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Doc Adkins is largely unknown to most current NBL fans but is truly an unsung hero of the league and responsible for much of the NBL's success since it was started in 1979. He helped recruit players such as Cal Bruton, Leroy Loggins, James Crawford, Steve Carfino, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Chuck Harmison and many other NBL Hall Of Famers who would…
 
Adam Caporn is the current head coach of Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence and an assistant coach with the Australian Boomers. Caporn was Australia's first player recruited to Saint Mary's College of California which lead to an influx of Aussie talent through the doors of Saint Mary's that included NBL and NBA stars like Daniel Kickert, P…
 
Luke Schenscher went from playing domestic basketball in Canberra to become the first high school student to play for the Australian Boomers in three years. His rapid development earnt him a scholarship to Georgia Tech University and then played two NBA seasons, one with the Chicago Bulls and the other with the Portland Trailblazers. Unable to secu…
 
The Adelaide 36ers signed former EuroLeague star Tony Crocker as their second import and final roster signing for the 2020-21 NBL season. The Oklahoma native carved out an impressive college career, playing alongside Blake Griffin at Oklahoma University, reaching the NCAA Elite Eight in 2009. Tony's decade-long pro-career has included significant s…
 
With the recent passing of Stormin' Norman Taylor, Aussie Hoopla host Dan Boyce and Norman's Illawarra teammate Greg Hubbard remember the player and the man who was the most effective scoring in NBL history. Taylor holds the Illawarra club record for most points in a game with 54, against new Hawks coach Brian Goorjian's Eastside Spectres in 1990. …
 
Donald Whiteside played for the Hobart Devils from 1992-1993 after graduating from Northern Illinois University. After leaving the Devils he played in Latvia, Czech Republic and Spain before signing an NBA deal with the Toronto Raptors in 1996, six years after graduating from college. Topics include; Thoughts on the US election (2:00) Being one of …
 
1990 marked the beginning of the most exciting era in Wildcats history after businessman Kerry Stokes purchased the franchise and moved the team into the iconic 8,000-seat Perth Entertainment Centre. The season was a turbulent one to say the least with the first controversy coming when coach Alan Black was fired and replaced by Bruton only two game…
 
"Jumping" Joe Hurst played his college ball with Northwest Missouri State University, before starting his professional career for the Hobart Devils in the NBL. During his debut season, he averaged 32 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block and captured league MVP in the process. Strangely, he was left off the All-NBL First team that …
 
Bruce has over 30 years experience in basketball from his days playing in Melbourne to becoming one of the seven winningest coaches in NBL history. The colourful American began his career playing with the Coburg Giants in the NBL before transitioning to an impressive coaching career which included NBL coach of the year honours in 1988 and the NBL c…
 
The JackJumpers were unveiled as the league’s 10th team this week and despite not entering the NBL until the 2021/22 season, they will soon begin formulating their playing roster. Tasmania JackJumpers CEO Simon Brookhouse joined Dan Boyce on the podcast to talk about their plans for signing a coach, a playing roster and what fans should expect on g…
 
Donald Sloan has signed to play with the Adelaide 36ers for season 2020-21. Coming off a stint with Baskets Bonn in the Basketball Bundesliga, and will be the only import on Conner Henry's largely local roster and will play alongside NBL Next Star Josh Giddey and Sunday Dech in the backcourt. During his NBA career, he averaged 5 points, 2 rebounds …
 
Nunawading Basketball was established in 1969. In 1979, a Nunawading Spectres men's team entered the National Basketball League for its inaugural season. Barry Barnes would coach the team during every NBL season until the team decided to move into the CBD to facilitate more fans and in doing so were renamed the Eastside Melbourne Spectres. The Nuna…
 
Barry Barnes is arguably the most successful Boomers coach ever. With a record of 119 wins and 53 losses as head coach, an outstanding 69% win percentage, and having led the national team to two fourth-place finishes (1996 and 2000) his resume is hard to beat. Barry became a Boomers assistant coach under coach Adrian Hurley in 1985, joining the tea…
 
