This week saw Illawarra Hawks stalwart Tim Coenraad retire after 14 seasons in the NBL.
He steps away from the Hawks as the third-highest in games played capped Hawks player of all time has announced his retirement.
One of the finest three-point shooters in the league, particularly when playing at home in the WIN Entertainment Centre in front of a crowd invariably full of #22 Coenraad jerseys, he joins this episode of the podcast to talk about the different eras he went through as a player, experiencing different coaches (McLeod, Beveridge, Goorjian, etc.), across multiple seasons. The period of time where Illawarra seemed to be regularly fighting through voluntary administration and his experiences playing alongside some of the biggest names in Hawks history.
He also tells about the year spent playing alongside LaMelo Ball and the media circus which accompanied that.
What retirement looks like for Tim Coenraad (2:00)
What his role will be within the Hawks organisation moving forward (4:00)
Looking at how his career ended and the stories behind his multiple comebacks (8:00)
The things he will miss and the things he’s happy he'll never have to face again now his NBL career is finished (14:00)
What was the closest he ever came to playing for another NBL team (22:00)
Looking at different eras of the Hawks, starting with the Gordie McLeod era (27:00)
The imports he enjoyed playing with most during his time with the Hawks (30:00)
Why he enjoyed playing with LaMelo Ball (32:00)
The Rob Beveridge Era and the hatred he feels for the Perth Wildcats (35:00)
Knocking Adelaide out of the playoffs and reaching the NBL Grand Final in 2017 (39:00)
The Hawks v Kings rivalry and how Illawarra players are introduced to it (44:00)
His last season with the club and the difficulties faced by Jacob Jackomas in his first year of coaching (47:00)
The most challenging times he faced being a part of the Hawks organisation whilst it faced numerous years of financial difficulty (49:00)
The LaMelo Ball season and the circus that came with it in 2020 (53:00)
His relationship with coach Brian Goorjian and what he taught him as a player (55:00)
The biggest hurdles he faced as a player (59:00)
The highlights of his career (1:03:00)
Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball.
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Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Daniel Johnson, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Kai Sotto, Luke Travers
Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver, Bruce Palmer
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, Steve Woodberry, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch
And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chris Pongrass, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills
All that and much more.