Cal Bruton (NBL Hall of Famer) Podcast #25

Cal Bruton (NBL Hall of Famer) Podcast #25

“It was a different time… the worst racism often came from the white american imports, one said I thought I left America to get away from you n*ggas… that was when the fight broke out, and the league took a bit of a stand after that” – Cal Bruton discusses racism in the early days of the NBL.

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In an Australia Day special episode for AussieHoopla.com Dan Boyce sits down with NBL Hall of Famer Cal Bruton to discuss how Australia has changed during the time he arrived to play in the NBL and what marketing strategies the NBL should be doing to increase the popularity of the league.

Cal speaks out about the fact that since being a big part of the pre-season tournament he hasn’t really spoken with the NBL and his role as “NBL Ambassador” hasn’t really lived up to its potential in giving him the platform to to showcase our game.

Cal also shares family stories about growing up in New York, playing college ball at Wichita State and what being a part of the Legends of the NBL fraternity is like and what goes on behind closed doors…. as well as much more.

Additional topics discussed include;

  • His journey from garbage man to NBL Hall of Famer.
  • How close he came to the NBA and his relationship with San Antonio Spurs great George Gervin
  • His ideas for various ways the league could market itself better.
  • What it meant to play for Australia at a time where he had to renounce his America citizenship just to do so.
  • How Australian Boomers trainings in 1986 included running along cobblestone streets in Spain.
  • Where does CJ Bruton rate when discussing the greatest Australia guards of all time.

Cal shares tales from all of his NBL stops in Brisbane, Geelong, Perth, Hobart and Canberra in only the charismatic way that “The Black Pearl can.

We also announce the winner of last months competition to win a NBL team T-Shirt from our friends at In The Game Tees.

 

Profile on Cal “The Black Pearl” Bruton from 1982

Footage from Geelong Vs Newcastle in 1984


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Dan BoyceAuthor: Dan Boyce (333 Posts)

Dan Boyce is a die-hard Sydney Kings fan who grew up in Melbourne during the roaring 90's of Australian Basketball and spent far too much time collecting Futera NBL Basketball cards