SBL Shootaround

Men’s SBL Shootaround - Episode 4

June 15, 2020

We are back with the fourth episode of Men's SBL Shootaround and once again it's a jam packed show with talk about the West Coast Classic to replace the SBL, dissecting five more teams, naming some of the best one-off Australians to come west, the announcement of a new competition and then a very special interview.

Co-hosts Chris Pike and Ben Ettridge opened Episode 4 of SBL Shootaround by reflecting on last week where we spoke to Mark Utley and Seb Salinas along with continuing the discussion over the superstars of the 1990s you would pay to go and watch.

Discussion then turns to some players who come west to spend a short time in the SBL and take the league by storm. It generated into a comparison over Perth Wildcats legends Shawn Redhage and James Crawford.

It's then time for this week's special interview and it's a man who has had an impact on the SBL and basketball in Western Australia like no other over the past 30 years since coming out from Moreno Valley, California. 

Whether as a championship-winning player who had a game remarkably similar in style and output to his idol Magic Johnson, then as a player-coach where he was named 1999 Coach of the Year and then continuing on in roles ranging from coach to General Manager of the SBL, CJ Jackson has had an impact like no other.

Still involved today as coach of the Perth Redbacks, he has endless stories to share including how he even taught Reggie and Cheryl Miller to trash talk and why he is so keen on instilling confident in his players now after what he went through at the start of his college career.

It's quite simply an interview that will have you mesmerised and you might like to listen to over and over.

The action on SBL Shootaround doesn't end there. We then have a close look at how the Perth Redbacks, Rockingham Flames, South West Slammers, Warwick Senators and Willetton Tigers were shaping up for the 2020 SBL season, and now are looking for the replacement West Coast Classic.

There's then an announcement about a special competition to crown the ultimate SBL champions and Ben Ettridge signs off with a very special message from the heart during the challenging times we are now dealing with as a society.

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