Anstey not ruling out coaching in NBL again

from nbl.com.au: Two-time NBL MVP Chris Anstey has left the door open for a return to coaching at the professional level. Anstey coached Melbourne Tigers/United from 2012-2014 but that stint ended on a sour note, when he stepped down as United coach one game into the 2014/15 season. He has since been coaching state representative teams and at state league level, and Anstey has told the NBL Rewind podcast he would potentially consider a return to the NBL sidelines. “I learnt a long time ago to never say never to…

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Matt Hodgson returning to Brisbane for NBL21

From nbl.com.au: The Brisbane Bullets have announced that Matt Hodgson will return to the club for the NBL21 season. Under the NBL and Australian Basketball Players Association agreement, Hodgson initially chose to explore European playing options, before deciding to play another NBL season with the Bullets. “It’s great to have Hodgy back as a Bullet,” CEO Peter McLennan said. “Matt’s already had an impact in Brisbane, playing 57 games since joining our club in 2018. “He is one of the most talented big men in the league and is an important part…

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Latest on the Illawarra Hawks ownership situation

The strange and ever-evolving saga regarding the ownership situation regarding the NBL’s Illawarra Hawks has taken a new turn. Below is a statement from League Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger. From nbl.com: NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said:  “The Administrator’s decision to liquidate the company that previously held the licence to operate the Illawarra Hawks does not affect the future of the Illawarra Hawkis’ participation in the NBL, nor does it affect the current process being conducted by the NBL to grant the licence to operate the club to new owners. “As we…

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Mitch Creek says he couldn’t return to 36ers

From nbl.com.au South East Melbourne Phoenix superstar Mitch Creek says he couldn’t return to the Adelaide 36ers if the opportunity presented. Creek spent eight years with the 36ers, growing into one of the club’s leaders and earning an All-NBL Second Team berth in 2018. Since leaving Adelaide, Creek has played in the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves, before becoming the Phoenix’s marquee man in their inaugural campaign. The 28-year-old has already committed to South East Melbourne for NBL21 and has made it clear he intends to help…

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Daniel Johnson re-ups Adelaide 36ers

From nbl.com.au: The Adelaide 36ers have signed Daniel Johnson to a new three-year deal, which will see the star centre remain in Adelaide until the end of the 2022-23 season. Johnson led the Sixers in rebounding for the 2019-20 season, averaging 8.25 rebounds, 18 points and 2.18 assists per game in his tenth season with the club. The 32-year-old Western Australian has played 300 NBL games, picked up seven All-NBL team members and has been awarded the NBL’s Most Improved Player. Daniel Johnson is grateful to have his career extended…

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Brisbane’s Matt Hodgson opting out of deal with club

from nbl.com.au : Brisbane Bullets centre Matt Hodgson has exercised his right under the NBL and the Australian Basketball Players’ Association’s collective bargaining agreement to opt out of his contract with the club. Hodgson has made a significant contribution to the Bullets, playing 57 games since joining the club in 2018.  Bullets CEO Peter McLennan says while it’s disappointing to lose a player of Hodgson’s caliber, the club wishes him the best. “Hodgy is a great guy and has been a popular member of our squad,” McLennan said.  “The most important…

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Xavier Cooks opts out of deal with Sydney Kings

From nbl.com.au : Sydney Kings young-gun Xavier Cooks has exercised his right to opt out of the remaining year of his contract. In light of the recent agreement between the NBL and the Australian Basketball Players’ Association which saw pay cuts of up to 50 percent for the 2020-21 season, a deadline of May 4 was set for players to declare their intention to explore opportunities overseas. Cooks joined the Kings fifteen games into the NBL20 season after recovering from a knee injury he suffered while representing Australia in preparation…

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COVIDSAFE Application has support of NBL

From nbl.com.au: The Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League has thrown its support behind the Federal Government’s COVIDSafe app. NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman said: “The Government is a doing a great job to help lead the Australian community back from this terrible virus. “The COVIDSafe app is a very important initiative to help track cases of the virus in Australia and prevent community transmission. “We would encourage all basketball fans to download it and help in the fight against COVID-19 as everything we can do will also help…

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Perth’s Bryce Cotton opts out of contract

From nbl.com.au : Reigning MVP and Grand Final MVP Bryce Cotton has announced that he will test the market as per the terms of the NBL’s agreement with the Players Association. Perth will retain Cotton’s NBL rights should he return to the competition in NBL21. Cotton announced his decision on Instagram.

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Injuries got in the way of Mitch Creek’s NBA return

By Liam Santamaria. A late-season knee injury and the COVID-19 pandemic robbed South East Melbourne Phoenix star Mitch Creek of a return to the NBA earlier this year. As the 2019-20 NBL season was drawing to a close, Creek and his management were in advanced talks with a Western Conference NBA team whom the versatile forward was preparing to join before injury struck. Creek revealed last week that he was set to fly to the U.S. the day after South East Melbourne’s final regular season game. Speaking with NBL great…

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