Friday, August 30, 2013

In The Game Tees

We've just finished doing some branding work for our t-shirt range that we've been working on and I've now set up a new facebook group for it. Click here to check out the page and "like" to stay up to date with everything coming up.

In the lead up to the new NBL season we'll be running a competition where you can win your own legends t-shirt, so stay tuned for more details.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

NBA2K14 trailer released

For all the NBA gamers out there, the crew at NBA2K released their trailer for their upcoming release. If you haven't seen it yet, here it is:

I didn't buy 2K13 and still play 12. I've just discovered just how good the Indiana Pacers are on that game and am currently enjoying the combination of Granger, Hibbert and George.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Scott Fisher - North Melbourne Giants

Today our feature North Melbourne Giants Legend is Scott Fisher.

When Scott Fisher first entered the NBL he played for North Melbourne and won the MVP in his second season ’89 and then again in ’92. “The Fish” led the Giants to the title in ’89 but his best statistical year was ’90 when he averaged over 32 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals while shooting 56% from the field and 89% from the line.

Here's our favourite Scott Fisher t-shirt:

Scott Fisher back in the day ... I do wonder just how many of these posters they sold?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Joey Wright - Geelong Supercats

Our feature Geelong Supercats Legend today is Joey Wright.

Long before he took over the coaching reigns of the Brisbane Bullets back in 2003, Joey Wright played for the Geelong Supercats in ‘95 and ‘96. In his first year in the NBL, Wright was known as one of the best guards in the league, and had one of the most memorable games of the 90s when in June 1995, he went 24 from 25 from the free throw line (a current NBL record for most attempts and most free throws made in a game). He finished the game with a triple double scoring 28 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

In the ’95 season, Joey averaged 22.2 points, 5.8 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.2 triples per game. 

To grab your very own Joey Wright t-shirt, follow this link:

Friday, August 23, 2013

NBL legends Leroy Loggins and Cal Bruton honoured

Two of our featured NBL legends, Leroy Loggins and Cal Bruton have had the pre-season tournament trophy named in their honour.
Here's the story from Boti Nagy:

NBL legends Leroy Loggins and Cal Bruton to be honoured with Blitz "Cup" as league relaunches in Sydney
NBL legends Leroy Loggins and Cal Bruton will be honoured next month when the winner of the league's pre-season tournament - confirmed for Sydney - will walk away with the inaugural Loggins-Bruton Cup. 
The 2013 Pre-season Blitz will feature all eight NBL teams converging on Sydney for the second and third rounds from September 20-22 after an initial round in Cairns, Wellington, Penrith and at Trinity Grammar in Sydney.

All games in the tournament will be for seven premiership points, with three points for the winning team and one point allocated for each of the four quarters won.

In the event a quarter is tied, both teams will receive half of a point and in any game which goes into overtime, there are no additional points.

The tournament will not have a final - the team with the most premiership points claiming the Loggins-Bruton Cup, named after the NBL's two Hall of Fame superstars.

"There is no better time to reconnect and recognise our legends and the names Loggins and Bruton were easy selections," the NBL's interim chief executive officer Steve Dunn said today.

"Both have a long history not only with the NBL but with basketball in Australia.

"As well as helping launch our pre-­season, Leroy and Cal have also accepted ambassador roles for the new NBL and will work with our board and management to drive the league forward in a number of areas.

"We are excited to have them as part of the team and they will be valuable assets to assist us with our goals of expansion, connecting with the NBA and making other changes to make the entire game experience the most exciting it can be."

Expansion to regain a team from Brisbane, an inaugural club with the NBL in 1979 until its demise after 30 years, and where Loggins and Bruton were championship winners in 1985, is high on NBL Pty Ltd's agenda.

To read the entire article, click here.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Geelong Supercats t-shirts

Gather round and let me tell you about a time when the NBL was booming! So much so that back in the early 80’s you actually had to earn your way in to the league, proving yourself against NBL teams in a gladiatorial-style running of the gauntlet!
The (other) Geelong Cats were founded as part of the Victorian Basketball Association in 1978. After achieving championship success in that league in 1981, the club was pitted against four NBL clubs over two tournaments. After defeating all of these NBL teams the Supercats were accepted into the NBL for the 1982 season.

With star players such as Cal Bruton and James Crawford on the roster, the Cats recorded 13 straight victories and finished second overall at the end of the regular season with 21 wins and 7 losses. The Cats would go on to compete in the Grand Final in their first season, losing to the West Adelaide Bearcats.

