Australian basketball heading into a golden era
Australian basketball is on the cusp of a new golden age, according to former champion Andrew Gaze.
Gaze spoke in Melbourne at the unveiling of the NBA's Larry O'Brien Trophy, which is being taken around the country by San Antonio's title-winning duo Patty Mills and Aron Baynes.
Mills and Baynes are among six Australians currently playing in the NBA, and Gaze expects their success to pave the way for future generations.
"When a 16-year-old kid that's great at basketball and is being attracted by other codes, they have something very tangible to look at and say, 'You know what, if I stick to this sport, this is achievable'," he said.
"That I think helps kids maintain a desire to play at the highest level and not choose other sports."