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Brad&Boti: Mercury rising for NBL champ Fleur

WE succeeded! If at first you don't succeed, try, try again ... so goes the old saying, so Brad Rosen and I persisted and yes, we landed a big scoop with Sydney Kings assistant NBL coach and soon-to-be Phoenix Mercury WNBA assistant GM, Fleur McIntyre for this week's Brad&Boti podcast.

Our first line of inquiry was along the path of exactly who is this new face who suddenly appeared on the Kings' bench a couple of years ago?

And oh, it's quite a story Fleur has to tell. From her playing days in what now is the NBL1 West competition, to her coaching at many and varied levels and to her journey which now will continue on to Arizona.

Her Fremantle connection to Sydney Kings part-owner Luc Longley played a role in bringing her to the Harbour City and alongside Kevin Lisch and Daniel Kickert as members of Chase Buford's coaching staff.

Is coaching men different to coaching women, or coaching pros different to coaching amateurs - we ask Fleur all the big ones.

And yes, OK. We address the more immediate pressure on Sydney heading into its last round of the regular season match and subsequent blow-out win over South East Melbourne Phoenix.

Mat Ishbia is the (relatively) new owner of the NBA's Phoenix Suns and WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, a billionaire who views his ownerships as custodianship of the two elite franchises, saying it is the fans who own the teams.

Working for someone of that ilk and mindset has Fleur excited about her new capacity as she shares engaging tales of her first meeting with San Antonio Spurs' NBA coaching legend Gregg Popovich and the part Buford played in dipping her toe into US waters.

What role did NBL icon Matt Nielsen play in Fleur's journey?

There's all this and much more at your disposal just by clicking this link. Or you can go to Apple Podcasts or any of the other myriad sites we're available on. Or again, if convenience is your thang, click the link.

Feb 21

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