Andrew Parkinson played 10 seasons in the NBL debuting with the Geelong Supercats (1988–1990) before relocating to Melbourne where he would win the league's Most Improved Player award in 1991 with the Southern Melbourne Saints after averaging 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game. In 1992 the Saints merged with cross-town rivals the Eastside…
 
Newly appointed Adelaide 36ers coach Conner Henry joins the podcast to talk about how the team is coming together during the off-season and what he likes about new recruits Isaac Humphries, Keanu Pinder, Sunday Dech and Josh Giddey. Henry also enjoyed an NBA career prior to coaching which saw him drafted to the Houston Rockets before playing for th…
 
Matthew 'Bubble' Shanahan played 17 seasons in the NBL, playing for eight NBL teams, which is the second most in NBL history behind Ben Knight who played for nine teams. At 6 foot 5 inches tall, Shanahan was a versatile player who could play any perimeter position, he also led the NBL in three-point percentage in 1999. Topics include; Entering the …
 
David Patrick, a former NBL player for the Canberra Cannons has since gone on to become Australia's best coach in the NCAA and easily the most successful recruiter of Aussie basketball talent for the past 15 years. Topics include. Accepting a coaching role at Arkansas University (2:00) Coaching and recruiting during a pandemic (7:30) How is the NCA…
 
Adonis Jordan joins the Aussie Hoopla podcast to talk about his basketball career which includes reaching two NCAA Final Fours with Kansas University, two NBA stints with the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks as well as 76 NBL games played with the South East Melbourne Magic, Townsville Crocodiles and the Victoria Giants. All of this and a whole l…
 
Anthony Drmic had a career year in Adelaide this season, averaging 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists per game, earning him a spot in the 36ers starting lineup. After being told by Adelaide he would not be re-signed for the 2020-21 season he is now a free agent and in discussions with a number of NBL teams. On this episode of Aussie Hoopla, Dan Bo…
 
Mal Speed was named the chairman of the NBL after the conclusion of the league's debut season in 1980. Speed had a key role in developing the sport of basketball both nationally and internationally and his guidance over the 1980s and 1990s saw basketball boom during the early 90s down under. On this episode of Aussie Hoopla host, Dan Boyce dives in…
 
Former owner of the South Dragons Mark Cowan joins Dan Boyce on the podcast to talk about how the team began, the stars who made their way through the program like Mark Price, Shane Heal, Joe Ingles and finally the ultimate achievement that was winning the 2009 NBL championship. Mark Cowan discussed this and more on the latest episode of Aussie Hoo…
 
Will Weaver in his first season as head coach of the Sydney Kings delivered what could be described as the best debut season ever by an NBL head coach but it was unable to end in victory or defeat, COVID-19 instead forced the team to withdraw from the NBL Grand Final. He joined Dan Boyce to discuss the season that was and look at how the team is re…
 
Doug Overton, the first player to make the jump from playing in the NBL to the NBA joins the Aussie Hoopla podcast to tell stories from his time playing for the Illawarra Hawks, stories from over a decade of playing in the NBA and what he's doing now as a basketball coach at Lincoln University. Doug was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1991 but wa…
 
South East Melbourne Phoenix head coach Simon Mitchell joins Dan Boyce on the Aussie Hoopla podcast to provide a recap on the team's first year in the league. From looking at how the team was put together in the club's first few months to the process the team followed with signing talent and the highs and lows of the 2019-20 season. Coach Simon Mit…
 
Perth Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson joins Dan Boyce to recap the Wildcats 10th NBL championship and discuss the unique events that led to the Perth being crowned champions. Topics include... How has the coronavirus impacted the Perth Wildcats operations (2:00) The unusual end to the NBL Grand Final and has Trevor's views that situation now it'…
 
