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A Fundamental Reflection

A Fundamental Reflection

I was talking to a young Frenchman in a Berlin bar barely 48 hours after Tim Duncan announced his retirement. I was hysterical. He was amused. And eventually I became disorientated. In fact, I was shocked. Was Duncan really an all-timer, he asked? You’re right, I was thinking this Parisian definitely didn’t know basketball. But his sacrilege made me confront… Read more →

Getting a Reputation

Getting a Reputation

The NBL is a small league where everyone knows each other and teams have long memories. Make one mistake and it will be forgotten, but mess up again and you’ll have a harder time shaking a particular label. There are only so many chances in life and right now, BJ Anthony is out to prove that he deserves another in… Read more →

The Best (Pre-Cap Rise) Contracts in the NBA

The Best (Pre-Cap Rise) Contracts in the NBA

Head still spinning from the value of all these new NBA contracts? Still struggling to figure out how $16 million this July is the same as $10 million just a year ago? Imagine how the players who locked themselves up in the past year or two are feeling now. Like Malcolm Turnbull after calling for a double dissolution election nine… Read more →

Boomers Stars use 'Pure' Hoops to Prepare for Rio

Boomers Stars use ‘Pure’ Hoops to Prepare for Rio

No cameras. No coaches. No refs. This was basketball in its purest form. Just days before the Australian Boomers gather in Melbourne for a gruelling ten day camp, four members of Andrej Lemanis’ squad spent Friday morning scrimmaging against a group of Melbourne United reserves. Olympic preparation in the raw. Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz), Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), David… Read more →

The NBL’s Place to Be Seen

The NBL’s Place to Be Seen

The inaugural NBL Combine continued today at the State Basketball Centre in Melbourne. A photo posted by The NBL (@nbl) on Jun 21, 2016 at 12:38am PDT If a combine for NBL hopefuls ever becomes a regular, successful thing, then the event that took place on Monday and Tuesday will be worth remembering. About 57 players gathered at the State… Read more →

Downtown’s 2016 NBA Mock Draft 3.0

Downtown’s 2016 NBA Mock Draft 3.0

If the NBA Finals left you wanting more, you’re not alone. It might take a while to come down from the high we got from that epic Game 7. For the third straight year, an Australian has walked away with a ring, giving us reason to be proud and Delly an excuse to celebrate. It’s also fuelled the debate on… Read more →

NBA Draft Series: Kris Dunn

NBA Draft Series: Kris Dunn

In this series, Tom Hersz profiles projected lottery picks ahead of the NBA draft on June 23 (US time).  The series continues today with an in-depth look at Kris Dunn of Providence. “One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.” – Albert Schweitzer (philosopher, theologian) Tales of childhood hardship are common amongst professional athletes. From… Read more →

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 48 minutes of vintage LeBron James away from pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. Down 3-1 against the defending champions – a historically great team – these Finals were in the refrigerator. The door was closed, the lights were out, the eggs were cooling, the butter was getting hard and the Jell-O… Read more →

NBA Draft Series: Brandon Ingram

NBA Draft Series: Brandon Ingram

In this series, Tom Hersz profiles projected lottery picks ahead of the NBA draft on June 23 (US time).  The series continues today with an in-depth look at Duke’s Brandon Ingram. As the ESPN broadcast team will tell you, it’s a “make-or-miss league.” Shot-making may be one of the most valuable skills that scouts and executives look for when assessing NBA prospects… Read more →

NBA Draft Series: Buddy Hield

NBA Draft Series: Buddy Hield

In this series, Tom Hersz profiles each of the top projected lottery picks ahead of the NBA draft on June 23 (US time).  The series commences today with an in-depth look at Buddy Hield from the University of Oklahoma. Upside may be the most difficult thing to measure, but also one of the most important factors in scouting basketball prospects today. Having… Read more →

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