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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.
PERTH'S Lynx have strengthened their ranks with the addition of LA Sparks' WNBA shooter Brianna Butler, finally replacing injured Monica Wright.
LET'S get serious here. There were several outstanding individual performances across the WNBL and NBL in Round 7 but two stood head-and-shoulders above the pack.
THE even nature of this season’s NBL competition best was exemplified by the fact there were two sets of series matches in the round and in both instances, the results were splits, going with the home team.
THE solution to the points differential issue out of Sunday's blacked-out NBL game between Brisbane and Cairns is simple. Cancel the margin.
YOU know the gang here at B.O.T.I. have a firm – but extremely flexible – policy of automatically giving our coveted Player of the Week award to anyone who shoots a basket to win an NBL or WNBL match.
THOSE magical, mystical beings of the NBL’s Game Review Panel moved super quickly once again to dismiss any serious wrongdoing by Josh Powell for his “sweet chin music” to Brisbane’s Mitch Young to open Round 6.
IT really shouldn’t be that hard to go a full Cairns Taipans NBL match on TV without the pressing need for commentators to refer to Nathan Jawai as “Outback Shaq”.
SO now we'll know if Cedric Jackson was the problem. That's the only conclusion outsiders can reach when looking at the dismal performance of Melbourne United, so far.
KEVIN Lisch with the swish and Sydney retains first place on the NBL table despite split results from a tumultuous Round 5.
MATCH-winning shots? Most of the time that's a virtual guarantee of claiming the round's B.O.T.I. Player of the Week accolade.
CAN Damian Martin do it again and make a miraculous early return from a shocking jaw injury?
YES, believe it or not, November is here and with it comes the joy of the penultimate revisit of the NBL's first nude calendar in 2001. Are you ready for this?
THE competition was thick and fast for this round's B.O.T.I. Player of the Week awards, word somehow leaking out I had jam AND chocolate doughtnuts for the various winners.
MICHAEL Holyfield may be the next NBL import needing to breathe deeply as clubs become more ruthless in the face of further NBA arrivals.
WHAT a week this has turned into for the NBL - Terrance Ferguson suspended, Steve Blake arriving, Andre Ingram departing - with kudos to those WNBL clubs live-streaming their matches.
BRAD Newley come on down. The B.O.T.I. Player of the Week award for the NBL is all yours, a toasted cheese-and-Vegemite sandwich (Kraft, of course) and a strawberry thick shake.
THE aftermath of the NBL's third round was a two-match suspension for 36ers import Terrance Ferguson and a $500 fine for United's Tai Wesley from a similar incident.
COMING up on Tuesday, it's your last chance - possibly ever - of seeing inspirational Hall of Famer Ken Cole at a live speaking engagement when he concludes his current tour of Australia in Sydney.