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SOME weeks are definitely harder than others and Round 9 certainly is a case in point for B.O.T.I. Player of Week nominees.
EXPECT the Sydney Kings to have to make a call on whether to bring in a new backup guard very quickly because it now appears Steve Blake will not be returning.
HATS off to Perth Lynx, the WNBL club this week announcing the biggest free-to-air TV news of the season with two games to be live on Channel 7.
*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.