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

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

Head to iTunes to download this episode on your phone or iPod

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.




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.


Aussie Hoopla Podcasts

Episode 118:
FIBA Qualifiers Recap with Andrej Lemanis, Mitch Creek and Angus Brandt

Episode 117:
Lindsay Gaze on the history of the Australian Boomers

Episode 116:
Mitch McCarron (Cairns Taipans / Australian Boomers)

Episode 115:
Aussies In The NBA - Simmons All-Star snub, Ingles Career Scoring Night & more

Episode 114:
Cam Gliddon (Cairns Taipans / Australian Boomers)

Episode 113:
Shawn Dennis (2016 NBL Coach of the Year) on developing culture in basketball teams

Episode 112:
Aussies In The NBA - Lakers release Bogut, Simmons set to be an All-Star

Episode 111:
Oscar Forman (Illawarra Hawks) on playing 500 NBL games

Episode 110:
Rotnei Clark (Illawarra Hawks)

Episode 109:
Chris Anstey shares his experiences playing in the NBA & Europe

Episode 108:
Aussies In The NBA Recap (Nov)

Episode 107:
Would having AFL clubs enter the NBL really work?

Episode 106:
Ron Radliff (Brisbane Bullets Legend) & Aussies in the NBA update

Episode 105:
Bryce Cotton (Perth Wildcats)

Episode 104:
Kings GM Jeff Van Groningen responds to angry Kings fans

Episode 103:
How to become an NBA scout with Former Minnesota and Dallas scout Pete Philo

Episode 102:
NBL Season Kick-Off Show with Former Cairns Taipan Matt Smith

Episode 101:
NBL CEO Jeremy Loeliger on new NBL teams and expanding into Asia

Episode 100:
NBL Blitz Recap 2 (feat. CJ Bruton, Mitch Creek, Darryl McDonald, Trevor Gleeson & more)

Episode 99:
NBL Blitz Recap 1 (feat. Andrew Gaze, Kevin Lisch, Stephen Holt, Daniel Kickert & more)

Episode 98:
Andre Moore (Former Brisbane Bullets Import)

Episode 97:
Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli & The Age's Roy Ward discuss Melbourne's off-season recruiting

Episode 96:
Jeff Van Groningen (Sydney Kings Managing Director)

Episode 95:
Andrew Gaze on coaching with the Indiana Pacers

Episode 94:
NBL Off-Season Update #3 w/ Boti Nagy (NBL Media Legend)

Episode 93:
Rashad Tucker (NBL Triple Double Record Holder)

Episode 92:
Rob Beveridge (Illawarra Coach) discusses AJ Ogilvy's Boomers omission and finding great imports

Episode 91:
NBL Off-Season Update #2 w/Aussie Hoopla Writers

Episode 90:
Paul Maley (WNBL GM & 1994 NBL Champion)

Episode 89:
BIGV 2017 Mid-Season Review
With BigV Communications Coordinator Steve Chalmers

Episode 88:
Al Green (Adelaide Basketball Legend)
2x NBL Champion and NBL Hall Of Famer

Episode 87:
NBL Off-Season Review
Feat. Aussie Hoopla Writing Staff

Episode 85:
Andrew Gaze
The Greatest Player in NBL History

Episode 84:
Dean Vickerman
Melbourne United Head Coach

Episode 83:
Josh Childress
Former Sydney Kings Import

Episode 82:
Ian Stacker (2x NBL Coach Of The Year)

Episode 81:
Jeremy Kendle
Former Brisbane Bullets Import

Episode 80:
2017 NBL Season review with Bruce Bolden and Clint Stiendl (Leuven Bears)

Episode 79:
Jeremy Loeliger (NBL General Manager)

Episode 78:
Torrey Craig (Brisbane), Frank Drmic (SE Melb Magic) and Shawn Redhage Retires

Episode 77:
Thomas Abercombie (NZ Breakers) & Reggie Smith (Newcastle Falcons)

Episode 76:
Paul Rogers (Boomers Legend) and AJ Ogilvy (Illawarra Hawks)

Episode 75:
Greg Whittington (Sydney Kings) and Tim Coenraad (Illawarra Hawks)

Episode 74:
Mike Mitchell (Gold Coast Rollers) and Rhys Carter (2x NBL Champion)

Episode 73:
Charles Thomas (2001 NBL Champion) & Bruce Bolden

Episode 72:
Todd Lichti (Denver Nuggets) & Ben Madgen (Panevezys Lietkabelis)

Episode 71:
The Professor, AO and Bone Collector (Streetball Legends)

Episode 70:
Larry Kestelman (NBL Executive Director) & Bruce Bolden

Episode 69:
Andrew Vlahov (Perth Wildcats Legend) & Bruce Bolden

Episode 68:
Vince Crivelli (Melbourne United CEO) & Bruce Bolden

Episode 67:
Mike Kelly (2x NBL Defensive Player of the Year)

Episode 66:
Boomers Olympic Recap II - "Quarter-Finals Time"

Episode 65:
Boomers Beat France! Olympic Recap

Episode 64:
Rethinking The AIS Basketball Program with Ian Stacker and Phil Smyth

Episode 63:
Randy Livingston (200 Game NBA Veteran)

Episode 62:
Julian Khazzouh (Sydney Kings)

Episode 61:
Lanard Copeland (Melbourne Tigers Legend)

Episode 60:
Jason Cadee (Sydney Kings)

