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Five Observations from the Opening Weekend of the NBA Playoffs

Five Observations from the Opening Weekend of the NBA Playoffs

Shot Clock Madness in Toronto As a result of what team officials called a “signal path failure,” the 24-second clocks and game clocks above both baskets broke down midway through the third quarter of Toronto’s 94-87 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Hilariously, the backup clocks were reliant on the same signal path and therefore didn’t work either.  A score-bench official… Read more →

Center to Save the World

Center to Save the World

In his 2009 ’Book of Basketball’ Bill Simmons posed the following question: If Earth had to play a game against basketball-playing Martians with the future of mankind on the line, and we could use a time machine to get any players we wanted from throughout history… what would be the best basketball team we could possibly assemble to save Earth… Read more →

Primed for the Playoffs

Primed for the Playoffs

We’re here!  We made it!  After the 1,230 games that make up the NBA’s regular season, the 2014 NBA Playoffs tip off tomorrow and as legendary Sacramento Kings announcer Grant Napear likes to say, “If you don’t like that, you don’t like NBA basketball!” Only 16 teams remain in contention for this year’s championship.  Tankapalooza is over and, in its… Read more →

Not Too Much To Ask

Not Too Much To Ask

I grew up in a mixed AFL family, in which all five of us supported different teams. Not long ago, I asked my brother whether he was going to follow in the footsteps of our parents and allow his eldest to choose his own team, or if the kid was going to be like so many others and have his… Read more →

Leader of the Pack

Leader of the Pack

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. (Robert Frost, ‘The Road Not Taken’)   Coaching can be a fickle and horribly unpredictable job. In professional leagues around the world, fine basketball coaches can feel the axe swing more times then Henry VIII’s wives. The sackings and… Read more →

Are We Still Trying to Win?

Are We Still Trying to Win?

The recent decisions made by Basketball Australia regarding the Aussie Opals boggle my mind. This year, only months before the 2014 FIBA World Championships, the sport’s national governing body has implemented two key new policies that have essentially prevented two of our brightest female stars – Jenna O’Hea and Abby Bishop – from pulling on the Opals green and gold… Read more →