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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.
DANDENONG is for real. Anyone who had any doubts had them partly erased last round but it was powerfully confirmed in the WNBL's Round 10.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IT'S getting tougher by the round for defending WNBL champion Townsville to keep sight of the potential threepeat it should be chasing.
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 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.
DEFENDING WNBL champion Townsville fired up at the weekend with two road wins and both by two points, coach Claudia Brassard discovering the fast-track to grey hair.
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.
BENDIGO Spirit are leading the way this season, dedicating Saturday's match against defending champion Townsville Fire to the fight against cancer.
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.
SUZY Batkovic, as everyone in Australian basketball knows, is a superstar.
SALLY Phillips, the Head of the WNBL, has responded to my recent blog bemoaning Basketball Australia's persistent inability to secure TV coverage for our elite women's league.