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The NBL Season Ahead: Santamaria-Ward

The NBL Season Ahead: Santamaria-Ward

Liam Santamaria and Roy Ward trade emails on the NBL Blitz, the league’s expansion plans and the upcoming season.     Santamaria: Our first email exchange went down well, Roy Boy, so strap yourself in for round two. Firstly, I hope you’ve recovered from the Brisvegas whirlwind, my man.  On the podcast last week I asked Tommy about the NBL Blitz nightlife and he… Read more →

Old Faces, New Places

Old Faces, New Places

Which veterans will help their new teams contend for a title? We’ve seen it frequently over the past decade; veteran players chasing another shot at a title with a new team when they don’t believe their current team can contend. The trend began when Payton and Malone joined Shaq and Kobe on the Lakers in 2003, only that didn’t quite… Read more →

NBA All-Time Bracket: West Semi Finals

NBA All-Time Bracket: West Semi Finals

If you could select any player from any era to construct a starting five for each NBA franchise, which team would win it all? Downtown’s Tommy Greer, Liam Santamaria and Roy Ward snake-drafted 16 NBA franchises, divided them into two brackets (East and West) and randomly assigned their Conference seedings.   Five starters were chosen along with one extra (either a… Read more →

Identity Crisis: Atlanta’s Uncertain Basketball Future

Identity Crisis: Atlanta’s Uncertain Basketball Future

Ugly stereotyping and racial prejudice have seized momentum in the Mike Budenholzer-era of the Atlanta Hawks. Bruce Levenson was the first head on the block when a document laced with distasteful racist connotations was made public. He escaped a public stoning by selling his share of the franchise. Of course, the controversy didn’t stop there when Hawks CEO Steve Koonin… Read more →

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Podcast: World Cup Recap with Ronny Chieng

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Podcast: World Cup Recap with Ronny Chieng

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Episode 49 is now available for download on iTunes. Tommy Greer and Liam Santamaria are joined by comedian Ronny Chieng to recap the FIBA World Cup. The boys break down the Gold Medal Game including Serbia’s fast start, USA’s white hot shooting and Kyrie Irving’s MVP performance. They also dish out some All-Tournament Team Honourable Mentions, discuss the recent… Read more →

Ranking The NBA’s Five Best Frontcourts

Ranking The NBA’s Five Best Frontcourts

The NBA is currently experiencing what can only be described as ‘The Golden Age of Point Guards’. Most, if not all, franchises headline at least one star PG with many boasting two. The old ‘one shooter, one distributor’ format seems to have taken a backseat to having two penetrating playmakers looking to create and push the tempo directly off the… Read more →

Oklahoma!

Oklahoma!

Building a championship team in Oklahoma has been trickier than expected for a team that boasts three top-15 players and a raucous home crowd. Indeed, the West is a bloodbath, but when the Thunder solved the Spurs puzzle and journeyed to the NBA Finals in 2012, a new dynasty was supposed to take form. This upcoming season shapes to be… Read more →

2014/15 NBL Breakout Candidates

2014/15 NBL Breakout Candidates

With the NBL season creeping up on us (beginning October 10th), I’ve taken a look at the ridiculously talented rosters that have been constructed thus far and have picked out the players I think are ready to make the leap from role player to star. This list consists of players who have found themselves in more favorable situations or have… Read more →