Bruce Bolden

Bruce Bolden (born November 30, 1963)[1] is an American former professional basketball player. He played 17 years in the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia.[2] He won an NBL championship with the South East Melbourne Magic in 1992, when he was named the NBL Grand Final Most Valuable Player (MVP). He led the league in rebounding in 1993, and he was also named the NBL Best Sixth Man in 1999.[1] His final season was played in the Australian Basketball Association with the Albury Wodonga Bandits in 2003–04.[2] His No. 32 was the first jersey to ever be retired by the West Sydney Razorbacks.[3]

Bruce Bolden
Personal information
Born (1963-11-30) November 30, 1963 (age 56)
Jackson, Mississippi
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High schoolFlint Northwestern
(Flint, Michigan)
CollegeBoise State (1981–1985)
NBA draft1985 / Undrafted
Playing career1985–2004
Career history
1985Ulriken Elite
1986Gippsland Lakers
1987Eastside Spectres
1988–1989Westside Saints
1990–1991Eastside Spectres
1992–1994South East Melbourne Magic
1995–1998Sydney Kings
1998–2003West Sydney Razorbacks
2003–2004Albury Wodonga Bandits
Career highlights and awards

After retiring as a player, Bolden started MyHoops, a basketball coaching service in Australia for young players from 7 to 18 years old.[4][5]

Bruce often appears as a guest on the Aussie Hoopla podcast where he provides his thoughts on how players can make it to an elite level and his views on basketball in Australia.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Bolden is married to Egyptian national, Marie Yacoub.[7] Their son, Jonah Bolden, played college basketball with the UCLA Bruins, played professionally in Serbia [4] and in Israel for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Jonah was drafted in the second round with the 36th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.


  1. ^ a b "Bolden the beautiful". The Sydney Morning Herald. April 4, 2002. Archived from the original on July 14, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Legend leads Australians in tuneup vs RP five". The Philippine Star. March 24, 2009. Archived from the original on July 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "Razorbacks–History". West Sydney Razorbacks. Archived from the original on August 20, 2006.
  4. ^ a b Haigh, Paul (June 24, 2015). "Rising star Bolden pays a visit to Caringbah High". The St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Archived from the original on July 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "Our Story". MyHoops. Archived from the original on July 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "Bruce Bolden (Sydney Kings & West Sydney Razorbacks) Podcast #42". Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  7. ^ "Jonah Bolden Is a Lottery Talent Hiding in the Second Round". 15 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

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