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The Dribble podcast: Greg Hire reveals the key to the Perth Wildcats’ grand final hopes

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Greg Hire and the Wildcats face stiff competition against Melbourne.Greg Hire and the Wildcats face stiff competition against Melbourne.
Camera IconGreg Hire and the Wildcats face stiff competition against Melbourne.Picture: Getty Images

The NBL grand final series is here at last, and there’s plenty of talking points heading into Perth’s blockbuster match-up with Melbourne.

Where will the series be won and lost? How is Mitch Norton feeling after being cleared to return from injury? Who’s winning – and losing – the Wildcats’ playoff beard stakes? And how did Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson fare among the crowd at the Red Hot Chili Peppers gig?

Retiring Wildcats veteran Greg Hire reveals all on the latest episode of The Dribble podcast.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST IN THE PLAYER ABOVE

Episode rundown:

  • Greg’s feelings on the eve of his sixth grand final in nine years (1:28)
  • Why the Wildcats channel a different ‘theme’ for each title push (3:52)
  • How Mitch Norton is feeling after being cleared to return from a calf injury (7:24)
  • Will the drawn-out grand final schedule suit Perth or Melbourne more? (12:06)
  • Playoff beard update – who’s going well and not-so-well (16:45)
  • How do the Wildcats quell Casper Ware’s influence? (18:56)
  • The most important thing Perth needs to do to beat Melbourne (21:33)
  • What Andrew Bogut’s NBA call-up means for the NBL (25:52)
  • Trevor Gleeson’s surprise love for the Red Hot Chili Peppers (28:26)
  • Greg’s pre-game ice bath ritual (32:04)
  • The surprising candidate for the Wildcats’ worst half-court shooter (33:46)
  • The humorous way Greg might celebrate if Perth wins the title (35:56)
  • Crystal Ball predictions for the grand final series (37:09)

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