Huge episode of Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle as we preview the NBL Finals, announce our winners of the MVP and #TheDamo awards and it's all dedicated to the late Galen Young.
This is an emotional Hoops Heaven's Basketball Hustle in tribute to 2010 Perth Wildcats NBL championship winner Galen Young. The 45-year-old was a special guest on the show in 2020, is a championship teammate of Shawn Redhage and Damian Martin, and shared a bond with co-host Chris Pike. There was only one way to start this week's show and that to discuss Galen's memory and talk about his tragic passing.
But we had to move on with business and The Scoring Machine talked about the last round of the #NBL21 season which saw Melbourne United, Perth Wildcats, Illawarra Hawks and South East Melbourne Phoenix finish in the top four positions. Shawn Redhage also gives his votes in the MVP Award for Round 21.
We also discuss the coaching vacancies now with Adam Forde leaving the Sydney Kings, Andrej Lemanis finishing at the Brisbane Bullets and Mike Kelly given his marching orders from the Cairns Taipans.
Next up is #TheDamo Award with Damian Martin thanks to Boomering. Damo reflects on the life of Galen Young and previews the semi finals, but this segment is all about him announcing his winner of the Best Defensive Player for #NBL21.
Following that is time for the TABtouch Preview with three-time NBL championship winning big man Matty Knight to give you your best preview of the two semi-final contests upcoming over the next week.
We then finish off the show with Shawn Redhage announcing our Hoops Heaven MVP Award winner for the season.
He also pays tribute to new Perth Redbacks games record holder Joel Wagner before we wrap up the show on the eve of the NBL Finals.
All made possible thanks to Hoops Heaven, TABtouch and Boomering.