The NBL’s tenth club will be in Tasmania

from NBL.com.au : The people of Tasmania now have a team all of Tasmania can get behind after the league finalised its agreement with the Tasmanian Government to issue a licence to participate in the 2021/2022 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season. The agreement includes a new home for the team with the Tasmanian Government providing $68.5 million for the upgrade of the Derwent Entertainment Centre, including $20 million for a community four court multisport facility. Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said the milestone agreement paved the way for Tasmania to have a…

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No.1 in ‘22 class, Emoni Bates, commits to Michigan State

From Kyle Boone of cbssports.com: Emoni Bates, the No. 1 basketball recruit in the Class of 2022 and considered by some to be the top basketball recruit regardless of classification, committed to the Michigan State Spartans in a bombshell announcement on Monday.   The 6-foot-8 Ypsilanti, Michigan native chose the Spartans over a host of other offers, citing his longstanding relationship with Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo. “They get all my respect,” he said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “I love how they coach, coach Izzo, I like how they focus on…

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NBA Dominance: Highlighting Seven Decades of Basketball Excellence

DOMINANCE.This is a word that is only reserved for the greats. To be more precise, this is a word that is reserved to describe the all-time greats. Many basketball pundits and experts have discussed the idea of placing such dominant basketball gods on a “Mt. Rushmore” of sorts—as a means of properly gauging their legendary contributions to the sport. As the National Basketball Association celebrates its 70th anniversary, it is only right that we highlight ten individuals whose indelible imprints on the game of basketball transcend the game itself. The…

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Memphis Grizzlies announces seeding schedule

Via the Memphis Grizzlies: The Memphis Grizzlies will resume the 2019-20 season on Friday, July 31 against the Portland Trail Blazers at The Arena at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, the NBA announced tonight. The Grizzlies are one of 22 teams that will be resuming the season and will compete in eight “seeding games” to determine the participants and order for the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Earlier today, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced that they have finalized a comprehensive…

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NBA to test for PEDs

When the NBA season resumes later this summer in Orlando, players will be subjected to testing for performance-enhancing drugs, according to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania. The NBA announced a plan to resume the season via a 22-team return to play format where playoff seeding and participation will be sorted out over an eight game stretch. The timing of and even the announcement itself is interesting. I will surmise that there will not be many players who test positive considering how far in advance players have been made aware.

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Rockets owner says Morey’s job is not in jeopardy

If the rhetoric of Houston Rockets team owner Tillman Fertitta is to be believed then general manager Daryl Morey will not have to worry about cleaning out his office (yet). Reporting from ESPN’s Tim MacMahon indicates that Fertitta hasn’t “wavered” on keeping Morey as the general manager. Morey’s job status has seemingly been on shaky ground since he tweeted his support of Hong Kong protesters back in October of 2019, which placed a great amount of strain between NBA and the Houston Rockets relationship with China. Speaking with the Houston…

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Patrick Ewing home from hospital

NBA great and current Georgetown head basketball coach Patrick Ewing has returned home from the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. Ewing’s son and namesake, Patrick Ewing, Jr. made the announcement Monday on Twitter. The elder Ewing revealed Friday evening that he tested positive for the coronavirus. We at sneakershoptalk.com are certainly glad to hear that Ewing is now out of the hospital and wish him a continual and speedy recovery.

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Coach Eddie Sutton dies at 84

Unfortunately Jerry Sloan will not be the only legendary basketball coach to draw his last breath in 2020. Eddie Sutton, the college basketball coach who won over 800 games and lead three teams to the Final Four, passed late Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 84. from Kyle Boone of cbs sports: Legendary college basketball coach Eddie Sutton died Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 84 years old. Sutton led his teams to three Final Fours during his illustrious coaching career and won 806 games prior to…

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Andrew Gaze: 1990’s NBL stars would dominate today

The debate on which era was superior and how stars of yesteryear would perform in the current era, and vice versa, is an ongoing one that spans nearly all sports. The NBL is not immune to this debate , with one of the all-time greats of Australia’s top league, Andrew Gaze weighing in on how he thought NBL stars and greats of the past would perform in today’s game. from nbl.com.au: Seven-time NBL MVP Andrew Gaze believes the stars of the 1990’s would dominate in today’s era of basketball. Gaze…

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What happened to Craig Hodges?

Colin Kaepernick is seen as the most recent patron saint for an athlete sacrificing his career to take a stance on the conditions of black people in the United States, however there was an NBA player whose career was ended because he sought to use his platform to try to do some real good for his people and despite him playing, and being a contributor, on the most popular team in the world, you may not have ever heard of him. Over twenty years before Kap took his knee, before…

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