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Luc Longley AM is an iconic Australian and basketball champion. Luc's inherent curiosity and courage led him to blaze the trail for elite Australian basketballers becoming the first Australian to play in the NBA. He also represented Australia in three Olympic Teams including at the 1988 Seoul Olympics which delivered Australia's best result for the Men's Team.

Luc joined the Chicago Bulls in 1994 and was their starting centre from 1995 to 1998. He was a critical component in their famous three-peat, winning back to back championships from 1996-1998 and setting an NBA record with 72 wins and only 10 losses. Luc was coached and mentored by the legendary Phil Jackson and played alongside some of basketball's most iconic players including Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc and Steve Kerr. The Team, and this incredible accomplishment, were the subjects of the 2020 Netflix & ESPN Documentary, The Last Dance.

Following the Bull's 1998 victory Luc was traded to the Phoenix Suns and then the New York Knicks. In 2001, Luc retired from professional basketball due to a degenerative condition in his ankle which plagued him throughout his career.

Luc returned to Perth and withdrew from the world of basketball and began exploring other interests as well as raising his young family.

Current Work:

After a 12-year break, Luc re-entered the world of basketball and signed on as an Assistant Coach for the Australian National Men's Team, the Boomers, ahead of the London 2012 Olympics, a role he held until recently. Luc currently works with the Sydney Kings as a special advisor and takes great pride in mentoring the next generation of elite Australian basketballers.

In 2019 Luc was named a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to basketball as a player, coach and administrator.

Awards & Recognition:
1989 - Recipient of the Gaze Medal for the Australian International Player of the Year
1989 and 1990 - Honorable mention NCAA All American for Basketball
2001 - Inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport's 'Best of the Best.'
2006 - Inducted into Basketball Australia's Hall of Fame in Melbourne
2009 - Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, only the fourth basketballer to receive this honour
2019 - Named a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to basketball as a player, coach and administrator

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The Man in the Middle: Luc Longley in conversation with Holly Ransom

Duration: 45 minutes plus 15 minutes of audience Q&A

Luc Longley is a trailblazer whose inherent sense of curiosity led him to become the first-ever Australian to play in the NBA and a key component of one of the best teams of all time, the Chicago Bulls, who he won 3 back to back championships with from 1995 to 1998.

Holly Ransom is a global thought leader on disruption and world-renowned Keynote Speaker and Facilitator who has interviewed some of the greatest minds in the world including Richard Branson, Malcolm Gladwell and was hand-picked to interview President Barack Obama. Holly has the superhuman ability to synthesize and eloquently summarize the best bits of a conversation allowing the audience to absorb actionable takeaways.

In this facilitated conversation, Luc will share insights into his background, his journey to the Chicago Bulls and what it was like to be part of such an iconic moment in time. Luc will also share the lessons he learnt along the way about leadership, high performance, building a diverse team, the importance of habits to maintaining good mental health and how striving for success and being a good human are not mutually exclusive ambitions.

This presentation covers the following themes, but if you would like to focus on a particular area Luc and Holly can tailor the conversation to suit your needs:

- Leadership and the influence of Phil Jackson
- Teamwork and the value of building diverse teams
- Striving for and maintaining peak performance
- The Power of Mindset
- The Value of Curiosity
- Resilience and techniques for maintaining good mental health

Luc is a disarmingly authentic and gifted storyteller, and audiences will leave this session with renewed insight into an iconic moment in history along with valuable lessons and takeaways that translate into their work and personal endeavours.
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