Greg Whittington (Sydney Kings) and Tim Coenraad (Illawarra Hawks) Podcast #75

Greg Whittington (Sydney Kings) and Tim Coenraad (Illawarra Hawks) Podcast #75

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Aussie Hoopla is back for 2017 with an all New South Wales special episode as NBL stars from the Sydney Kings and Illawarra Hawks join us on the show.

 

Firstly Illawarra’s “Microwave” Tim Coenraad joins the show and learns that Dan has looked up his stats on Aussie Hoopla’s All-Time NBL statistics page and finds out that he is currently the 4th most effective long range Australian shooter all-time for active NBL players (the others being Daniel Kickert, Oscar Forman and David Barlow).

 

Tim’s three-point shooting and offence off the bench is a big reason why the Hawks currently sit second on the NBL. Dan gets his take on what makes the Hawks roster so tough for opponents and why it seems that dollars doesn’t always equal success in the NBL. Dan and Tim also discuss league leaders Adelaide, who handed the Hawks their last NBL loss and discuss the likelihood of Adelaide winning the NBL title.

 

Having spent 8 years with the Illawarra Hawks Dan poses the question on why Tim has decided to stay a Hawk despite the team seeing financial hardships, narrowly avoiding extinction and regularly having less money to spend on players than other NBL teams.

 

Tim also gives us some personal insight on what it’s like to play for Hawks coach Rob Beveridge and shares some of his fond memories playing college ball at Nova Southeastern University.

 

Perhaps the most interesting part of their chat is when Tim, who currently studies a Bachelor of Science at the University of Wollongong, takes Dan through a personalised diet he has put together to optimise his performance as a player… a great listen if you are a young player who hopes to reach his full potential as a basketball player.

 

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Sydney Kings import Greg Whittington who currently is in the league’s top five in rebounds (6.7), steals (1.6) and blocks (1.1) joins the show after that.

 

Whittington, who played college basketball at Georgetown before being suspended from the team for academic deficiencies talks to Dan about his thoughts on the NCAA, it’s decision to not pay it’s players and his thoughts on the recent comments made by Aussie Ben Simmons on college basketball being a poor experience.
Whittington had a standout rookie year in the NBA’s D-League before signing with the Kings, which he hopes he can use as a springboard to reach the NBA. Whittington played nine games for the Miami Heat (averaging 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds) and he opens up about the areas of his game he feels he needs to improve in order to secure a full-time NBA contract.

 

Greg also comments on his first year as a Sydney King and the difficulties in playing internationally as a pro, topics include:

 

  • What did you know about Australia and Andrew Gaze before coming here?
  • Why did you decide to play in Australia instead of Europe?
  • How did the opportunity to play for the Sydney Kings present itself to you?
  • Which Kings players does he hang out with the most?
  • What is it about transitioning into the NBL which seems to be difficult for first-year imports?
  • What’s been the most difficult thing about being away from home and your first year as a professional

 

All this and a whole lot more, download on iTunes, TuneIn or Sticher today.

 

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