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Ads Featuring NBL Players: An Incomplete History

Ads Featuring NBL Players: An Incomplete History

When Daniel Kickert appeared in a Chemist Warehouse advertisement released in February, he continued a rich tradition of NBL players featuring in commercials. Never mind that the ad became outdated within two months when Kickert joined the Brisbane Bullets—it was nevertheless an addition to the catalogue of commercials with NBL player involvement. And in recent years, additions have been rare…. Read more →

Downtown’s 2016 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

Downtown’s 2016 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

  Representatives got dressed up, brought their lucky charms with them (literally in one case) and then prayed to the lottery gods that the balls would fall their way on Tuesday night US time in the NBA draft lottery. Yet, for the second straight year and only the fifth time since the lottery era began, the team with the worst… Read more →

Where Will Ben Land? 2016 NBA Draft Lottery Guide

Where Will Ben Land? 2016 NBA Draft Lottery Guide

It’s not every year that the headline player in an NBA draft class becomes news in Australia, but then it’s not every year that an Australian player is the favourite to be drafted number one overall. Ben Simmons, who played just one year at LSU, is likely to hear his name called first by commissioner Adam Silver on draft night… Read more →

Tom Jervis and the Lure of the Bullets

Tom Jervis and the Lure of the Bullets

Embed from Getty Images Tom Jervis was in a favourable situation in Perth. He was with an organisation that has been to 30 consecutive postseasons and, in Jervis’ three seasons, won two championships and maintained a Trevor Gleeson-coached core of Damian Martin, Jermaine Beal, Matt Knight, Jesse Wagstaff, Shawn Redhage and Greg Hire. The Kalgoorlie native was playing in his… Read more →

Checking on the NBA’s Coaching Carousel

Checking on the NBA’s Coaching Carousel

Checking on the NBA’s Coaching Carousel One of the most interesting subplots of playoff season each year has nothing to do with any of the teams involved. In fact, teams only enter this conversation when they’ve been eliminated from the playoff race. I speak of course of the annual NBA coaching carousel. We’ve already seen several front offices make changes… Read more →

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 →

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