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Visit our website at www.aussiehoopla.com for in depth analysis of Aussie Basketball. Each episode features interviews with current Aussie basketball stars, Australian Boomers playing overseas and legends of the NBL.

Aussie Hoopla NBL & NBA Podcast The Aussie Hoopla Team

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    • 4.4 • 80 Ratings

Visit our website at www.aussiehoopla.com for in depth analysis of Aussie Basketball. Each episode features interviews with current Aussie basketball stars, Australian Boomers playing overseas and legends of the NBL.

    CJ Bruton (Adelaide 36ers coach) on building this years roster, Kai Sotto's NBA future and Next Stars Program

    CJ Bruton (Adelaide 36ers coach) on building this years roster, Kai Sotto's NBA future and Next Stars Program

    CJ Bruton is currently building his first NBL roster as an NBL head coach, and he joins Dan Boyce on the Aussie Hoopla podcast to talk through his process and how he's managed to land some big names like Robert Franks and Antonious Cleveland.
     Bruton took over as the team's head coach just prior to last season's tip-off, with the roster having already been finalized by former 36ers GM Jeff Van Groningen and Coach Connor Henry.
    Bruton, a six-time NBL championship winner as a player, joined Adelaide after a stint as an assistant coach at the Brisbane Bullets.
    Prior to that, he played 17 seasons in the national league, winning 6 NBL championships as well as being a dual Olympian, playing for the Boomers 104 times.
    He was part of Australia's gold-medal winning Commonwealth Games team at the 2006 Melbourne Games and was an assistant coach for the Boomers when they also won Commonwealth gold in 2018 on the Gold Coast.


    Topics include...
    The day-to-day grind of CJ's first time recruiting as an NBL head coach (2:00) How the 36ers were able to sign both big-name free agent targets Robert Franks and Antonius Cleveland (8:00) Background on Kai Sotto's decision to enter the NBA draft early and his return to Adelaide for 2022-23 (11:00) CJ Bruton's thoughts on the Next Stars program and whether Adelaide will sign a Next Stars player for this season (15:00) CJ's attempt at bringing Scoot Henderson, the projected #1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft (17:00) How close are the 36ers to signing some of the big names linked to them right now ie. Scotty Hopson, Cam Bairstow, Travis Trice (19:00) What went wrong during the 36ers' 2021-22 season (27:00) The biggest learning moment from last season and what changes CJ has implemented as a result (38:00)
     




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    Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring; Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin
    Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, 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, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner, Danny Mills
    All that and much more.
    Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

    • 50 min
    Aaron Fearne (University of Charlotte) on how to make a college basketball program and how to fast track a winning culture

    Aaron Fearne (University of Charlotte) on how to make a college basketball program and how to fast track a winning culture

    Aaron Fearne was head coach of the Taipans for nine seasons and led the team to three postseason berths. Fearne was named the NBL Coach of the Year in 2015.
    Prior to the 2018/19 season, the Taipans announced that Fearne would not return as head coach and shortly after he moved to the US to take up a role as an assistant coach at the University of Charlotte.
    Aussie Hoopla's Dan Boyce spoke with 'Fearny' about the differences between college basketball and the NBL, his time with the Cairns Taipans, his year in the NBA with Nathan Jawai and his message for players or parents of players who want to make it onto an NCAA basketball team.

    Topics include...
    Aaron Fearne updates us on how his transition to coaching in the US college system after 9 seasons as head coach of the Cairns Taipans (2:00) How the University of Charlotte is recruiting players in Australia and New Zealand (6:00) How Covid is still impacting college recruiting, even in 2022 (7:30) The major differences between coaching in the NBL and the NCAA (14:00) Advice for players or parents of players who want to make it onto a Division I college basketball team (18:00) Is there a way to know the best pathway to become a professional basketball player ie. college, AIS, NBL? (24:00) The year Aaron spent in the NBA with Nathan Jawai as his development coach (28:00) The key to creating a winning culture in a short period of time and how he was able to do that with the Cairns Taipans in the NBL (37:00) Aaron Farne's coaching website and how you can purchase his online coaching course (44:00) The biggest hurdles and rewarding moments having transitioned to college coaching (46:00)




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    Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring; Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert
    Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs
    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, Donald Sloan
    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, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Gary Ervin, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch
    And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
    All that and much more.
    Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

