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Bob Myers vs David Griffin Round 2

Bob Myers vs David Griffin Round 2

The NBA Finals tip off next Friday and already the headline billings are in full force. MVP vs. MVP. Rookie Head Coach vs. Rookie Head Coach. Aussie vs Aussie. However, there are two other guys who’ve had a huge impact in getting their teams to the Finals.  I’m talking about the Executive of the Year, Cleveland’s David Griffin, and the… Read more →

Larry Kestelman Interview: Full Transcript

Larry Kestelman Interview: Full Transcript

Here is the full transcript of Liam Santamaria and Brett Thomas’ interview with the NBL’s new Executive Director, Larry Kestelman.   Kestelman spoke on the Downtown podcast about his vision for the NBL, marketing and media, the league’s expansion plans and his intention to partner with the NBA.   Congratulations on securing the stake in the NBL today. On behalf of… Read more →

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Podcast: Larry Kestelman

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Podcast: Larry Kestelman

The boys chat with the NBL’s new Executive Director, Larry Kestelman, about his $6M investment in the future of the league. Kestelman speaks at length about his vision for the NBL, marketing and media, the league’s expansion plans and his intention to partner with the NBA. A must listen for all fans of basketball in Australia. Click here to subscribe via iTunes…. Read more →

Chasing the GOAT

Chasing the GOAT

With Cleveland’s 4-0 sweep of Atlanta in the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James has further cemented his place among the NBA’s greatest of all time. He has also brought his home town to the brink of its first NBA title and its first major sports trophy since 1964. When he announced that he was returning home 10 months ago, James… Read more →

Starting Five: Know Your Role

Starting Five: Know Your Role

Each week NBA Australia‘s stable of experts – which this week includes Downtown’s Liam Santamaria and Tom Hersz - takes a close look at the big issues in the NBA. For a team to be successful in the postseason, they need a balanced contribution. The Starting Five assess the best role players who have provided their team with an extra spark during… Read more →

Q&A: Damian Martin on the Art of Playing D, Those Painful Boomers Cuts and #30Straight

Q&A: Damian Martin on the Art of Playing D, Those Painful Boomers Cuts and #30Straight

Let’s be real; Damian Martin is one of the best players to ever lace ‘em up in the NBL. He and Darnell Mee are the only dudes in league history to have been named Best Defensive Player on five occasions and only Martin has done it five seasons in a row.  If defense truly does win championships then the Perth… Read more →

Vinnie's Got a New Entourage

Vinnie’s Got a New Entourage

Just like his fictional lookalike Vincent Chase, Todd Blanchfield is a star on the rise. He’s also a star on the move after inking a new two-year deal with Melbourne United. Blanchfield, who has played for Townsville Crocodiles since 2009, considered big-money offers from numerous NBL clubs before eventually deciding to take his talents to Melbourne. It’s a big coup for… Read more →

Downtown’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

Downtown’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

The balls were drawn yesterday in the NBA Draft Lottery and for just the first time since 2004, they have rewarded the team with the worst record. Minnesota had the maximum number of combinations (a 25% chance) and came away making owner Glen Taylor very happy. They will now get to pair this year’s #1 overall pick with last year’s…. Read more →

Starting Five: Who Should Coach New Orleans?

Starting Five: Who Should Coach New Orleans?

Each week NBA Australia‘s stable of experts – which includes Downtown’s Liam Santamaria - takes a close look at the big issues in the NBA. After Monty Williams was fired following New Orleans’ first-round loss, who should Dell Demps be looking at to take the franchise to the next level and construct a deep playoff run?   Liam Santamaria: Fred Hoiberg While the… Read more →

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