the Magic underachieve by only winning two titles? (105:00)
  • What forced Parky into an early retirement (109:00)
  • The biggest mistake of Parky's career and what he learned from it (1:14:00)
  • The highlight of his career and is Parky's "masters" basketball team the greatest of all time (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 - Kevin Lisch, 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, 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

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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Jul 27, 2020

Newly appointed Adelaide 36ers coach Conner Henry joins the podcast to talk about how the team is coming together during the off-season and what he likes about new recruits Isaac Humphries, Keanu Pinder, Sunday Dech and Josh Giddey.

Henry also enjoyed an NBA career prior to coaching which saw him drafted to the Houston Rockets before playing for the Boston Celtics as the went head to head with the LA Lakers in the 1987 NBA Finals.

Henry takes the time to share some memories from sharing the court with Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Kevin McHale as well.

Topics include;

  • Taking the 36ers head coaching job and dealing with an NBL off-season during a pandemic (2:00)
  • Connor talks about his playing time in the NBA which included stops with Houston, Boston, Milwaukee and Sacramento (11:00)
  • Memories from playing a part in the Lakers v Celtics rivalry and the 1987 NBA Finals (15:00)
  • What's it going to take to bring an NBL championship to Adelaide this season (18:30)
  • Expectations on Next Star signing Josh Giddey and how the 36ers plan to use him (21:00)
  • Jerome Randle will not be a part of the team next season but coach Henry explains what the team are looking for in an import point guard for 2020-21 (23:00)
  • What Connor likes most about the team's recent recruits Isaac Humphries, Keanu Pinder and Sunday Dech (26:30)
  • Coach Henry points out what he likes about the returning 36ers core of Daniel Johnson, Jack McVeigh, Brendan Teys, Daniel Dillon, Obi Kyei, Alex Mudronja (31:00)

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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 - Kevin Lisch, 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, 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

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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Jul 19, 2020

Matthew 'Bubble' Shanahan played 17 seasons in the NBL, playing for eight NBL teams, which is the second most in NBL history behind Ben Knight who played for nine teams.

At 6 foot 5 inches tall, Shanahan was a versatile player who could play any perimeter position, he also led the NBL in three-point percentage in 1999.

Topics include;

  • Entering the NBL and winning two championships in his first two seasons (2:00)
  • A stint at the AIS, playing with Sam MacKinnon, Aaron Trahair, Simon Dwight and the strength of Victorian basketball in the early 1990s (9:00)
  • How missing out on a junior world championships medal fueled his NBL career (12:00)
  • Brian Goorjian stories from playing for him at the South East Melbourne Magic (14:00)
  • The "unglamorous" life of an NBL basketball player (17:30)
  • Lessons learned from Robert Rose, Leroy Loggins, Ricky Grace and Darryl McDonald (25:00)
  • The season he had the most fun and NBL drinking stories (30:00)
  • Remembering the 2001 championship with Wollongong Hawks (34:00)
  • Why Joe Ingles was the worst rookie in NBL history (37:00)
  • Toughest moments of his NBL career (42:00)
  • What makes a good NBL franchise (44:00)
  • How will The Hawks fare in the NBL with plans to play games outside of Illawarra (47:00)
  • NBL Free Agent thoughts and reflections on his own career (49:00)

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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 - Kevin Lisch, 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, 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

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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Jul 9, 2020

David Patrick, a former NBL player for the Canberra Cannons has since gone on to become Australia's best coach in the NCAA and easily the most successful recruiter of Aussie basketball talent for the past 15 years.

Topics include.

