Paul Maley (WNBL GM & 1994 NBL Champion) Podcast #90

Paul Maley (WNBL GM & 1994 NBL Champion) Podcast #90

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It’s an exciting episode for Melbourne and Adelaide NBL hoops tragics who like to remember the ‘roaring 90’s’ when we reminisce with current Basketball Australia’s General Manager (WNBL and competitions) Paul Maley.

 

Anneli Maley

Our host Dan Boyce, starts off firstly by discussing what exactly his General Manager role with the WNBL involves before discussing the current state of the league. Paul gives his thoughts on the state of women’s basketball in Australia and how he plans to compete with current women’s sports like the AFLW and Women’s A-League.

 

Recently Paul’s daughter Anneli Maley, one of the finest young basketball talents Australia has to offer right now, was faced with the decision on whether to play basketball for the Adelaide Lighting (WNBL) or head to over to the states to play college ball like her father did.

 

For those that don’t know Paul started his career off playing with the prestigious Yale University before making his way to Australia. Anneli ultimately chose to play in the US for Oregon University and we dive into that with Paul and get to understand how he played a role as a father in helping Anneli make that choice. A great listen for those of you who have talented young basketballers hoping to make the NCAA.

 

The “Mailman” then shares his memories of an amazing career which included stops at the Westside Melbourne Saints, North Melbourne Giants, Victoria Titans and Adelaide 36ers.

 

Maley exploded onto the scene his debut season averaging 26 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals with the Saints.

 

He went on to play 270 games, average 18 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal per game over his career and combined with one of the greatest point guards in NBL history, Darryl McDonald to win the 1994 NBL championship.

 

Paul reminds us what playing with a young “D-Mac” was like and also shares many memories of the memorable players he teamed with during his career.

 

Other topics which come up on the show include;

  • Memories of fitting into an Ivy League college like Yale.
  • Times spent playing beside future NBA big man Chris Dudley.
  • Paul’s experience playing in the NBA summer league competition which included going head to head with Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
  • How he came to find a job in Australia.
  • Surviving the merger betweenNorth Melbourne Giants and South East Melbourne Magic and how that affected Melbourne basketball.
  • What it was like to play under one of the greatest (yet toughest) NBL coaches in Brian Goorjian
  • Playing in the last McDonalds Championship (1999) which included the San Antonio Spurs.
  • Suffering a debilitating back injury, being able to come back from that and what that meant to him as a player.

 

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

 

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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