26 Facts About Andrew Gaze


Andrew Barry Casson Gaze was born on 24 July 1965 and is an Australian former professional basketball player and coach.

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Andrew Gaze played 22 seasons in the National Basketball League with the Melbourne Tigers from 1984 to 2005, winning the league's MVP award seven times and winning the scoring title 14 times.

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Andrew Gaze guided the Tigers to two NBL championships, in 1993 and 1997, and was named an All-NBL First Team member for a record 15 consecutive years.

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Andrew Gaze led the senior Australian national team, the Boomers, to five Summer Olympic Games – including as the flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and he was the Australian Team Captain.

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Andrew Gaze was inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2005, after being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2002.

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Andrew Gaze was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the son of Lindsay and Margaret Andrew Gaze.

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Andrew Gaze is the second cousin of Canberra Capitals guard Kate Gaze, the daughter of Mark Gaze and former WNBL player Michelle O'Connor.

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Andrew Gaze grew up at Albert Park Basketball Stadium, the home of the Victorian Basketball Association, with his father the general manager of the VBA at the time.

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In 1984, Andrew Gaze joined the Melbourne Tigers of the National Basketball League as an 18-year-old.

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Andrew Gaze would go on to earn first-team honours in 15 straight seasons.

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Andrew Gaze started every game in The Hall's first-ever run to the NCAA Final Four, twice leading all Pirates scorers with 19 points in their Elite Eight win over UNLV and 20 points in the National Semifinal win against Duke.

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Andrew Gaze missed the back-end of the 1990 NBL season due to a blood clot in his right shoulder.

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Not known for being an outstanding athlete, Andrew Gaze's heavy scoring in the NBL was due to exceptional shooting, including from three-point range.

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In 1991, Andrew Gaze became the first Australian male to play professionally in Europe, with Italian 2nd League club Udine.

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In March 1994, Andrew Gaze returned to the United States and signed with the NBA's Washington Bullets.

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Andrew Gaze received very little court time for a stacked Spurs team that included guards Mario Elie, Avery Johnson, Antonio Daniels and Steve Kerr.

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Andrew Gaze appeared in just 19 games for the Spurs during the regular season and was inactive for the entire playoff run, which saw the Spurs win their first NBA championship.

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Andrew Gaze led all scorers at the 1994 FIBA World Championship with 23.

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That year, Andrew Gaze was the flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics, and he was the Australian Team Captain.

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Andrew Gaze competed in four FIBA World Cups with the Boomers, as he played in more than 280 matches for Australia.

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Andrew Gaze is the second all-time career points scorer, behind only Brazil's Oscar Schmidt, in Summer Olympic Games history, and he is third all-time in career points scored in FIBA World Cup history, after Schmidt and Argentina's Luis Scola.

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On 8 December 2015, Andrew Gaze was appointed head coach of the Melbourne Tigers SEABL team for the 2016 season.

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On 2 April 2016, Andrew Gaze was appointed head coach of the Sydney Kings on a three-year deal, joining a revitalised franchise with a new general manager, a new owner and new home venue.

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In June 2017, Andrew Gaze joined the Indiana Pacers as a member of their coaching staff for the Orlando Summer League.

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Andrew Gaze is a presenter on Channel Seven's Guide to the Good Life and on Bounce on Fox Footy.

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In March 2016, Andrew Gaze became an ambassador for the non-for-profit organisation The Beehive Foundation, a charity that runs free programs to develop resilience and coping mechanisms for youth via junior sporting organisations.

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