  • Accepting a coaching role at Arkansas University (2:00)
  • Coaching and recruiting during a pandemic (7:30)
  • How is the NCAA going to fare when it returns to after COVID-19 (11:00)
  • Playing for Syracuse and playing in the 1996 NCAA championship (13:00)
  • Playing with the Canberra Cannons in the NBL (20:00)
  • Playing overseas in England and Spain (25:30)
  • The beginning of his coaching career with Nicholls State University (27:30)
  • Coaching Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova at St Mary's University (31:30)
  • Spending time with the Houston Rockets as a scout (37:00)
  • The move to LSU and recruiting Ben Simmons to play in the NCAA (39:00)
  • Doup Reath, his talent levels and the likelihood of him playing in the NBL this season (44:00)
  • The move to Texas Christian University and coaching Kouat Noi (48:00)
  • Stories from being a part of the Boomers coaching staff for the 2019 FIBA World Cup (51:00)
  • Ben Simmons relationship with the Australian Boomers and the likelihood he plays in the Olympics (56:00)
  • Coaching goals from here, career highlights and the toughest obstacles he faced over his journey (1:00:00)

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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 - Kevin Lisch, 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, 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

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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Jun 26, 2020

Adonis Jordan joins the Aussie Hoopla podcast to talk about his basketball career which includes reaching two NCAA Final Fours with Kansas University, two NBA stints with the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks as well as 76 NBL games played with the South East Melbourne Magic, Townsville Crocodiles and the Victoria Giants.

All of this and a whole lot more... Topics include.

  • Growing up in New York... with the name "Adonis"(2:00)
    Adonis Jordan's connections to Mary J Bligh, Aerosmith and Greek Gods (8:30)
  • Memories of high school basketball in New York, LA, Cleveland (10:30)
  • Playing college ball with Kansas University (13:00)
  • Losing the NCAA championship in 1991 to Duke University (17:00)
  • Mental preparation and how it helped Adonis face NBA stars like Jason Kidd (22:30)
  • Playing for coach Roy Williams and the stories about Michael Jordan he shared with Adonis (26:00)
  • His strategy with coaching young players today (31:30)
  • Being drafted in the 1993 NBA draft by Seattle and his first year in the NBA (35:00)
  • A stint with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1999 (42:00)
    Playing with the Denver Nuggets in 1993 with Dikembe Mutumbo, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf as well as NBL legends Darnell Mee and Kevin Brooks (47:00)
  • Being cast in the 1994 film Blue Chips and starring alongside Shaquille O'Neal and Anfernee Hardaway (55:00)
  • Arriving in Australia, debut in the NBL with the South East Melbourne Magic in 1994 (58:00)
  • The rivalry between Adonis Jordan and Darryl MacDonald during 1994-95 (103:00)
  • Playing for Brian Goorjian could we see Adonis join the Hawks as an assistant coach (108:00)
  • A return to the NBL in 2003, playing for Townsville and Victoria (109:00)
  • The biggest obstacles Adonis had to face during his career and the highlights of his career (113:00)

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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 - Kevin Lisch, 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, 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

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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Jun 5, 2020

Anthony Drmic had a career year in Adelaide this season, averaging 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists per game, earning him a spot in the 36ers starting lineup.

After being told by Adelaide he would not be re-signed for the 2020-21 season he is now a free agent and in discussions with a number of NBL teams. 

On this episode of Aussie Hoopla, Dan Boyce talks with Anthony about being a free agent, the current market for players, how COVID-19 has impacted player salaries and opportunities and how he is currently navigating the move to another NBL team.

All of this and a whole lot more... Topics include.

  • We congratulate Anthony on marrying longtime partner Jenna during COVID-19 restrictions (2:00)
  • The rise of e-sports and Anthony's role as a content creator for Mind Freak (6:30)
  • Anthony reviews his own performance during NBL 2019-20 (12:00)
  • Joey Wright, Kevin White, Twitter, how it impacted the 36ers players last season and why he won't be re-signing with Adelaide (14:00)
  • How are NBL players dealing with the changes to salaries and having no clear start date to the NBL season (16:30)
  • The biggest mistake he made this season and what he learned from it (20:00)
  • Sports psychology and how it can help NBL teams (21:30)
  • Playing for Australia and what Anthony thinks he needs do to make it to this years squad (24:00)

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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 - Kevin Lisch, 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, 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, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

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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Jun 1, 2020

Mal Speed was named the chairman of the NBL after the conclusion of the league's debut season in 1980. Speed had a key role in developing the sport of basketball both nationally and internationally and his guidance over the 1980s and 1990s saw basketball boom during the early 90s down under.

