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About

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.

TCC Podcast Ep 7: Euro Small Countries, Plus Emer Foley & Aoife Whelan from Irish u20s

In the latest podcast Niall & Andy review how the Irish men and women have performed in the FIBA European Small Countries so far and preview the semi final match ups. We also talk to Irish u20 women head coach Emer Foley and player Aoife Whelan ahead of the European u20 championships next week in Montenegro.

And we wrap things up with some chat on the NBA Free agency speculation.

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Ultimate Guide to the Basketball Euros! (For Irish Fans!)

A busy summer is ahead with 8 Irish international teams competing in European Competitions. Levels of coverage will differ from competition to competition but we aim to try and help keep you as up to date as possible with all the action across the continent. We recommend you bookmark this page and check in regularly as content will change and update in advance of each team setting off to try and fulfil their European dreams!

TCC Podcast Ep 6: Paul Dick & Puff Summers talk senior men at the Euros with NBA chat from Andy

We sit down with senior men standout Paul Dick and assistant coach Puff Summers to talk about the European Championships for Small Nations which start net week. Are Ireland ready to compete for a gold medal?

We also discuss the current state of Irish basketball, what Colin O’Reilly leaving for BBL means and take a look ahead to NBA free agency in the wake of the NBA finals.

TCC Podcast Ep 5: Mark Scannell, Grainne Dwyer, Irish u18s and Game 5 Preview.

In episode 5 we focus on the Irish senior women’s basketball team ahead of the European Small Nation Championships in a couple of weeks. We discuss preparation and ¬†expectations with head coach Mark Scannell and chat to Grainne Dwyer about how the important the tournament is to her as well as finding out if she’d rather be an Obama or a Kardashian!

We discuss the excellent recent performances by the Irish u18 women and of course the NBA finals with a look ahead to game 5 and the effect of Draymond Green’s suspension. Also we answer a listener’s questions as Emmett Harkin got in touch through Facebook.

TCC Podcast Ep 4: Finals over? And which Irish ballers are punching?

Niall and Andy discuss games 1 and 2 of the NBA finals, Mike Calo checks in from Ohio and Gareth Shortt is back with his ‘Muse of the week’ asking the question of which Irish basketlallers are ‘punching’? We also take a quick look at TheRinger.com and look ahead to game 3 tonight.¬†

TCC Podcast: Episode 3; Keys to the Finals, Hair and Gareth’s Muse of the Week!

Episode 3 of the Podcast is here and finally have audio that doesn’t sound like it’s coming from inside of a beer can! Niall and Andy joined by special guest Gareth Shortt to preview the NBA Finals before the conversation wanders to hair, strange injuries and Gareth’s muse of the week!

Also make sure and stay tuned for a special contribution from TCC regular Mike Calo, coming to us live from Paris!

TCC Podcast: Episode 2; We have a Game 7! Irish men’s squad & NBA coaching changes

In episode 2 of the TCC Podcast Niall and Andy talk about the epic game 6 of the western conference finals, the miserable east, the Irish senior men preparing for Moldova and take a look at the NBA coaching carousel with a sideways glance at gun laws in Texas!

NOTE: We are aware of the poor sound quality again. The mic is an OKC fan. We will have it sorted before episode 3!

TCC Podcast – Episode 1; Conference Finals, Superleague Points System and European Championship Prosects

The First ever podcast from TCC! Niall and Andy discuss the NBA Conference finals, the proposal for a points system in the Irish superleague and the Irish senior teams chances in the European Championships.

Westbrook Destroying Curry, Or is he?

After game 4 of the Western Conference Finals there has been a lot of talk about how Russell Westbrook is destroying Stephen Curry. Even with the game 2 no-show there is no doubt that Russ has been the best player in this series and perhaps the playoffs as a whole. He takes ‘bad’ shots, plays out of control on occasion and is one of the worst help defenders starting in the playoffs but more than makes up for it with his aggression and physical superiority, best exemplified when he goes on one of his violent¬†one man fast breaks finished with an explosion to the basket.

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