tyrell
Years ago

NBL Nice Guys

In my experience= these have been some of the real nice guys in the NBL over the last 5-10 years- add some names

Tonny Jensen, Charles Thomas, Kevin Brooks, Mike Kelly, CJ Bruton, Andrej Lemanis, Rob Beverage

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tyrell  
Years ago

dave simmons, willie simmons, terry dozier (going back a little bit), butch hays, pat reidy, john rillie, dusty rychart

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Mookie  
Years ago

Tiny Pinder anyone

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shano  
Years ago

Brett MAHER and Dusty are my two faves.ANd the great one Andrew Gaze though i hated him every time he played the 36ers.

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Boti - W  
Years ago

John Rillie? Nice guy? well not sure about Jonny!

Same with CJ, but I agree with the others

How about Brett Maher,Ricky Grace

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XztatiK  
Years ago

CJ? I don't dislike him but he's no angel on court.

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Flinders80  
Years ago

I have only really known two guys mentioned above. Charles Thomas and Dusty Rychart are top blokes

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Anonymous  
Years ago

brad hill, i saw him the other day help a old lady cross the street

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tyrell  
Years ago

i mean nice guys when you meet them- on court of course they are going to be mongrels!

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MACDUB  
Years ago

Tom Abercrombie is a really nice guy. Very humble and great team member.

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Isaac  
Years ago

CT, KB, Sapper, Maher, Reesy, Ng, Herbert, Grizzard, B Davidson, etc.

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DJ Rod  
Years ago

These guys I was surprised that they were so nice after hating them ON the court:

Paul Rees
Russell Hinder
JR
Mike Kelly
Sav

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pwned  
Years ago

mat campbell hands down

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Rosell Ellis
Tony Ronaldson
Nathan Herbert
Nick Horvath
Dave Thomas
Brad Robbins
Darren Smith
Russell Hinder
David Barlow
Nathan Crosswell
Darren Perry

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mystro  
Years ago

Hodge

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Paul Rees is an absolute champion, cracks me up!

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flatshot  
Years ago

this thread is starting to sound like player of the week as the list grows... passing the ball up every now and again, helping a team mate to their feet or taking the time to talk with fans, getting involved in charity work- what criteria are we using here????

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tyrell  
Years ago

"taking the time to talk with fans, getting involved in charity work" is the criteria

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Sebastian  
Years ago

Matthew Knight
Damien Martin
Stephen Weigh
Jacob Holmes
Brad Hill
Adam Ballenger
Darryl Corletto
Eric Devendorf
Matthew Burston
Matthew Cambell
David Gruber
Ben Knight
Luke Martin
Luke Cooper
Julian Kazzough
Adam Gibson
Stephen Hoare
Nathan Crosswell
Dillon Boucher
Kirk Penny
Tom Abercrombie
Troy devries
Oscar Foreman
Paul Henare
Nathan Herbert
Kevin Lisch

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basketball taxi  
Years ago

Definately David Gruber

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Wayne  
Years ago

Gotta say Michael Johnson from Newcastle Falcons days.

Spoke to him as a young teen and he was very pleasant, knowledgeable and well spoken.

I remember him telling me that as an athlete he thought drinking alcohol would never help his performance and he adstained as a rule. Wish I had listened.

IMHO still one of Auatralia's best ever 2 guards. Offensively anyway.

In a non Gaze era he could have been anything.

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Anon  
Years ago

Oscar Foreman is great

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Qlder  
Years ago

What are you, bored and 12yo?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Rupert Sapwell
Paul Rees
Michael Kingma (yes, he was actually a decent bloke off court!)
Brett Maher
KB
Charles Thomas
Mark Davis (he was for me anyway, the time he took to come and speak to a child who got very sick at a game and I was looking after was great - and he remembered me from that day and always took time to speak to me)
Darren Smith (ok I might have met him in the company of Magic fans - but was still very nice)
and dare I say it.....Brian Goorjian

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mystro  
Years ago

I agree with the Oscar Foreman calls, when he was here in NZ he hooked me up free tickets to Breakers games all the time just cos I added him on Facebook and support the team.

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Loco  
Years ago

Robert Rose once stopped on the way to a fund raiser for an orphanage to donate his kidney to a blind war veteran.

Although he had given blood that very morning and competleted a charity run for kids with childhood cancer, he still had the energy to perform the operation himself.

True story.

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Loco  
Years ago

And how has no one mentioned Wheels? One of the nicest geeks ever.

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stonne  
Years ago

qlder- don't like the topic- don't post!! loco- don't mock the post- don't like the topic-don't post!!

michael johnson is a great call!
shawn dennis is a good bloke too
rob rose however is a good bloke too

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manlyfan  
Years ago

Graeme Dann, a very nice guy and a very under-rated player. I did not notice his name on any of the lists above. I watched him talk with and take photos with heaps of kids at a recent pre-season game in Gosford, a couple of the mums and dads even commented to the kids what a good sportsman he was. Proves that a friendly smile and a handshake goes a long way.

