Australia’s National Basketball League suspends free agency

From nbl.com.au: Due to COVID-19, the Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League (NBL) has agreed with the Australian Basketball Players’ Association to postpone commencement of the forthcoming free agency period. The free agency period, which was due to start on March 30, will be delayed until at least 1 May, unless the parties agreed in the meantime on a basis to commence sooner. The NBL, clubs and Australian Basketball Players’ Association (ABPA) will consult on the appropriate arrangements for the free agency period as we all continue to monitor thesituation with…

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NBL cancel remaining games of Grand Final

It appears that the Coronavirus has halted one of the few remaining outlets of basketball, or any professional sports, Australia’s National Basketball League. Game four of the league’s championship series, the Grand Final was to be played Friday between the Sydney Kings and Perth Wildcats. However the Kings brass stated they did not want to play the game in lieu of the global circumstances surrounding COVID-19. NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman had this to say in a statement: “We respect the decision in what are extraordinary times for…

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Perth takes 2-1 lead in NBL Grand Final

From nbl.com.au: A career-best Nick Kay performance with Bryce Cotton again brilliant has put the Perth Wildcats one win away from back-to-back NBL championships after outlasting the Sydney Kings 111-96 in Game 3 of the Grand Final series at Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday. Led by dynamic duo Cotton (31 points, seven assists) and Nick Kay (30 points, 12 rebounds, four assists), Perth rebounded from a 97-83 loss to the Kings on Friday night to beat Sydney for the second time on the road in the Grand Final series.  Kay…

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NBL statement on Grand Final series

From nbl.com.au : NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman has made the following statement: “After consultation with local, state and federal authorities as well as our clubs, we have made a decision that the remainder of the Hungry Jack’s NBL Grand Final Series presented by MG between the Sydney Kings and Perth Wildcats will be closed to the general public. “The health and well-being of our players, staff, officials and fans is paramount. As a family sport we felt this was the only decision to make. “We commend the Kings,…

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Champion signs with NBL, becomes official on court apparel provider

From NBL.com.au : The NBL is pleased to announce the return of Champion to Australian basketball as the league’s new Official On-Court Player Apparel Partner. Whilst the announcement marks an exciting new partnership for Champion Australia, Champion is no stranger to the basketball court, having produced the on-court NBA jerseys during the 1990s and into the 2000s. Under the three-year agreement, Champion will design brand new team jerseys for the 2020/2021 NBL Season, along with a range of NBL club streetwear for basketball fans to enjoy. NBL Owner and Executive…

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Perth defeats Sydney 88-86 in Game of 1 NBL Grand Final

From nbl.com.au: The Perth Wildcats have drawn first blood in the NBL Grand Final series with a Bryce Cotton-inspired 88-86 win over the Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday Shooting for back-to-back championships and the club’s 10th overall – more than double the next best in NBL history – the Wildcats trailed for most of the first half but produced down the stretch in a dramatic final term to go 1-0 up in the best-of-five series. The 27-year-old Cotton went into the game averaging 33 points against the…

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NBL adds tenth team

From nbl.com.au ; The Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League is set to return to Tasmania for the 2021-22 season following a landmark agreement between the Tasmanian Government and the NBL.  NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman and Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein announced today that the league’s 10th team would be based in Tasmania.  Under the agreement, the Tasmanian Government will become the sponsor of the new team and undertake a significant redevelopment of the Derwent Entertainment Centre (DEC) in Hobart.  The new Tasmanian team will play the majority of…

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Cairns pushes series to decisive Game 3 with 85-74 win

From nbl.com.au: The Cairns Taipans have answered every challenge so far in a remarkable #NBL20 campaign and they responded to the call on Sunday at Cairns Convention Centre to fix up what went wrong Friday and beat the Perth Wildcats 85-74 in Game 2 of the semi-final series. MVP Bryce Cotton was simply unstoppable on Friday night despite the best defender in the league DJ Newbill making him work hard for everything he earned. Cotton still delivered 42 points including 10/19 shooting from three and the Snakes just couldn’t let…

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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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Finn Delany and Rob Loe re-sign with Breakers

From nbl.com.au : Finn Delany has signed a two-year extension to keep him contracted to the Sky Sport Breakers until the end of the 2022 NBL season while Tall Blacks Centre Rob Loe has agreed terms to stay at the club until 2023. 28-year-old Loe has come back impressively from his serious skull fracture midseason to average a career high 9.6 points and 4.2 rebounds over 20 games.  24-year-old Delany is in the form of his life averaging 12.6 points, at an average of 47 percent from the floor, and…

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