The King of Frankston has returned to claim his throne.
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The career of one of Australia’s greatest ever basketball exports has come full circle.
26 years since a tall and lanky 15-year-old David Andersen last suited up for the Frankston Blues in their 1995 CBA season (former SEABL now NBL1), the soon to be 41-year-old veteran will make a long-awaited return to where his outstanding career began.
In speaking with The Pick and Roll, Andersen explained that returning to Frankston was important to him and his family.
“It’s like a family affair. I’ve got my nephew on the team (Tom Garrett), and this is where I grew up, played ball here, It’s about giving back to the community. Obviously I’m trying to promote basketball in the Frankston area, and this is one of the ways that I can help influence it.”
Andersen’s impact with the Blues already runs deeper than his playing legacy. As coach of his son Arlo’s junior representative team, he is already helping nurture and inspire the next generation of Blues juniors and perhaps another future star.
“It’s been good. Me and my biggest brother Brett take turns in coaching on the sidelines. He’s the head coach and I’m just the assistant! I love giving back, and it’s even better when its your own flesh and blood. You know its good to watch him [Arlo] fall in love with the game and enjoy it just like I did, and you never know what might happen.”
The NBL1 South season tips of this weekend, with the Blues hosting reigning NBL1 South Champions Nunawading on Saturday night in a game that promises to be a sellout. While the result remains difficult to predict, its not hard to envision that Andersen’s presence and influence will help ignite the fire of Frankston’s next generation of basketballers.
Frankston Blues vs Nunawading Spectres | Saturday, 17 April @ 7:30pm AEST [Watch Live]