Why NBA people whose thoughts, actions and decisions mean something are looking at the NBL

This is an interesting read from Liam Santamaria on how more NBA team eyes are starting to focus on the NBL. Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria The NBL’s reputation as a breeding ground for NBA talent continues to grow, with more NBA coaches, agents, analysts and scouts than ever viewing the league as a legitimate development pathway. It’s a reputation that has skyrocketed over recent years thanks to a combination of factors, including the increased visibility of the league, the NBLxNBA initiative and the success of young players developing…

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Illawarra defeats New Zealand 107-96 in come from behind win

From nbl.com.au: Forward pair Todd Blanchfield and Brian Conklin combined for 47 points to lead the Illawarra Hawks to Friday night’s inspired 107-96 comeback victory over the New Zealand Breakers at WIN Entertainment Centre. Illawarra were behind at every change before outscoring the Breakers 34-11 in the final quarter to claim their 10th win of the season and stay in the finals race. Jordair Jett and AJ Ogilvy scored 14 points apiece off the bench for the Hawks, while four-time Olympian David Andersen added 10. “Our last four games are…

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Adelaide 36ers ink Shaun Bruce as injury replacement

In light of the calf injury that will cost Ramone Moore the rest of the season, the Adelaide 36ers have signed Shaun Bruce on a short-term deal. This will Bruce’s second go-round with Cairns; he made his NBL debut with the club in 2013. He would sign a two-year deal with the Brisbane Bullets in 2016. In 2018 Bruce signed with the Wellington Saints in the New Zealand NBL. Bruce’s older brother Aaron debuted with Adelaide in 2008-09 and had a second stint as a injury replacement player in 2009-10.…

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NBL Round 13 Studs and Duds

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria A trio of gutsy comebacks highlighted an eventful Round 13 – a weekend full of big-time players making big-time plays, more surprising results and, of course, plenty of studs and duds. STUDS Melo Trimble (Cairns Taipans) With his mum paying a visit from the States, Trimble poured in a massive 74 points across Round 13, connecting on a flat-out ridiculous 13-of-17 from long range. Wheeling and dealing off the dribble, the talented point(s) guard was borderline unstoppable for most of the weekend as he…

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NBL oncourt kicks : Who rocked the best sneakers in Round 13

The sneaker culture in National Basketball League, the professional league in Australia, has not reached the level that it is in the NBA yet but that is starting to change. On the league’s website, nba.com.au, a recent story was featured with a poll asking fans who wore the best sneakers in the latest round of games. Since we are fans of this league, basketball and sneakers, we thought we would let you weigh in on their poll. The nominees will be posted below as well as the poll. Melo Trimble…

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Perth comes back to stun Breakers 91-86

From nbl.com.au: The Perth Wildcats just refuse to lose. Despite MVP Bryce Cotton joining captain Damian Martin on the sidelines and the New Zealand Breakers being in control for 35 minutes, the league-leaders pulled out a miraculous 91-86 win at RAC Arena on Sunday. The Breakers started on fire with the opening 10 points and even though they were missing their own pair of Tall Blacks Shea Ili and Finn Delany, they remained on top of the contest. New Zealand led by as much 16, were still up 11 early…

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Liam Santamaria’s Studs and Duds: Round 6

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria   Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide all made statements throughout Round 6, while the ‘Cats escaped a WILD finish in the Tropics. Here are your Round 6 studs and duds.   STUDS Melbourne United You have to tip your hat to the defending champs for the toughness they’ve shown throughout their brutal recent schedule. After a high-quality win ‘across the ditch’ on Friday night, United returned home for their eighth game in twenty-two days and took care of business against the Bullets. Melbourne trailed Brisbane…

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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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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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