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*FLASHBACKS, my irregular "lucky dip" where I just reach into my drawers of old Australian basketball stuff and transcribe or post whatever I find for you.*
THE problem with NBL referees, in particular, taking only discretionary action against players who so regularly travel, is it opens all kinds of dangerous doors.
THAT's right, it's December already and you'll be thinking Christmas gifts. That was made easy for NBL fans in 2001 with the league's first nude calendar and today we reach the end of the road of our year-long revisit.
THE NBL in 2016-17 is a tipster's nightmare and a promoter's dream, Round 9 this week presenting a menu of mouth-watering matchups.
WHAT a week! What a cracker round of NBL and WNBL basketball. It just doesn't get much better, although we should all be sad to see Steve Blake and Chante Black departing.
THAT was the NBL round to end all NBL rounds. Rest assured, coaches and star players aren't looking for symnpathy or making excuses when they say this is the most even season on record, even if Sydney just lost Steve Blake.
IT'S getting tougher by the round for defending WNBL champion Townsville to keep sight of the potential threepeat it should be chasing.
PERTH'S Lynx have strengthened their ranks with the addition of LA Sparks' WNBA shooter Brianna Butler, finally replacing injured Monica Wright.
LET'S get serious here. There were several outstanding individual performances across the WNBL and NBL in Round 7 but two stood head-and-shoulders above the pack.
THE even nature of this season’s NBL competition best was exemplified by the fact there were two sets of series matches in the round and in both instances, the results were splits, going with the home team.
THIS time next week, Victoria's and Australia's basketball elite will gather yet again for the biggest event on our sport's annual calendar for the Pete's Bar Lunch.
THE solution to the points differential issue out of Sunday's blacked-out NBL game between Brisbane and Cairns is simple. Cancel the margin.
YOU know the gang here at B.O.T.I. have a firm – but extremely flexible – policy of automatically giving our coveted Player of the Week award to anyone who shoots a basket to win an NBL or WNBL match.
THOSE magical, mystical beings of the NBL’s Game Review Panel moved super quickly once again to dismiss any serious wrongdoing by Josh Powell for his “sweet chin music” to Brisbane’s Mitch Young to open Round 6.
DEFENDING WNBL champion Townsville fired up at the weekend with two road wins and both by two points, coach Claudia Brassard discovering the fast-track to grey hair.
IT really shouldn’t be that hard to go a full Cairns Taipans NBL match on TV without the pressing need for commentators to refer to Nathan Jawai as “Outback Shaq”.
SO now we'll know if Cedric Jackson was the problem. That's the only conclusion outsiders can reach when looking at the dismal performance of Melbourne United, so far.
BENDIGO Spirit are leading the way this season, dedicating Saturday's match against defending champion Townsville Fire to the fight against cancer.
KEVIN Lisch with the swish and Sydney retains first place on the NBL table despite split results from a tumultuous Round 5.
MATCH-winning shots? Most of the time that's a virtual guarantee of claiming the round's B.O.T.I. Player of the Week accolade.