Tony Ronaldson

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Tony Ronaldson
Personal information
Born (1972-05-25) 25 May 1972 (age 43)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Nationality Australian
Listed height 203 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Listed weight 125 kg (275 lb)
Career information
College Arizona State (1991–1992)
Pro career 1990–2010
Position Power forward
Career history
1990–1991 Eastside Spectres
1992–1998 South East Melbourne Magic
1999–2002 Victoria Titans
2002–2007 Perth Wildcats
2007–2010 New Zealand Breakers
2010 Waikato Pistons
Career highlights and awards
  • 2 x NBL champion (1992, 1996)

Anthony Dean "Bear" Ronaldson (born 25 May 1972 in Adelaide, South Australia) is an Australian former basketball player who last played for the New Zealand National Basketball League team, Waikato Pistons.

Playing career[edit]

Ronaldson attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 1989.[1] He made his NBL debut in 1990 with the now-defunct Eastside Spectres and was a member of the Spectres Grand Final team that lost to the Perth Wildcats in 1991. When the Spectres merged with the Southern Melbourne Saints in 1992, Ronaldson was one of the players to be signed to the newly created South East Melbourne Magic. During his time with the Magic, Ronaldson competed in another four Grand Finals including two NBL championships in 1992 and 1996. When the Magic also merged with another club in 1998/99, this time with cross-town rivals the North Melbourne Giants, Ronaldson once again was signed to the resulting team: the Victoria Titans. Ronaldson was eventually sacked by coach Brian Goorijan due to weight and fitness issues. Ronaldson signed with the Perth Wildcats for 2002/03 season. Following the retirement of Ricky Grace, Ronaldson captained the club in 2005/06, but was replaced by Paul Rogers the following season.[2]

Ronaldson's game would continue to operate on his basketball savvy inside, and outside shooting. His lazy and often haphazard approach to fitness and lack of interior presence would cause the Wildcats to make a low ball offer which Ronaldson refused. Fitness and weight was always an issue for Ronaldson as he was often encumbered by severe weight gain. Due to this and after a number of lacklustre performances, he left the Wildcats after the 2006/07 season and signed with the New Zealand Breakers.[3] Many basketball keen fans regarded Ronaldson as a nonchalant player who struggled to keep up with the pace of the game and earning the nickname "The Duck" for his waddle in transition. However, his ability often surprised fans and players alike and he continued to inspire players of a "larger" body type to strive towards sporting careers.

Prior to the 2006/2007 finals series, Ronaldson had played 574 NBL games,[4] overtaking Leroy Loggins (567 games) during the regular season, and is now (2010) overtaken Andrew Gaze (612 games) with (662) games.[5] Furthermore, Ronaldson leads the league in career wins (402).[5]

NBL Records[edit]

Ronaldson would finish his NBL career with the most games played of all time - 662. He is the fifth-highest scorer in the NBL of all time, with 10,154 points, and also holds the sixth-highest record for defensive rebounds with 2,642.[6]

International career[edit]

In addition to his NBL career, Ronaldson represented his country at a national level on numerous occasions including the 1996 Olympic Games (in which he made a spectacular 4 point play in the dying seconds against Croatia to give the Boomers a berth in the Bronze medal game), 2004 Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[7]


Ronaldson currently resides in Perth where he is a television commentator for Network Ten / One HD during Perth Wildcats home games, usually commentating with Lachie Reid.


  1. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 174013060X. 
  2. ^ Perth Wildcats player profile
  3. ^ "Breakers bag Bear". New Zealand Breakers. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-03-16. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  4. ^ NBL player profile
  5. ^ a b Deane, Steve (1 November 2008). "Basketball: Plenty of growl left in Bear as he gazes at latest record". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Boomers Olympic History
Preceded by
Ricky Grace
Captain of the Perth Wildcats
Succeeded by
Paul Rogers