Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle joins you mid-round this week fresh off a thrilling New Zealand Breakers win over the Brisbane Bullets and looking ahead to the rest of Round 18 highlighted by the Adelaide 36ers hosting the Cairns Taipans, and the Perth Wildcats taking on the Brisbane Bullets.
NBL Writer Chris Pike and Perth Wildcats legend, The Scoring Machine Shawn Redhage bring you this week's episode that begins with discussion over the Breakers win over the Bullets to open the round which could end up being crucial in the race to end up securing a top four position.
The show then focuses on that dramatic race between Brisbane, New Zealand and Melbourne United over fourth spot while even the Cairns Taipans aren't safe yet.
There's then talk about the hot topics from the NBL this week including the leaking stadium in Wollongong that led to an early finish to the Illawarra Hawks game against the Breakers. There's then also talk about the fines the NBL handed out to Sydney Kings owner Paul Smith and South East Melbourne Phoenix superstar Mitch Creek.
Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle then goes through the NBL Award nominees for #NBL20 giving their top three candidates for each award.
There is then the discussion over the potential of Joey Wright finishing up as coach at the Adelaide 36ers to go with a full preview of games between Melbourne United and the Illawarra Hawks, Adelaide 36ers and the Cairns Taipans, South East Melbourne Phoenix and Sydney Kings, and Perth Wildcats and Brisbane Bullets.
Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle this week takes a look at the Kobe Bryant tragedy, fresh look at Melbourne United-Perth Wildcats game, #NBL20 Finals race, an interview with NZ Breakers captain Tom Abercrombie, a look at NBL Indigenous Round and preview of the rest of Round 18.
Episode 15 begins with NBL Writer Chris Pike and The Scoring Machine Shawn Redhage discussing the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the other seven people on the helicopter that crashed.
The hosts then turn their attention to the Round 18 opener where Melbourne United kept their season alive by beating Perth Wildcats. Discussion then focuses on the race for #NBL20 Finals positions with talk about the Cairns Taipans, Brisbane Bullets, Melbourne United, New Zealand Breakers, and the league-leading Sydney Kings.
It's then time for a special, wide-ranging interview with Breakers captain and four-time NBL championship winner Tom Abercrombie. Everything discussed from Shawn Redhage to how the Breakers have come out the other end of a dramatic season still with a playoff chance, why he's excited for this new era at the Breakers, how the Breakers feel they are treated in Australia, how they are perceived back home and his life as a father of three all aged under four.
The show then resumes with talk about the NBL Indigenous Round and a preview of the rest of Round 18.
Bit of a change to the format for this week's Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle this week as we immediately review the Friday night NBL matches and preview the rest of Round 16 in #NBL20.
NBL Writer Chris Pike and Perth Wildcats legend Shawn Redhage team up for Episode 14 of Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle and it all gets underway with a full wrap up of the Friday night Round 16 NBL action which saw the New Zealand Breakers beat the Sydney Kings to keep their season alive, and the Perth Wildcats thump the South East Melbourne Phoenix.
The hosts give a full breakdown of both those matches and what the results mean, and especially discuss the performance of Mitch Norton for the Wildcats in the absence of Damian Martin and Bryce Cotton in his 100th NBL appearance.
The Scoring Machine also provides some insight into new Phoenix signing Devondrick Walker and why this might be the start of a longer-term role for him at South East Melbourne.
Discussion then turns to the NBL Next Stars program with LaMelo Ball having now played his last game with the Illawarra Hawks and RJ Hampton again sidelined at the Breakers.
The show then finishes off with a full preview of the remaining four matches of Round 16 with the Brisbane Bullets hosting the Illawarra Hawks, Cairns Taipans playing the Adelaide 36ers, Breakers hosting Melbourne United and the Kings backing up at home to the Phoenix.
So much to discuss and dissect on the first episode for 2020 of Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle and it all starts with the new Perth Wildcats signing and a wrap up of the Cairns Taipans' big win to start Round 15 against the New Zealand Breakers.
The first show of 2020 sees NBL Writer Chris Pike and The Scoring Machine Shawn Redhage open up by discussing the signing for the Wildcats of Miles Plumlee to replace Dario Hunt. Shawn provides some insight into why he thinks it is the right move and then preview's Friday's game against the Illawarra Hawks which he thinks can determine first place on the NBL ladder
There's then a recap of the Cairns Taipans win on Thursday night against the New Zealand Breakers to send them into third position and which according to Shawn, locks them in for a playoff position.
There's then a full breakdown of each team in the NBL as the hosts take a detailed look at the Sydney Kings, Melbourne United, Adelaide 36ers, Brisbane Bullets, NZ Breakers, South East Melbourne Phoenix and Illawarra Hawks, and their prospects.
Talk then turns to a Twenty20 Charity Match organised by Greg Hire to be played at the WACA Ground on Friday February 7 with Shawn sharing some of his past cricket exploits.
Things then get a bit more serious with talk about the NBL introducing a Replay Centre before a full preview of the rest of Round 15 in the NBL.
Latest pre-Christmas edition of Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle and there's so much happening for us to discuss in the NBL right now that there's not even room for a guest!
NBL Writer Chris Pike and Perth Wildcats four-time championship winning legend Shawn Redhage are back to dissect everything that happened in a dramatic Round 11 in the NBL and now looking ahead to Round 12 that will lead into Christmas.
First up is a reflection on last week's mid-season predictions and award winners, and talk about why fresh off playing his 300th game for the Wildcats, why others around the country don't still rate Damian Martin as the league's best defensive player.
Talk then turns to the remarkable individual performances from Jerome Randle and John Roberson to win games for the Adelaide 36ers and South East Melbourne Phoenix respectively, along with how Jarrod Kenny would be feeling after two costly turnovers for the Cairns Taipans.
