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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 →

48 Minutes of Hell

48 Minutes of Hell

 One man’s story about what he saw, heard, and felt at the Staples Center. You might be wondering – the strong-hearted among you, the unhinged, and slightly crazed – whether you could hack it in hell. Well, you know what? You could, especially if you dig Swaggy P and free tacos! For lovers of championship-level hoops, every 2014 Los Angeles… Read more →