How Australia Built a Hoops Culture

Linked below is a good read about the Australian national team that has taken the Rio Olympics by storm and is pushing for their first-ever Olympic medal. With six NBA players on their roster, Australia faces Serbia today in the semifinals after going 4-1 in the pool play and defeating Lithuania in the quarterfinals. Really good stuff in the article linked below on the Aussie’s trip to Uluru, their all-star weekend gathering in San Diego, and the selflessness shared by everyone on the roster.

“The stuff we do,” Mills said this week, “those little things gave us a deeper meaning of why we play for Australia. For each other. It just gives everyone a bit more meaning behind what we’re actually trying to achieve here.”

“We were playing badly,” Longley says after Australia’s comeback win over Serbia. “Getting bullied out of our stuff. And we didn’t need to do much coaching. The guys took care of it themselves. That’s the chemistry. That’s the trips to San Diego on the All-Star Break, that’s the trips to Uluru. All those things are incremental.”


For more on Australia:
-Inside Australia’s basketball talent factory (LINK)
-Why ‘the future is bright’ for Australia basketball (LINK)
-Australia’s “Flip Angle” (LINK)
-Andrew Lemanis “Creating a Competitive Culture” clinic notes (LINK)
-Australia’s “Transition Rip” + “Transition Rip Counter” (LINK)
-Australia’s Ball Screen Motion + Specials/Reads

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