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Loco  
Years ago

No sense of humour - stay off the internet.

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Jake  
Years ago

Stephen Black - very humble man and great bloke

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Loco  
Years ago

I don't see anyone voting for Scott Fisher...

I'd throw Al Green up there - has done a lot for bball off the court.

But I'm ex-Torrens Valley, so you know, pinch of salt.

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DB5  
Years ago

Al for sure..

When were you at the Valley Loco?

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Coopz  
Years ago

I'd agree with Al Green too... and Wheels, and Mahersy. Couldn't find nicer blokes off the court.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Hands Down - Mark Davis !

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Lester Fonville

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Loco  
Years ago

DB5 - Was a TV player since before they were TV back in the NEBC days. I started out playing at St. Bernards stadium under Gary Coulter when they were still green and yellow. (Endured the bright orange phase too).

Wound up in Pero V's team as he was coming through (he's a couple years older). From there I played under Al for many years until making a move to Norwood for a bit, then Adelaide Uni and finally Uni Sa.

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DB5  
Years ago

Nice. I was there in the reversible blue/maroon days. Al was coaching the 1s, Big John and Dwayne playing in the 1s. Good times out there. Glad I missed the orange!

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Matt Campbell,Sav,Axel Dench, and the all time great guy. Stormin Norman Taylor

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Loco  
Years ago

DB5 - Still got my reversible abomination in the singlet drawer :) I was playing 2's mostly and 1's occassionally with that team.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Al Green for sure - he coaches against us but before and after games he is a top bloke.

Another one is Lindsay Gaze. Out of no where in Melbourne for June tournament we were walking past and said hi - he stopped and chatted to us for at least five minutes - and he was initiating the discussion - great guy!

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YeTi  
Years ago

I'll give my top 5 coaches:
5. Cal Bruton (would talk to anyone, always pleasant);
4. Rob Beveridge (always a smile, great sense of humour)
3. Brian Goorjian (stopped and watched my U18s train whilst waiting to get his Boomers on court)
2. Adrian Hurley (always helpful); and at
1. Gordie McLeod (a true players coach).

Sorry for the hi-jack, all genuine nice guys IMO

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Young Gun  
Years ago

Ok.. my list...

Mark Nash
Phil Doherty
John Szigeti
Rupert Sapwell
Oscar Foreman
Brett Maher
John Rillie

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Anonymous  
Years ago

going by all the names popping up here, does anyone else get the sense that perhaps the NBL should emphasise the 'niceness' of its players in its marketing? that the players are good role models? what mum doesn't value this in some way? the least they could is include something on the web site that gives a sense of what the players are like away from the court - humanise them a bit more.. here's a couple more names fwiw - mike ellis, james crawford, james harvey, ricky grace

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Loco  
Years ago

^^^ I like it. Show really hot girls bringing 'nice', polite NBL guys back to meet their Mums.







And then wait for CJ Bruton to freak out at it.

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Sector 7G  
Years ago

Butch Hays

Game Over

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Camel 31  
Years ago

I love NBL nice guys.
I want my daughter to marry a NBL nice guy.

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The Situation  
Years ago

Cecil Exum used to be a really nice guy until Andrew Gaze dunked on him.

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Red  
Years ago

D-Lisch

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Brett Wheeler
Tony Ronaldson
David Smith
Brian Goorjian
Frank Drmic

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Wayne  
Years ago

Well Brett Maher has to take the cake for mine.

Got a phone call a couple of weeks ago to be a ringer for his Charity golf day.

He was a friendly and not too big to laugh at himself.

I did although try my best to make a tool of myself. 2nd hole Brett hits one into the shrubs about 4metres away.

I say "Well they named the court after you but I reckon the golf course is safe"

Luckily he saw the funny side

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Handsome Lee  
Years ago

Tonny Jensen is one of the nicest people I have ever met .

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SVD  
Years ago

Andrew Gaze is not being mentioned much - seems like the nicest most humble dude in the world. He is the greatest player the league ever saw ... and he acts like he was only ok.

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stonne  
Years ago

tonny jensen by far!! when i was younger, i was a massive falcons fan and made a call to the club- they took a message and later that day, he called me- to make the story even better, he was in newcastle and i was in perth!!! TONNY JENSEN IS THE NICEST NBL NICE GUY EVER!!!

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stonne  
Years ago

stephen black is right up there- always happy to have a chat regradless of if the team had a win or loss!!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Andrew and Lindsay Gaze without a doubt.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Yusuf Qaafow- he is by far the nicest guy you can meet in pro sports. that's why this barely played player is fan favourite and attracts a few 100 more crowd just by suiting up.

and no i'm not related to him but went to his clinic and saw his recpetions

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