Andrew Parkinson on the SE Melbourne Magic championship years and facing bladder cancer


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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 Spectres and formed the South East Melbourne Magic where "Parky" played from 1992 to 1998, winning NBL championships in 1992 and 1996.

In September 2019, Parky was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma (SSC) of the bladder, a highly malignant and fast-growing cancer.

Parky gives us an update on his condition and takes us through NBL championship years with the South East Melbourne Magic.

Topics include;

  • Playing basketball as a junior with Knox and Dandenong basketball associations (2:00)
  • Becoming one of the first Australia's to attend an NCAA basketball program (10:00)
  • A rookie season with Geelong Supercats (11:30)
  • A breakout season in 1991 which resulted in the NBL Most Improved Player (18:00)
  • Be a part of the Australia Boomers program in 1992 (22:00)
  • Playing for the now-defunct Southern Melbourne Saints (26:30)
  • Parky's current battle with bladder cancer (30:00)
  • How much did the Magic and Tigers hate each other back in the day (36:00)
  • The Spectres merge with the Saints and win the 1992 NBL championship as the South East Melbourne Magic (41:00)
  • What Brian Goorjian's grueling training sessions were like (43:00)
  • Why Robert Rose was the best import Parky ever played with (54:00)
  • The road to the 1992 NBL Championship (56:00)
  • A second Magic championship in 1996 (58:00)
  • Did the Magic underachieve by only winning two titles? (105:00)
  • What forced Parky into an early retirement (109:00)
  • The biggest mistake of Parky's career and what he learned from it (1:14:00)
  • The highlight of his career and is Parky's "masters" basketball team the greatest of all time (1:19:00)

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