NBL News: Melbourne will take on St. Mary’s Geals in preseason action

Courtesy of Melbourne United Media Basketball is finally back! Melbourne United will hit the court for the first time this preseason in an exhibition matchup with storied American college basketball program St Mary’s. Featuring a lineup full of a mix of new and familiar faces, United will aim to get their season off to a great start on Tuesday evening in Keilor. PLAYERS TO WATCH A number of players will suit up for Melbourne for the first time on Tuesday, including NBL1 standouts Makuach Maluach and Malith Machar, both of…

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Fracas erupts in SE Melbourne/ Melbourne United game

Via abc.net.au : A Mitch Creek dunk has sparked a melee in South East Melbourne Phoenix’s spiteful 94-86 Throwdown XIII victory over Melbourne United at John Cain Arena. Key points: The Phoenix’s Mitch Creek was knocked to the ground by United’s Mason Peatling, before a melee broke out Peatling was ejected from the game for his role in the incident With its 94-86 win, The Phoenix remains undefeated after three games Creek spectacularly dunked over United’s Matthew Dellavedova late in the third quarter, before he stood over his Australian Boomers teammate, who…

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NBL22: Melbourne signs Callum Dalton

From nbl.com.au: Melbourne United has signed 21-year-old centre Callum Dalton on a one-year deal. The 207cm Australian has been a Development Player at the Brisbane Bullets for the past two seasons, taking to the court three times in NBL21. Dalton will join the reigning champions to further bolster the stock of ‘talls’ on the roster. Dalton enjoyed a promising junior career and has represented Australia at both the FIBA U17 World Championships in 2016, and the FIBA U19 World Championships in 2019. He will now look to take his game…

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NBL22 : Matthew Dellavedova signs with Melbourne United

From nbl.com.au: Melbourne United have announced the signing of Australian basketball superstar Matthew Dellavedova on a three-year deal. The 30-year-old has played eight seasons in the NBA after going undrafted in 2013, amassing almost 450 NBA games at the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Maryborough native won the 2016 NBA Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, playing a key role on the defensive end against Stephen Curry and other star guards. Dellavedova has also represented Australia at both the London and Rio Olympics as well as at the past…

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Melbourne gets tough win over New Zealand 84-78

From nbl.com.au: Melbourne United leaned heavily on its stars and they came up with the goods in a gritty 84-78 win over the New Zealand Breakers on Saturday night. Jock Landale (15 points, 11 rebounds), Scotty Hopson (19 points, three assists) and Chris Goulding (12 points, four assists) all stepped up to make sure their club secured a win over the Breakers despite an inspiring 31-point haul from budding New Zealand star Finn Delany. The win sees Melbourne’s record improve to 16-5 while the Breakers drop to 5-13. With the…

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Melbourne and Casey Prather agree to part ways

from melbourneutd.com.au: Melbourne United and Casey Prather have agreed to mutually terminate the second season of his agreement. The 29-year-old forward joined the club in 2017 and played a big part in Melbourne United’s maiden Championship, his third consecutive NBL title. Prather, known for his elite athleticism and crowd-stunning highlights, quickly became a fan favourite. However, due to the unprecedented turn of events over the past year and changes to league operating rules, both parties have agreed to head in a different direction. “Casey is a fantastic player and an…

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NBL21 Free Agency Signing Analysis : Yudai Baba to the Melbourne United

from nbl.com.au: Signing Snapshot: Yudai Baba to Melbourne With free agency underway, NBL Media’s Liam Santamaria is taking a look at each and every signing and breaking down what it all means ahead of #NBL21. Signed by: Melbourne United  The deal: One year Age: 24 2019-20 team: Texas Legends (NBA G League) 2019-20 stats (per game): 6.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 50.5 FG%, 41.5 3P%, 70.0 FT% Projected role: Back-up shooting guard. Quote: “We haven’t signed a Special Restricted Player before, so we are definitely excited to have signed Baba and…

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NBL21 Free Agency: Yudai Baba signs one-year deal with Melbourne United

From nbl.com.au : Melbourne United have announced the signing of Japanese national Yudai Baba for the 2020-21 NBL Season. Baba has been signed as a Special Restricted Player and is classified as a local player on the Melbourne United roster. The 24-year-old has most recently been playing in the NBA’s G-League for the Texas Legends after he was signed in late 2019 to the Dallas Mavericks. He played 41 games for the Legends, before the G-League season was cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The 196cm guard from Toyama,…

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NBL21 Free Agency- Duke’s Jack White signs with Melbourne United

From nbl.com.au: Melbourne United have signed former Duke Blue Devils captain Jack White on a three-year deal. The 22 year-old from Traralgon has spent the past four seasons with the Blue Devils under legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski and alongside recent first round draft picks including Zion Williamson, Jayson Tatum, RJ Barrett, Marvin Bagley III, Wendall Carter Jnr, Grayson Allen, Luke Kennard, Harry Giles and Cam Reddish. Krzyzewski praised White’s qualities as a player on and off the court. “Jack was just the best teammate ever. Hard worker – came to work…

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Melbourne beats down Sydney 120-85 in Game 2

From nbl.com.au: Melbourne United said they wouldn’t let their Game 1 capitulation hurt their confidence and they proved this with the most remarkable demolition job of the regular season champion Sydney Kings at Melbourne Arena on Monday night. Melbourne turned on a record-setting performance to thrash the NBL title favourites 125-80 and force a deciding Game 3 at Qudos Bank Arena on Thursday night as their best-of-three series is now tied 1-1. United came into the season with high hopes having played in the previous two Grand Finals and then…

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