Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

BEST OF RUCK; NBL Legend to Play One-Off Game for Gladstone

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

BEST OF RUCK; NBL Legend to Play One-Off Game for Gladstone

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WAYNE HEMING

APN sports bureau

THE shooting style is still unmistakable.

Whether the results are as good as when he tore up the NBL as one of its most dynamic scorers for 15 seasons is another thing.

But at 47, and not having touched a basketball for several years, Derek Rucker is eyeing off the challenge of making a one-off playing comeback for the Gladstone Port City Power against Mackay on May 23.

Rucker, who won the NBL's coveted MVP award with the Brisbane Bullets in his debut year in 1990, has been training at Brisbane's Auchenflower Stadium in preparation for his planned "comeback" after being cleared by Basketball Australia.

It's a bold move by Rucker, who retired in 2006 ranked in the all-time NBL top 10 for scoring, assists, steals and three-point shooting - his trademark in heart-stopping finishes.

"I don't think I will embarrass myself although the possibility definitely exists." Rucker, the son of former NFL star Reggie Rucker, told APN during an exclusive interview yesterday. …

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