Dwayne McClain played 105 career NBL games, averaged 25.4 points per game, finished third in MVP voting in 1993 and was a part of the All-NBL Teams in 1991-1993.
He was the first NBL player to be sponsored by an international brand (Coca-Cola) and, along with Andrew Gaze, was the first NBL player to have his own signature shoe (with Reebok).
The 'D-Train' joins host Dan Boyce on the show to discuss his time with the Sydney Kings, Gold Coast Rollers and Brisbane Bullets and his experiences playing in college and the NBA.
Although fondly remembered in Australia for being a part of the exciting Kings squads of the 1990s, he also won an NCAA championship with Villanova where he was the game-high scorer against a supremely talented Georgetown team that featured Patrick Ewing.
To win the championship McClain and Villanova University had to play 'The Perfect Game' and he takes through that period of his life and how it shaped the rest of his career.
Tune in to hear all of this and a lot more.
Dwayne McClain returns to Australia (2:00)
Winning the 1985 NCAA championship and being a part of ‘the perfect game’ (6:00)
A stint with the Indiana Pacers (12:30)
Playing with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s All-Star team and discovering basketball in Australia (16:00)
His first season in Sydney (18:00)
His second season with the Kings and the 92 semi-final series against the Melbourne Tigers (19:30)
1993, his third year with the Kings and what led to the disappointing season (22:30)
Trevor Ariza and his Sydney Kings connection (23:30)
How McClain and the Sydney Kings parted ways (24:00)
A short stint with the Gold Coast Rollers and then the Brisbane Bullets (26:00)
How D-Train ended his time in the NBL (30:00)
Basketball blood runs deep in the McClain family with NBA legend Chuck Person and Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Katrina McClain being his cousins (31:00)
The nightlife in Sydney during the 1990s (34:00)
The biggest learning moments and the highlights from Dwayne’s basketball journey (35:30)Visit dunk.com.au for your next set of basketball uniforms.
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