Must win for Melbourne extends their season

From nbl.com.au : Melbourne United has never quite clicked all of #NBL20, until now, and it took until the very last regular season game for them to beat South East Melbourne Phoenix 109-90 and secure a semi-final berth. Coming off appearing in the past two NBL Grand Finals and adding Shawn Long, Melo Trimble and welcoming back triple championship winner Casey Prather, there were high hopes for Melbourne for this season. But they started off losing three straight, including the season-opener to the Phoenix in the first ever Throwdown, and…

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Melbourne keeps hopes alive with 99-83 win over Cairns

From nbl.com.au : Melbourne United took a significant step towards salvaging their season by still reaching the post-season knocking off the finals bound Cairns Taipans in likely their best performance of #NBL20 on Thursday. With 6315 fans screaming like a sold out crowd at Melbourne Arena, United found a way to score their first win over the Taipans in four tries and keep alive their hopes of finishing in fourth place. The loss for the Snakes means they are locked into finishing in third position as their four-game winning streak…

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Melbourne saves season with 77-67 win over Perth Wildcats

From nbl.com.au : Not only did Melbourne United keep their NBL season alive beating Perth Wildcats 77-67 in the open-air game at Melbourne Arena on Wednesday, but all but handed Sydney Kings top spot in the process. With the Melbourne Arena roof open as part of NBL-Australian Open connection, United skipper Chris Goulding (17 points) and his bench (32 points) proved the match-winners as Melbourne scored a 10-point win to arrest a losing slide and keep their finals hopes alive. Reserve centre Jo Lual-Acuil (15 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks)…

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New Zealand lays the smackdown on Melbourne 90-68

From nbl.com.au: The New Zealand Breakers continue to defy all the odds and have put themselves right back in the NBL finals hunt and continued the struggles of Melbourne United with a 90-68 thumping at Spark Arena on Sunday. There have been times this season could have been described as the season from hell for the Breakers with all they have had to deal with. It all started with an import replacement before the season even started and has continued to snowball, but right now they are among the hottest…

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National Basketball League and Under Armour extend partnership

From Nbl.com.au : The Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League (NBL) is pleased to announce that global performance brand Under Armour has extended its partnership with the league. After a successful collaboration for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 NBL seasons, Under Armour will continue as both Supply Partner and Official Compression Partner for the 2019/20 season. NBL Chief Commercial Officer Brad Joyner said: “We have been delighted with the first two seasons of the Under Armour partnership and are excited to grow the relationship. “Under Armour is a premier producer of high-performance…

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NBL games to air live on SBS Viceland and ESPN

It will be a bit easier to view National Basketball League (NBL) games because now the league has reached an agreement with SBS and ESPN. The deal doubles the number games available on free-to-air, makes them viewable at better time slots and now every game available in HD. Under the terms of the agreement, fans will be able to view all the NBL games for free with 67 games airing on SBS VICELAND and all of the games will be streamed live and free on SBS VICELAND. NBL fans within…

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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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Josh Boone signs deal with Illawarra Hawks

courtesy of nbl.com.au : The Illawarra Hawks have dropped a serious #NBL20 bombshell with the signing of highly sought after free agent, Josh Boone. Boone joins the Hawks on a 1-year deal. No stranger to success in the NBL, Boones’ time with Melbourne United saw him make the grand finals in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons. With a championship under his belt (2017/18), Boone was also awarded the All NBL First Team Honours in 2018. His experience provides a great balance to the current line up at the Hawks. Boone won an…

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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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NBL News : David Barlow re-ups with Melbourne

From nbl.com.au : Melbourne United have announced that David Barlow is returning for the 2019/20 NBL season. Barlow has a stellar NBL19, winding back the clock to average his most points (11.7 per game), rebounds (4.5) and assists (2) since the 2008/09 NBL season. After an injury-ravaged middle portion of his career, Barlow truly found his place in the league once again last season, playing in every United game and shooting 41% from three-point land. He scored 15 points or more on 10 occasions in the 2018/19 season, highlighted by 24 points…

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