Category Archives: NBA

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

Melbourne United are the NBL’s Golden State Warriors

The all-conquering Golden State Warriors have created a fearsome squad that revolves around quick ball movement, interchangeable line-ups and an ability for (nearly) all on the court to drain three-pointers.   It has created a shift in the basketballing landscape, with more teams around the world modifying their game to be more perimeter-based, with smaller lineups that have multiple shooters.   No team in the NBL identifies with this...
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Isaac Humphries says he is still talking with NBA teams

The first thing that I notice when I sit down with Isaac Humphries is his 7 foot frame towering over me. He barely fits into the chair at the café table where we sit for our interview. Unfortunately there aren’t any other chairs available, but he doesn’t look perturbed – I get the impression that this probably happens a lot for Humphries.

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Finding the NBL’s best point guard

It is arguably the most important position in basketball. Having a good point guard may not necessarily make your team a title contender. However, having a bad one means you don’t have a chance. But who is the best point guard so far this season?

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Torrey Craig receives NBA call up to face Joe Ingles

It was announced this morning that the Denver Nuggets are bringing Torrey Craig up from the G league and will suit up against Joe Ingles and the Utah Jazz today.  
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What We Learned from NBL x NBA

It’s been just over a week since the NBLxNBA experiment concluded, and now that the dust has settled, and the basketball world has normalised, it’s time to look back and see what we learned from the three games.   The NBL has Arrived To even gain a single game with the sides from the best league in the world is groundbreaking, but to wrangle up three games is...
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How to become an NBA scout with 14 year NBA scout Pete Philo

We know only Hoops Tragics listen to this show, so for something different we sit down with Pete Philo, who spent 14 years as an NBA scout with the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks.   Pete, who was also a director of scouting for the Chinese National team from 2010-12, goes into great detail on how you can become an NBA scout and what NBA...
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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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