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With Brisbane on the Outer, the NBL Remains a ‘Work in Progress’

After months of silence, the NBL finally made a definitive announcement yesterday regarding the proposed new Brisbane team and its status for the upcoming season. Unfortunately it wasn’t the news we were hoping for. NBL Chairman Graeme Wade announced that the proposed new team will not be competing in the upcoming season. It comes as more bad news in an… Read more →

The Truth Will Set You Free

The Raptors couldn’t handle The Truth in the first round. They couldn’t handle him last year either. There’s nothing wrong with being 37 (I should know), but you rarely expect guys that age to be delivering knockout punches in the post-season. Yet that’s one of the key reasons why the Wizards brought Paul Pierce to D.C. It’s also one of… Read more →

Starting Five: Best Moments of the First Round

Each week NBA Australia‘s stable of experts - which includes Downtown’s Liam Santamaria - takes a close look at the big issues in the NBA. With the first round nearly complete, the Starting Five take stock and recount their favourite playoff moments to date.   Liam Santamaria: Playoff Patty Mills It went largely unnoticed but it took Patty Mills exactly 10 seconds to… Read more →

39 Reasons to Love The Big Fundamental

Tim Duncan, currently averaging 16.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in the 2015 Playoffs, turned 39 yesterday.  In celebration, here are 39 reasons to love The Big Fundamental. 1. He had 32 and 10 in his playoff debut… as a rookie! 2. He has won a championship in three different decades. 3. His origin story is better… Read more →

Jason Kidd: Basketball Savant

Let’s start with an understatement: Jason Kidd has a brilliant basketball mind. Throughout his 19-year (future) Hall-of-Fame playing career, Kidd was never the tallest, quickest or most athletic.  But he was the sharpest. Blessed with an outstanding understanding of the game and incredible basketball instincts, Kidd retired second all-time in the NBA in both assists and steals (behind John Stockton)… Read more →

“Mr.” Anthony Davis

Somewhere, on the south side of Chicago, Cortez Hale sits and smiles. He shakes his head every now and then, but then the pride and happiness take over. Watching the skinny kid nicknamed “The Brow” dominate the NBA on a nightly basis must be very rewarding for Hale; Davis’ High School Coach. After all, Davis has come a long way… Read more →

Aron Baynes, Blake Griffin and the Legacy of the AND1 Mixtapes

The San Antonio Spurs are defined by their diamonds in the rough. Guys like Danny Green and Patty Mills have extracted NBA careers in Texas. But something struck me just before I watched Blake Griffin and Chris Paul disembowel the Spurs in Game One: Aron Baynes was this year’s 2013-14 Regular Season Patty Mills. The defending champs survived Tiago Splitter’s… Read more →