Progress did not come immediately. The Tall Blacks went from no-names to recognisable figures in 2002, and Rebel Sport sold out of basketballs.
But the real basketball boom was a decade away.
Professional hoops had arrived in the form of the New Zealand Breakers a year after the Miracle of Indy.
They began capturing the public’s consciousness 10 years later, as they embarked on a run of four Australian NBL titles in five years from 2011.
It was about the same time that the NBA became regularly accessible on social media and television.