Four-time Olympian, David Andersen has announced his retirement after a playing career that spanned more than two decades.
A key feature of the Boomers’ lineup from 2004-2016, ‘Ando’ played 38 games for the senior national team, including two FIBA World Cups along with the four Olympics.
Accolades too extensive to list, Andersen had an impact on basketball not only locally but all over the world. From NBA appearances and three Euro-League Championships to becoming a dual NBL Champion back home, Andersen will be known as one of Australia’s greatest basketball exports.
“A tremendous teammate, which was maybe the most important thing in my time with him at the Boomers and a huge part of developing the culture in the Boomers team. The success we had with getting the rose gold, Dave Andersen’s fingerprints are all over that,” said Boomers’ coach, Brian Goorjian.
Basketball Australia’s GM of High Performance, Jan Stirling also reiterated that Andersen’s greatest attribute was the character he brought to every side he played in.
“Every Boomer that has shared the global stage with him would join in one voice saying ‘Ando’ is just the best teammate you could have. The deep respect and admiration his coaches had for his capacity to deliver with consistency, was built on his personal accountability for sheer hard work and his love for the game was infectious,” Stirling said.
His legacy is formidable as an outstanding athlete, a trusted teammate, a coach’s reliable rock in any league and simply a resilient contributor.”