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23 Shane Heal
Position: Guard
Born: 06/09/70
Height: 184cm
Weight: 88kg
Nickname: Hammer



PROFILE

Shane 'the Hammer' Heal is one of the best players in NBL history. He played eight NBL season before he left to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He never got a chance in the NBA so he decided to return to the Kings and will be the teams starting point guard in 1998. For Heal it all started with the Bullets in 1988. He played the off guard spot with former Bullet Darren Perry. Heal quickly became know as a cocky, brash and brilliant shooter, yet observers doubted his ability to run a team. He left to play with the Geelong Supercats he again established his reputation as a pure shooter but in his three seasons with Geelong was never really given a chance to run the show. So back to the Bullets it was and a chance Heal had wanted. To be the starting point guard for the team. He produced, averaging over 20ppg and 5apg. In 1992 he stepped up even further lifting his scoring average to 21ppg and 6.8apg. He was selected to the 1992 Olympic Team but hardly saw action playing behind Phil Smyth nand Andrew Gaze. His scoring average dropped in 1993. Yet Heal worked hard in 1994 increasing his NBL scoring average to 25ppg and lifted his assists to 6.8apg. Heal was gaining respect around the league and his freakish scoring games were becoming more frequent. This was punctuated by a 61 point game in the season opener against the Townsville Suns. Heal also scored back to back 40 point games in 1994. He was an obvios choice to start in the 1994 World Championships in Toronto Canada and he impressed. He had a great tournament and stepped up as one of the teams leaders. He again was a big part of the Boomer team that competed in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. And a memorable clash with Charles Barkley shot him to international stardom. He also gained big time respect form the man himself Charles Barkley. He had offers from many team sdue to his performance in the Games. It was the Heal-Gaze show with nobody else really stepping up. With all these offers Heal went for secruity and he chose the Timberwolves, but it wasn't to be. However he hasn't shut the door to the NBA totally. If another offer comes he says he will consider it.

ACHIEVMENTS  Was the 1998 NBL rookie of the year
Has Played in two Olympic Games
Has played in the 1994 World Championships
Played one NBA season with the Minesota Timberwolves


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