Brisbane Bullets legend Ron Radliff joins the Aussie Hoopla podcast

Brisbane Bullets legend Ron Radliff joins the Aussie Hoopla podcast

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On this episode, Dan starts things off with a recap of Aussies in the NBA, looking at how players like Joe Ingles, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and Thon Maker have started their NBA season, as well as former NBL stars like Terrance Ferguson and James Ennis.


Once Dan finishes with the recap he welcomes former Brisbane Bullets and Gold Coast Cougars/Rollers player Ron “The Rat” Radliff.


After a solid college career playing for Western Washington University, where he is a part of the Schools Hall of Fame, first stepped onto an NBL court in 1983 as an import point guard for the Brisbane Bullets.


Standing at 6’0″ (184 cm), Radliff was never going to stand out of the crowd due to his height but with a lengthy mane of long curly hair and a brilliant outside stroke, his play is well remembered by Aussie Hoops tragics.


Radliff spent six seasons with the Bullets under the successful coaching of Brian Kerle. As teammate to future NBL Hall of Famers Larry Sengstock, Cal Bruton, Leroy Loggins and Danny Morseu, The Rat helped the team to win its first NBL Championship in 1985 against the Adelaide 36ers, and again in 1987 against the Perth Wildcats.


During his time in Brisbane Radliff also helped the team to the 1984 Grand Final against the Canberra Cannons and the 1986 GF against the 36ers. 1986 was the first time the NBL used a 3-game series instead of a single championship game.


After Brisbane failed to make the playoffs in 1989 he was forced to look for a new NBL team and despite thinking he would end up playing for the new Townsville squad expected to join the league he would end up playing in the Gold Coast when a Townsville team was unable to enter the league in time.


Ron finished up his career after three seasons on the Gold Coast which included the team changing its name from the Cougars to the Gold Coast Rollers before the 1992 season.


Ron Radliff was always an extremely effective shooter and when the league introduced the three-point line in 1984 it drastically changed the way teams played and made Ron a much more effective scorer. Ron’s 43.5% clip from downtown still sits equal 4th in career three-point percentage.


Ron Radliff, who became a naturalised Australian citizen during his time with the Rollers, went on to coach both the Brisbane Bullets and the Gold Coast Blaze as an assistant coach to Joey Wright.


Other Topics on the show include;

  • Dan takes a look at how some of the Aussie Boomers have started their NBA season (2:00)
  • Ron Radliff shares what he’s been up to since returning to the United States (18:00)
  • Ron was able to see the Brisbane Bullets face the Phoenix Suns, what were his takeaways (20:30)
  • What does Ron remember about his college career at Western Washington University (22:00)
  • What was the NBL like in 1983 (24:00)
  • 1985 Brisbane Bullets win their first NBL championship, memories from playing alongside Leroy Loggins, Cal Bruton, John Dorge, etc. (33:00)
  • People talk about the great Adelaide 36ers team from 1986 but from 1985-1988 the Brisbane Bullets won two titles and played in every grand final, which team was better? (38:00)
  • Where does Ron rate the 2007 Brisbane Bullets championship team (41:30)
  • What was special about the 1987 Brisbane Bullets championship (46:00)
  • What was the Brisbane Vs Perth rivalry like in the late 1980’s (49:00)
  • Memories of playing alongside and against Leroy Loggins (51:00)
  • In 1987 Andrew Gaze scored 44 points per game, how did teams defend him back then? (54:00)
  • What caused the breakup of the Brisbane Bullets in 1989 (56:00)
  • Ron’s second season saw the league introduce the three-point line, we ask how that changed the game (105:00)


All of this and a whole lot more….

Listen to the full interview below or download on iTunes.



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