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Michele Timms
Michele Timms in 2016, as the assistant coach of the China women's national basketball team
Personal information
Born (1965-06-28) 28 June 1965 (age 57)
Melbourne, Australia
Listed height5 ft 4.5 in (1.64 m)
Listed weight132 lb (60 kg)
Career information
Playing career1984–2001
PositionPoint guard
Career history
19972001Phoenix Mercury
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

Michele Margaret Timms AM (born 28 June 1965) is an Australian basketball coach and retired professional basketball player who played for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association(WNBA). Many people consider the Melbourne native to be one of Australia's greatest basketball players of all time. She has one daughter, Kalsie Timms. Timms was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. She was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2016.

WNBL career

Timms played for four clubs in her WNBL career: Bulleen, Nunawading, Perth and Sydney. In 2005, Timms was honoured by the WNBL with the creation of the Michele Timms Cup. The cup is presented to the winner of the Bulleen Boomers-Dandenong Rangers derbies.

WNBA career

At the onset of the WNBA in 1997, she went to the Phoenix Mercury, for whom she played in the finals in 1998, losing to the Houston Comets. Timms came within inches of giving the Mercury their first title that year; with the Mercury up 1-0 and needing only one more win for the championship, and Game Two tied at 66 with three seconds to go, Timms took a three-point shot that bounced off the rim's back. Ultimately, the Comets won that game 74–69 in overtime, and then the championship in Game Three. In 2001, Timms announced her retirement and almost immediately joined the Mercury's television broadcasting crew, a job which she held only for that season. She averaged 4.6 points and 4.0 assists per game with the Mercury; her highest scoring average in one season being 12.1 points per game in 1997. On 7 August 2002, her number 7 jersey became the first to be retired by the Phoenix Mercury, and only the second jersey ever retired by the WNBA. Upon her retirement, she was the Mercury's career leader in assists.

In February 2005, the Phoenix Mercury announced that she had been signed as an assistant coach under fellow Australian and Mercury head coach Carrie Graf.

Timms played a very influential role in opening the flood gate for many of the future international women's players, especially Australian women basketball stars.

International career

Timms began her professional basketball career in 1984 in Australia. In 1989, she became the first Australian (male or female) to play professional basketball internationally when she went to Germany to play with the Lotus München team. While there, she got a chance to play alongside Marlies Askamp, who would later also play with her on the Mercury. While there, she was named the Women's International Player of The Year in 1994 and 1996. She was selected to the WNBL All team 7 times (1988–92, 1994, 1996)

Also in 1996, at her second Summer Olympics, she helped the Australian national women's basketball team earn their first Olympic medal, a bronze at the Atlanta competition. Four years later Timms was on the squad that captured the silver medal in front of their own crowd.

Coaching career

She worked as the basketball development officer/ assistant coach for the South Dragons in the Australian National Basketball League. During her time with the Dragons, she impressed many of the club's staff and players with her sound knowledge of the game and excellent coaching skills. She left the club on 9 January 2008 and during the middle of the Dragons' season, to fulfill her career ambitions by moving to the United States.[1]

She was an assistant coach with China women's national basketball team, reuniting her with her former Opals coach Tom Maher.[2]

In 2009 Timms was appointed as an assistant coach of the Jayco Australian Opals, the Australia women's national basketball team. She was also appointed an assistant coach of the Global Metals Bulleen Boomers in the Women's National Basketball League. After the 2012 Olympics where Timms was Assistant Coach to the Australian Women's Team, Timms took the Assistant Coaching roll of the next Olympic Cycle with China 2013–2016. After the 2016 Olympics Timms stayed on with the Chinese Women's Basketball Team unit 2018.

Timms worked with Beijing WCBA Team in 2017-2018 Season as Assistant Coach with Sylvia Fowles as their Import. The team won the WCBA Championship.

April 2018 Timms heads back to Australia to establish her own Company "Michele Timms Elite Sports Coaching" and under this umbrella starts the Michele Timms Basketball Academy.[3]


Timms was named the Women's International Player of The Year in 1994 and 1996. She received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2003.[4][5] In 2008 Timms was elected to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.[6]

On 17 August 2016 Timms was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame.[7][8]

Timms was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2018 Australia Day Honours "For significant service to basketball as a competitor at the national and international level, as an Olympic athlete, and as a mentor for women in sport."[9]

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high ° League leader

Regular season

1997 Phoenix 27 27 35.8 .336 .345 .760 3.7 5.1 2.6 0.1 3.0 12.1
1998 Phoenix 30 30 31.1 .318 .298 .694 2.5 5.3 1.3 0.1 2.3 6.9
1999 Phoenix 30 29 26.8 .354 .348 .776 2.6 5.0 1.4 0.2 3.0 6.8
2000 Phoenix 8 8 22.0 .367 .235 1.000 2.0 2.3 1.9 0.3 2.3 3.8
2001 Phoenix 21 18 19.4 .345 .304 .800 2.1 4.1 1.0 0.1 2.0 4.7
Career 5 years, 1 team 116 112 28.3 .338 .324 .755 2.7 4.8 1.6 0.2 2.6 6.0


1997 Phoenix 1 1 40.0 .091 .000 .600 4.0 1.0 4.0 0.0 2.0 5.0
1998 Phoenix 6 6 34.7 .352 .273 1.000 3.3 5.2 0.8 0.0 3.5 9.0
Career 2 years, 1 team 7 7 35.4 .308 .250 .867 3.4 4.6 1.3 0.0 3.3 8.4

See also


  1. ^ Timms signs off on Dragons,, 9 January 2008
  2. ^ Bernard, G., China calls for Timms, Herald Sun, 10 February 2008
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Timms, Michele: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Michele Timms". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  6. ^ "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Australian Opals, WNBA legend Michele Timms to enter FIBA Hall of Fame". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  8. ^ "2016 Class of FIBA Hall of Fame: Michele Timms". Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  9. ^ "TIMMS, Michele Margaret". Australian Honours Search Facility, Dept of Prime Minister & Cabinet. Retrieved 6 February 2018.