We aren't taking our foot off the gas here at SBL Shootaround and we bring you another massive show this week as things heat up with just three weeks remaining in the West Coast Classic while we speak to a four-time NBL championship winning Perth Wildcats great who prefers to be known for the work he's now doing in the mental health space.
It's a huge Episode 16 of Men's SBL Shootaround with co-hosts Chris Pike and Ben Ettridge looking at everything going on in the West Coast Classic. In Round 6, that included a monster 45-point outburst from Jackson Hussey, a thrilling win for Mark Worthington's South West Slammers and the Goldfields Giants and Geraldton Buccaneers continuing to win at home.
There was also a focus on the race for the top four spots with just three rounds remaining before the finals weekend and we run the knife over all the results from the Round 6 action.
It's then time for this week's guest and it's none other than 243-game, four-time Perth Wildcats NBL championship winner Greg Hire. We also discuss his 198-game SBL career with the Joondalup Wolves and Rockingham Flames which includes the 2011 championship where he won the Grand Final, and also his 3x3 exploits representing Australia since retiring from the 'Cats.
But this is a chat about much more than that as Greg reconnects with two co-hosts he has a long history with and the stories shared about his tough upbringing before he met Ben who would go on to become his high school Phys Ed teacher and ultimately his SBL coach are remarkable.
However, what makes Greg such a remarkable figure and role model is the work he is now doing to raise awareness of mental health in the community and his willingness to back up his words by helping as many people as possible, and partnering up with as many organisations as possible to have an impact.
There's every chance Greg's legacy in mental health awareness will trump anything he did as a basketball player and that's what makes this a fascinating discussion. But there's plenty of basketball goodness in there for you to enjoy too!
It's then time to preview Round 7 upcoming in the West Coast Classic as we sign off for another week of SBL Shootaround.