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Q ADo you think Aus­tralian bas­ket­ball is in a good place go­ing for­ward?

It is. We are see­ing more Aus­tralians in the NBA and all the young guys are do­ing a good job. The re­cent Olympic Games cam­paign last year, while it ended on a sour note, you can see where it is all head­ing if they add a few more pieces to that puz­zle. It means ex­cit­ing times are ahead. With the NBL, I have seen the worst of the worst of the league and we are def­i­nitely not near that now. We are trend­ing up­wards and the level of tal­ent at the mo­ment is a good in­di­ca­tion of where the league is at. We have brought a lot of tal­ent back from Europe to play. It is some­thing re­ally ex­cit­ing go­ing for­ward.

AIt was a bit of a wake-up call to grow up a lot quicker than most guys my age. I re­mem­ber my first weights ses­sions, which sucked for me be­cause I have never re­ally done weights be­fore.

What were your im­pres­sions of Cairns and the Taipans when you played here as a de­vel­op­ment player?

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