Most Hoops Tragics don't know who Will Weaver is but he's a huge part of the Australian Boomers squad aiming at winning its first medal at a major FIBA event.
Will currently splits his time as an assistant coach between the Australian Boomers and the Brooklyn where he is a special assistant to coach Kenny Atkinson at the Nets. Prior to that, he was an assistant to Brett Brown in Philadelphia and is as passionate about the success of the Boomers as you or I, this is well worth a listen.
2:00 What NBA players should we expect to see at Etihad stadium when the Boomers face off against Team USA?
6:00 What does a special assistant do for an NBA team?
11.15 How does a "yank" become such an important part of the Boomers coaching squad?
15:00 What is the difference between Aussie basketballers and players from the USA?
22:00 How close is NBL talent to the fringe players in the NBA?
28:30 Why "screens" are the next big metric NBA teams will be measuring?
31:00 Coach Weaver's thoughts on Game One of the NBL Finals
39:00 What do the guys on the Boomers squad think about playing Team USA in Melbourne next year?
41:00 Memories of coaching Kevin Durant in college and seeing him grow into the player he is today
All of this and a whole lot more...
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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley
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NBA Stars Past & Present - 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
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