Photo by Pac
|No. 10 – Bangor Tides|
|Species||Australian Magpie ( Artamidae )|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||189 lb (86 kg)|
|School||No School – Melbourne Sabers (FBL)|
|FBA draft||2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Lorain Firestorm|
|Pro playing career||2018–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2022 Salary||$8.5 million|
|2023 Salary||$9 million|
|2024 Salary||$9 million|
|(OOC) Creator||Bryan Shadowolf|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Growing up during a lull period in Australian Basketball, You’d think that Andrew McDonald-Rainbow would not be interested in Basketball, But you would be wrong. Growing up with some old FBL tapes from the 90’s that was bought and taped by his father at the time and with the Basketball games of the time, Andrew was hooked on the sport. After watching tapes of the FBL and FBA, Andrew started to be inspired by FBL Legend Matthew Gaish, Halley Summers and other players involved with both leagues at the time and after seeing some old All-Star Weekend 3-Pt Contests and Slam Dunk Contests that were taped by his father on Free-to-Air TV, Andrew knew that he wanted to be a Basketball Point Guard who could throw 3-pointers and pull off some crazy dunks.
Throughout school, Andrew continued to home his craft with his 3-Point Shot and his Slam Dunk Skills but his fundamentals needed work. However, Due to his skills, He was able to join a local team and start his journey on the rungs of the Furry Basketball ladder. Starting off in a local district league, Andrew’s first coach would tell McDonald-Rainbow that he needed to work on his main fundamentals as in his own words, “It’s all good if you can pull off tricks but if you can’t get your basics right, No-one is gonna want you on their team.” Andrew would need to prove himself to the coach if he wanted to get decent gametime. So, A lot of the time that Andrew would use previously to practice his Dunking Skills and 3-Point Shooting was used to train himself up on his basic skills. It would take a bit of time and it would be frustrating for Andrew who felt that his coach was not taking him seriously enough but finally, after proving to his coach that he could competently use the fundamentals, And as soon as he got his shot, The young Magpie took it by the horns.
Almost instantly, McDonald-Rainbow would take the local Melbourne League by storm thanks to his flashy play and good skill from outside the 3-Point Line, Becoming one of the best junior players in the Melbourne system. While his skills might have gotten the eyes of scouts for the Melbourne Sabers in the FBL, His Style was what got him to the team who were still looking for a marquee player after Matthew Gaish’s retirement from the game in the mid-2000’s. Growing up on early 90’s Hip Hop, Andrew heavily influenced his fashion style on Rappers from the time along with some of the Basketball Players of the time which lead him to grow out his hair long, Go out with his Air Healys on and make sure that his uniforms were pretty baggy compared to his compatriots. This was what Melbourne needed, An exciting young player with a marketable look. Melbourne would immediately try to contact Andrew to sign him and after Andrew signed the contract, He was now up to League 2 in his 3 League Plan, The FBL.
It would also take a bit for Andrew to get into the Melbourne team as while the team wanted to get him in at Point Guard, There was already an established player in the position for the team and if Andrew wanted to get the spot from the established player in the Melbourne System, He was going to need to Melbourne that they needed to start him and they needed to start him now. There would be one place where he could do that and blow his opponents into the dust, The FBL Slam Dunk Contest.
Throughout the first half of his first season, Andrew would start on the bench and while he’d have great play, The Established Starter would still keep his role as Andrew had yet to really have a blowaway performance but he was about to have it during the All-Star Game at Halftime. In the FBL, Dunks are not seen often due to the skill needed to pull it off and the Slam Dunk Contest mainly just consisted of a bunch of players who offered to be a part of it and Andrew knew this, He had seen previous dunk contests from the FBL, He knew he could blow them all away and he did just that. In front of FSN’s Wes Kerry, His Idol, Matthew Gaish and a bunch of other judges, Andrew would blow them all away with his highly-skilled dunks. He’d walk away with the cash and the starting job for the Melbourne Sabers after everyone in the Australian Sports Media was asking who he was.
As soon as he got the Melbourne starting job, Andrew would almost instantly become a key playmaker for the team and would continue to make the plays he needed to make to keep his job. As he continued to set the league on fire, The Established Starter before him would end up getting traded to the Ballarat Rebellion and Andrew was set to be their starter for a long time to come. However, After two more season at the Sabers where he would become not only one of the most exciting players in the FBL but also one of the best Point Guards in the competition which would get the attention of several scouts in the FBA and other international leagues, Andrew would shock the Melbourne Sabers by announcing that he would be adding his name to the 2018 FBA Draft and if he was to be drafted by an FBA team, He would leave the team to go play in the US. This move would send shockwaves across the Furry Sports Media and the FBL in general as one of their biggest stars was about to walk out for the big lights of the FBA.
While Melbourne was disappointed in the move, There was not much the team could do and thanks to some help from FSN’s Wes Kerry, Andrew has been able to move into the US to follow his dream of making it in the FBA. Only time will tell if the Flashback Magpie will make it in the FBA or not.