    • 52 min
    Josh Powell (Sydney Kings) on back to back titles with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant memories and his time in the NBL

    Josh Powell (Sydney Kings) on back to back titles with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant memories and his time in the NBL

    Josh Powell rose up from being a homeless teenager to reach the NBA, where he played seven seasons, before playing overseas which included a stop with the Sydney Kings during the 2016-17 season.
    He now plays for the Killer 3's in the Big 3 competition under coach Charles Oakley and Powell joins Dan Boyce on the podcast the discuss overcoming the odds, his time playing for the University of North Carolina State, winning two NBA championships with the LA Lakers, his friendship with Kobe Bryant, highlights from his 17 years as a professional basketball player and what went wrong with the Sydney Kings in 2017.

    Topics include...




    Playing in the Big 3 with the Killer 3's under coach Charles Oakley (2:00) Being homeless as a teenager and how he overcome a rough home life in order to reach the NBA (6:00) Playing college basketball for North Carolina State (11:00) Going through the NBA draft and not being selected and his first years as a pro playing in Europe (14:00) Signing with the Dallas Mavericks and his experiences as a rookie in the NBA (17:00) The 2006 NBA championship, falling short to the Miami Heat and why Josh thinks this is one of the most controversial Finals in NBA history (21:00) Being traded to Indiana and then Golden State, how does being traded affect a players mindset (24:00) His best season in the NBA comes with the LA Clippers (25:30) Fighting to stay in the NBA and the mental toll it requires (27:00) Being signed by the LA Lakers and how their locker room was different to other NBA teams (28:00) His brotherhood with Kobe Bryant and stories from the times they spent together (30:00) The Lakers vs Celtics rivalry (35:00) Signing with the Atlanta Hawks and getting to play back home (38:30) Signing with the Houston Rockets only to be made their player development coach (40:00) Reaching Australia and his season with the Sydney Kings (42:30) Playing under Andrew Gaze and where things went wrong at the Kings  (45:00) Retiring from professional basketball, how Josh knew it was time (54:00) The biggest mistakes and learning experiences Josh went through during his career (57:00) Visit dunk.com.au for your next set of basketball uniforms.











    Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring; Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert
    Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs
    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, Donald Sloan
    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, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Gary Ervin, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch
    And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
    All that and much more.
    Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Shawn Dennis (Nagoya Dolphins) on the growth of Japans B.League, what NBL players the league is trying to sign and plans for the East Asian Super League

    Shawn Dennis (Nagoya Dolphins) on the growth of Japans B.League, what NBL players the league is trying to sign and plans for the East Asian Super League

    Shawn Dennis spent 16 years in the NBL as a coach with the Newcastle Falcons, Perth Wildcats and Townsville Crocodiles, this included winning NBL coach of the year in 2016. Since the demise of the Crocodiles Dennis has coached in Japan's rapidly growing B.League, the country's premier national league despite having only started in 2016 has become one of the highest paying leagues in the world.
    This NBL off-season numerous players are engaged in talks with both Australian and B.League teams with Japan's national league likely to snatch up a number of NBL players for the coming season.

     
    Topics include...




    How basketball is improving in Japan and the rise of the B.League (2:00) What players in the NBL are Japanese teams wanting to sign (7:00) How former NBL players are faring in Japan ie. Nick Kay, Shawn Long, Angus Brandt (9:00) B.League salaries compared to NBL salaries (10:30) The East Asian Super League and how Australia could be involved in the future (15:00) Shawn's scouting role with the Australian Boomers (18:00) Japan's national league seems to be benefitting from Australia's players and coaches, how can Australia take advantage of the Japanese basketball resources (20:00) Visit dunk.com.au for your next set of basketball uniforms.











    Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring; Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert
    Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs
    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, Donald Sloan
    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, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Gary Ervin, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch
    And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
    All that and much more.
    Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

    • 26 min
    Simon Mitchell (SE Melb. Phoenix) on plans for this years roster and reflections on last season

    Simon Mitchell (SE Melb. Phoenix) on plans for this years roster and reflections on last season

    The South East Melbourne Phoenix went through an up and down season in 2021-22 where after sitting among the top team teams in the league for the first half of the season saw a late-season slump cause them to miss the playoffs.
     
    Head coach Simon Mitchell joins Dan Boyce on the podcast the discuss where the team fell short, what needs to change and plans for the roster for the upcoming 2022-23 season.
     
