Alex Lyle

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 →

Playing in the NBL’s NBA-sized arena

Playing in the NBL’s NBA-sized arena

  The Sydney Kings’ move from the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre to Allphones Arena is minor in distance. But the new Sydney ownership’s plan to shift the team means the Kings are going from a 4,500-seater opened in 1984 to a place with a selfie stick policy (they’re banned) and Ellie Goulding on its events calendar. AEG Ogden is the… Read more →

The Curious Omission of AJ Ogilvy

The Curious Omission of AJ Ogilvy

Making the All-NBL First Team and finishing equal-third in MVP voting this season wasn’t enough for AJ Ogilvy to earn a spot in a 26-man Boomers squad. The Illawarra Hawks centre was notably excluded from the squad that was announced on Monday for August’s Rio Olympics. The group features seven NBA players, Ben Simmons, and thirteen guys who played in… Read more →

Is it Time for Three Imports?

Is it Time for Three Imports?

The NBL is ready to allow more imports in the league in time for the 2016-17 season according to a recent article from The Sydney Morning Herald. “The NBL is set to increase the import quota for clubs next season to three to ensure the talent pool is not diluted [when Brisbane re-enters the league],” Paul Suttor wrote in the… Read more →

The Pride of Queensland

The Pride of Queensland

Cameron Bairstow cried after his Queensland team won the 2009 National U20 Championship, but they weren’t happy tears. Shane Froling, the coach of that team, remembered Bairstow was drug tested after Queensland’s win in the final. Bairstow was worried about the outcome of the imminent test, and Froling asked him what he’d done. Bairstow’s indiscretion: he had used his asthma… Read more →

We Need to Talk About Marcus

We Need to Talk About Marcus

Marcus Thornton’s season has been inglorious. His team is last on the ladder, he’s shooting 36.6 percent from the field and he was the victim in the Illawarra beer-pouring incident. The Sydney Kings’ import guard joined the team after averaging 20 points per game in his senior college season and being drafted in 2015 by the Boston Celtics. Despite those… Read more →

D3lly!

D3lly!

Matthew Dellavedova’s performances in the 2015 NBA playoffs didn’t just give people ammunition for criticisms about his style and enable a highlight-worthy duel with Stephen Curry. They also underlined the imperfections in his outside shooting. But after converting on 31.6 percent of three-pointers during the last postseason, Dellavedova is shooting 43.2 percent on triples in 2015-16. “The playoffs and Finals… Read more →

Rebuilding the Bullets

Rebuilding the Bullets

The Brisbane Bullets have about nine months to fill an empty roster before they play an NBL regular season game for the first time in eight-and-a-half years. The League announced in September that the three-time championship winning club that folded in 2008 would return for the 2016-17 season. While that meant the NBL would get one of its foundation clubs… Read more →

Some Like it Holt

Some Like it Holt

Late in the first half of Wednesday’s Sydney-Melbourne game, Kings head coach Joe Connelly offered a critique of United point guard Stephen Holt. “Hey, force him left,” Connelly said from the sideline as United prepared to inbound the ball to Holt near midcourt. “Hey, his left is weak, man.” Holt then dribbled up the floor with his left hand while… Read more →

Should the NBL Play Games on Christmas Day?

Should the NBL Play Games on Christmas Day?

The NBL’s television presence has transformed this season. The league and its broadcast partner Fox Sports have given fans the novelty of every game live, ref cam, and the “I Am” advertisement.  Something to watch on Christmas Day, however, isn’t on the agenda. There won’t be any games played on December 25 this year, and though NBL General Manager Jeremy… Read more →