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IT IS a great day for basketball in South Australia and, by extension, for the NBL and WNBL.
BRETT Maher will be the next coach of the Adelaide 36ers and Phil Smyth its new chief executive officer if a bid by Ken Cole to buy the NBL club from its current SOS ownership succeeds.
FOR the many interstate and overseas folk who have asked, donations to assist Josh Bond and his family can be directed to
FINGERS are crossed - except for those hands clasped in prayer - Josh Bond will follow in the footsteps of Shauni Bow and Claire Kerr and make it back to fulfill his dreams.
WHAT an extraordinary few days for basketball that was in Adelaide this past weekend - think Pete's Bar Lunch, multiplied by 10.
FROM Friday's magnificent lunch - and with a brief playing interlude as Lightning produced a magnificent display of selfless WNBL basketball to snuff Townsville - fast-forward to Saturday night.
"BASKET CASES" is a basketball ebook I have been working on for several years and this is a random chapter - the story of the 1976 showdown between South Australia and Victoria's 10 Montreal Olympians.
I KNOW I'd met Ken Cole before 1970 but one of my first conscious recollections of him is sitting in the stands at Apollo Stadium with a stunning mini-skirted young Karin Maar at the Australian Championship.
JUDGING by the response last night in Christchurch, if the Breakers want to schedule a regular season NBL game on South Island, the league would have no objections.
HALLEJULAH. Having long been an advocate we heavily should promote our sport's advantage in being for both sexes, the joint NBL/WNBL preseason announcement today could not come too soon.
TWELVE months ago, the finals of the SA State league and the Woollacott/Halls Medal dinner were a fiasco of bad scheduling and foul behavior.
AND that is why, just when you think you might be getting a fraction jaded, you find you still passionately love basketball.
LUKE Schenscher always struck me as the perfect choice for an Adelaide 36ers captain - had he stayed after his debut season.
STURT guard Tom Daly last night reinforced the Sabres' domination of the Woollacott Medal while Jess Mahony became a multiple Halls Medallist at this year's joint-count.
WOLLONGONG signing Adris "2Hard2Guard" Deleon means the Hawks again will be very much in the mix of what threatens to be a fiercely contested 2012-13 iiNet NBL championship.
HARD to believe but the BSA will be doing it, yet again, this weekend.
THE South Australian State Government should bite the bullet and buy the Adelaide Arena from the Commonwealth Bank, then sell it to basketball for $1.
NORWOOD will incorporate its past into its future with its new uniforms for senior and junior teams.
SOUTH Australian basketball is in such a parlous state (pun intended) I cannot see a way forward while the current administration remains in control.
WHY is the State League in South Australia still referred to as the Central Australian Basketball League?