Joey Wright (Adelaide 36ers coach) Podcast #57

Joey Wright (Adelaide 36ers coach) Podcast #57

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AussieHoopla was lucky to get some time to speak with the coach of the Adelaide 36ers, Joey Wright on our latest show.

 

Since we’ve seen the likes of Lindsay Gaze and Brian Goorjian retire or head overseas Joey has been perhaps the greatest to walk up and down the NBL sidelines. The man also had an incredible career playing at the University of Texas before he was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA. He also spent some time playing for the Geelong Supercats in the NBL.

 

We start off discussing what his plans are for recruiting new talent to the 36ers this offseason. How he thinks the new salary cap rules will effect the NBL and get inside his ways of identifying basketball talent.

 

His skills at being able to unearth some very talented players is easy to see with stars Chris Goulding, Adam Gibson, Cam Tragardh and Jerome Randle all having to credit Joey Wright with bringing them into the NBL.

 

As for Jerome Randle, we speak to Joey about what it was like to coach him last season, how he was able to find him and if he expected Jerome would be the player he was when he first arrived in Adelaide.

 

Joey also confirms that Randle “IS NOT” signed with the Adelaide 36ers as yet…. but hopefully will be part of the team next season and he gives us the reasons why.

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We get a rare insight into experiences from his playing days which include a some enthralling stories which involving players like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (formerly known as Chris Jackson), Kevin Johnson, Jeff Hornacek and Richard Dumas from his time playing for Texas and short stint with the Phoenix Suns.

 

Joey tells of his experiences as a player which prove that there are many players who shouldn’t be in the NBA and even more who should be in the NBA and aren’t.

 

To finish off the interview we get Joey to also comment on;

  • The promoted boxing match with Shane Heal which never eventuated.
  • His role in developing players like Sam McKinnon, Adam Gibson, Chris Goulding, etc.
  • His coaching methodologies today and how they’ve changed in recent years.
  • How Joe Ingles was almost a Brisbane Bullet
  • And his memories from playing in Geelong for the Supercats.

 

Finally we get Joey to take us back to the 2007, when he coached the Brisbane Bullets to an NBL championship and hear why they should be considered the greatest team in NBL history.

 

 

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

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