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Niall is the Co-Founder of the Courtside Collective and www.BasketballDirect.com . He was one of the founding members of North Star in 2002. He has coached at a variety of levels from kids to senior men's teams. He is currently coach of the LYIT National League team and women's college team.

Podcast Ep 20: Mackey Year

Basketball is back! The domestic and NBA seasons are underway and TCC is back with a new podcast and a new regular guest! Jack joins Niall to look ahead to the NBA season and we make some Irish/NBA player and team comparisons. Check it out and spread the word….

 

Ireland u16 Women – Meet the Squad!

 Name: Abby Flynn

School/club: St Angela’s / Wildcats

Position: Point guard

Favourite basketball player? Andy gill

Favourite memory from your time on this team? Andy falling in the snow in Belarus

Favourite thing about the team? Everyone’s so close on and off the court

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? Air balling a free throw

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why? Kellie Mc Cabe because she’s a LEGEND

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it?

Ciara White because she has OCD and wouldn’t be able to handle the mess of the people on it!

Anna Lynch would win it

London to Host Sixers and Celtics

After much rumours and speculation the NBA announced today that NBA London will this year host a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics.

The 2018 game is set to be one of the biggest to ever come to London with both the Celtics and 76ers having a wealth of talent on their rosters. The Celtics, the NBA’s most successful franchise with 17 Championships, come into this season having finished first in the Eastern Conference and have a host of stars who will be coming to London including two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas, 2017 NBA All-Star Gordon Hayward and four-time NBA All-Star Al Horford. The 76ers boast one of the best young teams in the league and will bring the number one picks from 2016 and 2017, Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons, alongside established star Joel Embiid.

The Philadelphia 76ers will host the Boston Celtics at The O2 on January 11;  to sign up for early access to tickets, exclusive offers and the latest team news, please visit www.NBA.com/London

Podcast Ep 19: “Taps Aff!” – James Weldon and the Quinn Twins

In this episode we have a very Irish American feel as we talk to James Weldon about his recent trip to the USA where he toured some top college programmes and talked to some legendary coaches. Also make sure and check out James’ post on his trip here.

Then we talk to the Quinn twins formerly of Belfast Star who are now playing college basketball at Mayville State University in North Dakota to find out what life is like there, what colour are dragons and how to count to 5!

You Can Take Your Eurostep Back

James Weldon was recently in the states taking a tour of top college programmes and speaking to some legendary coaches and he kindly agreed to write this guest article for us. Also make sure and check out his interview on our latest Podcast here.

Podcast Ep 18: Mark Woods & Emmet Ryan – Irish National Cup & NBA London

We finally welcome Belfast man and the UK’s top basketball journalist Mark Woods onto the The Courtside Collective Podcast for a wide ranging discussion that spans from the Irish Superleague glory days right through to the present day.

Then Ball in Europe’s Emmet Ryan comes on to breakdown the Irish Cup Semi Finals with Niall and Mark.

Please note we recorded this Podcast on the road so some slight audio issues – apologies!

 

Podcast Ep 17: Top 10 Moments in Irish Basketball of 2016

A special end of year Podcast this time as Niall and Mark take a look back on the year that was 2016 and run down what we see as the top 10 moments in Irish Basketball. Did we get it right? What did we miss out? Let us know through Twitter , Facebook and Snapchat.

 

Podcast Ep 16: Basketball’s Coming Home with Andy Gill & Aidan O’Shea

In this episode we discuss the fantastic news about the u18b Women FIBA European Championships coming to Ireland in the summer of 2017 with head coach of the u16 programme Andy Gill. How well can Ireland do and how much of an advantage is having the Championships at home?

 

We also have Mayo GAA star player Aidan O’Shea on to talk about why he came back to basketball and how the season is going with the Sligo All-Stars in the National League.

 

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Podcast Ep 15: Outsiders; Conan Doherty & Eric Benedick

In this episode we speak to Conan Doherty, features editor at SportsJoe.ie , about the perception of Basketball in Ireland, how the sport can break into the mainstream and the recent GAA crossover stars.

We also talk to Eric Benedick about his extraordinary journey to becoming a professional basketball player.