NBL Blitz Recap Podcast (feat. Andrew Gaze, Kevin Lisch, Stephen Holt & more)

NBL Blitz Recap Podcast (feat. Andrew Gaze, Kevin Lisch, Stephen Holt & more)

Australia’s best basketballers descended upon the Latrobe Valley this weekend to compete in the NBL Blitz pre-season tournament.


All eight NBL teams played eight games in Traralgon as well as provided clinics and school visits across the region. The Victorian Government has partnered with the NBL to bring the games to the region September 7-9.


The NBL Blitz will culminate with four games played in Melbourne on September 10th.


During two podcasts Aussie Hoopla’s Dan Boyce recaps all 12 matches played during the pre-season, providing insights and key takeaways for each team.


Why the did the NBL’s decide against streaming the Blitz (2:00)


Interview with NBL General Manager Jeremy Loeliger (14:00)

  • How the Kmart partnership will help grow basketball
  • What the NBL is doing to help the Latrobe Valley


Recap: Melbourne United Vs Illawarra Hawks (18:00)

Interview with Melbourne United’s Casper Ware & Josh Boone (19:30) 

  • Thoughts on Melbourne United’s start to the season
  • What will Casper Ware and Josh Boone be added to the United when they can join the team
  • Casper’s decision to not play NBA Summer League
  • Why did both players choose to return to Melbourne United


Recap: Cairns Taipans Vs NZ Breakers (23:30)

Interview with NZ Breakers Thomas Abercombie (26:30) 

  • The Breakers start to the pre-season
  • Playing overseas during the NBL off-season
  • Will he play for the Tall Blacks in the FIBA World Cup


Interview with NBL Head of Referee’s Scott Butler (30:00) 

  • NBL rule changes and how it will change play in the NBL
  • What makes a good referee
  • Playing overseas during the NBL off-season
  • The plan to fast track development for NBL referee’s


Recap: Perth Wildcats Vs Adelaide 36ers (46:00)

Interview with Melbourne United Ast. Coach Mike Kelly (26:30) 

  • What are coaches jotting down while watching opposition teams
  • Do NBL teams hide offensive strategies during the pre-season
  • The second year plateau, what players are vulnerable to getting “worked out”

Interview with Adelaide 36ers Coach Joey Wright (26:30) 

  • How are the Adelaide 36ers “gelling” at this stage of the season
  • What will the 36ers team look like now they are not so reliant on Jerome Randle
  • How does Joey ensure his players don’t suffer from a plateau after break out seasons

Interview with Sydney Kings coaches Andrew Gaze and Lanard Copeland (100:00) 

  • What are the Kings coaching staff focused on most while looking at other teams at the NBL Blitz
  • Who are the favourites to win the title in 2017
  • Are the Kings planning on a midseason surprise tactic by running with only 2 imports
  • Who is the better player at 50 years old, Gaze or Copeland


Recap: Sydney Kings Vs Brisbane Bullets (107:00)

Interview with Sydney Kings Kevin Lisch (108:30) 

  • Thoughts on young players joining the Kings this season
  • The excitement of playing against the NBA’s Utah Jazz
  • Will Lisch play for the Boomers at the FIBA World Cup?
  • Is basketball booming in Sydney?

Interview with Brisbane Bullets Stephen Holt and Daniel Kickert (115:00) 

  • How’s it feel being back in the NBL
  • The difference between playing for Brisbane compared to Melbourne
  • Will the Bullets run a three point guard lineup with Holt, Travis Trice and Adam Gibson on the court at the same time?
  • What does Daniel Kickert think of the media repeatedly commenting on his shot selection and lack of aggressiveness
  • Brisbane’s goal to win the NBL title
  • How much of an advantage is it to bring back imports who know the league


All of this and a whole lot more….

Listen to the full interview below or download on iTunes.

Aussie Hoopla Podcasts

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)

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

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

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Episode 48:
Kavossy Franklin
2003 NBL Champion

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Episode 47:
Rob Honan
Townsville Crocodiles GM

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Episode 46:
Scott Fisher
NBL Hall of Famer

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

Ryan Broekhoff
Episode 44:
Ryan Broekhoff
Lokomotive Kuban

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Episode 43:
Igor Hadziomerovic
Melbourne United Rookie

Episode 43:
Building a Basketball League

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

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Episode 41:
Nik Popovic
NBL Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Episode 40:
Chris Goulding
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Episode 39:
Tony Ronaldson
Winningest Player in NBL History

Episode 38:
Ricky Grace
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"The $6 Million Question"

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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

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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
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Episode 15:
John Rillie (Part 2)
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Episode 14:
John Rillie (Part 1)
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Episode 13:
Sedale Threatt (Part 2)
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Episode 12:
Sedale Threatt (Part 1)
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Episode 11:
Derek Rucker
Future NBL Hall of Famer

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

Episode 10:
Simon Kerle
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"First Ever LIVE Australian Basketball Podcast"

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Ep. 3 "Dream On"

Episode 9:
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Episode 8:
Matthew Dellavedova
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Episode 7:
Corey "Homicide" Williams
NBL & Streetball Legend

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

Episode 6:
Daryl Corletto
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Hyping the Hoopla Basketball Podcast
Ep. 1 "The Debut"

Episode 5:
Rob Rose
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Episode 4:
Adris DeLeon
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Episode 3:
Mitch Creek
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Episode 2:
Daniel Dillon
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Episode 1:
Rhys Carter
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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