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SYDNEY Kings remain optimistic they can sign Daequon Montreal and Mathiang Muo to play out the rest of the NBL season.
JOSH Childress' season-ending torn right pectoral muscle injury effectively has scuttled any NBL playoff plans Sydney was entertaining.
SPACE issues necessitated News Corp trimming my story on RACHAEL SPORN being honoured with an OAM on Australia Day so here's the unedited version.
GEELONG basketball stalwart Craig Herbert also received an Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day honours list.
CANBERRA Caps coach Carrie Graf, former Sydney Kings administrator Andrew Lazaris and triple-Olympic superstar Rachael Sporn made today especially special for our basketball fraternity when they collected OAMs in the Australia Day honours.
RUNNING a bit late this week but it does afford me the opportunity to come in with breaking news Melbourne United forward Lucas Walker may only be out for two-three weeks with his shoulder injury.
IT'S a huge day for the three NBL teams - Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide - leading the race to grab top-four spots behind New Zealand and Cairns.
TOWNSVILLE Fire captain Rachael McCully has announced she will retire at the end of the WNBL season, making this run at a Championship her last.
ADELAIDE Lightning, a 22-year-old iconic brand of the WNBL and five-time champion, may play its farewell game in Whyalla on February 13, though Basketball Australia is confident it will survive.
FOUR - count 'em, four - Aussies were on the court today in the NBA game between San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz.
GRAEME Wade, the NBL's new Chairman, met the media yesterday, hours before the NBL took control of the coverage for last night's sizzling Perth Wildcats-Adelaide 36ers fixture.
NBL giants CJ Bruton and Rob Beveridge will coach Queensland's Rising Stars tomorrow night in a fundraiser for the "Still I Rise" Foundation at Carina.
STARTING on a positive with congratulations for The Batgirl, Mark Wright, Jamar Wilson and Bec Cole for their various acknowledgements of the past week.
SNIPPETS of info continue to emerge about the new Brisbane Bullets and other expansion plans of the NBL, as finalised decisions draw closer to completion with announcements pending.
IT didn't take much for colleague Brayden Heslehurst to put the cat amid the pigeons last week with word out that CJ Bruton has been appointed to the new Brisbane NBL franchise's coaching panel.
AND just like that, everything is wide open again!
WHO says NBL clubs only get it wrong? Not NBL fan Paul Smith, whose email I am happy to reprint here to prove the point!
BRAYDEN HESLEHURST is back from his USA fact-finding mission - others call it a "holiday" - and is amazed there still is no new information about an NBL team in Brisbane.
KRISTI Harrower's career was one of the great ones.