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The Northern Uprising

When Masai Ujiri was hired by the Toronto Raptors in late May 2013 to be their GM, he inherited a franchise with several pressing issues requiring decisions; both in the front office and with the roster. The team had not made the playoffs the past 5 seasons and it seemed Ujiri would be faced with more questions than Alex Trebek… Read more →

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Podcast: Dante Exum

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Episode 40 is now available for download on iTunes. Tommy Greer and Liam Santamaria chat about the recently selected Aussie Boomers team and are joined by Boomers guard and Utah Jazz rookie Dante Exum. After breaking down the Boomers squad, the boys chat with Exum about his selection into the Australian National Team, what role he thinks he’ll play… Read more →

Vámonos la Boomers

Australian Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis today announced the final team of 12 that he will be taking to Spain next month for the FIBA World Cup. Perhaps the biggest surprise – the omission of teenage phenom Ben Simmons – was leaked last night when Simmons took to Twitter to air his disappointment. In the end, Lemanis chose to take… Read more →

Who Makes the Boomers Team?

The 17-man Australian Boomers squad has been sweating it out at Basketball Australia’s National Centre of Excellence in Canberra the past few days. The training camp kicked off on Wednesday and Head Coach Andrej Lemanis and Assistant Coach Luc Longley will be announcing the final World Cup team early on Monday morning. Ok, so with 12 spots up for grabs,… Read more →

Put Your Hands Up For Detroit

The Motor City has seemingly been operating without all its parts for the last five years as the once ruthlessly proud Pistons franchise has transformed into the NBA’s problem child. Detroit signed Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, two of the league’s most polarising players, to a combined $80 million last year, while holding the rare distinction of failing to crack… Read more →

The Buzz is Back

Are the Charlotte Hornets finally recovering from the ‘Jordan era’ and returning to their glory days? Is the Buzz back?  Or is it simply a name change? There is no questioning the success of Michael Jordan’s playing career.  However since his return to North Carolina, when he gained control of basketball operations of the Charlotte franchise in June 2005, the… Read more →

Downtown’s Fantasy Basketball Dynasty Rankings 2014 2.0

In early May we published my Top 100 Fantasy Basketball Dynasty Rankings to help you plan for next season.  Since then we’ve had the NBA Draft, Free Agency in full swing, and just a few major players named LeBron, Pau Gasol, Pierce, Parsons, Lance, Ariza, Deng, Hawes, Jimmer (kidding) moving teams, which will have a ripple effect for Fantasy Purposes. If… Read more →

Sami vs. Kobe HORSE

Somehow you have been afforded this one opportunity to play Kobe in a game of horse. You don’t take it for granted and make sure you get your work in.  Adding a few tough horse shots to your game, you work on the one handed three and the deeeeeep three. It’s go time…. Uh oh… you forgot one thing: The… Read more →

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Podcast: Joe Ingles

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Episode 39 is now available for download on iTunes. Tommy Greer and Liam Santamaria are joined in the studio by two-time Olympian and 2014 Euroleague champion Joe Ingles. The boys chat with Ingles about winning the Euroleague with Maccabi Tel Aviv, this week’s Aussie Boomers camp, the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Spain and his plans for the future… Read more →

The Others: Under-the-Radar Free Agent Signings That Could Make a Difference

As the world responded with ‘Coming Home’ montages to LeBron James’ announcement, a few teams have been quietly assembling some intriguing signings. There’s no doubt that Cleveland made the greatest splash of all, while Charlotte may have struck a bargain with Lance Stephenson’s three years, $27 million deal (either that or they’ve just contracted the Solanum virus). Forecasting the off-season’s… Read more →