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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New Zealand Breakers sign Scotty Hopson, alter coaching structure

From NBL.com.au: The SKY Sport Breakers will have a new coaching structure to challenge for the NBL20 as well as a new import in Scotty Hopson. A club review identified a need for better internal cohesion between the SKY Sport Breakers high-performance staff and the executive team. As a result, a new executive position of Director of Basketball has been created and filled by Israeli Dan Shamir who has arrived in New Zealand with an impressive international resume. The 44-year-old has been an Assistant or Head Coach in top leagues in…

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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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High Schol Star RJ Hampton to join NBL’s New Zealand Breakers

From nbl.com.au : US teen sensation RJ Hampton will join the New Zealand Breakers as part of the NBL Next Stars program. Hampton, 18, is the number three ranked point guard in ESPN’s 2020 Draft Class Rankings and is the sixth highest ranked prospect overall, making him the highest ranked draft prospect to play in the NBL. Hampton, who is widely considered a top prospect in the 2020 NBA Draft, announced his decision to join New Zealand live on ESPN’s Get Up. From Little Elm High School in Texas, he…

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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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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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Liam Santamaria’s Week 17 Studs and Duds

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria Bryce Cotton is a gift from the Basketball Gods and Damian Martin is the hero we all deserve. STUDS Bryce Cotton (Perth Wildcats) What Bryce Cotton did across the final 16 minutes yesterday was one hundred percent pure basketball brilliance. As Perth’s clash with Sydney approached three-quarter time, and with the Wildcats trailing by 8, Cotton was 0-for-10 and had not scored a single point for the afternoon. That’s before a backcourt steal by Clint Steindl gifted him a rare open look, sparking a…

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NBL R17 preview: Illawarra Hawks v NZ Breakers

From nbl.com.au: Illawarra Hawks v New Zealand Breakers When: 7.50pm (AEDT), Saturday 9 February Where: WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong Broadcast: Fox Sports; Sky Sports NZ The last time Illawarra 107 (Blanchfield 27, Conklin 20, Jett 14, Ogilvy 14) d New Zealand 96 (Weeks 22, Abercrombie 20, Long 17), WIN Entertainment Centre, Round 14 The wheels fell off shortly after three-quarter-time for New Zealand. Tom Abercrombie nailed a trifecta to put them 15 in front and cruising to victory, but the Hawks unleashed a 34-8 run to steal the game. AJ Ogilvy and Emmett…

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Cairns defeats New Zealand in OT 106-98

From nbl.com.au: FAST FACTS • Cairns have hosted consecutive home games with overtime for the first time in their history • The Taipans came from 12 points down to win – the first time they have won from more than four points behind this season • It was Taipans first overtime win since December 2015 after five consecutive losses • Melo Trimble had 32 points, five rebounds and five assists. First Taipan ever to have 32/5/5 twice in the same season • Jarrad Weeks scored 17 points for the Bre…

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