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Gazes reach basketball's height of fame

22/10/2004 07:19:34 PM Comments (0)

Father and son duo Lindsay and Andrew Gaze became permanent members of the Basketball Australia family as they joined an 11-strong contingent inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The pair took centre stage as Basketball Australia honoured its greatest servants at its inaugural Hall of Fame dinner at Sydney University.

Considered Australia's best player, Andrew Gaze, 39, burst onto the NBL scene in 1984 at the Melbourne Tigers where his father held the coaching reins.

The pair has proved inseparable at the Tigers since, racking up two NBL titles (1993, 1997) together along with a string of feats that will be hard to match.

Former Boomers mentor Lindsay Gaze is the only coach to have racked up 600 NBL games while five-time Olympian and ex-Australian skipper Andrew Gaze is the NBL's all-time leader in scoring, assists and games played.

Other inductees were former national team stalwarts Phil Smyth, Robyn Maher and Jenny Cheesman.

Four-time Olympian Smyth - an NBL Hall of Famer - won three NBL titles (for Canberra) in his 14-year playing career and another three as coach for Adelaide where he still holds the reins.

WNBL life member Maher played 369 games in Australia, is a veteran of three Olympics and six world titles and has the Maher Medal - for the best performed Opal - named in her honour.

Cheesman is a veteran of four world titles and two Olympics.

Former Boomers mentor Adrian Hurley - Hunter's current NBL coach - was the other coaching inductee.

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