On this episode of Aussie Hoopla host, Dan Boyce dives into the growth of the NBL in the 1990s and why it was so successful, the league's rapid decline in the late 1990s and what changed as well as the decision to shift the league from summer to winter, what led to that decision and in hindsight was it the right move.

All of this and a whole lot more... Topics include.

  • Thoughts on the NBL and its current situation (2:00)
  • How Mal became NBL chairman in 1980 and how the NBL changed during his time as chairman (9:00)
  • A financial model that works for the NBL's big market teams and small-market teams (14:30)
  • How TV deals impact the growth of the NBL (20:00)
  • David Stern and his involvement with the NBL in the 1990s (26:00)
  • Hobart, Geelong and Gold Coast exit the league in 1996, how did this decision come to be (33:00)
  • The NBL's move to summer, was it the right move? (38:00)
  • Did the NBL refuse to work with the NBA during the 1990s? (43:00)
  • Mal Speed's favorite NBL players (45:00)
  • What does Mal Speed think the NBL got wrong during the 1980s and 1990s and what did he learn from them (48:00)
  • Did the AFL try to take down the NBL in the 1990s (55:00)

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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 - 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, 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, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

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

May 10, 2020

Former owner of the South Dragons Mark Cowan joins Dan Boyce on the podcast to talk about how the team began, the stars who made their way through the program like Mark Price, Shane Heal, Joe Ingles and finally the ultimate achievement that was winning the 2009 NBL championship.

Mark Cowan discussed this and more on the latest episode of Aussie Hoopla.

All of this and a whole lot more... Topics include.

  • How the idea of the South Dragons became a reality (2:00)
  • Bringing in NBA Hall of Famer as the head coach (16:00)
  • Shane Heal becomes the teams player/coach (19:30)
  • Recruiting Joe Ingles to the Dragons (22:00)
  • 2006-07: The team's first year in the league (28:30)
  • Signing Dennis Rodman to play with the Dragons in 2007 (30:00)
  • 2007-08: Year Two doesn't go as well as planned (35:00)
  • 2008-09: Brian Goorjian turns the team around before winning a championship (39:00)
  • The things Mark learned from the South Dragons success that applies to his business today (42:00)
  • Facing the Melbourne Tigers in the 2009 NBL Grand Final (45:00)
  • How Brian Goorjian created a championship culture within the South Dragons (51:00)
  • The deciding game five of the 2009 NBL Finals (59:00)
  • The NBL falls into disrepair in 2009 (103:00)
  • How the legacy of the South Dragons has helped the NBL to be the success it is today (105:00)

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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 - 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, 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, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

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

May 1, 2020

Will Weaver in his first season as head coach of the Sydney Kings delivered what could be described as the best debut season ever by an NBL head coach but it was unable to end in victory or defeat, COVID-19 instead forced the team to withdraw from the NBL Grand Final.

He joined Dan Boyce to discuss the season that was and look at how the team is rebuilding for next season.

Topics include...

  • Dealing with the realities of COVID-19 (2:00)
  • How the opportunity to coach the Sydney Kings came about (7:00)
  • Putting together this years team, recruiting Casper Ware, Jae'Sean Tate and Didi Louzada (12:00)
  • What NBA scouts are saying about Jae'Sean Tate and Didi Louzada after a year in the NBL (20:00)
  • The Kings take the court for their first game of 2019-20 (22:30)
  • How did the Kings bounce back after their first loss (25:00)
  • The Kings lose to Perth how did they use their regular-season loss to Perth to plan for the NBL Grand Final (27:00)
  • Xavier Cooks joins the team, why did the Kings make the move (29:00)
  • A semi-final match-up against Melbourne United which included record comebacks for both teams (31:00)
  • Will's take on the way the Kings season ended prematurely (32:00)
  • How mental health was considered in the league up to the Sydney Kings decision to withdraw from the NBL (42:30)
  • What is happening within the Sydney Kings with the new salary cap changes and their roster all free to sign with other teams (45:00)


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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, 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, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

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

Apr 19, 2020

Doug Overton, the first player to make the jump from playing in the NBL to the NBA joins the Aussie Hoopla podcast to tell stories from his time playing for the Illawarra Hawks, stories from over a decade of playing in the NBA and what he's doing now as a basketball coach at Lincoln University.

