The Gazes, the first iconic family of Australian basketball

MIES (Switzerland) – It is almost impossible to evoke the rich history of Australian basketball without asking Lindsay Gaze or his son Andrew Gaze – both true legends in the country and representatives of a family inseparable from the success of the discipline ” down”.

Both father and son have been inducted into the FIBA ​​Hall of Fame – Lindsay in 2010 and Andrew in 2013 – for their contributions to the development of basketball in the country and to the Boomers.

The Gaze eldest, born in Adelaide on August 16, 1936, represented Australia for a decade, including at the 1964 Olympics and the 1970 FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup. After that, he became national team coach, occupying this post for 104 games between 1971 and 1984, with appearances at three FIBA ​​World Cups (1974, 1978 and 1982) and four Olympic Games (1972, 1976, 1980). and 1984). Lindsay also managed the Melbourne Tigers from 1970 to 2005, winning the NBL title in 1993 and 1997.

The Gaze’s Olympic path crossed in 1984, on the occasion of Andrew’s first Olympics and Lindsay’s last. Andrew would then take part in five Olympic Tournaments and he is still to this day the 2nd best scorer of all time at the Olympic Games. Andrew, Australia’s flag bearer at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, helped the Boomers finish 4th on three occasions – 1988, 1996 and 2000.

Andrew also took part in four FIBA ​​Basketball World Cups (1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998), with a 5th place finish in 1994, when he finished as the competition’s top scorer with an average of 23.9 points per game. In 2019, Gaze was overtaken by Argentina’s Luis Scola and he currently sits 3rd in the all-time FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup scoring charts. Gaze, who captained the Boomers from 1994 to 2000, was named one of FIBA’s Greatest Players in 1991.

The 1984 Olympics were the beginnings of the Gaze’s sports collaboration. Andrew then assumed the benches at Seton Hall University, guiding the team to the final of the 1989 NCAA Tournament, then he returned to Australia to play under his father in Melbourne. Andrew spent a season in Italy with Udine in 1991-92 and played for the Washington Bullets in the NBA in the 1993-94 season. He played in Europe the following season with the Greek club of Apollon Patras, then he won the NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs at the end of the 1998-99 fiscal year.

Between these various club stints, Andrew was coached by his father in Melbourne, seeing himself named NBL MVP seven times (1991, 1992, 1994-1998). He still sits first in the national league scoring charts with a total of 18,908 points scored in 612 games throughout his 22-year-long career, an incredible average of 30.9 points per game.

Lindsay and Andrew Gaze’s joint endeavors with the Melbourne Tigers ended on May 12, 2005, when father and son announced their retirement from sport together. Andrew however returned to the Melbourne Tigers in 2016, this time as a coach. He only held this position for one season.


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