NBL returns to Australia’s capital city

From nbl.com.au:   The Hungry Jack’s NBL will return to Canberra when the Illawarra Hawks play the Cairns Taipans on Australia Day. The NBL today announced a partnership with the ACT Government and Basketball ACT to bring elite basketball back to the nation’s capital. The ACT Government will invest $125,000 to bring a Hawks game to AIS Arena on January 26 . The team will also host a number of coaching clinics with ACT Representative squads and ACT coaches, visit a number of schools and play against the AIS Centre of…

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Jimmy Butler traded to 76ers

The dark cloud of uncertainty surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Jimmy Butler saga can finally be lifted. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, and later confirmed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, the Philadelphia 76ers will acquire Butler in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless. Wojnarowski and Lowe added the Timberwolves would also receive a 2022 second-round pick and send center Justin Patton to Philadelphia. According to Wojnarowski, “After winless 5-game road trip that ended with loss Sacramento on Friday night, Tom Thibodeau…

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Adelaide 36ers and Adris De Leon part ways

After the team’s 93-81 loss to the Sydney Kings, the Adelaide 36ers and point guard Adris De Leon have parted ways. This season De Leon averaged 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists on 33% from the field in 18.7 minutes per contest; all of numbers that were below his career averages (16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 41% FG). De Leon will return to his home country, the Dominican Republic, where he will have the option to play out a longer term deal in the national league there.…

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Andersen’s throwback performance leads Illawarra past Melbourne 87-81

Andrew Bogut brought the people but Melbourne United took the win as the reigning champions handled business against the Sydney Kings in front of a sell-out crowd at Melbourne Arena. As 10,300 people filled the arena on Melbourne Cup eve, Melbourne asked the Kings plenty of questions and Sydney didn’t have enough answers with United winning 77-70. DJ Kennedy enjoyed his best game for Melbourne with the import left-hander outstanding with 24 points and 10 rebounds while United’s defence and their offensive rebounding in the final term snuffed out any…

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Melbourne United defeats Sydney Kings 77-70

  Andrew Bogut brought the people but Melbourne United took the win as the reigning champions handled business against the Sydney Kings in front of a sell-out crowd at Melbourne Arena. As 10,300 people filled the arena on Melbourne Cup eve, Melbourne asked the Kings plenty of questions and Sydney didn’t have enough answers with United winning 77-70. DJ Kennedy enjoyed his best game for Melbourne with the import left-hander outstanding with 24 points and 10 rebounds while United’s defence and their offensive rebounding in the final term snuffed out…

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Report: Phoenix Suns will buyout Tyson Chandler,expected to sign with Lakers

According to The New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Phoenix Suns will buyout center Tyson Chandler, making him a free agent. Should he be claimed on waivers, Chandler would be owed $13.6 million this year. Left unclaimed, he becomes eligible to sign with any team he chooses. The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to sign Chandler as soon as he clears waivers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.   As @TheSteinLine reports, center Tyson Chandler is getting a buyout with the Suns and will become a free agent upon clearing waivers. Chandler…

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Andrew Bogut balls as Sydney Kings Celebrate Lisch’s 200th game

Former NBA no overall pick and 2015 NBA Champion played his best game as a member of the Sydney Kings. The former, most notable, Golden State Warrior and Milwaukee Buck recorded 21 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and two steals in the Kings’ 86-79 victory over the Illawarra Hawks. He was also very efficient, shooting 9-13 from the floor. Kings’ coach Andrew Gaze was very complimentary of Bogut’s performance, saying this: Some of the stuff that was going on – when I saw that down the middle hellacious…

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Derrick Rose’s career night makes the basketball world smile

The unfortunate turn that Derrick Rose’s career has taken has been well documented. Whether you are a fan of Rose or a fan of basketball, it has been near painful at times to watch the struggles of the former MVP. It seemed that the basketball world was on the verge seeing a potential Hall of Fame career, a la Penny Hardaway, and until this year, Grant Hill, diverted due to injury. His time in New York produced decent numbers 18.0 ppg and 4.4 apg) but not the type of impact…

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Liam Santamaria’s NBL Studs and Duds

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria   Round 3 saw all but one game decided by single-digits with seven of the league’s eight teams grabbing a win. Five teams split their doubles, two squads went 1-0 while the last-placed Taipans were the only team to go winless for the round. We had comebacks, extra periods, a triple-double, highlights for days and even a sprinkling of controversy. What more can you ask for?   STUDS   Nathan Sobey (Adelaide 36ers) Sobey-Wan Kenobi was everywhere on Friday night, notching up the first…

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Klay Thompson sets single game three point record, scorches Bulls for 52

At least from the perspective of long-range shooting, Klay Thompson has not been himself to start the 2018-19 campaign. Coming into The Warriors’ game against the Chicago Bulls he had been averaging just 15.1 points per contest and shooting just 40% from the floor. He had only made 5 of his 36 three-point attempts on the season. The Bulls were very accommodating in helping Thompson break out of his shooting funk in a major way. He hit an NBA record 14 three-pointers en route to a 52 point night. Thirty-six…

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