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Now That the Crocs Are Gone

Now That the Crocs Are Gone

  The Townsville Suns’ first game at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre was a memorable one. It was a 1993 preseason fixture against the Brisbane Bullets that featured Ricky Jones dunking on Leroy Loggins and a mid-match evacuation caused by fans smoking in the toilets and setting off the fire alarm. Rodney Anderson was watching that game in his… Read more →

NBL Salaries Going Public, With a Catch

NBL Salaries Going Public, With a Catch

  NBL General Manager Jeremy Loeliger. Photo courtesy of nbl.com.au The reference in a media release last month to NBL player salaries being made public was brief enough to allow optimistic presumption. “Salaries publicly disclosed,” said one of the bullet points in the announcement of changes to the league’s salary and contract rules. That was the extent of the info… Read more →

Damon Lowery: “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”

Damon Lowery: “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”

Editor’s Note: On April 16, 2001, Damon Lowery sent the Wollongong Hawks to the 2001 NBL grand final series with a memorable trio of free throws against the Adelaide 36ers. To mark the anniversary, we’re reposting Liam Santamaria’s interview with Lowery, which was first published on March 20, 2014. Damon Lowery is a legend of Australian Basketball.  He hooped here… Read more →

Processing the Process: A Sam Hinkie Retrospective

Processing the Process: A Sam Hinkie Retrospective

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher This was the logic behind the Philadelphia 76ers’ unorthodox rebuilding strategy when Sam Hinkie was hired as the GM and president back in 2013. The team was heading nowhere, out of the playoffs (where they’d most recently been an eighth seed)… Read more →

Isaiah Thomas: The Missing Piece

Isaiah Thomas: The Missing Piece

Isaiah Thomas has always possessed an explosive offensive repertoire. Yet it was only once he joined the Celtics—a team that not only appreciated Thomas’ head-on offensive approach, but craved it—that he reached his lofty ceiling. Prior to his arrival, Boston had all the on-court chemistry and off-court camaraderie a coach could ask for. What they lacked was a cold-blooded offensive… Read more →

Homecoming Kings

Homecoming Kings

The list of NBA players to have spent their entire careers with a single franchise is as short as it is impressive. Given the host of factors that drive player movement from season to season, it truly is a remarkable accomplishment for both the club and the individual to sustain this exclusive working relationship. For some players who couldn’t or wouldn’t stay, there can be a… Read more →

New Orleans Pelicans: What the Hell Happened and Where to From Here?

New Orleans Pelicans: What the Hell Happened and Where to From Here?

This time last year, things were looking up in the Big Easy. Pelicans-fuelled excitement had steadily risen during New Orleans’ run home, and reached new levels when they hosted San Antonio in the regular season finale. A win would earn the Pelicans a spot in the playoffs, a loss would earn them a spot on Inside the NBA’s Gone Fishin’… Read more →

The Evolution of Patty Mills

The Evolution of Patty Mills

  We can be realistic: as close as Australia is to an Olympic medal, it probably still lurks as the if-everything-goes-right team. And that’s fine.   We always equate the Aussies with working-class imagery. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with being working class. It’s what most Australians who watch sport demand to see from their athletes.   But workman efforts don’t… Read more →

Playing in the NBL’s NBA-sized arena

Playing in the NBL’s NBA-sized arena

  The Sydney Kings’ move from the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre to Allphones Arena is minor in distance. But the new Sydney ownership’s plan to shift the team means the Kings are going from a 4,500-seater opened in 1984 to a place with a selfie stick policy (they’re banned) and Ellie Goulding on its events calendar. AEG Ogden is the… Read more →

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