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JUST when you think it’s time to start agitating for the NBL to employ a cluster of fulltime referees, Game 2 of the NBA’s Western Conference semi final shows it makes no difference.
THE first day of May, songbirds are singing, it's the beginning, hip hip hooray. Oh. Apologies. Excuse me. Welcome to May 1, with our monthly 2001 NBL calendar revisit.
MOTHER'S Day is drawing ever-closer (9 days and counting) and I'm sure you want to find just the perfect gift for the woman who went through all that pain just so the world could enjoy you.
THERE wasn’t a lot of good news in the NBA’s Western Conference today with LA’s Chris Paul breaking his hand and Golden State superstar Steph Curry confirmed to have a sprained MCL.
AUSSIE Olympians, Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova have moved on to the second round of the NBA playoffs, Aron Baynes is out and Andrew Bogut needs one more win.
CHARLOTTE: Jeremy Lin scored 18 points to lead a balanced Charlotte attack as the Hornets beat the Miami Heat 96-80 for their first NBA playoff victory in 14 years.
THE 36ers have scored their first major off-season NBL recruiting coup with coach Joey Wright helping to land the one man he has been wanting in Adelaide for three years.
EXPECT Melbourne United soon to confirm it has secured last season’s semi final nemesis Cedric Jackson and regained London Olympic swingman David Barlow for its 2016-17 NBL Championship assault.
LONDON Olympian David Barlow has a chance to re-establish himself next month as a member of the NBL’s All-Australian team for a three-match series against China’s national team.
MITCH Norton will join retained Rhys Martin in Illawarra’s backcourt next season, with his Townsville Crocodiles teammate and NBL Rookie of the Year Nick Kay also flying with the Hawks.
HAVEN'T had this verified yet but for us basketball junkies, it's a fun one regardless, positioning NBA forward and Canadian star Anthony Bennett in Kings' purple.
ONE of the big marquee names likely to return to the NBL in 2016-17 is European-based superstar centre David Andersen who appears United-bound, along with Nathan Jawai.
THE sudden extinction of the Crocodiles in Townsville could have been averted – and perhaps still could be – if someone was prepared to under-write the NBL battlers to the tune of $500,000.
BEN Simmons making the call last Saturday he would miss the Rio Olympic Games in favour of potential requirements of the NBA team which drafts him was a smart decision.
YES it’s happening again isn’t it? Here we are in 2016 and once again the lessons of history are being ignored as agents and players with extremely short memories line up with their hands out for the big payday.
STFU (Sunday Topical Feature for U): Let’s be frank. It is near enough impossible for Julian Khazzouh to be inconspicuous at the best of times, let alone the worst.
*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.
SIMILAR to a great relationship about to go sour, Adam Gibson walked from the Adelaide 36ers at the perfect time to avoid any bitter taste.
THE NBL should announce its new operations manager tomorrow and then maybe it finally can confront the elephant in the room – the standard of the league’s officiating.