Melbourne United head coach Dean Vickerman joins Dan Boyce to talk about the Melbourne United this season and their semi-final exit. A number of topics are covered relating to what impacted the squad during the season ie. losing players, coaches, travel, and injuries. He confirms there were hurdles the team faced with getting players to play with e…
 
Adelaide 36ers General Manager Jeff Van Groningen joins Dan Boyce to talk about the Adelaide 36ers end to the season and the departure of head coach Joey Wright. The comments made by 36ers co-captain on Twitter and the impact of that, the teams search for a new head coach as well as the crazy finish to the NBL season. Topics include... The crazines…
 
Cairns Taipans coach Mike Kelly joins Dan Boyce sits down to reflect on the Cairns Taipans season only weeks after falling short in the 2020 NBL semi-finals to the Perth Wildcats. Topics include... Coronavirus and its impact on Australian basketball (2:00) Reflection on Mike Kellýs interview on Aussie Hoopla last year and how recruiting players was…
 
We take a look at every Aussie playing in the NBA this season. Ben Simmons makes a big mark on the NBA All-Star game Dante Exum has his best game of the season Joe Ingles continues to deliver up and down production Jonah Bolden debuts for the Phoenix Suns Ryan Broekhoff deciding between NBA and Europe to finish this season The Phoenix Suns need Aro…
 
Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce appears on Inside Story via Al Jazeera English to discuss the impact Kobe Bryant had in Australia and Asia on the day of his death. Programme summary; One of basketball's biggest ever stars is killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant took basketball to new heights, and helped give the game international p…
 
Dan Boyce sits down with Ebi Ere who played 176 NBL games with Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. He averaged 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists over his five-year NBL career. He also represented Nigeria in the 2006 FIBA World Championships and the 2016 Olympic games. Topics include... Retirement and how things wrapped up for Ebi Ere's care…
 
Dan Boyce sits down with the final coach of the Townsville Crocodiles, Shawn Dennis. The former NBL coach of the year provides an update of the growth of basketball in Japan, how it parallels Australia's NBL in some ways and what kind of money players can make playing in Japan's premier basketball competition, the B-League. Dennis, who played 197 g…
 
Dan Boyce sits down former Perth Wildcats big man Angus Brandt who was a big part of the team's 2017 and 2019 championships before making the decision to play the 2019/20 in Italy with Pistoia Basket. Brandt has averaged 8 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist over 143 games for both the Perth Wildcats and the Sydney Kings, where he was the 2015 NBL Rook…
 
We take a look at every Aussie playing in the NBA this season. Utah Jazz gives up the Dante Exum experiment and trades him to Cleveland for Jordan Clarkson Despite early comparisons to LeBron James is Ben Simmons more of a defensive player and perhaps more like a Draymond Green? Joe Ingles returns to the starting lineup Jonah Bolden struggles in hi…
 
Former Cairns Taipans big man Matt Smith (100 NBL games) and Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce discuss what's happening in Australian basketball this week. Topics include... Matt's first experience playing alongside Darryl "DMAC" McDonald (2:00) First reactions to the news that Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown will take over as Australian Boomers head …
 
Dan Boyce sits down with 3x NBL champion and the league's all-time leader in steals Darryl MacDonald to talk about his NBL career playing for Melbourne based NBL teams North Melbourne Giants, Victoria Titans/Giants, and Melbourne Tigers. Over his career, "DMAC" played in 486 games, winning the NBL championship during his rookie NBL season with the …
 
Former Cairns Taipans big man Matt Smith (100 NBL games) and Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce discuss what's happening in Australian basketball this week. Topics include... Aaron Brooks goes down and the Hawk's look set to replace him with an NBA caliber small forward if things go right (2:00) Replacing NBL imports best fit vs best available (10:00) LaMel…
 
Former Cairns Taipans big man Matt Smith (100 NBL games) and Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce discuss what's happening in Australian basketball this week. Topics include... The 2000's NBL, how Australian player development suffered and the NBL points system (3:00) RJ Hampton outplays LaMelo Ball as New Zealand destroys Illawarra in front of scouts from 16…
 
