2x NBL Defensive Player of the Year and 2x NBL champion with the South East Melbourne Magic Darren Lucas joins the podcast to talk about his career, the glory days of the NBL and the unforgotten Tigers V Magic rivalry that drew 45,000 people over three games in 1996.
Topics discussed on the podcast include;
We catch up with Darren and learn about what he's doing with life after basketball (2:00)
Spending time at the AIS with Luc Longley, Mark Dalton, Shane Froling (5:00)
Thoughts on how the league has changed since Darren's retirement in 1996 and what Larry Kestelman has brought to the sport (9:00)
Thoughts on NBL expansion, AFL teams entering the NBL and the South East Melbourne Magic's possible return to the NBL (11:00)
Brian Goorjian training sessions, how tough were they? (17:30)
Darren remembers his best NBL game (23:00)
One Magic Season, remembering the Magic's 1992 championship season (25:00)
The Tigers V Magic Rivalry (28:00)
What was the moment that he decided to focus more on defence than scoring (32:00)
Was the second title twice as nice?
Remembering the Magic's 1996 championship season (35:30)How does one stop Andrew Gaze in his prime? (38:30)
Which import was the toughest to guard in the 1990's (41:00)
Reflection on what was the toughest moment of his basketball career (48:00)
All of this and a whole lot more...
Listen to the full interview below or download on iTunes.
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