Category Archives: NBA

Interesting news from the premier basketball league in the world… the NBA

United’s Wesley says Melo will be ‘good match-up for me’

Melbourne United forward Tai Wesley "can't wait" to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder.   The Thunder are set to host United next week in what will be the third game ever played between NBL and NBA teams. The game will be played fresh on the heels of Utah Jazz's comfortable 108-83 win over the NBL's Sydney Kings earlier this week in Salt Lake City.  
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Can Melbourne beat Oklahoma City?

Can the Melbourne United do the unthinkable and upstage one of the best teams in the world, the Oklahoma City Thunder?   Short answer: no.   Long answer: there is a chance, but it’s so low that it’s just easier to say no.   That doesn’t mean that the game is not worth playing.  In fact, there are some tangible reasons why Melbourne can make the game much closer than most...
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How Olympic heartbreak created Boomers basketball success

Everyone remembers where they were at 2:30 am on August 21st, 2016 when Australia went down horrifically to Spain in the bronze medal Match of the Rio Olympics. The hype train was in full steam after coming second in the group, smashing France and Serbia and coming agonisingly close to downing the USA goliath.  So, to lose in such ‘contentious’ circumstances was a heartbreak felt...
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Ben Simmons has improved his jump shot says Brett Brown

When Ben Simmons was drafted first overall in 2016, there were extraordinarily high hopes for him at the Philadelphia 76ers.  He was compared to the likes of Magic Johnson and Lebron James, the tall point forward who could do it all.   Unfortunately, due to a foot injury, NBA fans weren’t able to witness this hype as he was sidelined for the entire 2016/17 season.  But speaking...
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Summer League Schedule on ESPN

The NBA Summer League has been an exciting arena for Australians to show their skills to the basketballing world.  There are the NBA level players like Dante Exum and Jonah Bolden who are pleading their case for more responsibility.  Next are the college level guys like Mangok Mathiang who are trying to move on to a professional career and then the NBL level contestants like...
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Aussies in the NBA Summer League

With the NBA draft come and gone, the basketball community now focuses on the NBA Summer League, where newly drafted players and hopeful free agents showcase their skills to gain a playing contract.   And with the emergence of Australia and New Zealand as a genuinely elite basketball nation, more and more players from the region are receiving attention from NBA scouts.  Players from the NBL are...
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Aron Baynes’ Gamble

Six and a half million dollars a year might sound like a dream come true for nearly anyone on the planet, but for the average NBA player, it’s just average.   Australian Aron Baynes is in this desirable position playing for the Detroit Pistons, as he signed a three-year contract worth $20 million in 2015, with a player option in the last year.  He had the choice...
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