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News From Around the National Basketball League

Did Joey get the Wright imports?

It's become clear that many Adelaide 36ers fans have questioned this season's search for an import. With the season rapidly approaching us I decided to take at look at Kenyon McNeail and Ebi Ere and question "Have Adelaide signed the best imports for the job?   At the start of the off season I remember reading an articles by Boti Nagy talking to coach Joey Wright about the plans...
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New Zealand Breakers 2015 Recruitment Report

Last year the New Zealand Breakers won the NBL Championship for the 4th time in 5 years! Led by Cedric Jackson the Breakers where almost unstoppable. Which is why their off-season may be a little less interesting than some... Why mess with success right?  

PLAYERS OUT:

Ekene Ibekwe (Melbourne), Rhys Carter (Sydney)  

PLAYERS IN:

Charles Jackson (College, Import), Shane McDonald (SEABL).  

ROSTER ANALYSIS:

Ekene Ibekwe was practically etched into New Zealand...

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Are broadcasters playing #Hardball with the NBL?

With less than six weeks until the season begins, it appears broadcasters are the ones playing #Hardball with the NBL. On August 6th, Larry Kestleman - the white knight of prophecy for the NBL - unveiled the first stages of his long awaited resurgence plan for the league; these included a new logo - which is both retro and modern - and a new, much improved...
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Sydney Kings 2015 Recruitment Report

Let’s face it, the 2014/15 season was not a good one for the young Kings team. From a lacklustre point guard to multiple injury troubles the Kings had to face it all. Because of this many questioned the recruiting ability of the Kings organisation. However a stellar off season (so far) has put many of those doubts aside.  

PLAYERS OUT:

Cody Ellis (Illawarra), Kevin White (Illawarra), Kendrick Perry...
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Sydney Kings sign Dion Prewster

The Sydney Kings have rounded out their 10 man roster with the signing of New Zealand forward Dion Prewster.   Prewster was introduced to Australian hoops fans as a result of being a last minute call up to replace an unavailable Duane Bailey during the recent FIBA Oceania series against Australia. However with his stat line including nothing but zero's in the 29 seconds of playing time he received...
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Hugh Greenwood throws in the hard wood for greener pastures – how did it come to this?

AFL teams poaching Australia’s up and coming basketball talent is nothing new. The trend can be traced back at least as far as former 36er, Dean Brogan, and attempts have persisted relentlessly targeting such names as Mark Worthington and Mitch Creek. The unique blend of height, hand-eye co-ordination, athleticism and agility that basket-ballers possess makes them the proverbial wet dream of AFL scouts looking to offer these...
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NBL has a new friend – Wilson!

    Tom Hanks would bask in pride at news that Wilson co. have agreed to terms with the NBL to become their official game – ball supplier through to the 2017 season. The new Wilson Solutions Game Ball is the choice of the NCAA March Madness tournament and will be replacing the - shall we say, aesthetically challenged? -  Spalding NBL ball. True ballers, much like Tom Hanks,...
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Sydney Kings sign Marcus Thornton as new import

In what would be the worst kept secret from the NBL off-season so far it is officially confirmed that Marcus Thornton, the 45th selection of this year’s draft, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Sydney Kings.   Team president Danny Ainge had made it clear in multiple interviews that the Celtics had that the team had selected Thornton with the intention of having him play...
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Sydney Kings to tour New Zealand in September

The Sydney Kings and the New Zealand Breakers go head to head in a best of three series in preparation for the 2015/16 NBL season.   The series will be played in three different New Zealand locations which will allow the reigning league champions a chance to go on a “championship tour” of sorts and play in front of small communities who might not get the chance...
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Luke Schenscher signs with Townsville Crocodiles

Luke Schenscher has agreed to play with the Townsville Crocodiles for 2015/16 where he will pair with reigning MVP and recent Crocodiles signing Brian Conklin.   The 216cm big man may have seen his minutes diminish in recent NBL seasons spent with the 36ers but returning to Townsville, a team he spent 2010-2012 with he hopes to regain some of the dominant form he showed in his...
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