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In The Name of the Father

In The Name of the Father

The career of Chicago Bulls back-up center and resident tough man, Nazr Mohammed has come full circle. Growing up in Chicago in the 80s and 90s, Mohammed was a huge Chicago Bulls fan – idolising Michael and Scottie while he learnt the game at Kenwood Academy on the south side of town. These days, after 16 years as an NBA… Read more →

Trading Places

Trading Places

Downtown’s Guide to Fantasy Basketball Trading: Louis: “Think big, think positive, never show any sign of weakness. Always go for the throat. Buy low, sell high. Fear? That’s the other guy’s problem. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the absolute carnage you are about to witness. Super Bowl, World Series – they don’t know what pressure is…. Read more →

The NBL Should Play on Christmas Day

The NBL Should Play on Christmas Day

It was Christmas night and not a creature was stirring in front of my family’s television, until my dad noticed there was a live cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Foxtel. That was the highlight of our evening viewing and after a day of food, family and presents we were in the perfect frame of mind for some… Read more →

Music of the Traffic – Week 9

Music of the Traffic – Week 9

NBA Fantasy: Christmas week is finally upon us. It’s a time to relax, unwind, spend time with loved ones and eat way too much food. It is also a time to exchange gifts. Some gifts are big, some small, some are expensive, while others are about the thought that went into them. Whatever the case, we’re all appreciative of any… Read more →

Lilsanity

Lilsanity

Nothing can send an NBA player into a stat-stuffing frenzy more than lining up against my T. Grizzle’s Grizzlies in a week of fantasy basketball. Over the past few days it has been Portland Trailblazers PG Damian Lillard’s turn to put the hurt on my squad. Much like his team from Rip City, Lillard is often discounted or dismissed as… Read more →

Bird Facts #4

Bird Facts #4

This story legitimizes Larry’s ‘Hick from French Lick’ nickname.  He was the number one pick in the NBA draft and how did he preparing for the upcoming season? By playing some rec. league softball and mushroom hunting of course.  The most amazing thing about it all is that he claims to have never had the same feel for the ball because of the nerve damage that… Read more →

Magic Memories

Magic Memories

TBT: For this week’s Throwback Thursday we’re taking you back over 20 years to 1992 and the birth of the South East Melbourne Magic. The Magic, coached by a long-haired Brian  Goorjian, were the result of a merger between the Westside Melbourne Saints and the Eastside Spectres and the video we’ve dug up this week is the marketing clip that… Read more →

Europa Europa

Europa Europa

The best of the rest … who’s got next? There has been a long history of successful European players in the NBA including Drazen Petrovic, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoc, Arvydas Sabonis and Rik Smits. However, ever since Don and Donnie Nelson struck gold with a skinny shooting forward out of Wurzburg, Germany, and Gregg Popovich turned an unknown 19 year… Read more →

All in the Game – ‘Can’t Live Without’

All in the Game – ‘Can’t Live Without’

This week I am going Downtown with the help of my good friend Candace Parker. We are going to compare the three things we could not live without while we are at home, with the three things we could not live without while we are abroad. It is very common for professional women’s basketball players to spend half of the… Read more →

Music of the Traffic – Week 8

Music of the Traffic – Week 8

NBA Fantasy: The return of Kobe Bryant made the biggest headlines in NBA circles this past week.  After his first game where he struggled, I was asked if he was currently unplayable in Fantasy teams. My response was that he could be great or terrible or anything in between – it is just too early to know. I added that… Read more →