The Men’s National Basketball Team- the Boomers- entered the global basketball scene at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and have slowly been working their way up the FIBA world rankings, where they currently sit at #3.
A dominant force at the FIBA Oceania competitions, the Boomers have claimed 19 Gold medals and two Silvers in their 21 appearances and have achieved the ultimate Commonwealth Games success at both of their campaigns. However, it has been a slow burn on the international stage as the Boomers have suffered more heart break then any of Basketball’s other national teams.
Four fourth placed Olympic Games, it was that pain that sent the likes of Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova and Aron Baynes into overdrive at the Toyko 2020 Games, with the first Australian Men’s Olympic medal the only thing on their minds.
It was the commitment and leadership from these highly experienced Australian names with the presence of the ones who came before them like Andrew Gaze, Andrew Bogut and Luc Longley- to name a few- that led to the ultimate historical breakthrough, the achievement of an Olympic Bronze medal victory.
Fresh faces were launched at the Tokyo 2020 campaign, the likes of Matisse Thybulle, Nick Kay, Jock Landale and Dante Exum representing the next wave of Australian Boomers.
The 2023 FIBA World Cup will be at the forefront of the Boomers’ minds moving forward as they will set to build on the momentum of the Tokyo Bronze medal and imprint themselves as a force against the rest of the basketball world.