Former NBL big man Matt Smith (100 NBL games) and Aussie Hoopla host Dan Boyce return to take a look at how the South East Melbourne Phoenix marketing plan before Dan delivers a "hot take" on LaMelo Ball and explains why he thinks he is doing more harm than good at the Illawarra Hawks. All that and much more. David Andersen plays his 100th NBL game…
 
Former NBL player Matt Smith (100 NBL games) and Aussie Hoopla host Dan Boyce breakdown each NBL team after round one and give their predictions for this years NBL competition. The show takes a look at all 9 NBL team rosters, reviews their strengths and weaknesses, which players are heating up and cooling down and discuss the NBLxNBA format and whe…
 
1996 NBL coach of the Year Brett Flanigan coached the Canberra Cannons from 1993 to 2000 and has since gone on to create yournextbiggame.com, a company focused helping retired athletes move past depression and into the second stage of their lives. Brett became the youngest coach to ever lead an NBL program when he moved took over from Barry Barnes …
 
After a heartbreaking Boomers loss to Spain, Aussie Hoopla host Dan Boyce and Australian Boomers legend Tony Ronaldson who played in the 1994 and 1998 FIBA World Cup joins the show to talk about what Australia need to do in order to bounce back and win the Bronze medal. Recap of Australia Vs Spain Semi-Final (2:00) Andrew Bogut's comments on the re…
 
Aussie Hoopla host Dan Boyce spent the week covering the Australian Boomers and Team USA in preparation for their two game series and post series where he was able to capture the reaction from both Boomers and USA players. The episode also includes Dan's collection of laugh out loud responses that players and coaches had to many of the media's ques…
 
Cairns Taipans commentator, and veteran of 116 NBL games Matt Smith joins Aussie Hoopla host Dan Boyce breaking down exactly what happened in the Boomers 20 point loss to Canada and why it’s downright silly for Aussie Hoops fans to panic right now. Yes, Australia’s star-studded team were stunned by a team of little known Canadians during their Worl…
 
Aussie Hoopla writers Jarrad Hurley and Marco Selorio join Dan Boyce on the podcast to talk about the Boomers 12 man roster for the FIBA World Cup, Mitch Creek's omission and if there is some Brisbane Bullets bias or not when it comes to who made the bench. Get 20% off custom designed uniforms with promo code HOOPLA20 from CA Sports Get 5% off NBA …
 
Rob Beveridge joins the podcast after leading the Australian World University team to a bronze medal to talk about what's happening in Australian hoops right now. With 27 years of basketball coaching experiance in both Australia and Asia "Bevo" shares his thoughts on the upcoming NBL season, Ben Simmons decision to not play in the 2019 FIBA World C…
 
In 1995 the NBL was arguably the most successful period in Australian basketball history, the NBL was at it's peak and with the North Melbourne Giants reigning NBL champions they recruited Chris Jent, who had won an NBA championship with the Houston Rockets only a few months earlier to replace an injury Paul Maley and formed a dynamic duo with Darr…
 
With Basketball Australia in the media heavily over the past twelve months with the Boomers "basketbrawl" in the Philippines, bringing Team USA to Australia to face the Boomers in two sell-out games, choosing to dissolve the SEABL and recently deciding to block Australian teams from playing in the NZ NBL Paul Maley, Executive General Manager Basket…
 
During his NBL career, Mee was regarded as the best defensive player in the league. When he retired he had won more NBL Best Defensive Player awards than anyone in league history. He was selected to the NBL's First Team in 2001 and 2005 and represented Australia in FIBA's Oceania Championships in 2007, successfully helping the Boomers qualify for t…
 
Benny Lewis played 250 games in the NBL and was one of the most potent scorers of the 1980s. He arrived in the NBL in 1981 for Illawarra and averaged 20.5 points per game, he then played the majority of his career with the Coburg Giants before they moved to North Melbourne. His best season coming in 1984 when he averaged 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4…
 
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