1991 was probably the final high point for Geelong when they finished third at the end of the regular season and boasted such guns as Shane Heal, Terry Dozier, Bobby Locke, Vince Hinchen and John Dorge. 

Grew up in Geelong but don’t like AFL? No problem, we’ve got you covered with our tribute to the once great Geelong Supercats. Representing them in our “Legends” series are James Crawford, Cal Bruton, Bobby Locke, Joey Wright, Shane Heal and Vince Hinchen.

Geelong its time to represent, show your support for our game, and remind everyone that your town is not just about AFL! Like, share and shop!

Check out our store for the team 5 of the "Legends" range:

Monday, August 19, 2013

NBL photo feature pic on ESPN's NBA webpage

Thanks to Jonny Flynn's time with the Melbourne Tigers, an NBL photo is the feature pic on ESPN's NBA webpage today:

The article is actually by the team from Grantland. Here's the excerpt about Jonny's time in the NBL:

Flynn spent last season with the Australian National Basketball League's Melbourne Tigers. "I really wanted to play in a place that was English-speaking," Flynn said. "That was really my main focus. I want to know what's going on around me." He showcased his burst, stood up against physical players who wanted to prove their worth against a former NBA lottery pick, and was selected as a reserve for the league's all-star game. "They don't call fouls down there," Flynn said. "In the league, you can't touch guys. Down there, you can have the ball and a guy will be almost forearm-shivering you in your side and they won't call a foul. I just think getting beat up and coming from the NBA, I had that target on me."

Flynn shared an agent, Leon Rose, with Melbourne's coach, Chris Anstey. "He would have benefited from the continuous playing time over the course of a season, and the ability to run a team for extended minutes," Anstey wrote in an e-mail. "International defensive rules were new to him, whether playing it or attacking it, and he got better as the season went on.

"His offensive skillset is NBA-caliber, but he needs to continue to work on his defensive game. As great as Syracuse is as a basketball program, it certainly doesn't create the best defensive man-to-man habits in its players for when they become pros."

Not many NBA players go down under. Fewer return to carve out a sustainable NBA career. Flynn, despite the summer league setback, is attempting to do just that.

To read the full story, click here.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Bruce Bolden - West Sydney Razorbacks

Today our feature West Sydney Razorback legend is Bruce Bolden. Before he completely changes his name to Jonah Bolden's s dad (the time is coming quickly), let's pay tribute to his time in West Sydney.

Bruce Bolden joined the West Sydney Razorbacks in 1999 having already played 12 seasons in the NBL. Bolden may well have been past his prime but provided much needed leadership to the start-up franchise. In ’99 he was named the NBL's best sixth man award and averaged 16 points and 6 boards while shooting 56% from the field.

Here's our favourite Bruce Bolden t-shirt:

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NBL working with the NBA?

Here's a good article by Boti Nagy that I came across earlier in the week.

You would hope the NBL have tried to develop closer ties with the NBA in the past ... but you never know. Hopefully the relationship strengthens over the coming years and maybe we could get an NBA game down here in the near future.

James Ennis' signing with Perth has prompted the NBL to look at developing a relationship with the NBA
PERTH Wildcats signing 2013 NBA draft choice James Ennis has prompted calls for the NBL to establish closer links with The Show and to keep its season running in summer. 
Wildcats chief executive officer Nick Marvin - one of the architects of the Ennis signing - today said the NBL needed to establish a working relationship with the NBA.

"The NBL playing in summer actually does work and I think, after spending time with seven NBA clubs and watching the summer league, we can establish a relationship," Marvin said.

Marvin suggested the NBL, acting on behalf of its clubs, could stage its own summer league to look at potential imports, or court the NBA to release players to Australia instead of the D-League.

"If we could get the NBA to release say 16 players to the NBL instead of the D-League, the quality of our league and the resultant spin-off advantages would be huge," he said.

"We'd need to play more than one game per round - I think it's at 1.5 per team now - but it would work.

"If they (the NBA) wanted a player in-season, the only difference would be a 16-hour flight."
Ennis, 23 and 200cm was taken at 50 by Atlanta Hawks and traded to Miami Heat.

With the Heat unable to fit him into their 2013-14 roster, they still wanted him to play at a tough professional level.

The dual and reigning NBA champion has a wealth of superstar wing players but traded for Ennis expecting him to be a perfect fit in 2014-15 when several of their veterans, including Shane Battier and Ray Allen, become free agents.

Click here to read the full article.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Paul Maley - North Melbourne Giants

Today our feature North Melbourne Giant is "The Mailman" Paul Maley.

