Q&A With Brendon Polybank

What is your full name and where are you from?

Brendon Polyblank from Wellington.

Why did you choose the game of basketball? 

I didn’t choose it, it chose me.

You have played for the Tall Blacks, New Zealand NBL and overseas, which squad has been your favorite?

My favourite team was the
2013 Fribourg Olympic team from Switzerland, smartest team I played on.

You are a role model for young men and women, what advice do you have for them getting into basketball?

Fall in love with the fundamentals and practice them religiously, you don’t need a personal trainer or a fancy gym, as long as you got a ball you can get better.

What are the ultimate highlights in your basketball playing career?  

Signing my first overseas contract.
Wearing the Black singlet for the first time. Winning the NBL in 2003 with close mates.

Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?

Biggest influence in ball is probably Mike Jordan, we all wanted to fly like Mike in the 90s.

Who is the ultimate referee in New Zealand?

Best ref was probably Alan Godden from my time.

Who is the ultimate women’s basketball player in New Zealand?

Best womans player would have to be Tania Tupu.

Who is the ultimate mens basketball player from New Zealand?  

Ultimate player for me was Pero Cameron in his prime, easily the most skilled.

What are the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned? 

Basketball shoes And One Silky Smooths low cut.

Who is the G.O.A.T? 

GOAT is MJ hands down.

If you had one piece of advice for your younger self, what would it be?

Enjoy the ride, the game is so much more than putting a ball in a hoop.

What has life after basketball been like?

Life after basketballs been a lot slower, Im around my kids a lot more. But I love being with my kids and still teaching the game when I can.

What is in store for your future? 

Whats in store for my future is Im gonna keep building my stairway to heaven, and being the best person I can be.

What areas can we improve on in terms of basketball as a whole, in this beautiful country we call Aotearoa?

Dont limit yourself to a roll player, who knows what you could be, if you put the time in. 7fters handle the ball now, and guards post up more than bigs, why not be versatile.

#BuildTheCulture 🏀

Published by Jesse Wallis

Basketball Journalist

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