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!
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.
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.
Tonight the Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals. This is why these guys play, nothing is more important right now. But these finals more than any other in recent memory, have substantially more meaning. Win or lose these 2016 NBA Finals mean everything and more to both teams involved.
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!
Belfast Star’s Keelan Cairns and his former team-mate Paul Dick, most recently of Killester, both feature in coach Colin O’Reilly’s squad for the European Small Nations Championship, scheduled for this summer in Moldova.
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!
Dermot Russell, a FIBA certified agent, is director and founder of both the North Atlantic Basketball Academy based in Dublin and Players 1st Sports Management. Dermot recently visited Rajnandgaon at the request of the Sports Authority of India (SAI). During the 3 days spent there, Dermot was able to check out the talented players in attendance and identified 14 exciting prospects to work within his consultancy’s development pathway. One of these players, a 6’11’’ 15 year old boy from Punjab state, has since been offered a full scholarship to the prestigious world class Spire Academy in Ohio, USA. In addition to these 14 players Dermot Identified 82 other boys and girls to offer international scholarship opportunities to.