It brings us great honour to mark the return of the Hoopsfix Podcast with a very special episode with Jimmy Rogers, that we are publishing posthumously following his passing last month after a six month battle with cancer.
Rogers is one of the forefathers of the British game, helping found the Brixton Topcats in 1984 and is responsible for an extensive list of British basketball talents including two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, former WNBA player Andrea Congreaves, current BBL MVP Justin Robinson, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Eric Boateng, Ogo Adegboye, the Baker twins, Andrew Bailey and many more, but most importantly provided an outlet for thousands of inner-city youth with a club that became a cornerstone of the local community in South London.
A legend in the truest sense of the word, Rogers was not only responsible for producing great basketball players with the Topcats, but numerous other professionals who beat the odds; doctors, lawyers, academics, journalists, teachers and more, who all credit the club for their success.
The basketball club is arguably the most famous in England, with a trophy cabinet and alumni list to rival any team in the country.
This interview was recorded approximately two years ago but never published due to poor audio and me having felt like I hadn’t done a great job steering the interview. The plan was always to re-record the interview, but unfortunately, we never did get it done.
Over the past few weeks, we managed to get expert help from audio editor Jas Rao to sort the audio levels (please do reach out to him for help with any audio editing you might need!) and what you are about to hear is the full interview.
In this hour and twenty minute episode, hear from Jimmy Rogers on:
*NOTE: With regards to the racism accusations around the Crystal Palace programme, this was Jimmy’s opinion and is not necessarily fact. We have since spoken to multiple people close to the Crystal Palace programme at the time, who refute there was racism within the club, and that there were black players involved before Jimmy’s arrival.
As always, I’d love to get your feedback, come back after you’ve listened and lets get some discussion going in the comments.
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