LOOK­ING TO FU­TURE

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

QIs coach­ing in the NBL, WNBL or at a higher level an as­pi­ra­tion of yours?

AI think so, I am not sure. It is some­thing that I will have to look at af­ter this sea­son is done. The fo­cus right now is try and get a cham­pi­onship out of this NBL sea­son. Hope­fully coach­ing is in my fu­ture. I am not sure what level I will get to but I have a pas­sion for it. I feel like bas­ket­ball has given me so much so I would love to give some knowl­edge back.

QYou were around the Syd­ney Kings at the time of their is­sues with Fire­power and when the South Drag­ons and the Gold Coast Blaze went down, how did you deal with those ad­ver­si­ties as an ath­lete?

AAdd to that the trans­for­ma­tion of the Mel­bourne Tigers to Mel­bourne United so you can say I have had my fair share of ad­ver­sity with bas­ket­ball clubs. With Fire­power it was pretty well doc­u­mented that we got done by a con­man, es­sen­tially, which is harsh but it is the re­al­ity of it. I was for­tu­nate that I got out and went to the South Drag­ons be­fore they went down. The South Drag­ons was an un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion with where the NBL was at that stage. I wish that Drag­ons team stuck around. We won a cham­pi­onship that year then folded. As a team cap­tain, it sucked mak­ing those phone calls to bring peo­ple into the of­fice. Gold Coast once again the en­vi­ron­ment of the NBL prob­a­bly did not help, it sucked, it was hard. You try and put roots down in a place and it gets ripped up from un­der you. Part of me won­dered why I did not go to an es­tab­lished club with lots of his­tory but part of me is happy with the jour­ney I have taken.

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