A coffee with... basketball coach Derek Rucker

THIS week we have a coffee with McDonald's Port City Power Basketball chairman and men's head coach Derek Rucker.

Name: Derek Rucker.

Occupation: McDonald's Port City Power Basketball chairman and men's head coach.

Years lived in Gladstone: Almost a year.

What you love about where you live: The ease with which I can get from place to place.

How do you take your favourite drink? Once a fortnight I'll have a cold beer. My buddy always has Japanese Asahi, a Japanese brew.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon you can find me…in the gym at Kev Broome Stadium training juniors or helping Power players with workouts.

My most memorable pet was … a budgie named Jake, he lived about two years. I got him in Townsville, and when I moved to Sydney he died.

My secret talent is…being able to calculate numbers and multiply things at a wizardly level. I'm a numbers freak.

I'm always calculating things in my head...I don't know why.

When I feel like splurging …when I was living in Los Angeles I would treat myself to a weekend in Vegas once a season.

My escape here is putting on NBA League Pass and coming up with ideas for training.

My phone…is something I can't live without. Seriously, that's pathetic. I get all my information through my phone.

An actor who's athletic with a crazy sense of humour...Ray Allen…would play me in the movie about my life.

To keep fit and healthy I… eat whenever I feel like it and go to the gym five times a week and stay active.

Being on the field teaching kids means you keep up with them.

The best piece of wisdom I've been told from my dad is…always play your hardest and do your best because you never know who's watching you.

What are you spruiking? My aim is to help those who play the game learn life lessons through the sport.

We're selling our season tickets to the Power200 club, and our home pre-season game is on April 4 against the Rockhampton Rockets.



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