Lenny's sounds of home

Wollongong Hawks import Lance Hurdle has a new nickname among his teammates.

Centre Larry Davidson - the man who usually comes up with nicknames for fellow Hawks - started calling Hurdle "Lenny" a couple of weeks ago and it seems to have stuck.

Funnily enough, Hurdle's nickname is really not that new at all.

"I like that one a lot because that's what my family calls me at home," the 25-year-old Californian said.

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"My grandfather called me Lenny. I don't know where it came from. I had that name since I was young.

"Laz just said 'Lenny' one day and it just kind of stuck.

"Now coach [Gordie McLeod] calls me Lenny too. I love it because I can hear my grandfather saying 'Lenny, Lenny'. My Mum shortens it and calls me Len, but my grandfather and grandmother always call me Lenny."

Hurdle had just five points on 2/8 shooting in Saturday night's 73-59 defeat of Cairns, but he still had almost 4000 Hawks fans gasping when he left his defender stuck in mud and scored on a spinning drive in the second half.

The guard is sure to present match-up problems for the Melbourne Tigers on Sunday at Hisense Arena. The game will be live on Channel 10, from 2pm.

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