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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Melbourne United v Sydney Kings: SF2 Preview

From nbl.com.au : When: 7.30pm (AEDT), Monday 3 March Where: Melbourne Arena Broadcast: SBS Viceland; ESPN; Sky Sports NZ; SBS On Demand The last time Sydney 86 (Tate 23, Newley 17, Cooks 13) d Melbourne 80 (Trimble 34, Long 23), Semi-Final Game 1, Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Most of these comments should be about Melbourne because they were quite simply superb … for 34 minutes. At that point they were tracking for a 93-74 win that would have seen their offensive and defensive planning and execution lauded, especially on a…

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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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