Paul Maley might be one of the most under-rated imports the NBL has seen and if it wasn’t for a back injury he may have dominated the ‘90s. Maley helped North Melbourne win the title in ’94 but his best season was ’91 when he averaged 28 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals.

Here's our favourite Paul Maley t-shirt:

Friday, August 9, 2013

NBL Announce 2013/2014 schedule


9 August 2013


The National Basketball League is pleased to announce the full schedule for the 2013/14 season which will commence on 10 October 2013 with the final games of the regular season being played on 23 March 2014.

There will once again be eight teams competing, which includes the new community-owned Townsville Crocodiles.

Each team will play a total of 28 games over 23 weeks with the top four teams to contest the NBL Finals in March and April.

Dates and venues for the finals will be confirmed following the final round of the regular season.

The 2013/14 NBL Season tips-off with three-time defending champions, New Zealand Breakers raising their championship banner and also retiring Dillon Boucher’s singlet on opening night when they take on the Wollongong Hawks at Vector Area in Auckland.
On the Friday night of opening weekend, two new coaches go head-to-head when Trevor Gleeson’s Perth Wildcats take on Joey Wright’s Adelaide 36ers at Perth Arena.

This will be the first of 10 Friday night games in The Jungle for the ‘Cats who last season averaged crowds of more than 11,000.

Round one continues on Saturday night with the first Reptile Rumble of the season as the Cairns Taipans take on the Crocodiles, under the guidance of new coach Shawn Dennis in Townsville.

The first round of the season closes out on Sunday afternoon with a huge match-up between the Sydney Kings and their capital city rivals the Melbourne Tigers.

This game will celebrate the Kings' 25th season in the league, with past legends tipped to make an appearance at the game that will also signal the return of Mark Worthington to Melbourne and the debut of AJ Ogilvy in the gold and purple.

Round three will see the 2013 Grand Final re-match at what will be a packed North Shore Events Centre when New Zealand play host to Perth on Thursday 24 October.

In a tough road double, the Wildcats will then have to fly to Sydney to play the Kings on Sunday, which will also mark their 1000th game in the NBL since being established in 1982.
The 2014 NBL Finals Series will once again see the top four teams face off in a best-of-three series commencing on Friday 28 March, with the best-of-three Grand Final Series expected to conclude in mid-April.

Games will once again be broadcast on both free-to-air television as well as live and on demand on PC, iPhone or iPad via NBL.TV (TV games and tip-off times will be announced shortly).

Click here to see the full list of fixtures for the 2013/14 season.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

1984 NBA Draft - Some things you may not have known

Everybody knows that the 1984 NBA Draft class is considered one of the best ever featuring such names as Jordan, Hakeem, Barkley and Stockton.

But did you know, back in '84 the draft had not two but TEN rounds of picks?!

With the 131st pick in the sixth round, the New Jersey Nets selected Brazilian and Olympic legend Oscar Schmidt.  However, Schmidt turned down the offers to play in the NBA and stayed to play in Italy and later in Brazil. He played in five Olympics and was the top scorer in three of them. He finished his career with 49,703 points with various clubs and the Brazilian national team, more than the NBA's career scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who scored 38,387 points in his NBA career.

BUT ... the funniest fact that I think I knew but forgot, was ... with the 208th pick in the tenth round, the Chicago Bulls select ... University of Houston track and field athlete Carl Lewis! Despite never having played college basketball the Chicago Bulls picked the soon to be Olympic legend. Not surprisingly, Lewis stayed with his athletics career and went on to win nine Olympic gold medals and eight World Championship gold medals.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf - best games

Some more of one of my all-time favourite NBA players, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. After watching the video I posted the other day, YouTube recommended I watch another series featuring him. If you're a fan of Mahmoud, or for the kids out there who don't really know is ... these are 3 of his most memorable performances and well worth watching (despite the non HD vision).

Watch, appreciate and enjoy Mahmoud in action ...

Monday, August 5, 2013

Steve Carfino - Hobart Tassie Devils

Today's feature Hobart Devil legend is Steve Carfino.

Long before he was the face and voice of the NBL, Steve Carfino started his playing career in the NBL with the Hobart Devils. He put up ridiculous numbers in his debut season averaging 32.7 points, 7 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 steals, shot 49% from the field and hit 2.4 triples per game. He was runner up in the MVP voting that year and named to the All-NBL first team in ’86 and ’87 before leaving for the Sydney Kings.

Here's the link to our Steve Carfino t-shirt:

I couldn't find any pics of Steve from his time in Hobart but here's some footage of him in action