News surfaced this morning via the Townsville Bulletin and social media that the Townsville Crocodiles (under the ownership of Barrier Reef Basketball Pty Ltd) were going to return their licence to Basketball Australia, under financial stress.
Basketball Australia have responded to these revelations with a statement this afternoon:
Basketball Australia has this afternoon met with representatives from National Basketball League Clubs, in light of the Townsville McDonalds Crocodiles’ moves to surrender their license to participate in the League.
It is our intention to support a viable NBL into the 2013/14 season, and we are working collaboratively with NBL Clubs to that end.
Basketball Australia will continue to work through the NBL White Paper process in order to ascertain a strategic direction – endorsed by the Basketball Australia Board and the NBL – to give the League the best opportunity at financial success.
Regarding the Crocodiles, Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally is writing to Barrier Reef Basketball Pty Ltd to advise Basketball Australia will not accept the immediate return of their license, as the Club has not complied with the terms of the NBL License Agreement which would allow immediate surrender.
An immediate surrender of license would require the club to demonstrate they are insolvent.
Regardless of what direction BRB takes in their ownership of the team, it would be great to see the Crocs continue in the NBL in 2013/14 and beyond. If a community model can be established, as has worked well with the Wollongong Hawks, all the better.
Either way, the loss of the Crocs to the league would be a tragedy, given the strong supporter base they have provided in Townsville over the years, since their introduction to the league as the Suns in 1993. The Crocs have boasted such league talents/personalities as Robert Rose, John Rillie, Derek Rucker, Pat Reidy, Corey Williams, Peter Crawford, Russell Hinder, Gary Ervin, Sam Mackinnon, Clarence Tyson and Larry Abney -- to name but a selection. It would be a true shame to lose their rich history permanently to the NBL.
Time will tell how this scenario plays out. One positive is that the league has an entire off-season to look for a solution.no comments
One week after the National Basketball League Tribunal heard a case against Jacob Holmes (Townsville Crocodiles) for tripping, a second case regarding Larry Davidson (Wollongong Hawks) came before it today.
Whilst Holmes came away from his alleged trip of Wollongong's Tyson Demos unscathed, Davidson was not as fortunate in his incident with Sydney Kings guard Ben Madgen. Davidson was found guilty of the charge of tripping and will cop a $1,500 fine.
The tribunal findings indicated:
The finding of the Tribunal is that the reported player fell to the floor in a rebound situation. As a result of that fall the player was on the floor and was very close to the feet of Ben Madgen as he went to run up the floor. That player continued to run, that is directly over the player on the floor.The umpire Brett Hogan told the Tribunal he was unsure if there had been any contact by Ben Madgen as he ran by Larry Davidson but that he had seen a grab with the left arm around the leg of the player. He explained to the Tribunal that he was unsure at the time if the player Ben Madgen had stepped on the player on the floor or if his leg had made contact with the body of Larry Davidson. The player Ben Madgen told the Tribunal he had not made any contact with the player on the floor and felt a hold on his leg around the shin which as he continued to move slipped down to his foot.Larry Davidson in his statement to the Tribunal said he saw the leg of the player and he attempted to deflect any contact to him. The Tribunal did not accept the explanation given by the player and formed the view that the player grabbed the lower leg and foot of the player Ben Madgen which tripped the player who subsequently fell. The Tribunal accepted that this action of grabbing the leg was not a premeditated action on the part of the player but rather a reaction to the situation in the game. The contact in the view of the Tribunal could not be described as accidental.
The tribunal took into account the fact that Davidson had not been previously reported during his nine years in the league and contributes to the community.no comments
Melbourne Tigers star forward Seth Scott will face the NBL tribunal, following a heated Sunday afternoon clash with the Sydney Kings at Hisense Arena. Scott was ejected from the Kings' eventual 72-67 victory during the third quarter, cited for striking the head of league-leading scorer Ben Madgen.
Scott's ejection came during a sequence of heated interaction between the two teams, where the Kings seemingly got under the skin of the Tigers, winning the mental battle -- and ultimately the game.
According to the NBL press release:
The match referees filed a charge of ‘Striking – other’ against Scott arising out of an alleged incident in the third period of the game involving Sydney’s Ben Madgen.
The report alleges that Scott struck Madgen to the head with his open right hand.
Under NBL Rules, all reports by match officials are automatically referred to the NBL Tribunal.
Scott has until 12:00PM Midday AEDT tomorrow, Tuesday 20 November, to respond to the charge and determine if he wishes it to be heard by telephone interviews or in a formal sitting of the NBL Tribunal.
The Melbourne Tigers are reportedly set to sign former NBA point guard Jonny Flynn, replacing Kevin Braswell. Rumours have circulated for some days of the signing and today there appears to be confirmation of the move, with Tigers coach Chris Anstey citing niggling injuries to Braswell as the reason for the move.
"Kev has been an absoute pro this whole time but he has been playing hurt and we need someone with a few different capabilities to really help us build on what we are doing here," Anstey said.
"There's no hard feelings and we're sure Kev will get another job because he has a lot to offer the league."
Flynn, who was drafted sixth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, is only 23 years old yet has seen time with four NBA clubs. He was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves and managed to make the All-Rookie 2nd Team in his best NBA season, but after two seasons was traded to the Houston Rockets. After 11 games there, he moved onto the Portland Trail Blazers where he put up 5.2ppg and 3.8apg. He recently did time with the Detroit Pistons in pre-season play, but did not make the cut.