Doug was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1991 but wasn't able to make the roster as a rookie when he found himself playing his first professional gig in Australia for the Hawks in 1992.

An All-NBL First teamer that season who went on to sign a deal to play with the NBA's Washington Bullets the next season, the first NBL player to ever make the NBA and then went on to play in 499 NBA games over 11 seasons.

In one season with Illawarra, he averaged 24 points, 5, rebounds and 6 assists per game culminating with the Hawks team MVP.

He played for the Washington Bullets, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers.

Topics include...

  • The impact Doug Overton made in the NBL and how fondly remembered he is down under (2:00)
  • How the Coronavirus has impacted the US (11:00)
  • Playing for La Salle University and trying to make the Detroit Pistons championship team (12:00)
  • Getting the offer to play in Australia (18:30)
  • Taking the court for the Illawarra Hawks in 1992 (25:00)
  • Memories of playing in the Snake Pit (28:00)
  • Doug's biggest games in the NBL (30:00)
  • A semi-final match up against Scott Fisher, Paul Maley and the North Melbourne Giants (33:00)
  • Making the NBA.. finally, with the Washington Bullets (35:00)
  • The mental toll of being an NBA journeyman (36:30)
  • Playing alongside Chris Webber and Juwan Howard in Washington (39:30)
  • Dikembe Mutombo, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Jalen Rose in Denver (40:30)
  • Allen Iverson and Mark Bradtke in Philadelphia (46:00)
  • Mentoring NBA players and being mentored during his time in the NBA (48:00)
  • What lessons from the NBA does he share with the players he coaches today (59:30)
  • Who is the GOAT Michael Jordan, Lebron James or Kobe Bryant (108:00)
  • Who was the coach Doug learned the most from (108:30)
  • Michael Jordan stories (1:13:00)


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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, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

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

Apr 7, 2020

South East Melbourne Phoenix head coach Simon Mitchell joins Dan Boyce on the Aussie Hoopla podcast to provide a recap on the team's first year in the league.

From looking at how the team was put together in the club's first few months to the process the team followed with signing talent and the highs and lows of the 2019-20 season.

Coach Simon Mitchell also provides his in-depth thoughts on what the team did well and what it did poorly at this season and how they will change that for the upcoming season.

Topics include...

  • How the Phoenix are dealing with COVID-19 and the mental health space of its players (2:00)
  • How did the Phoenix approach its first NBL season ie. recruitment, culture (8:00)
  • What went into the team recruiting Mitch Creek as their first player signing (11:30)
  • Thoughts on team culture and why they recruited the players they did for the team's inaugural season (15:00)
  • Getting the team's debut win against the Melbourne United (18:00)
  • How the Phoenix went for run and gun offense in a league full of big men and interior defense (23:00)
  • What led to the Phoenix poor end to the season (30:00)
  • What changes do the Phoenix need to ensure a strong core for the upcoming season (31:30)
  • The ups and downs of NBL Next Star Terry Armstrong this season and NBA Draft chances (35:00)
  • The highlights of the season (38:00)
  • The biggest mistake's made by the Phoenix this season and what they learned from them (42:30)

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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, 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, Ebi Ere

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

Apr 3, 2020

Perth Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson joins Dan Boyce to recap the Wildcats 10th NBL championship and discuss the unique events that led to the Perth being crowned champions.

Topics include...

  • How has the coronavirus impacted the Perth Wildcats operations (2:00)
  • The unusual end to the NBL Grand Final and has Trevor's views that situation now it's all in the rearview mirror (6:00)
  • How the Perth Wildcats celebrated their 10th NBL championship under unusual circumstances (8:00)
  • How offseason changes did the Wildcats make to the squad to be successful in 2019-20 (12:00)
  • Why prompted the Wildcats to bring in NBA big man Miles Plumlee mid-season (15:30)
  • The culture built within the Perth Wildcats program... what is it exactly? (21:00)
  • How did the Perth Wildcats prepare for the semi-final series (24:00)
  • Bryce Cotton's role within the Perth Wildcats (25:00)
  • How the Grand Final played out against the Sydney Kings (27:00)
  • The growth of Clint Stiendl throughout the playoffs (31:00)
  • What Trevor thinks was his biggest blunder this season and what he learned from that (34:00)
  • How will the Wildcats adjust their roster for next season (35:00)
  • Thoughts on Damian Martin possibly retiring and how the team would replace him if he does (37:00)
  • How can the Wildcats continue to grow beyond the success they already have (41:30)

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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, 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, Ebi Ere

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

Mar 26, 2020

Melbourne United head coach Dean Vickerman joins Dan Boyce to talk about the Melbourne United this season and their semi-final exit.

