Alex Lyle

The Trouble With a Blanchfield Bounce-Back

The Trouble With a Blanchfield Bounce-Back

When Melbourne United signed Todd Blanchfield in 2015, it got a player who had made the All-NBL second team that year at the age of 23. Then, over the next two seasons, his play belied that line on his résumé. Despite Blanchfield starting regularly and averaging about 29 minutes in each of his United seasons, his scoring and field goal… Read more →

The Fertile Grounds of Metro State

The Fertile Grounds of Metro State

There’s an NBL incubator found far from the Centre of Excellence in Canberra and the Breakers academy in Auckland. Since 1997, Metropolitan State University of Denver has developed players who’d go on to NBL careers both substantial and otherwise. The school is responsible for Rookie of the Year winners, three-time champions and, on some nights this season, 40 percent of… Read more →

The NBL’s Promising First Acts of 2016-17

The NBL’s Promising First Acts of 2016-17

The NBL regular season is a quarter of the way done, and many narratives have been introduced by what’s happened so far. Below are four of this year’s best first acts, those developments that have set up a compelling new story that’ll unfold through the rest of ’16-17. Jaron Johnson got fired and rehired Entering this season, the Wildcats had… Read more →

Alternative NBL Storylines for 2016-17

Alternative NBL Storylines for 2016-17

Most of the storylines ready to develop this NBL season are unlikely to be detailed on the six o’clock news. There’s an abundance of narratives that aren’t on the level of Andrew Gaze coaching the Kings, but will nevertheless be fascinating to watch. Here are five of those unglamorous storylines for 2016-17.   Fuquan Edwin replacing Torrey Craig A March… Read more →

Ranking the NBL’s Offseason Developments

Ranking the NBL’s Offseason Developments

The NBL has changed considerably since the end of the 2015-16 season, enough that the China talk, the Mitchell & Ness agreement and Cedric Jackson’s move to Melbourne United aren’t among the biggest things that’ve happened. They were kept out of the six most noteworthy developments of the offseason by the following: 6. Cameron Bairstow joined the Brisbane Bullets Despite… Read more →

The Fun and Unusual Roster of the Adelaide 36ers

The Fun and Unusual Roster of the Adelaide 36ers

Embed from Getty Images Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is a fan of Third Eye Blind’s “Motorcycle Drive By.” He told everyone about it in The Players’ Tribune.  The Derek Jeter-founded website is full of first-person disclosures like that from athletes. In late June, one of them came from Terrance Ferguson. The 2017 NBA draft prospect announced in an article… Read more →

The NBL’s Place to Be Seen

The NBL’s Place to Be Seen

The inaugural NBL Combine continued today at the State Basketball Centre in Melbourne. A photo posted by The NBL (@nbl) on Jun 21, 2016 at 12:38am PDT If a combine for NBL hopefuls ever becomes a regular, successful thing, then the event that took place on Monday and Tuesday will be worth remembering. About 57 players gathered at the State… Read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →