The former NBA
All-Star, 42, is coach of the Melbourne-based South Dragons in Australia's
National Basketball League
SI: Are you
uttering things like "Good onya" around the house?
Price: Jokingly, I
have. And I'm getting a lot of "G'day, mate" from my friends right
SI: How did the
job come about?
Price: A couple
months ago the new Melbourne franchise sent a guy [Adrian Newell] to the States
to scout players and coaches. A mutual friend had given him my name. Australian
basketball was not at the top of my mind. But the longer my family and I looked
at it, the more it seemed it might work.
SI: You're close
with Danny Ferry, the G.M. of the Cavs. Your team is allowed two imports. Why
not try to sell LeBron James on the beach and the world's friendliest
Price: Danny might
not be my friend anymore if that happens. And LeBron might have to take a pay
cut to play in Australia.
SI: How good is
the brand of basketball in the NBL?
above the major college level.
SI: How popular is
basketball in Australia?