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Take 40: Stephen Weigh
Monday, February 17, 2014, 06:31:30 PM

If Stephen Weigh was in charge of game night music, the venue tracks might sound a little different. And perhaps, somewhat more refined.

“I don’t really fit the basketball music mould. I don’t listen to a lot of rap or dance music,” he said.

“Adelaide had a couple of good intro songs playing when we were there a couple of weeks ago. They had a bit of AC/DC going. That’s more my thing.”

Weigh is better placed than most to pass judgement on musical range. He collects vinyl records and the collection spans the ages and genres.

“I enjoy the process of putting a record on. I’ll chuck it on while I’m making dinner,” he said.

“I think that’s part of the fun with vinyl. There’s certainly a lot around but it’s not that easy to find a particular piece of music. So there is the thrill of the search.”

“There’s a bit of everything in the collection. Solo classical stuff. Piano records. I’ve got a bit of Bach and Beethoven.”

“I reckon that Dire Straits song ‘Money for Nothing’ would be perfect for teams running onto the court. It’s got that great drum solo. I’m not sure how the imports would respond to that though.”

They are musical tastes that evolved during his College days playing at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

“I was very fortunate really. My Booster family were very loving and caring people and made a big effort to get me out of the College environment when they could,” Weigh said.

“The father, Gordon, was in control of all jazz in Salt Lake City. He would organise the venues, ticket sales, everything. So he would take me along to concerts.”

“To be honest, initially I hated it. But just by listening to more and more of it I really started to get an appreciation for it and understand the music a lot more.”

The Utah jazz scene is a long way from the country roots of regional Queensland where Weigh was born and raised. The kid from Mt Isa would end up in Rockhampton, where his Dad runs one of Australia’s most successful car dealerships, Ian Weigh Toyota.

“He’s turned it into a very successful business. I’m extremely proud of him,” he said.

“I’ve spent a bit of time in the detailing room and with a broom in my hand. I’m not sure if the auto industry is for me post-basketball but I’d certainly like to go into business.”

What Weigh does know, is life after basketball, won’t be in basketball.

“I love the game a lot. I think that’s the reason why I would move away from it. I don’t see myself going down the coaching path like a lot of other guys,” he said.

“The transition will be tough but I think when the time comes I’ll be putting my energy into something else. I’d like to keep my love of basketball. I think the moment it becomes a chore you have to give it away.”

“I’m not the type who watches a heap of basketball when I’m not involved but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the game as much as anyone else. I do.”

“But I am a man of many hobbies. Where as a lot of the guys will be watching the NBA or playing around on the X-Box, I like to steer clear of basketball so I can take my mind off it all. I just like to relax with other avenues I guess.”

“The lifestyle here in Cairns is great for that. I enjoy other forms of training. I like to get out and do a bit of yoga. I do a bit of hiking and exploring. Cairns is exceptional for that. You can end up in all sorts of waterfalls and creeks.”

There is a sense of irony in Weigh finding his feet at one of the two Queensland clubs, six years after his NBL career almost fell apart before it had a chance to begin.

“Once I went to the AIS I was pretty sure in my own mind I wanted to go to College. So I did that and then I really wanted to play for the Brisbane Bullets. I signed with them and then the club fell apart just a few months before I was due to join them,” he said.

“They were massive. I remember going and having my first training session with the Bullets under Joey Wright when I was 15. Stephen Black and Simon Kerle were two of the blokes who took me under their wing.”

“So that was pretty daunting when they folded but I was fortunate that I had also spoken to Perth and they were still interested in me. So I headed there and got my start in the NBL.”

“But going through the junior program in Rockhampton I had been travelling up to Townsville or Cairns every second weekend since I was 15 years old so I was pretty familiar with this area.”

“It would be great to see the Bullets back one day. They were my team as a kid. But I just want to see the NBL thriving and going places.”

The music on the other hand, may be an acquired taste.