Michael Wrublewski was an outstanding contributor to the popularity of basketball in Sydney and Australia. He was extremely passionate about the game and in selling the game to fans. His drive, energy, vision and leadership helped basketball to flourish in the late ’80s and through the ’90s. The emergence of the Sydney Kings driven by the man known as the “ King of the Kings” took Sydney by storm and was immensely influential in the basketball boom as Mike took games to the Entertainment Centre. He established the Sydney Flames and recognized them as a force in Australian women’s basketball. A key member of the management team staging the 1994 FIBA Women’s World Championship, he was also involved in the promotion and staging of the 1988 World Championships for Wheelchair Basketball and the Sydney 2000 Olympic games. He was inducted into the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in 2010.