A number of topics are covered relating to what impacted the squad during the season ie. losing players, coaches, travel, and injuries. He confirms there were hurdles the team faced with getting players to play with each other, what he learned from the season as a whole and what he thinks needs to change in order for them to be successful next season.

Topics include...

  • How Melbourne United are staying strong during the Coronavirus (2:00)
  • How the team went about constructing the team after losing the 2019 NBL Grand Final (7:00)
  • Rebuilding the team and why they decided to go with Melo Trimble, Shawn Long and Casey Prather as the team's import trio (10:00)
  • What impact did losing assistant coaches Mike Kelly and Simon Mitchell on the team (12:30)
  • NBLxNBA - does playing NBA squads help or hurt an NBL teams Grand Final chances (18:00)
  • A six-game winning streak in November, what was different (25:00)
  • Reflections on the team's choke in Semi-Final Game 1 to the Sydney Kings (29:00)
  • United bounce back in Game 2, which changed (31:00)
  • What mistakes did United make this season and what needs to change to make next season a success (34:00)
  • How will United and the NBL be impacted financially next season (42:00)

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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 - 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, Ebi Ere

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

Mar 19, 2020

Adelaide 36ers General Manager Jeff Van Groningen joins Dan Boyce to talk about the Adelaide 36ers end to the season and the departure of head coach Joey Wright.

The comments made by 36ers co-captain on Twitter and the impact of that, the teams search for a new head coach as well as the crazy finish to the NBL season.

Topics include...

  • The craziness of deciding the NBL Grand Final champion (2:00)
  • What factors led to the Sydney Kings decision to forfeit the NBL Grand Final and should this have been something that was decided by the NBL (13:00)
  • Joey Wright, Kevin White, and the Twitterverse, what happened? (17:30)
  • Will players impacted from this ie. Jerome Randle, Ramone Moore, Kevin White, and Harry Froling want to return to the club after something like this? (21:00)
  • With everything that's happened, how does the club plan to operate moving forward (24:00)
  • Where are the 36ers up to as they search for a new head coach (38:00)

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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 - 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, Ebi Ere

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

Mar 12, 2020

Cairns Taipans coach Mike Kelly joins Dan Boyce sits down to reflect on the Cairns Taipans season only weeks after falling short in the 2020 NBL semi-finals to the Perth Wildcats.

Topics include...

  • Coronavirus and its impact on Australian basketball (2:00)
  • Reflection on Mike Kellýs interview on Aussie Hoopla last year and how recruiting players was different in his second season as coach (7:00)
  • Nathan Jawai's season and the decision-making factors which led to him re-signing for 2019-20 (15:00)
  • The pressure of year two as the Taipans head coach and the need to perform (17:00)
  • Nailing your imports, how the Taipans recruited Scott Machado, Cam Oliver and DJ Newbill in the pre-season (20:00)
  • Scott Machado's near MVP season and what led to him playing in Cairns (23:00)
  • The Taipans slow start to the NBL season and what changed that led them to a 3rd place NBL finish (30:00)
  • Falling short against the Perth Wildcats in the semi-finals (31:30)
  • Majok Deng did he reach the potential Cairns thought he possessed in his first year with the Taipans (37:00)
  • The Taipans plans for next seasons roster (39:30)
  • Do the Taipans hope to sign Queensland basketball phenom and NBA prospect Mojave King as a Next Star for next season (41:30)
  • Import thoughts for next season (45:00)
  • Favorite moment of the season as well as Mike's biggest failure and what he learned from it (47:00)

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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 - 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, Ebi Ere

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

Feb 25, 2020

We take a look at every Aussie playing in the NBA this season.

