NBL and NBA teams to play as part of third consecutive preseason

The previous two years have seen NBL teams play NBA teams in the preseason and it will continue next season. The NBA and NBL made the announcement recently. The Adelaide 36ers,Melbourne United, and SKY Sports New Zealand Breakers of the NBL will play a total of five preseason games against the Los Angeles Clippers , Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies from October 6-17. NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger had this to say of the continuation of the interleague preseason games: That this series is now…

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NBL Rookie Harry Froling talks about his NBA Dream

From nbl.com.au : Reigning NBL Rookie of the Year Harry Froling is currently completing a hectic schedule of pre-draft workouts. Having worked out with the Utah Jazz last month and Sacramento Kings yesterday, Froling will put his skills on display for the Washington Wizards on Thursday and Philadelphia 76ers on Friday (Australian times). He will then look to impress a bunch of NBA executives at his Pro Day in Miami and is contemplating adding another couple of teams to his already-busy schedule. Following his workout with the Kings, Froling spoke…

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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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Harry Froling happy with “Good” Jazz workout

From nbl.com.au : NBL Rookie of the Year Harry Froling says his pre-draft workout with Utah Jazz was a “really good experience”, as he continues to showcase his skillset ahead of June’s NBA Draft. Froling was one of six players to work out for the Jazz overnight, and the former Adelaide 36er sounded pleased with how he performed. “It was good,” Froling told Utah media. “This is my first workout for the pre-draft stuff. A bit of altitude, good to get a run in and get a good work out…

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Brisbane Bullets sign former 36er Nathan Sobey

From nbl.com.au : The Brisbane Bullets have secured Australian Boomer and All-NBL Second Team guard Nathan Sobey as their first free agent addition to the roster. Sobey joins the Bullets on a three-year deal which will have him at the Club until the end of the 2021-22 season. The move to Brisbane comes after five years at the Adelaide 36ers for Sobey, and one year with the Cairns Taipans. Sobey was involved in grand finals series with both teams, including the 2017-18 series for the 36ers against Melbourne United. Bullets Head…

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Andrew Bogut wins Andrew Gaze NBL MVP Trophy

Former NBA veteran, world champion Andrew Bogut capped off his successful inaugural season in the NBL by being awarded the Andrew Gaze Trophy, which is given to the Most Valuable Player. The former no. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft garnered 83 votes to beat out Melbourne United’s Caspar Ware, who finished with 77 votes and Bryce Cotton of the Perth Wildcats, with 65 votes. Bogut was not done racking up hardware and acclaim, as was also named the NBL’s Best Defensive Player as well as earning a…

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Adelaide 36ers re-signs Jacob Wiley

From nbl.com.au : The Adelaide 36ers have locked in star forward Jacob Wiley, re-signing the import for the 2019-20 NBL season. Wiley joined the 36ers during the off-season after spending last season as a two-way player with the Brooklyn Nets, making his NBA debut after being called up from the Long Island Nets, much like former Adelaide star Mitch Creek did recently. Since arriving in the NBL, Wiley has impressed both statistically and when it comes to highlights featuring regularly in the Top 10 Plays each week. The 24-year-old Wiley said is thrilled to…

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Perth pounds Adelaide 100-81

From nbl.com.au: The old warhorse Damian Martin turned on a clinic as the Perth Wildcats shook off a blistering Adelaide 36ers start to continue their resurgence with a statement-making 100-81 win on Friday night at RAC Arena. The Sixers shot out of the blocks with 18 points in the game’s first four minutes with Jacob Wiley hitting 12 of them as they looked set to fire themselves back into the NBL’s top four. It wasn’t to be with the 36ers ending up scoring just 13 points in the second quarter…

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