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IT’S this simple – the NBL urgently needs to bring back Mal Cooper and his team of Bill Mildenhall and Ray Hunt to straighten out the appalling officiating of this 2016-17 season.
THE WNBL resumes this week and the NBL adds a bunch of new faces, with NBA-experienced Bryce Cotton set to join Perth Wildcats.
LUCKY enough to have my first extended chat with Oscar Forman when he still was an up-and-coming Adelaide NBL prospect, it’s been a pleasure watching him evolve into the extraordinary human being he has become.
THE biggest blow-out of the NBL season, new faces in and more coming, and one unlucky import cut for the second time this season - Round 12 had plenty going on.
IT'S Boxing Day in Australia and time for festive cheer and (NBL, WNBL) season greetings. So without further ado, here's our B.O.T.I. Christmas Carols to tide you over...
REELING on a three-game NBL losing skid, Sydney has signed 201cm SEABL forward Garrett Jackson for an import spot to try and arrest the slide.
ROUND 11 is done and dastardly in both the super-tight NBL and highly interesting WNBL.
YOU know it's true - some rounds, Players of the Week are a breeze and others? Just plain controversial.
NBL fans and Bullets supporters in particular will be hoping Cameron Bairstow's knee injury is not as bad as it looked, but it looked pretty bad.
ONE round back, Brisbane was in second spot and Cairns in the four, NBL life looking blissful in the sunshine state.
IT'S the most even season in not only the NBL's history but, arguably in the history of team sports in Australia.
THERE were a host of notable efforts in the NBL to collect this round's B.O.T.I. Player of the Week honours, and a WNBL stand-out.
ARE you old enough to recall the Chicago song "25 or 6 to 4"? Doesn't matter if you're not because this round in the NBL, it is "36 from 8 to 2".
THERE was a smattering of overblown talk last round about "statement" games but there are a few opportunities this weekend for delivering serious shots across the bows of our elite leagues.
THE NBL has never been more even - I'm sure we all get that - and the WNBL also is far more than a one-horse race.
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.
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.