Featured News / July 30th, 2017

Slammin’ Sam adds score to Bullets coaching team

The Brisbane Bullets have added extra fire power to its already impressive leadership team, with former captain Sam MacKinnon, returning to the Club in a supportive coaching role.

The fan favourite, who led the Bullets to an NBL Championship in 2007, will join the squad at practice several times during the week to help train and mentor the playing squad.

Slammin’ Sam MacKinnon, who was back in the Bullets kit last year for a surprise appearance as part of the Club’s preseason hit out against UCLA, is adamant this new gig is purely a sideline position.

“I’m thrilled to be back with the Bullets. My fondest memories are of being a player and so it’s great to be able to contribute in a coaching capacity and also as a mentor to the team”

“It’s been awesome helping out with the guys, they are great group of talented players and how can you beat working alongside the talents of Andrej, Mick and CJ?”

Brisbane Bullets Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said having Sam in a leadership role was a real benefit for the group that goes beyond just his knowledge of the game.

“He brings an ability to provide leadership, direction and to be alongside some of the guys to help them understand what it takes to be a leader among men.”

Sam played for the Bullets from 2005 through to 2008 when the Club closed, playing alongside Assistant Coach CJ Bruton and current Bullets guard Adam Gibson.

During his career with the Bullets 06-07 season, he earned himself the NBL’s MVP, Best Defensive Player and Grand Final MVP – the first player to do so in the same season.