Matt Shanahan (17 year NBL pro) on being a role player in the NBL


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Matthew 'Bubble' Shanahan played 17 seasons in the NBL, playing for eight NBL teams, which is the second most in NBL history behind Ben Knight who played for nine teams.

At 6 foot 5 inches tall, Shanahan was a versatile player who could play any perimeter position, he also led the NBL in three-point percentage in 1999.

Topics include;

  • Entering the NBL and winning two championships in his first two seasons (2:00)
  • A stint at the AIS, playing with Sam MacKinnon, Aaron Trahair, Simon Dwight and the strength of Victorian basketball in the early 1990s (9:00)
  • How missing out on a junior world championships medal fueled his NBL career (12:00)
  • Brian Goorjian stories from playing for him at the South East Melbourne Magic (14:00)
  • The "unglamorous" life of an NBL basketball player (17:30)
  • Lessons learned from Robert Rose, Leroy Loggins, Ricky Grace and Darryl McDonald (25:00)
  • The season he had the most fun and NBL drinking stories (30:00)
  • Remembering the 2001 championship with Wollongong Hawks (34:00)
  • Why Joe Ingles was the worst rookie in NBL history (37:00)
  • Toughest moments of his NBL career (42:00)
  • What makes a good NBL franchise (44:00)
  • How will The Hawks fare in the NBL with plans to play games outside of Illawarra (47:00)
  • NBL Free Agent thoughts and reflections on his own career (49:00)

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