Episode 59:
John Rillie (Boise State Broncos Coach)

Episode 58:
Phil Smyth (Australian Basketball Legend)

Episode 57:
Joey Wright (Adelaide 36ers Coach)

Episode 56:
Jack White (Duke Blue Devil)

Episode 55:
Jamar Wilson (Former Cairns Taipans & Adelaide 36ers Import)

Episode 54:
Aaron Fearne (Cairns Taipans Coach)

Episode 53:
Kevin Lisch (NBL MVP and Defensive Player of the Year)

Episode 52:
Andrew Gaze (Greatest Player in NBL History)

Episode 51:
Shawn Dennis (Townsville Crocodiles Coach)

Terry Dozier 5
Episode 50:
Terry Dozier
3x NBL Defensive Player of the Year

chris anstey magic
Episode 49:
Chris Anstey
1996 SE Melbourne Magic Championship 20 Year Anniversary

kavossy frankllin
Episode 48:
Kavossy Franklin
2003 NBL Champion

robert honan
Episode 47:
Rob Honan
Townsville Crocodiles GM

scott fisher perth wildcats
Episode 46:
Scott Fisher
NBL Hall of Famer

Episode 45:
Corey "Homicide" Williams
NBL & Streetball Legend

Ryan Broekhoff
Episode 44:
Ryan Broekhoff
Lokomotive Kuban

igor Hadziomerovic vs sydney
Episode 43:
Igor Hadziomerovic
Melbourne United Rookie

Episode 43:
Building a Basketball League

bruce bolden
Episode 42:
Bruce Bolden
Sydney Kings & West Sydney Razorbacks Legend

sydney kings nbl champions 2003
Episode 41:
Nik Popovic
NBL Strength and Conditioning Coach

chris goulding united
Episode 40:
Chris Goulding
Melbourne United

tony ronaldson magic
Episode 39:
Tony Ronaldson
Winningest Player in NBL History

Episode 38:
Ricky Grace
Perth Wildcats Legend

larry kestleman nbl
Hyping the Hoopla
"The $6 Million Question"

ben madgen sydney kings
Episode 37:
Ben Madgen
Sydney Kings Captain

Episode 36:
CJ Bruton
6 Time NBL Champion

Episode 35:
Adrian Hurley
Basketball Australia Hall of Famer

Episode 34:
CJ Bruton
6 Time NBL Champion

stephen jackson nbl to nba
Episode 33:
Stephen Jackson
Sydney Kings Legend

Episode 32:
Isaac Burton
Sydney Kings Legend

Episode 31:
Brett Maher
Adelaide 36ers Legend

Episode 30:
Jacob Holmes & Rhys Carter discuss the NBL Points system

Episode 29:
Damian Martin
Perth Wildcats Captain

Episode 28:
Shane Heal
Australian Boomers Legend

Episode 27:
Darryl McDonald
All-Time NBL Steals Leader

Episode 26:
Mark Bradtke
The NBL's Greatest Big Man

Episode 25:
Cal Bruton
NBL Hall of Famer

Episode 24:
Shawn Redhage
Perth Wildcats

Episode 23:
Leon Trimmingham
Sydney Kings Legend

Episode 22:
Rob Beveridge
Perth Wildcats Championship Coach

Episode 21:
Brian Goorjian
The Greatest Coach in NBL history

Hyping the Hoopla
Ep. 7 "Bogut, Ubaka, Goorjian and more"

Hyping the Hoopla
Ep. 6 2013/14 NBL Season Preview Show

Adelaide 36ers Feature Podcast
with Willie Farley

Episode 20:
Brock Motum
NBA Draft Prospect

Episode 19:
Acie Earl
Former Sydney King & Iowa Hawkeye Legend

Episode 18:
Ater Majok
LA Lakers Draft Pick

Episode 17:
Daniel Kickert
Australian Boomers

Episode 16:
Chuck Harmison
NBL General Manager

Episode 15:
John Rillie (Part 2)
NBL Legend

Episode 14:
John Rillie (Part 1)
NBL Legend

Episode 13:
Sedale Threatt (Part 2)
LA Lakers Legend

Episode 12:
Sedale Threatt (Part 1)
LA Lakers Legend

Episode 11:
Derek Rucker
Future NBL Hall of Famer

Hyping the Hoopla Basketball Podcast
Ep. 4 “Selling Ice to Eskimos”

Episode 10:
Simon Kerle
The Most Controversial NBL Player Ever

Hyping the Hoopla

"First Ever LIVE Australian Basketball Podcast"

Hyping the Hoopla Basketball Podcast
Ep. 3 "Dream On"

Episode 9:
Willie Farley
Adelaide 36ers Legend

Episode 8:
Matthew Dellavedova
Australian Boomers
Episode 7:
Corey "Homicide" Williams
NBL & Streetball Legend

Hyping the Hoopla Basketball Podcast
Ep. 2 "Asian Persuasion"

Episode 6:
Daryl Corletto
New Zealand Breakers

Hyping the Hoopla Basketball Podcast
Ep. 1 "The Debut"

Episode 5:
Rob Rose
NBL Legend

Episode 4:
Adris DeLeon
Gold Coast Blaze

Episode 3:
Mitch Creek
Adelaide 36ers

Episode 2:
Daniel Dillon
Melbourne Tigers

Episode 1:
Rhys Carter
Former Adelaide 36er

Dan BoyceAuthor: Dan Boyce (366 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