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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New Zealand gets 96-85 win over Brisbane

From nbl.com.au: Drama might continue to follow this New Zealand Breakers team but one thing they continue to do is play relatively well at Spark Arena, and that was again the case on Monday night as they disposed of the Brisbane Bullets 96-85. The Breakers haven’t enjoyed hitting the road so far in #NBL20 losing on all six attempts including in Cairns on Friday night, but they improved to 4-3 at home on the season following Monday’s win against a Bullets team far too reliant on superstar import Lamar Patterson.…

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New Zealand Breakers terminates Glen Rice Jr’s contract

Glen Rice JR’s time in National Basketball League appears to be at an end. The New Zealand Breakers, who Rice, Jr had signed with as an injury replacement for Scotty Hopson, suspended the former Georgia Tech standout last month after an incident outside a bar. After being arrested last night, the club has decided to cut ties with Rice Jr. Here is a statement from the Breakers regarding the matter: Glen Rice Junior’s contract with the New Zealand Breakers has been terminated with immediate effect. Mr Rice was picked up…

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NBL Preview: Round 10 Cairns v New Zealand

From NBL.com.au : When: 7.30pm (AEDT), Friday 6 December Where: Cairns Convention Centre Broadcast: ESPN; Sky Sports NZ; SBS On Demand The last time New Zealand 93 (Webster 23, Hampton 18, Ashley 14) d Cairns 85 (Oliver 23, Deng 18, Noi 16), Round 5, Spark Arena This was a bad day for the Breakers. Forget the eight-point win or the incredible Corey Webster performance or even the defensive effort that forced Cairns into 19 turnovers, because this was the day they lost Scotty Hopson to injury. All the on-court struggles and off-court dramas…

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New Zealand Breakers suspend Glen Rice Jr indefinitely

from nbl.com.au : Glen Rice’s NBL playing career finds itself in limbo. The former Georgia Tech standout and Washington Wizard was suspended indefinitely by the New Zealand Breakers. The suspension comes after Rice Jr was arrested last week after an incident outside an Auckland bar. Rice plead not guilty to charge of injuring with intent to injure. He has opted to trial by judge instead of a jury trail. The Breakers, who Rice Jr signed with only days ago, released the following statement: On the night that players from the…

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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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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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