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Patty Mills has capped off an unforgettable year, becoming the first basketballer to win the Don award for his inspirational performance at the Tokyo Olympics. Mills carried the flag and then lifted the Australian Boomers to the nation’s first medal in men’s basketball, scoring 42 points in the bronze medal game in a win over Slovenia. The Don, named after Sir Donald Bradman, is an annual honour from the Sport Australia Hall of Fame selection committee which is given to an athlete or team who inspires the nation and Mills’ efforts in Tokyo certainly met that requirement.
Josh Giddey’s dramatic rise from the NBL to the NBA will be writ large for all to see in HOYTS cinemas nationwide from next Thursday, November 25, on Expect The Unexpected: Inside NBL21. Expect The Unexpected will pull the curtain back on the 2020/21 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season and take viewers into the locker room with never before seen footage and interviews. The documentary follows Giddey’s path from rookie point guard with the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL Next Stars program to being selected with the sixth pick in the NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The NBA’s interest in Australian basketball has reached an all-time high, with the league hiring more multiple scouts to monitor the NBL and the junior ranks. Boomers legend Chris Anstey is one of countless Aussie hoops officials, legends and coaches who have been sought out by the NBA to evaluate and scout talent. Anstey has unofficial roles with Dallas and the LA Clippers, former NBL forward Mark Worthington is with the Washington Wizards while ex-Adelaide 36ers coach Joey Wright has links with several teams, including the Indiana Pacers.