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Power Rankings – Week Seven

After seven rounds, there are definite tiers to the league.  In tier one, there is New Zealand and Perth.  Daylight precedes tier two of Adelaide, Cairns, Illawarra and Melbourne.  Bringing up the rear is tier three of Brisbane and…on second thought, tier four is Sydney’s outright.  It’s a mess, and they should be embarrassed.   Question of the Week What are the hoops tragics going to do with...
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Illawarra Hawks hope hostile fans don’t fire up Jerome Randle

lllawarra NBL coach Rob Beveridge is hoping a hostile Hawks crowd don't fire up Jerome Randle.   Import point guard Randle will debut for last-placed Sydney on Thursday in Wollongong, where he's sure to get a hot reception.   Before last seasons's semi-finals series, Randle - then playing for Adelaide - was reported as saying there were a lot of dirty players on the Illawarra team.   "I know our crowd...
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Power Rankings – Week Six

So, the Breakers take down the two-time defending champions in a matter of three days and all people can talk about is how the last placed team picked up a point guard.  The season may only be a third of the way completed, but it’s time to give New Zealand the respect they deserve, and they’re doing it in the best possible way.   However, I would...
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Jeremy Kendle talks naturalisation, replacing Kevin Lisch and what’s next

When I sat down with Jeremy Kendle at a Kings media day last week, like many Kings fans, I had been pleasantly surprised by the calm and collected American guard, despite being one of his more vocal detractors when he was signed.   The leadership Kendle had brought to the Kings team in his few games since replacing Kevin Lisch was impressive. He wasn’t the flashy, high-scoring...
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Breakers motivated by Mika Vukona’s NBL milestone

Both teams will have Mika Vukona on their mind when the NBL-leading New Zealand Breakers and Perth Wildcats complete their double-header on Sunday.   Tall Blacks veteran Vukona will play his 400th league game in the return match at Perth, where the hosts will be out to avenge their 88-84 loss in Auckland on Thursday.   That win was the Breakers' seventh on the trot, extending their league record...
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Power Rankings – Week Five

Any start to a sporting season can bring about wild speculation and hyperbole, with champions and wooden spooners crowned due to the performance in one game.   However, after five rounds the league begins to settle, and trends start to take shape.  Was that team headed for glory or was it just hot shooting?  Should the other team be disbanded for atrocious play, or do they just...
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