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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AIR031: Kenny Anderson – New York City royalty, NCAA legend and NBA All-Star | Podcast

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New York City royalty, NCAA legend and NBA All-Star, Kenny Anderson.

We talk about his childhood, playing basketball and how he handled the intense media spotlight in HS and college. He chats about his key role with Team USA, between his freshman and sophomore seasons at Georgia Tech. We delve into his NBA career, including the 1991 Draft, held in his native New York. Kenny talks about European legend and former teammate, Drazen Petrovic. We discuss his battles against Michael Jordan and Kenny provides ‘The Answer’, to a fan-submitted question. In 2014, Kenny is releasing a book – we chat about that, too.

Thanks to my friend and former guest on this podcast, Talani Goodson – he was instrumental in helping me connect with Kenny. Sincere thanks, Talani.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

1990 (NCAA): Anderson v HurleySE Regional Final | Georgia Tech v UNLV

1990 (FIBA World Championship): Bronze medal battle

1991 (NCAA): Kenny drops 50 | 1991: NBA Draft

1994: NBA All-Star Game | 1996: OT game-winner

2002: Celtics v Nets (ECF, Game 3)

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AIR005: Luc Longley – Three-time Olympian / NBA Champion and Australia’s first NBA player | Podcast

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Australian NBA Champion

Three-time Olympian / NBA Champion and Australia’s first ever NBA player, Luc Longley.

We chat about Luc’s early sporting career, his formative years playing basketball and representing Australia at the Olympic Games. Luc tells us how he was recruited to play college basketball for the University of New Mexico. We discuss his 10-year NBA career and how he prepared to match-up against an era of dominant big men, unlikely to be ever seen again. We also examine Luc’s championship years with Chicago and his experiences playing alongside Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. The conversation is very candid and Luc’s sense of humour is notable.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Basketball Reference | Book: Running with the Bulls

Luc Longley – 60 Minutes profile (1992) | Running with the Bulls – 1996

1996 NBA Finals – Game 6 introductions / Bulls’ 4th NBA Championship (Luc’s 1st)

1997 NBA Playoffs – Luc’s bounce pass to Jordan for the dunk

G’day USA (2012): Black Tie Gala – Phil Jackson / Luc Longley

 

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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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