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John Dorge

Player History

NBL

John Dorge also known as the “towering chicken farmer” was a 6’10 centre that played 14 seasons in the NBL from 1985 – 1998. He played for the Brisbane Bullets, Geelong Supercats, and the South East Melbourne Magic, winning 4 NBL championships over his career.

Player History

International

Dorge made his Australian Boomers debut in 1987 in a home test series against the Soviet Union where he was matched up against Russia’s giant 7’3″ (221 cm) Vladimir Tkachenko. Although he would ultimately miss selection for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul (largely due to the emergence of 7’2″ (218 cm) centre Luc Longley), he was part of the squad that finished 6th at the 1992 Barcelona and an improved 4th in Atlanta at the 1996 Olympic Games. In both tournaments Dorge played as the back up to Longley who by 1996 was the starting centre for the NBA champion Chicago Bulls.

Dorge played for the Boomers in their 5-game ‘exhibition’ series against the Magic Johnson All-Stars in March 1995 and counts hitting a skyhook over Magic himself in Game 2 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre as one of his career highlights. Due to the absence of Longley who was playing for the Chicago Bulls, and Australia’s other big men in 6’10” (208 cm) players Mark Bradtke and Ray Borner (who did play in Game 5 in Perth), Dorge (along with North Melbourne’s 6’9″ (206 cm) centre Paul Rees), was the Australian starting centre through the series.

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