Nik Popovic (NBL Strength and Conditioning Coach) Podcast #41

Nik Popovic (NBL Strength and Conditioning Coach) Podcast #41

“One day Brian gave me a call, I’d just finished a gym session with the (Kings) and he was talking to me about the next game, we were n the playoffs, and he was very intense in what was saying and it was about what he wanted for the week preparing for the game. I said no worries and then all of a sudden I could tell he wasn’t listening to what I was saying so I said Brian are you ok and he said Pop hang on a minute I can’t find my phone, I started laughing and then said Brian you’re on it”

Nik Popovic shares an insight into how intense Brian Goorjian was as a head coach.

 

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

 

When it comes to strength and conditioning for basketball in Australia now other performance based coach has had more success in Australia than Nik Popovic.

 

Starting his career with the West Sydney Razorbacks in 1998 at a time when most NBL team didn’t even have a strength and conditioning coach, he went on to play a part in the championship success of four NBL teams (Sydney 2003-2005, South Dragons 2009) as well as the Australian National Basketball teams from 2003-2008. Nik was also a handy basketball player himself who has his own ABA championship from his time as a player with the Sydney Comets.

 

Aussie Hoopla’s Dan Boyce took the time to sit down with Nik, having recently returned from working with Brian Goorjian in China, to discuss what areas of strength and conditioning players should be focused on today.

 

Nik opens up about the important aspects of training including diets, how training has evolved over the past 15+ years and where it appears to be heading.

 

And as always on Aussie Hoopla there are plenty of stories from inside the Australia Boomers program as Nik shares stories of Jason Smith’s athleticism, Shane Heal’s attitude during practices, the wacky genius that is Brian Goorjian and much more.

 

Nik is available for personal consultation on the following details for those who are interested in contacting him after listening to his podcast.

 

Phone: 0418 400 880

or email pop40@tpg.com.au


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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