Josh Boone signs deal with Illawarra Hawks

courtesy of nbl.com.au : The Illawarra Hawks have dropped a serious #NBL20 bombshell with the signing of highly sought after free agent, Josh Boone. Boone joins the Hawks on a 1-year deal. No stranger to success in the NBL, Boones’ time with Melbourne United saw him make the grand finals in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons. With a championship under his belt (2017/18), Boone was also awarded the All NBL First Team Honours in 2018. His experience provides a great balance to the current line up at the Hawks. Boone won an…

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NBL and Players’ Association reach new Collective Bargaining Agreement

courtesy of nbl.com.au : The National Basketball League (NBL) and the Australian Basketball Players’ Association (ABPA) will deliver the most professional conditions in the League’s history under a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Minimum salaries will significantly increase and investment in player welfare and development will be doubled under the three-year agreement. Under the deal: Minimum salaries for players will be set at $55,000 – an increase of 38 per cent since 2016; Development Players will receive a minimum salary for the first time, set at $17,000 for the NBL Season;…

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NBL Representatives to be enshrined in Australian Basketball Hall of Fame

From nbl.com.au: Five individuals with NBL links will be honoured at the 2019 Basketball Australia Awards night, as Lanard Copeland, Brad Dalton, Bill Mildenhall, Ray Hunt and Lorraine Landon OAM get inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame. Copeland’s name was etched into Australian basketball lore at this year’s NBL Gala Dinner, when it was announced he would be entering the hall of fame. “It is an absolute pleasure to be inducted into the hall of fame,” Copeland said in his speech during the NBL awards night. “They say you…

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NBL News: Alex Pledger re-signs with Melbourne

From nbl.com.au : Veteran big man Alex Pledger has re-signed with Melbourne United for the #NBL20 season. Pledger will return to Melbourne for another season after playing in all bar one game of United’s 2018/19 campaign. Pledger, who is the tallest man in the NBL standing at 215cm, is a four-time NBL Champion with the New Zealand Breakers and a valuable member of New Zealand’s national team, the Tall Blacks. Averaging 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds last season, Pledger proved to be a force coming off the bench with tough…

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NBL News : David Barlow re-ups with Melbourne

From nbl.com.au : Melbourne United have announced that David Barlow is returning for the 2019/20 NBL season. Barlow has a stellar NBL19, winding back the clock to average his most points (11.7 per game), rebounds (4.5) and assists (2) since the 2008/09 NBL season. After an injury-ravaged middle portion of his career, Barlow truly found his place in the league once again last season, playing in every United game and shooting 41% from three-point land. He scored 15 points or more on 10 occasions in the 2018/19 season, highlighted by 24 points…

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Andrew Bogut’s play is putting the NBL on NBA Radars

From nbl.com.au : Andrew Bogut keeps getting asked about the NBL, and those in the NBA are listening after his stellar start to the Playoffs with the Golden State Warriors. Speaking with the Daily Telegraph’s Matt Logue, Bogut has opened up on the added intrigue in the NBL he is seeing in NBA circles. “People are now genuinely intrigued,” Bogut told The Daily Telegraph. “I think this is a perfect storm for the NBL, especially for myself to come over here and play valuable minutes for a championship contending team. “People over…

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Perth re-signs Clint Steindl for two years

From nbl.com.au: The Perth Wildcats have re-signed guard Clint Steindl for two more seasons, meaning the sharp-shooter will call Perth home until at least 2021. Steindl joined the Wildcats in 2017 and became a championship player for the first time this year. The 30-year-old is thrilled to be remaining in Perth. “I’m happy, excited and relieved to have signed back here. I love it here and I get another two years to build on what we’ve done here so far,” he said. “You win a championship; you want to stick…

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Perth defeats Melbourne 97-84 to win Grand Final

From nbl.com.au : The Perth Wildcats are again the toast of the NBL winning their ninth championship on Sunday in front of 10,007 fans at Melbourne Arena. The Wildcats have won their record-extending ninth NBL championship but have clinched it on the road for the first time in 29 years beating Melbourne 97-84 in Game 4 making the statement on the road. The Grand Final Series began with strong home victories for both teams in the opening two games, but it was quite the statement Perth made on Friday night…

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From nbl.com.au : Game five of the Hungry Jack’s NBL Grand Final Series presented by MG between the Perth Wildcats and Melbourne United will be played on Sunday March 24 if required. The game will tip off at RAC Arena in Perth at midday local time or 3pm AEDT and will be broadcast live on 9Go! and Fox Sports from 2.30pm (AEDT). NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “Scheduling game five on March 24 ensures adequate rest for both teams before the deciding game of the series. Sunday afternoon is…

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Five Takeaways from NBL Grand Finals games 1 and 2

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria The Grand Final Series between Perth and Melbourne is all tied up at 1-1. What have we learned so far? Rebounding on the Road With two elite defensive units going head-to-head, rebounding was always going to be a key to this series but as it turns out, it’s even more important than we thought. Why? Because so far neither team has been able to hold down their defensive glass on the road. In Perth, United grabbed four more total rebounds than the Wildcats but…

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