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Interview with Steven Bradshaw - Feb 7, 2006

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Steve Bradshaw was one of 5 Fijians that played in the NZ NBL in the 2005 season. Steven who's older brother is NZ Tall Black Craig Bradshaw, has been a late bloomer just starting to getting to contribute the NBL.  He talked to us and we thank him for taking part in this interview and we wish him all the best.

Name Steven Bradshaw

Height 6'10
Position Forward / Centre
Age 23

What are your strenght and weakness in your game?
Strengths - Rebounding / shot blocking / low post on offense
Weakness - jump shooting consistency / not use to hitting 3 point shots in games
How did you actually started playing basketball?

A local coach approached me to play for his team and was keen as had been thinking of playing.
You also have another brother that plays basketball, how has that helped you developing your basketball skills?

He's a little younger and doing really well, I can learn of him cause he's been playing longer and more experienced so he knows a lot that I don't.

You played in 2003 for Hutt Valley Lakers in the CBL, how did your perform and what experience did you gain out of it ?

My first year playing for hutt valley I feel I developed my game more in that first year than I did in total my first two years playing for a different team, I had more confidence and felt I could contribute to the team with my role.
How did you end up playng for the Otago Nuggets?

The coach of the Nuggets was recruiting at the national under 23 years old tournament our team lost in the final but coach signed up me and a team mate after watching us there.
Where they any offers to play at US college?

Haven't had that kind of exposure plus because I started playing late (age 19) I was really still on a big learning curve and not ready for the professional U.S College environment.
how would you describe your performances last year on a personal and team prespective?

Personally I felt I improved a lot over the season and had some good games over the second half of the season due to me working harder and
proving that I can help the team. As the team had a bad year record wise it was a big learning curve and was important that mentally we didn't concede defeat
when we walked in the gym cause we could compete with anyone just different circumstances prevented the team being on the same page so to speak.
What are your expectations for the upcoming season?

 Im actually looking to stay in my home city this season in Wellington and have been in talks with them so if I can play for them that would be great
Do you believe that this year you will be able to have a breakthough season?
There are a lot of changes to the otago nuggets team so its hard to say.
We have heard that you have fijian heritage, is that true?

If yes, could you tell us how you have Fijian heritge?

My mum is full Fijian and from Levuka, she moved to NZ when about 20 and met my dad who is a Kiwi (European)
If you eligible to play for Fiji would you consider playing for Fiji in international competions?

Where do you see yourself in the next five years in terms of your basketball career?

Playing well for a professional team and playing in New Zealand


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