Liam Santamaria’s Round 4 NBL Studs and Duds

from nbl.com.au: At the conclusion of each round, NBL Media’s Liam Santamaria lets us know who made the grade and who deserves a little shade. STUDS Ben Moore (South East Melbourne Phoenix) The Phoenix were terrific on Sunday as they dealt the Hawks their first loss and the man who sparked their intensity was undoubtedly Ben Moore. Perfectly playing his role as an impact big off the bench, Moore put up an impressive 15-point, 15-rebound double-double while also recording 2 assists, a steal and 3 blocked shots. “He’s a play-maker…

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National Basketball League reinstates Illawarra Hawks name

from nbl.com.au: The Hungry Jack’s NBL has agreed to reinstate the name of foundation Club, the Illawarra Hawks. The decision follows the Club reaching its membership target of 4379 this season and increased corporate support from the local community. The Illawarra Hawks will play their first home game of the season tomorrow night against Melbourne United at the WIN Entertainment Centre at 7.30pm AEDT. NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman said: “Last November the owners of The Hawks approached the NBL and expressed their desire to reinstate the Club’s…

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NBL: Humphries and Giddey lead 36ers to victory over Breakers

From nbl.com.au: It was anything but a two-man show, but Isaac Humphries and Josh Giddey showed they are going to help make the Adelaide 36ers tough to beat this season leading the Sixers to an 88-78 over the New Zealand Breakers. The 36ers were playing their fifth consecutive home game at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night and on the back of a flying start, and with Humphries and Giddey showing the way, the Sixers led from go to woe to win by 10. It’s the first time the 36ers…

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NBL announces changes to opening round of NBL21

From nbl.com.au: The NBL has announced changes to the schedule for the opening round of the 2020-21 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season. The NBL will now stage games exclusively in South Australia and Queensland for the opening round. The games will be as follows: ROUND 1 Friday January 15Adelaide 36ers v Melbourne United, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 7.30pm Saturday January 16Brisbane Bullets v TBC, Nissan Arena, 5.30pm (TBC) Cairns Taipans v Sydney Kings, Cairns Pop-Up Arena, 8pm Sunday January 17Adelaide 36ers v South East Melbourne Phoenix, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 3pm Monday January…

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Accessing every NBL21 roster

From Liam Santamaria at nbl.com.au: Can you believe it? After the longest off-season in NBL history we’re now only two weeks from opening night. NBL21 is just around the corner! So, as we approach the start of the season, let’s take stock of where each club currently sits in terms of their roster. Of course, most teams are locked, loaded and ready to go. Some, however, still have a final piece to add to their puzzle. As a bit of a snapshot, I’ve listed each squad’s returning players, their new…

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NBL21 Free Agency: SE Melbourne signs Keifer Sykes

From nbl.com.au: The South East Melbourne Phoenix have announced the signing of high-flying American point guard Keifer Sykes as their second import on a one-year deal. The 26-year-old Chicago native has played for a number of clubs across the world – most recently at EuroLeague giants Panathinaikos – since finishing a stellar college career at Green Bay. He’s also represented Cleveland, Golden State and Denver at the NBA Summer League, and the Austin Spurs in the NBA G-League. Sykes won two Horizon League Player of the Year awards at college,…

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Brisbane Bullets sign former Magic two way player Vic Law

From nbl.com.au: The Brisbane Bullets have secured their second and final import for the 2020/21 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season with the signing of recent NBA player Vic Law. Law is coming off a 2019/20 season where he played for the Orlando Magic and their G-League affiliate the Lakeland Magic. The 24-year-old appeared in nine games for Orlando, which included a 10-point performance against the New Orleans Pelicans in August in the NBA bubble.  The 6’7” small forward made the 2020 All-NBA G-League Third Team after averaging 19.7 points, 8.1 rebounds…

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Sydney signs former NBA first rounder Jaren Martin

From nbl.com.au: The Sydney Kings have announced the signing of former NBA first-round pick Jarell Martin. Martin joins the Club after four years in the Association with the Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic. At 6’10, the 26-year-old Baton Rouge native most recently played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in NBA G-League and with the Schenzhen Leopards of the CBA. Having already spent time with Martin during his tenure as the Director of Basketball Operations with the Memphis Grizzlies, Sydney Kings CEO Chris Pongrass was pleased to be welcoming the…

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Lull Deng coached South Sudan on verge of AfroBasket qualification

from Liam Santamaria at nbl.com.au: With a trio of former NBL players leading from the front, South Sudan turned heads at last week’s FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers in Rwanda. The South Sudanese national team was added to the tournament as a last-minute replacement and, despite limited preparation, completed the initial round of group phase games with an impressive 2-1 record. The squad, coached by two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng and featuring a host of South Sudanese-Australians, lost their initial game to top-ranked Nigeria but bounced back to defeat both Mali…

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Andrew Bogut is hanging up his sneakers

from nbl.com.au: Andrew Bogut has announced his retirement from professional basketball, effective immediately. The former Sydney Kings superstar revealed the news on his Rogue Bogues podcast, citing numerous injury issues as the main reason for his retirement. “The decision hasn’t been an easy one, but I think it is the right decision. The decision that I made and where I will be signing for next season is absolutely nowhere. I will be retiring from professional basketball, effective immediately,” Bogut said. Andrew Bogut has announced his retirement from professional basketball, effective…

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