Basketball experts set to capitalise on Boomers hype

Angus Brandt of Australia slam dunks during the Preliminary Basketball round match between Australia and Nigeria on day five of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at  on April 9, 2018 on the Cairns, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images).
Angus Brandt of Australia slam dunks during the Preliminary Basketball round match between Australia and Nigeria on day five of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at on April 9, 2018 on the Cairns, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images).

A PANEL of basketball experts are assembling for a night of analysis and conversation tailored for diehard hoop heads.

With the Australian men’s team set to take on Canada at RAC Arena on August 16 and 17, some of the local basketball scene’s sharpest minds are gathering to preview the Boomers’ World Cup preparations.

Taking place at Embargo Bar on August 14 from 7.30pm onwards, the night is the brainchild of basketball writer Ben Mallis, who has spent the past year in the Philadelphia 76ers’ locker room, covering the team and their star Australian Ben Simmons.

A Perth native, Mallis has recruited some of Australia’s top basketball writers for the event and delved into his NBA contact list to secure the services of professional scouts, coaches and Canadian media members.

He said he wanted to give Perth’s basketball fraternity a glimpse into the life of the NBA ahead of the two-game international series.

“After a year in the states, you meet people and a lot of them are going to be in Perth. I thought it would be a really cool idea to get different basketball voices,” Mallis said.

“We’ve all been blessed to experience the world of NBA basketball, which every hoops fan wants to experience.

“I want to give the people of Perth a glimpse of this world that is so far away but so close and slant an Australian focus on things.”

Sydney Kings coach Will Weaver, a former assistant under Brett Brown in Philadelphia, will be among those taking part in the panel discussion, while there will also be an audience Q&A.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite, with proceeds from each ticket going towards Youth Focus.

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