  • Ben Simmons makes a big mark on the NBA All-Star game
  • Dante Exum has his best game of the season
  • Joe Ingles continues to deliver up and down production
  • Jonah Bolden debuts for the Phoenix Suns
  • Ryan Broekhoff deciding between NBA and Europe to finish this season
  • The Phoenix Suns need Aron Baynes
  • Thon Maker finally makes some noise in Detroit after Andre Drummond is traded

Plus we look at the former NBL imports doing well across the league ie. James Ennis, Torrey Craig, Terence Ferguson and many more

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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 - 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, Ebi Ere

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 info@aussiehoopla.com

Jan 28, 2020

Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce appears on Inside Story via Al Jazeera English to discuss the impact Kobe Bryant had in Australia and Asia on the day of his death.

Programme summary;

One of basketball's biggest ever stars is killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant took basketball to new heights, and helped give the game international prominence. The world is now mourning his death at the age of 41.

His teenage daughter and seven other people also died in the crash. Fans, sporting personalities and celebrities have been paying tribute to a legend on and off the court. Bryant burst onto the scene in 1996 as a talented teenager with ambitions to become the best.

By the time he retired 20 years later, he'd won the NBA championship five times with the Los Angeles Lakers, and was an inspiration for a generation of young players. And in 2018 he won an Oscar as writer-producer of a short animated film based on his love of the sport.

Presenter: Nic Clark

Guests: Michael Carlson, American sports journalist who commentated on basketball during 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Asma ElBadawi, a player who lobbied the basketball's governing body to remove a ban on hijabs.

Dan Boyce, host of the Aussie Hoopla Podcast.

 

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Jan 26, 2020

Dan Boyce sits down with Ebi Ere who played 176 NBL games with Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.

He averaged 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists over his five-year NBL career. He also represented Nigeria in the 2006 FIBA World Championships and the 2016 Olympic games.

Topics include...

  • Retirement and how things wrapped up for Ebi Ere's career after leaving the Adelaide 36ers in 2016 (2:00)
  • Plant-based diets and how it extended Ebi's career (6:00)
  • College career with the Oklahoma Sooners (8:00)
  • NBA opportunities with Portland, Los Angeles and Memphis (13:00)
  • Ebi Ere first year as a pro with the Sydney Kings (21:00)
  • Brian Goorjian refuses to play Ebi Ere in crunch time (23:00)
  • The Sydney Kings win the 2004 NBL championship (27:00)
  • Breaking down the final three games of the Kings Vs Razorbacks Grand Final (31:00)
  • Ebi Ere leads Brisbane to the 2007 NBL Championship (41:00)
  • Getting the best out of Sam MacKinnon (43:00)
  • Why the 2007 Brisbane Bullets weren't able to repeat (47:00)
  • Playing in the FIBA World Championship and Olympics with the Nigerian national team (50:00)
  • The biggest hurdles and highlights of his career (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, 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

All that and much more. Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and email at info@aussiehoopla.com

Jan 21, 2020

Dan Boyce sits down with the final coach of the Townsville Crocodiles, Shawn Dennis.

The former NBL coach of the year provides an update of the growth of basketball in Japan, how it parallels Australia's NBL in some ways and what kind of money players can make playing in Japan's premier basketball competition, the B-League.

Dennis, who played 197 games in the NBL for Newcastle and Hobart before coaching becoming a head coach in the NBL with both the Newcastle Falcons and Townsville talks about the demise of both clubs and the struggle which players, coaches and fans all faced.

The Crocodiles were renowned "giant killers" defeating top tier teams like the Perth Wildcats and Melbourne United during their final years in the league but due to financial support, they weren't able to continue in the competition.

Shawn outlines exactly how the final days of the club went down, what could have been done differently and the great things players like Mitch Norton, Todd Blanchfield, Nick Kay, Harry Froling and Clint Stiendl all achieved in Townsville and how they continue to impact the NBL landscape today.

Topics include...

