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Downtown’s 2016-17 NBA Predictions

Downtown’s 2016-17 NBA Predictions

A new NBA season begins Wednesday morning Australian time, making this a fitting moment for prognostication. Consequently, four Downtown writers are here with their guesses about what’ll go down in 2016-17. Conference Finalists Tom Hersz: Cleveland, Toronto, Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers Michael Collins: Cleveland, Boston, Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers Matt Johnson: Cleveland, Atlanta, Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers… Read more →

The Cedric Jackson Effect

The Cedric Jackson Effect

Now that the footy hysteria has waned, we can sit back and ask: So, who exactly distinguished themselves over the NBL offseason? Things change fast, in unpredictable ways, but now the league is entering a phase where each team is carrying genuine championship aspirations. Interpreting the roster moves, coaching hires and new import names while considering the impact on team… Read more →

A Fundamental Reflection

A Fundamental Reflection

I was talking to a young Frenchman in a Berlin bar barely 48 hours after Tim Duncan announced his retirement. I was hysterical. He was amused. And eventually I became disorientated. In fact, I was shocked. Was Duncan really an all-timer, he asked? You’re right, I was thinking this Parisian definitely didn’t know basketball. But his sacrilege made me confront… Read more →

The Evolution of Patty Mills

The Evolution of Patty Mills

  We can be realistic: as close as Australia is to an Olympic medal, it probably still lurks as the if-everything-goes-right team. And that’s fine.   We always equate the Aussies with working-class imagery. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with being working class. It’s what most Australians who watch sport demand to see from their athletes.   But workman efforts don’t… Read more →

Are You Sleeping on OKC?

Are You Sleeping on OKC?

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors’ bloody disregard for humanity has caused a blackout upon the rest of the NBA whereby top-flight teams have become a mere cute sideshow. Never have we seen a defending champion elicit such potent tremors through enemy camps. The Cavs fired its coach, Blake Griffin punched an equipment manager, Doc Rivers the GM tossed… Read more →

Repost: MIKA

Repost: MIKA

Editor’s Note: When New Zealand Breakers captain Mika Vukona takes the floor this Friday night against Adelaide, he will become the first Kiwi to play 350 NBL games. To mark the achievement, we’re reposting this popular feature written by Michael Collins shortly after the Breakers won the 2015 NBL title. This story was first published on March 13, 2015.   With… Read more →

Kawhi Not?

Kawhi Not?

Last season in San Antonio had the etchings of another peaceful transfer of power from one franchise player to the other. The baton, in many ways, was passed from Tony Parker to Kawhi Leonard. After all, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year was already the Spurs’ most important player from the two seasons prior. But even amongst a culture… Read more →

Downtown's #HardBall Predictions

Downtown’s #HardBall Predictions

The 2015/16 NBL season projects to be one of the most tightly contested in league history. So much talent squeezed into eight teams, almost all of which possess genuine championship credentials. To conclude our build-up to opening night, here are Downtown’s #HardBall predictions.   TOP 4 (in no particular order)  LIAM SANTAMARIA: Melbourne, Cairns, Illawarra, Perth TOMMY GREER: Melbourne, Perth,… Read more →