Thomas Abercrombie (NZ Breakers) and Reggie Smith (Newcastle Falcons)

Thomas Abercrombie (NZ Breakers) and Reggie Smith (Newcastle Falcons)

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This episode it’s a first for Aussie Hoopla as we get to speak with Thomas Abercombie of the New Zealand who will be the first New Zealander we’ve had on the show.

 

Abercombie suffered a fractured right hand just before Christmas and hopes to make his return to the court this week against the Cairns Taipans.

 

Dan takes the opportunity to speak to Tom about the storied rivalry between the New Zealand Breakers and the Australian Boomers and what it’s like to take part in those games. Which of his performances in international competition he is most proud of and what he remembers of those spectacular New Zealand teams of the early 2000’s who behind players like Pero Cameron, Phill Jones, Paul Henare and Kirk Penney we’re able to eliminate the Australian Boomers from the 2002 FIBA World Championships.

 

We then discuss the roller coaster season the Breakers have had this year and look about what the team plans to focus on for the remainder of the year.

 

The Breakers program leads the way in professionalism and success when it comes to NBL basketball over the past decade, Tom also gives his opinion on what the club is doing right and why he has decided to play for the team for his entire professional career.

 

We also touch on Abercrombie’s time playing in Europe, NBA Summer Leagues and Washington State in the NCAA, an experience which included playing basketball with Aron Baynes and acting as his personal alarm clock on a daily basis.

 

 

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Our second guest on the show is remembered as being one of the best “One and Done” players we ever had in the league.

 

Reggie Smith etched his name in the record books at the University of Texas-El Paso before carving out an impressive professional career playing for the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), Valvi Girona (Spain), Pau-Orthez (France) and of course the Newcastle Falcons in the NBL.

 

Reggie left his mark on the NBL record books also, some of his biggest games in the NBL were.

26 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks against North Melbourne

34 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks against Hobart

25 points,  18 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals against South East Melbourne Magic

 

Dan catches up with the all 2.08 meters of Reggie Smith and talks about his career as well as what he is doing now he has hung up the basketball boots.

 

Topics they discuss include;

  • His experience in coaching right now and how he feels about the disappearance of post play in basketball today.
  • Saraya Smith, Reggie’s daughter who is playing basketball for the Fresno State Bulldogs.
  • Stories from playing with the Portland Trailblazers including his experiences with Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter and Jerome Kersey.
  • Reggie played one his best games in the NBA against Shaquille O’Neal, we ask him what his strategy was on stopping the NBA Hall of Famer.
  • What it was like to play NBL basketball in Newcastle.
  • Reggie racked up a number of fines during his time in the NBL, we open up on what a few of those were about.

And finally we discuss the players he enjoyed playing with and against most during his time in Australia.

 

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

 

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