  • The rise of basketball in Japan as the 2020 Olympics approaches (2:00)
  • Similarities between the Shiga Lakestars and the Townsville Crocodiles of 2015 (8:30)
  • Helping players "learn how to win (12:00)
  • The growth of Japan's B-League and how it's growth parallel's the NBL (15:00)
  • How money compares in Japan's B-League to what players get in the NBL (21:30)
  • How financial difficulties hurt the Townsville Crocodiles recruiting from 2013-2016 (23:00)
  • How did Shawn Dennis find out the Crocodiles had folded (27:00)
  • Todd Blanchfield's NBA potential in 2014 (31:00)
  • Townsville's recruiting strategies during their "cash strapped" final years in the league (39:00)
  • Townsville's final season in the NBL, the highs and the lows (44:00)
  • Junior development within Townsville and how it generated talent like Mitch Norton, Chris Cedar, Harry Froling and more (53:00)
  • The biggest highlights and the toughest moments of the Townsville Crocodiles final years in the NBL (57:00)

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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 - 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

All that and much more. Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and email at info@aussiehoopla.com

Jan 9, 2020

Dan Boyce sits down former Perth Wildcats big man Angus Brandt who was a big part of the team's 2017 and 2019 championships before making the decision to play the 2019/20 in Italy with Pistoia Basket.

Brandt has averaged 8 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist over 143 games for both the Perth Wildcats and the Sydney Kings, where he was the 2015 NBL Rookie of the Year.

Brandt also has been a key part of the Australian Boomers program since 2017 and played an integral role in the team's qualification for the FIBA World Cup.

Currently, he is averaging 11 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist in Italy's Lega A where his team is 5-11.

Topics include...

  • The NBL and its player's efforts to help those affected by Australian bush fires (2:00)
  • LaMelo Ball, RJ Hampton and Josh Green's current NBA draft value (4:00)
  • Angus Brandt on Italian basketball and who has the best beaches Perth, Sydney or Tuscany (9:00)
  • Fans in Europe compared to the NBL (12:30)
  • Playing as an import and whether the NBL should change it's import rules (15:30)
  • Playing against Luis Scola, Milos Teodosic, Isaac Fotu and the stars of the Italian league (18:00)
  • Why he left the Perth Wildcats for a chance to play in Europe (21:30)
  • Winning the 2019 NBL Championship (23:00)
  • The impact of the negative media attention during the 2019 season on the Wildcats (25:00)
  • How the 2017 championship compares to the 2019 NBL championship (26:30)
  • Tips on developing the skyhook (28:00)
  • Memories of playing college ball at Oregon University and past NBA opportunities (29:00)
  • Playing for the Australian Boomers and what that meant (36:00)
  • The key to rebounding and how it's something that held Angus back earlier in his career (40:00)
  • What's on the bucket list for Angus before he retires (42:00)

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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

All that and much more. Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and email at info@aussiehoopla.com

Dec 24, 2019

We take a look at every Aussie playing in the NBA this season.

  • Utah Jazz gives up the Dante Exum experiment and trades him to Cleveland for Jordan Clarkson
  • Despite early comparisons to LeBron James is Ben Simmons more of a defensive player and perhaps more like a Draymond Green?
  • Joe Ingles returns to the starting lineup
  • Jonah Bolden struggles in his second NBA season
  • Ryan Broekhoff forces the Dallas Mavericks to play him
  • Patty Mills is having a career year... again
  • Aron Baynes is officially the best back-up big man in the NBA
  • Thon Maker struggles to find his role in Detroit
  • Plus we look at the former NBL imports doing well across the league ie. James Ennis, Torrey Craig, Terence Ferguson and many more

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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 - 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

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 info@aussiehoopla.com

Nov 21, 2019

Former Cairns Taipans big man Matt Smith (100 NBL games) and Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce discuss what's happening in Australian basketball this week.

Topics include...

