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.
He finished with three MVP awards, scoring 1855 in just 67 games, as well as an average of 27.69 points at the phenomenal shooting percentage of 65, plus 10.57 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Thoughts on the Hawks removing Illawarra from its team name (2:00) Thoughts and feelings on hearing of the passing of Norman Taylor this week (9:00) His debut in 1987 and winning the NBL Rookie of the Year (11:00) Memories of playing at "The Snake Pit" (14:30) 1988 - A dismal season for the Hawks... What happened? (17:30) Remembering Stormin' Norman Taylor, his career highlights and impact on the Illawarra community (21:00) The night Norman dropped 54 points on the Spectres (27:00) The impact of Stormin Norman on the Illawarra community (31:00) 1990 - Norman Taylors best season in the NBL (33:00) 1991 - Norman's last season, why was he only in the league three seasons? (40:00) 1992 - Melvin Thomas and Doug Overton join the Illawarra Hawks and the team reach the playoffs (43:00) 1993 - Greg joins the Sydney Kings (47:00) The "forgotten" 5th place Boomers finish at the 1994 FIBA World Championships (51:30) 1994 - Leon Trimmgham and Mario Donaldson join the Kings and Sydney reach the playoffs (56:00) 1995 - Greg suffers a back injury that changes the course of his career (58:00) A return home to Illawarra for Greg's final year in the NBL (1:02:00) The teams and players Greg and the Hawks loved to play the most in the 1990s (104:00) What Greg learnt from his decade in the NBL (109:00) Career Highlights (1:11:00)
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Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley
Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic
Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver
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, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch
And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
All that and much more.
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