The NBL’s tenth club will be in Tasmania

from NBL.com.au : The people of Tasmania now have a team all of Tasmania can get behind after the league finalised its agreement with the Tasmanian Government to issue a licence to participate in the 2021/2022 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season. The agreement includes a new home for the team with the Tasmanian Government providing $68.5 million for the upgrade of the Derwent Entertainment Centre, including $20 million for a community four court multisport facility. Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said the milestone agreement paved the way for Tasmania to have a…

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No.1 in ‘22 class, Emoni Bates, commits to Michigan State

From Kyle Boone of cbssports.com: Emoni Bates, the No. 1 basketball recruit in the Class of 2022 and considered by some to be the top basketball recruit regardless of classification, committed to the Michigan State Spartans in a bombshell announcement on Monday.   The 6-foot-8 Ypsilanti, Michigan native chose the Spartans over a host of other offers, citing his longstanding relationship with Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo. “They get all my respect,” he said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “I love how they coach, coach Izzo, I like how they focus on…

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NBA Dominance: Highlighting Seven Decades of Basketball Excellence

DOMINANCE.This is a word that is only reserved for the greats. To be more precise, this is a word that is reserved to describe the all-time greats. Many basketball pundits and experts have discussed the idea of placing such dominant basketball gods on a “Mt. Rushmore” of sorts—as a means of properly gauging their legendary contributions to the sport. As the National Basketball Association celebrates its 70th anniversary, it is only right that we highlight ten individuals whose indelible imprints on the game of basketball transcend the game itself. The…

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Memphis Grizzlies announces seeding schedule

Via the Memphis Grizzlies: The Memphis Grizzlies will resume the 2019-20 season on Friday, July 31 against the Portland Trail Blazers at The Arena at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, the NBA announced tonight. The Grizzlies are one of 22 teams that will be resuming the season and will compete in eight “seeding games” to determine the participants and order for the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Earlier today, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced that they have finalized a comprehensive…

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NBA to test for PEDs

When the NBA season resumes later this summer in Orlando, players will be subjected to testing for performance-enhancing drugs, according to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania. The NBA announced a plan to resume the season via a 22-team return to play format where playoff seeding and participation will be sorted out over an eight game stretch. The timing of and even the announcement itself is interesting. I will surmise that there will not be many players who test positive considering how far in advance players have been made aware.

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Rockets owner says Morey’s job is not in jeopardy

If the rhetoric of Houston Rockets team owner Tillman Fertitta is to be believed then general manager Daryl Morey will not have to worry about cleaning out his office (yet). Reporting from ESPN’s Tim MacMahon indicates that Fertitta hasn’t “wavered” on keeping Morey as the general manager. Morey’s job status has seemingly been on shaky ground since he tweeted his support of Hong Kong protesters back in October of 2019, which placed a great amount of strain between NBA and the Houston Rockets relationship with China. Speaking with the Houston…

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Wes Unseld passes away at 74

The year 2020 has claimed another basketball luminary. NBA Hall of Famer and Washington Bullets (for those who are ignorant to this bit of history, the Bullets are now the Wizards) legend Wes Unseld died Tuesday morning. In a statement released by the family Tuesday, it was indicated that Mr. Unseld had lengthy health issues, with the most recent being pneumonia. He was taken number 2 overall in the 1968 NBA Draft by the Baltimore Bullets, right after future teammate Elvin Hayes. He would be come only the second player,…

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Bryce Cotton re-signs with Perth

The Perth Wildcats have Bryce Cotton back in the fold. Sunday night on his Instagram, the two-time Grand Final MVP said “Glad to be back for another three seasons.” View this post on Instagram 🎥: @aeroture_aus ..Glad to be back for another 3 seasons ❗️#111forthecity A post shared by C11 BY BRYCE COTTON (@b_cotton11) on May 25, 2020 at 7:47pm PDT “I’m back for the next three seasons and I couldn’t be happier sharing this news. There’s no place like home.” Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleason was pleased, to say…

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Patrick Ewing home from hospital

NBA great and current Georgetown head basketball coach Patrick Ewing has returned home from the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. Ewing’s son and namesake, Patrick Ewing, Jr. made the announcement Monday on Twitter. The elder Ewing revealed Friday evening that he tested positive for the coronavirus. We at sneakershoptalk.com are certainly glad to hear that Ewing is now out of the hospital and wish him a continual and speedy recovery.

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Bogut undecided about basketball future

Andrew Bogut’s basketball future will not include wearing a Sydney Kings, or any other jersey, at least for the time being. Bogut, the 2019 NBL MVP, took to Twitter to explain his current status: Bogut says he is not hanging up his sneakers but has opted against locking himself into a deal at the current time as he surveys the current basketball environment, saying “This by no means is a retirement note, but simply saying any concrete decisions are too hard to be made at this point in time.” Though…

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