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Isaac is Coming

Isaac is Coming

Ask any basketball fan who the face of New Zealand basketball is and they’ll quickly tell you it’s Steven Adams. But with the Oklahoma City centre once again unavailable for national duty, a fresh face is ready to step into the void. Isaac Fotu. With his versatile skillset, youthful exuberance and high-energy game, the 21-year-old Fotu potentially holds the key… Read more →

Tessa Lavey Can't Hear You Hating

Tessa Lavey Can’t Hear You Hating

The haters are always gonna hate. Right now, Tessa Lavey doesn’t have time to care – she’s busy kicking ass for the national team. Operating as Australia’s starting point guard in the absence of Erin Phillips (Los Angeles Sparks) and Leilani Mitchell (Phoenix Mercury), Lavey has impressed this week in the Opals’ exhibition series vs Japan. Yes, she’s played a fair… Read more →

Vintage Vlade and the Flop That Wasn't‏

Vintage Vlade and the Flop That Wasn’t‏

A couple of days ago, Deadspin ran a piece on the baffling front office strategies (or lack thereof) of the Sacramento Kings. Included in this article is justified criticism levelled at Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations Vlade Divac. Vlade however is no stranger to criticism. During his playing career, particularly his tenure in a Kings uniform, Vlade was widely… Read more →

Steph Talbot Has It

Steph Talbot Has It

You know it when you see it in person. It’s the way a player moves across the floor.  The footwork.  The motor. It’s the ball whipping behind the back in transition or spinning off the hand towards the glass. That ankle-breaking crossover executed quickly in-the-moment. That accidental showmanship. Steph Talbot – Australia’s brightest young basketball star – has it in spades…. Read more →

All-Time Top Ten NBA Performances by an Aussie

All-Time Top Ten NBA Performances by an Aussie

With Brock Motum edging towards sticking with the Utah Jazz, there could be a record eight Australians in the NBA for the 2015/16 season. That level of talent recognition would not have been possible if not for the numerous Australians who paved the way, both with 10-day contracts and long-term careers. With that in mind, we take a look at… Read more →

When One MVP Just Isn't Enough

When One MVP Just Isn’t Enough

The forecast says mostly sunny but make no mistake, Rob Beveridge is making it rain right now in Illawarra. Recruited to lead the Hawks back to life after its recent near-death experience, the well-connected coach has wasted little time assembling a championship contending roster. First it was AJ Ogilvy. Then Kevin Lisch. And now, after bringing back last year’s Aussie core, Bevo’s locked… Read more →

Choices

Choices

First things first, Liz Cambage loves playing for Australia. She does. But she also loves music festivals. We’ve seen her at festivals/concerts on numerous occasions. The sequence of events would usually go something like this: Retrieve mangled music festival ticket from pocket pass through security enter festival area argue about what stage to head to “Hey look, there’s Liz Cambage”  *redundant pointing… Read more →

Gaze at 50

Gaze at 50

Andrew Gaze turns 50 today and to celebrate we’re sharing some of our favourite sights and sounds from his stellar career. Olympian at 19 All Gazey ever wanted to do as a youngster was represent his country. He achieved this at 19. Just look at how ecstatic he was. Cover Boy The only Australian making Sports Illustrated covers during the 80s… Read more →

Young Bloods

Young Bloods

The pipeline has never been wider. In 2015, Australia sends more kids to college than ever before. Like all young ballers, our countrymen in the NCAA harbour NBA dreams, but the reality is that just 60 draft spots exist each season and few college graduates catch on as free agents. Most of our rising talent seeks work outside The Association. Over… Read more →