Mike Helms played three seasons in the NBL for the Hunter Pirates and Singapore Slingers.
He averaged 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists over 95 games and led both the Pirates and the Slingers to the playoffs during his time in the NBL.
Now back home in Detroit we catch up with him to find out what he is up to now and talk about some of the highlights and challenges he faced as an import both in Australia and overseas.
Helms, who graduated from Oakland University would also play as a professional basketball player in Argentina, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Mexico and Canada.
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Topics discussed on the podcast include;
Dan starts off by reviewing the current NBL business plan (2:00)
Breaking down NBL TV broadcast numbers (4:30)
Illawarra helps receive financial assistance and will remain in the league for next season (12:00)
Mike Helms joins the show and explains what the Detroit basketball scene is like (16:00)
Reflections on playing at Oakland University (19:00)
How interested were NBA teams in Mike Helms after college (24:00)
Playing in Argentina (31:00)
Arriving in the NBL with the Hunter Pirates (36:00)
Playing for Dr Adrian Hurley (40:30)
Thoughts on the level of competition in the NBL (42:00)
His first year with the Pirates and making the playoffs (44:00)
What it was like playing in Newcastle (49:00)
The demise of the Hunter Falcons (51:00)
What is was like playing for the Singapore Slingers (55:00)
What players and teams in the league did Mike enjoy facing the most (105:00)
Time in New Zealand and how he knew it was time to retire (113:00)
All of this and a whole lot more...
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