Firstly, I want to say what a huge honour it is to be named the Bendigo Advertiser-WIN Television Sports Star of the Year.
There is a rich sports history in central Victoria, with the region producing so many great sporting people.
To have my name alongside them is a great honour. Congratulations to all the other award winners and nominees.
Sorry I couldn’t be there, but Mum and Dad, pictured right, said it was a great night.
Thanks to everyone who put the night on and also the sponsors for making it possible.
Secondly, good luck to the Bendigo Spirit in the WNBL grand final versus the Townsville Fire on Sunday.
Having a home grand final, I’m sure the atmosphere will be awesome.
The Cavaliers had two wins and two losses this week.
We started off with a close loss at home against Toronto, 99-93.
The next night we traveled to Oklahoma and beat them on the road, 114-104.
This was a really win good for us, coming back from 12 down in the third quarter to rally for a 10 point win.
Oklahoma City Thunder has one of the best records in the NBA and also two of the best players, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
On Friday night we played the Utah Jazz at home and had a good win, 99-79.
Kyrie Irving played a great game and ended up getting his first career triple-double. He had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
The next night we were in Memphis playing the Grizzlies.
They are a big physical team. We jumped out to the lead early and held a 65-54 lead at half-time.
In the second half Memphis played a lot more physical and we couldn’t get the stops we needed defensively.
The final score was a 110-96 loss.
A cool program that the Cavaliers are involved with is the NBA Fit As A Pro.
Anderson Varejao and I hosted an interactive event with some local third grade students.
Students learned how to cope with everyday stress, focus on breathing and finding positive words to describe their CAVS - Character, Attitude, Voice and Strength.
We play the Spurs this week, so I am looking forward to catching up with my fellow Boomer team-mates, Patty (Patrick Mills) and Baynesy (Aron Baynes).
The Australian Boomers head coach, Andrej Lemanis is also coming over this week, so I’m looking forward to catching up with him, too.
Maryborough had its local basketball tournament over the weekend.
I heard it was a great success with many teams participating.
Hope everyone has a great week.
Bendigo Sports Star award an honour
There is a rich sports history in central Victoria