In an exclusive interview with Basketball Australia’s new on-line show ‘Countdown’, Australian basketball legend Chris Anstey has called for risks to be taken at the Boomers selection table in pursuit of glory in London.
The former NBA player and two-time NBL MVP joined host Darren Boyd for the latest edition of Countdown, the show tracking the Boomers and Jayco Opals journey’s to London, and provided amazing insight into his time with the national team and thoughts on the current Boomers crop.
Anstey said he sees parallels between the Sydney 2000 team he was a member of that came fourth and the current 2012 squad, and believes the Boomers need to find an x-factor option.
“I think what you need in those 10, 11, 12 spots (on the Boomers roster) is someone who’s a bit different, someone who can give you a different look as a team if things aren’t going well,” Anstey said.
“Going back to Sydney, I was of the opinion it would have been great to have Simon Dwight in the squad.
“We had guys who were very similar....., so when we went to the bench we got very similar type players.
“I thought to have a Simon Dwight, who looked completely different to those guys, would be someone you pull out every now and again to change the tempo and look of our group.”
The two-time Olympian also gave WNBL star Sam Richards a ringing endorsement ahead of the upcoming Jayco Opals tour of Europe.
“I think she is the best point guard in this country.” Anstey said.
“She has the ability to get the right girl shots at the right time.”
In another jam-packed edition of BA’s on-line show, Anstey was joined for the Countdown Conversation by Jayco Opals assistant coach Peter Buckle fresh from the latest training camp in Canberra.
There were some curly questions from Twitter in the ‘Countdown Beatdown’ segment and Perth Wildcat and Boomers guard Damian Martin was put under the spotlight.
A critical part of the preparation for London will be The Farewell Series, which will see the Boomers and Jayco Opals take on Greece and Brazil respectively in a three-match series, tipping off with a double-header at Hisense Arena on Sunday June 24.
Tickets for The Farewell Series: Basketball’s Road to London are now on sale for all games with adults starting from just $25 and children/concession from $15.
For more information on The Farewell Series visit: www.thefarewellseries.com.au.