  • Matt's first experience playing alongside Darryl "DMAC" McDonald (2:00)
  • First reactions to the news that Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown will take over as Australian Boomers head coach (6:00)
  • Why are fans and the media so negative about Andrej Lemanis Boomers coaching efforts (11:00)
  • Why it's ridiculous to the NBA players chose to not play for Australia because of Andrej Lemanis (20:00)
  • Dan's disappointment at 'çlick bait' articles which stir the pot of Andrej Lemanis hate (31:00)
  • Lemanis structure was more important than any singular Boomers player (40:00)
  • The issues surrounding the New Zealand Breakers and how they bounce back from this (50:00)
  • We realize LaMelo Ball is really good (102:00)

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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

All that and much more. Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and email at info@aussiehoopla.com

Nov 16, 2019

Dan Boyce sits down with 3x NBL champion and the league's all-time leader in steals Darryl MacDonald to talk about his NBL career playing for Melbourne based NBL teams North Melbourne Giants, Victoria Titans/Giants, and Melbourne Tigers.

Over his career, "DMAC" played in 486 games, winning the NBL championship during his rookie NBL season with the Giants (1994), playing alongside Andrew Gaze, Mark Bradtke and Lanard Copeland with the Melbourne Tigers before notching up another two NBL titles playing alongside Chris Anstey in 2006 and 2008.

With the NBL's Throwdown III this weekend, we take the opportunity to talk about what makes a rivalry and the heated battles between Melbourne based teams during the 1990s and 2000s with one of the biggest names in Melbourne basketball.

Topics include...

  • Perth isn't getting the credit they deserve (2:00)
  • Coaching in the NBL1 (7:00)
  • NBL coaching aspirations (11:00)
  • Comparing the coaching styles of Brett Brown, Brian Goorjian and Lindsey Gaze (15:30)
  • Fitting into the Melbourne Tigers and playing with Andrew Gaze and Lanard Copeland (21:00)
  • The time Dmac almost signed with Wollongong (25:00)
  • Being told he was "slowing down" before proving critics wrong and playing another five seasons (36:00)
  • Corey "Homicide" Williams NBL commentary... good or bad? (40:00)
  • The return of the Melbourne cross-town rivalries and Melbourne United Vs South East Melbourne Magic (43:00)
  • Are South East Melbourne Phoenix, the real deal or overrated? (49:00)
  • The Melbourne rivalries of the '90s (52:00)

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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

All that and much more. Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and email at info@aussiehoopla.com

Oct 31, 2019

Former Cairns Taipans big man Matt Smith (100 NBL games) and Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce discuss what's happening in Australian basketball this week.

Topics include...

  • Aaron Brooks goes down and the Hawk's look set to replace him with an NBA caliber small forward if things go right (2:00)
  • Replacing NBL imports best fit vs best available (10:00)
  • LaMelo Ball is 9th in the league in minutes and RJ Hampton 38th in the league in minutes... why? (20:00)
  • Matt tells us about the NBL team he played on with the worst record - 2004/05 New Zealand Breakers (29:00)
  • The NBL generates a clear return on investment with the Next Stars program (33:00)
  • A decision to bring a Tasmanian team into the NBL expected to be made within the next month or so (38:00)
  • The NBL1 expands to Queensland, absorbing the QBL (45:00)
  • Why Sydney won't lose, Melbourne won't make the playoffs and Cairns are overrated (54:00)

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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

All that and much more. Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and email at info@aussiehoopla.com

Oct 24, 2019

Former Cairns Taipans big man Matt Smith (100 NBL games) and Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce discuss what's happening in Australian basketball this week.

Topics include...

  • The 2000's NBL, how Australian player development suffered and the NBL points system (3:00)
  • RJ Hampton outplays LaMelo Ball as New Zealand destroys Illawarra in front of scouts from 16 NBA teams (15:00)
  • LaMelo Ball's "Free Reign" with the Illawarra Hawks (18:30)
  • Ben Simmons comments about being racially vilified in Australia and playing for the Boomers at the Olympics (23:00)
  • Could the Australian coaching ranks be impacted by China moving away from the NBA and it's resources (32:00)
  • Matt Smith shares stories of being torn apart verbally by NBL coaches in the 2000s (36:00)
  • Rob Beveridge to coach New Zealand's Southland Sharks (39:00)
  • Was Andrew Bogut's swipe at former Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze fair? (43:00)
  • Bryce Cotton's amazing start to the season and should the Perth Wildcats be worried about losing him to the NBA mid-season (49:00)

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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

All that and much more. Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and email at info@aussiehoopla.com

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