    Topics include...




    Missing the playoffs last season and Simon's views on where the team fell down (2:00) Finishing the season with a win against the Wildcats (6:00) What is the process the Phoenix follow to recruit talent in the off-season (12:00) Plans for the Phoenix backcourt and what they need in point guard (17:00) Waiting on Zhou Qi and his decision on where he plays this season (18:00) Simon and his relationship with Mitch Creek and how it's developed over his three seasons with South East Melbourne (20:00) Ryan Broekhoff and his health (22:00) Signing a one year deal and whether it makes puts more pressure on him as a coach to win (24:00) Key learnings from the past season (26:00) What does he feel was the team's highlight of the season (32:00) Visit dunk.com.au for your next set of basketball uniforms.











    Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring; Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs
    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, Donald Sloan
    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, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Gary Ervin, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch
    And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
    All that and much more.
    Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

    • 37 min
    New Illawarra Hawks coach Jacob Jackomas on free agency plans and his journey to becoming an NBL coach

    New Illawarra Hawks coach Jacob Jackomas on free agency plans and his journey to becoming an NBL coach

    Last week Jacob Jackomas was announced as the new Illawarra Hawks new coach, replacing his mentor Brian Goorjian.
     
    With Goorjian announcing he will be coaching the Bay Area Dragons based in the Philippines Jackomas will take full control with the Hawks and look to take them one step further after their semi-final loss to the Sydney Kings.
     
    Jacob Jackomas previously acted as Goorjian's assistant coach for more than a decade, his extensive coaching resume includes stints in the NBL, China and the Australian Boomers program over the past 6 years. 

     










    Jackomas has also had a little taste of being the Hawks head coach after he covered Brian Goorjian's absence earlier this year when he came down with the coronavirus.
    In his one-off game as an NBL head coach Jacomas impressed fans by delivering a win against reigning champions Melbourne United.
    With his new position only being announced a week ago he joins Dan Boyce on the podcast to discuss his unorthodox journey to becoming an NBL head coach, his relationships with the Hawks players, and thoughts on what the team need to improve on heading into NBL Free Agency.
    He also shares his experiences as part of the Australian Boomers bronze medal-winning team last year and moments he'll never forget.





    Topics include...
    The way he found out he would be replacing Brian Goorjian as the Illawarra Hawk's new coach (2:00) How he went from cleaning aeroplanes and pizza shops to working the NBL sidelines (4:00) Meeting Brian Goorjian for the first time and funny 'Goorj' stories (6:00) Experiences coaching in China alongside Goorj (7:30) His response to those who think he doesn't have enough experience to coach in the NBL (19:00) His relationship with the Hawks players (22:30) What do the Illawarra Hawks need to change or keep within their roster for 2022/23 (26:00) NBL Next Stars, the positives and negatives and how the Hawks will utilise the program for this season (33:00) What he will do differently to Brian Goorjian as the Hawks head coach (40:00) His hardest moment along his coaching journey (45:00) His experiences being part of the coaching staff for the Bronze Medal winning Boomers squad in Japan (49:00) Visit dunk.com.au for your next set of basketball uniforms.











    Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring; Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, Phil Smyth, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Damian Martin, AJ Ogilvy, Daniel Kickert
    Current NBL Stars - Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Vic Law, Jack White, Dejan Vasiljevic, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Mitch McCarron, Anthony Drmic, Brad Newley, Dusty Hannahs
    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, Donald Sloan
    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, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Gary Ervin, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch
    And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Mal Speed, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
    All that and much more.
    Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

byoung43 ,

Important NBL podcast

This Pod is pretty unique within the Australian NBL media in that I haven’t found anything else close to it, offering great interviews and insights from players, coaches and front office guys both past and present involved with Basketball in Australia. The host is unbiased and unaffiliated to the NBL or any club so not restricted by it. Some really good stories of players journeys. A truly important Pod, a record of NBL history....

jason123legend ,

Great podcast

It’s clear Dan knows his stuff. Great interviews and love the hustle and effort from a guy who does it purely for the love of the game for all of us other “hoops tragics” thanks Dan, keep it up.

Bballguru101 ,

This pod is awesome

I love this podcast because not only do we get to hear from current NBL players and former NBL legends but to hear some different viewpoints from someone outside of NBL media is refreshing. Keep up the great work Dan

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