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MELBOURNE United started out as expected last night, taking out the Crocs in Townsville 99-84, favourite son Todd Blanchfield doing much of the damage.
NIGHT 2 of the NBL's rebirth again had many positives but it also had a few less thrills and spills compared to opening night.
KELSEY Griffin may soon be an Australian citizen, the Bendigo Spirit WNBL star being strongly-supported to have her papers processed well ahead of the Rio Olympics.
THE countdown is on. It's almost game time and the start of the most anticipated NBL season in memory.
BEST NBL off-season in history? Check.
THE opening nights for NBL games this week will include a sea of home colour with the league joining hands with its clubs to produce local #Hardball T-shirts.
CHINA's men yesterday beat the Philippines 78-67 in the Final to win the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, qualifying for the Rio Olympics in the process.
*FLASHBACKS, my irregular "lucky dip" where I just reach into my drawers of old Australian basketball stuff and transcribe whatever I find for you.
DON'T let my annual NBL Season Preview for News Corporation fool you.
COREY Webster has been impressing at New Orleans Pelicans NBA camp making it increasingly likely he will miss at least the opening of the NZ Breakers’ NBL title defence.
MICHELE Timms has turned 50.
LAST week I went to a rock concert and a basketball game broke out.
IT may have been a successful "uneventful event" - as NBL GM Jeremy Loeliger described the 2015 Blitz - but it sure didn't lack in excitement generated for the season to come.
ILLAWARRA Hawks coach Rob Beveridge may be inclined to agree with Breakers boss Dean Vickerman that maybe the Blitz foul count needs to be revisited.
NEW Zealand coach Dean Vickerman raised an interesting discussion point when he asked whether he could reintroduce Charles Jackson during the last quarter against Perth.
EVERY day of this new NBL regime just seems to get better, SKY in New Zealand now also aboard as a broadcaster.
THE curtain went up last night on the first event under new NBL management and frankly, again, every box was ticked.
IF you're not in Townsville, turn to nbl.com.au or foxsports.com.au now and watch the NBL's 2015 Blitz live and for free.
AS the NBL's 19th preseason tournament prepares to get underway tomorrow night in Townsville, it's a good time to ponder how reflective its results may be come the real season.