In honour of his achievements, more specifically he claims, for being a pioneer for young Australian basketballers, blazing a path into the American basketball system, Longley was honoured at the G’Day USA ceremony in Los Angeles, alongside Golden Globe nominated actor Guy Pearce, and chart topping Aussie band, Air Supply.
"Let’s not pretend that I am an All-Star or an amazing player, but I was a pioneer and I pioneered a few things. First up is the ginger afro mullet,” Longley joked.
"I was certainly not a star in my own right. I was a role player in a great team.’’
Longley was presented the award by his Chicago Bulls mentor and coach, Phil Jackson, itself an honourable experience, and one that Longley
"He handed me my three championship rings and he has handed me the fourth trophy tonight.
"I am very fond of Phil. He salvaged my career in many ways, or at least helped me to figure out how to keep the NBA door open,” he said.
Longley accepted the honour at the ceremony alongside his wife Anna Gare, and their four children.
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