AIR035: Mark Bradtke – Three-time NBL Champion, four-time Olympian and NBA player | Podcast

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Mark Bradtke

Three-time NBL Champion, four-time Australian Olympian and NBA player, Mark Bradtke.

Mark talks about his entry into competitive basketball and we discuss his quick rise into Australia’s basketball elite. We chat about his time at the Australian Institute of Sport and later, playing for the Adelaide 36ers, in Australia’s NBL.

We talk about Mark’s decision to move interstate, to play for the Melbourne Tigers – joining forces with Andrew Gaze and Lanard Copeland – helping the team win its first NBL title, in 1993. Recently, the Tigers celebrated the 20th Anniversary of that victory and Mark talks about the reunion and special bond he shares with those players and personnel.

We cover Mark’s outstanding Olympic career, where he represented Australia on four occasions. Mark talks about his opportunities to attend NBA training camps, plus, his 1997 season on the Philadelphia 76ers roster. He is open and honest about his time in the NBA and offers wonderful insight into the trials and tribulations of the experience.

In 1997, Mark returned home to Australia. We talk about the contrast of leaving a struggling NBA franchise, to resuming his career at home and winning a second NBL title, just months later. We look back at Mark’s 2002 MVP season and he also offers his opinion on the current state of basketball in Australia, plus, his future ambitions within the sport.

The conversation is scattered with references to the history of Australian basketball. Aside from his Tigers teammates, we talk about Shane Heal, Luc Longley, Andrew Vlahov and numerous other greats of Mark’s era.

 

Links to topics discussed (more added soon):

1993: NBL Championship, Game 3 | Tigers’ triumphant return | The Tigers Tale

Mark Bradtke online: WebsiteTwitter | Interview (Jan 2013)

 

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AIR012: Sedale Threatt – NBA veteran and L.A. Lakers great | Podcast

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NBA veteran and L.A. Lakers great, Sedale Threatt.

We begin by talking about the sad loss of Lakers owner, Dr. Jerry Buss. Sedale discusses his rise to the NBA and being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Our chat covers his days playing with Michael Jordan and the Bulls, including a great MJ story. We talk about his three full seasons playing for the SuperSonics, his trade to the Lakers and the players-only meeting, prior to Magic Johnson’s shock retirement in 1991. He speaks about his post-NBA playing career, his thoughts on the 2013 Lakers and his passion for teaching the game – having established the Australian Basketball College.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Sedale’s last Bulls game, before Sonics trade

Magic’s retirement speech | Lakers-era highlights (career-high game at 8:26 into clip)

Australian Basketball College | Sedale Threatt Junior – ‘Unguardable’

 

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AIR004: Andrew Gaze – Australian legend – Two-time NBL Champion, Five-time Olympian and NBA Champion | Podcast

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Australia's Greatest Basketballer

Australia’s greatest ever basketballer – 2-time NBL Champion, 5-time Olympian and NBA Champion, Andrew Gaze.

Our discussion begins with Andrew’s formative years, literally surrounded by basketball and the influence of his famous father, Lindsay. We talk about Andrew’s early years in the NBL and representing Australia internationally with his close friends, Luc Longley, Shane Heal and Mark Bradtke. We cover his season playing college basketball at Seton Hall in America, delve into his NBA experiences and get his insight on the NBL of today. The conversation is also sprinkled with Andrew’s fantastic anecdotes.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Book: The Andrew Gaze Story: A Kid, a Ball, a Dream

Gaze’s monster jam versus Geelong | 1988 Olympics – Bronze medal match

1989 NCAA Championship | 1993 NBL Championship, Game 3

Shane Heal v Charles Barkley | “Alley-oop to Copeland!”

Andrew Gaze in San Antonio

 

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