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On this episode of Aussie Hoopla our host, Dan Boyce, touches base with NBL legend Bruce Bolden to talk about the latest news in Australian Basketball. We also introduce a brand new segment called My Hoops Aussie Ballers Abroad where each episode we take a look at one of the talented basketballers doing Australian’s proud overseas.
For our first crack at Aussie Ballers Abroad we look at what Kentucky star Isaac Humphries is doing as he prepares for his sophomore season in the NCAA.
Bruce and Dan then discuss current topics like;
- The recent nominees for the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame
- Why the Wildcats decided to sack import Jaron Johnson after scoring 26 points on 10/11 shooting
- and the fact that Round 1 of the NBL saw the highest attendance figures in over 20 years and what that means for the future of the NBL.
Then we get to chat with Perth’s greatest NBL player of all-time, Andrew Vlahov.
Andrew Vlahov attended Kent Street Senior High School in Western Australia and Stanford University in the U.S. before being signed by the Perth Wildcats where he played his entire NBL career.
Vlahov had a Wildcat’s career like no other. Vlahov decided to return home from the US and play for the Wildcat’s in 1991 despite a number of NBL teams (Sydney, Canberra and North Melbourne) pursuing him. He was named Rookie of the Year (1991) and after only two seasons was named captain of the club in 1993. Vlahov remained so until his retirement.
Vlahov played his final seasons as an owner/player after he and long time friend Luc Longley purchased the team from Kerry Stokes in 2000. For head coach at the time Alan Black, this was a rather unique situation seeing a player turn into your boss overnight.
Andrew was one of the league’s best rebounders and arguably the best Australian forward of all time.
We spoke to Andrew on the show about;
- His time at the Australian Institute of Sport.
- Memories of playing in his first Olympics in 1988.
- Recollections of playing in Stanford and the NIT tournament championship he won in 1991.
- His long time relationships with both 3-time NBA champion Luc Longley and former NBA star Todd Lichti.
- Why the “Perth Wall” was so good and the unknown fact that Mark Bradtke was supposed to be the third piece to that puzzle.Describe wildcats frontline –
- In 2003 Andrew was very vocal in reducing the salary cap, now it’s been significantly increased, we get his thoughts on if that’s a good thing.
- What he thought of the Boomers Olympic efforts in Rio.
- Andrew talks about how he initiated the NBL venturing into Asia and what he thinks NBL boss Larry Kestelman needs to do in order to make it happen.
We also go through his three NBL championship runs (1991, 1995 and 2000) and his four Olympic campaigns with the Boomers (1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000).
Andrew Vlahov International Resume:
- International senior games: 181
- 1987 Junior World Championships
- 1988 Olympic Games- Seoul
- 1990 World Championships- Argentina
- 1992 Olympic Games- Barcelona
- 1994 World Championships- Toronto
- 1996 Olympic Games- Atlanta
- 1998 World Championships- Athens