Focus is then on the Perth Wildcats and Sydney Kings who are breaking away from the pack on top of the NBL while Shawn gives his thoughts on Melbourne United and what they should do with Casey Prather following another injury.
The New Zealand Breakers are again in the news as well with the re-signing of coach Dan Shamir and the release of Corey Webster, while the Illawarra Hawks had two new imports make disappointing debuts.
There's then more of a discussion surrounding what has happened with Cam Gliddon at the Brisbane Bullets this season fresh off playing for the Boomers at the World Cup, and what his future might hold.
Attention is then on Christmas and if the NBL is ready to play Christmas Day games, but then the idea turns into one where an expanded Boxing Day schedule might be ideal.
There is then a full preview of Round 12 in the NBL while Shawn reacts to news that the Cairns Taipans will be retiring the No.8 singlet of his old foe, Aaron Grabau.
We are at the midway point of the 2019/20 NBL season and this week's edition of Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle takes stock of what we've seen so far in #NBL20, offers our mid-season award winners and predictions for the rest of the campaign and much more.
Co-hosts NBL writer Chris Pike and Perth Wildcats legend Shawn Redhage open up this week's show dissecting the opening match of Round 11 between the Cairns Taipans and Perth Wildcats.
It's then time to talk about some of the big NBL news right now including Shawn providing his thoughts on the Cairns Taipans, Perth Wildcats, Sydney Kings, Glen Rice Jr and the New Zealand Breakers, if we've seen the last of LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton in the NBL and plenty more. A potential NBL trade availability is also a hot topic.
Then it's time for the mid-season recap where the hosts talk about who they expect to go on to win the championship, reach the Grand Final and make the top four. They also nominate their award winners after 10 rounds including MVP, All-First and Second NBL Teams, Coach of the Year, Best Defensive Player, Best Sixth Man, Best Next Star, Most Improved and even most disappointing.
There's then a discussion of the 400 and 300-game milestones of Trevor Gleeson and Damian Martin as well as a full preview of the rest of Round 11 in the NBL.
Another week and another jam packed edition of Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle with all the hot topics coming out of #NBL20 on top of an interview with Brisbane Bullets centre Matt Hodgson and another Fourth Quarter Segment to get people talking.
Co-hosts NBL writer Chris Pike and Perth Wildcats legend Shawn Redhage open up looking back on last week's Fourth Quarter proposal of a Next Stars team entering the NBL.
They then look at some of the hot topics in the league including LaMelo Ball and the Illawarra Hawks, the emerging Cairns Taipans and Adelaide 36ers, struggles of Perth Wildcats and then the news of Glen Rice Jr rejoining the New Zealand Breakers.
Special guest for Episode 10 is Brisbane centre Matt Hodgson as he discusses how the Bullets season is going so far, how much he enjoys playing under coach Andrej Lemanis and then how married life is treating him so far among plenty other topics.
Shawn Redhage then discusses the Wildcat of the Decade topic on top of providing a full preview of Round 10 in the NBL. All thanks to Hoops Heaven (www.hoopsheaven.com.au) with support from ID Athletic (www.idathletic.com) and Devlin's (www.devlinsonline.com.au).
No shortage of hot topics to cover on Episode 9 of Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle as the 2019/20 NBL season heats up while Shawn Redhage is back with a revolutionary idea in his Fourth Quarter Segment and we have a very special interview with Lanard Copeland.
NBL writer Chris Pike and Perth Wildcats legend Shawn Redhage team up for another episode looking at all the big talking points in #NBL20 including the remarkable triple-double from future NBA superstar and discuss why he's shaping as the No. 1 NBA Draft pick and has leaped ahead of RJ Hampton, along with looking at the prospects of Didi Louzada and Kouat Noi.
It's then time to discuss the Sydney Kings signing of Xavier Cooks to already add to a team that is sitting 10-1 and what that means for the rest of the NBL season and the other teams trying to compete.
The featured interview for this week is with Basketball Australia Hall of Famer and NBL legend Lanard Copeland. As a 532-game NBL veteran who won two championships and was a genuine superstar at the Melbourne Tigers, it's an honour to chat with him about Thanksgiving, his football passions, what he's up to now following three seasons as assistant coach at the Sydney Kings, reflecting on his playing days and talking about his golf game and coaching ambitions.
The Scoring Machine is back with another Fourth Quarter Segment with a revolutionary NBA Next Stars idea that you have to hear to believe!
There's all the reviews and previews of the NBL action as well. All thanks to Hoops Heaven (www.hoopsheaven.com.au).
There's no let up on Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle as this week we tackle all the big talking points in the NBL and Australian Basketball while also providing special interviews with Corey 'Homicide' Williams and Matty Knight along with Shawn's famous Fourth Quarter segment.
NBL writer Chris Pike and Perth Wildcats legend Shawn Redhage team up again to firstly discuss the two hottest topics of the week - Andrej Lemanis being replaced by Brett Brown as coach of the Australian Boomers and then all of the drama surrounding the New Zealand Breakers before dissecting the action in Round 7 in #NBL20.
Shawn then catches up with an old foe of his from the court and someone's he's enjoyed sharing the commentary booth with, Corey 'Homicide' Williams as they do some reminiscing but also chat about what they are seeing in the NBL of today.
Chris also catches up with triple NBL championship winner Matty Knight to reflect on his outstanding NBL career and to also discuss what he's up to now, the challenges post-basketball provided and how he's now come out the other side to be the happiest he has been in a long time.
It's then time for Shawn's famous Fourth Quarter segment where he proposes the NBL returns to 48 minutes before a full preview of Round 8 in the NBL.