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B&B: Sporny, talking Opals Olympic scenarios

OPALS in an Olympic pickle? You bet. So Brad Rosen and I spoke to the expert, Channel 7 commentator and triple-Olympian Rachael Sporn to explain all the scenarios ahead of tonight's mightily important final intragroup game against Games minnow Puerto Rico, and what the USA-France result also might mean.

Yes that's right. Hit this link now if you want to be able to settle in for tonight's telecast from Tokyo fully cognisant of what the result and margins might mean for Australia's hope of advancing to the quarter-final round.

Beaten by Belgium and China, Australia only can advance as one of the two lucky "best third place finishers" so their entire Games campaign is at stake tonight.

Rachael, the shy kid from Murrayville who became an Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004) Olympics Opal, with three FIBA World Championships to boot, has close connections to the team in Tokyo, with coach Sandy Brondello among her most treasured former national teammates and close friends.

Hear her insights ahead of the action - we've rushed this Brad&Boti podcast out in record time to ensure you are up with the very latest - while also gaining a deeper insight into what makes one of Australia's most natural and popular elite athletes tick. And make no mistake, Rach has a resume second-to-none.

A five-time WNBL champion, two-time league Most Valuable Player and an eight-time WNBL All Star Five selection, she not only led the league in scoring in 1997 but is a dual Grand Final MVP.

Such was her big-game impact, the award for the Most Valuable Player in a Grand Final Series is named after her as the Rachael Sporn Medal.

Her #14 is the only uniform number retired by Adelaide Lightning. It also was retired by her original club in South Australia, the West Adelaide Bearcats.

Rach relives her early career from Murrayville in country Victoria, to West Adelaide and her readily identifiable persona as a true South Aussie!

She also enlightens us with her memories and opinions of basketball royalty such as Tom Maher, Michele Timms, Michelle Brogan, Basketball SA Hall of Famer Ted Powell and China's magnificent Zheng Haixia.

Brad and I also talk Opals and Boomers, examining the draw for our Aussie men in the quarter-finals. Fair or FIBA-foul? You be the judge.

Here's my opinion elsewhere at this website. In the meantime, definitely listen to this podcast TODAY ahead of tonight's Opals match. Check it out at Apple Podcasts or Spotify ... or just click this link! You won't be sorry.

Aug 2

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