Ultimately it appears that Flynn's aim is to return to the NBA, so his time with the Tigers may be curtailed by any opportunities that arise on that front. That said, this is an extremely impressive signing, in one of the better NBA players that has set foot on an NBL court.
Flynn is known for his quickness and ability to distribute the ball and could form a potent combo with the likes of Seth Scott, Adam Ballinger, Lucas Walker and Chris Goulding.
"He's in his prime and wanted to reinvigorate his career and we're really excited about what he's going to bring," Anstey said.
Flynn is expected to train with his new teammates as soon as Tuesday and could potentially suit up for the Tigers against Adelaide at Hisense Arena on Friday night.
He will see solid competition from opposing speedy import point guards in Corin Henry, Gary Ervin, Jamar Wilson and Adris Deleon.no comments
Once again this season I'll be writing my weekly column over on the official website of the National Basketball League. This season we've got the so, so humorous title for the column, Mookie's Minute.
The column is pretty much about anything I feel like putting my pen to that week, with an Australian basketball bent, obviously.
So far this season, the articles I've posted include:
Round 1: Lights, camera, action!
Round 3: Ranking the Rookies
Round 4: Marksmen and high-flyers (who will be in the NBL All-Star Slam Dunk and Three-Point Shoot-out Contests?)no comments
The Sydney Kings today announced Crown as a major sponsor of the team for the 2012/13 NBL season. In an aptly connected name with the Kings brand, Crown will also come on board as the naming sponsor of the Kings homecourt, the Crown Kingdome.
“The Sydney Kings is very excited about having such a high-profile brand as Crown as a major sponsor of the team,” Sydney Kings Executive Director, Stephen Dunn said.
“Crown’s community engagement philosophy and their commitment to the value of a team effort in achieving their goals is a perfect fit with the Sydney Kings modus operandi,” he added.
“After a successful elite sports sponsorship arrangement with the Melbourne Storm, Crown has selected the Sydney Kings as a Sydney-based sports franchise to proudly wear and promote their brand on the national basketball stage.
“The Sydney Kings recently spent part of the off-season in the Northern Territory running coaching clinics for a remote indigenous population of around 600 people. It was a very satisfying and wonderful experience. The team is therefore very committed and looking forward to working with Crown, which has a great track record in developing programs and opportunities for indigenous people,” Mr Dunn said.
The coaching clinics to which Dunn is referring involved himself, star guard Ben Madgen, his sister, Australian Opal Tess Madgen, and Kings assistant coach Tim Hudson. The group gave up their own time in the off-season to make the trip to the Northern Territory, visiting a remote community which the Madgens' mother had been teaching in.
Speaking on behalf of Crown, Chief Executive Officer, Rowen Craigie said that Crown is building a global resort company and Sydney is an important market to attract visitors to our hotels in Perth and Melbourne.
“Just like the Sydney Kings, Crown is committed to excellence and providing visitors with a fun and enjoyable experience,” Mr Craigie said.
“Crown has recently launched a national campaign to promote our success and achievements as one of Australia’s largest employers and leading tourist destinations.
“Crown’s Indigenous employment programs are considered a best practice model in the sector and have won numerous government and industry awards. We have an excellent retention rate of Indigenous Australians and Crown was the first employer to sign the Australian Employment Covenant. We are looking forward to working with the Sydney Kings to expand these initiatives to Sydney’s Indigenous community, particularly in conjunction with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern.
The Crown sponsorship news comes on the back of the announcement that Mighty Mite (Three 3s brand) would adorn the Kings' jerseys this season as apparel sponsor.no comments
You may have noticed that the National Basketball League is back into full swing, as evidenced by the four entertaining games this past weekend. Both new Wollongong Hawks import Lance Hurdle and Adelaide 36ers high-flyer Mitch Creek managed to put down some impressive jams in week one, showing promise for the season ahead.
Despite the new season being upon us, it's not too late to review the season that was in 2011/12. The NBL have just released this video of the top ten dunks of last season. Sure, they're not NBA-standard, but we already knew that.
Take a peep and see what you think.
Former Sydney Kings centre Julian Khazzouh has inked a three year deal with Polish team, Asseco Prokom Gdynia. As well as playing in the Polish Basketball League, the team also competes in the Euroleague.
The club, which has been relatively successful since it's founding in 1995, has won nine Polish Championships and four Polish Cups. A number of NBA names have seen time with Prokom over the years, including one-time Sydney King Drew Barry, and the likes of Travis Best, Bobby Brown, Todd Fuller (another name known to NBL fans), Dajuan Wagner and Qyntel Woods.
Khazzouh will be the biggest player on the roster and will potentially have an opportunity to show off his soft touch around the paint, abililty to grab rebounds and block shots against a range of other Australian players in the Euroleague. Australian Boomers captain Matt Nielsen plays for Khimki Moscow, AJ Ogilvy is with Brose Baskets, Nathan Jawai and Joe Ingles play for Spanish Champions FC Barcelona, and Aron Baynes has signed with Union Olimpija Ljubljana.
The long-term deal is a well-deserved one for the Big Sneeze, after two standout seasons for the Kings. He made the All-NBL First Team two seasons in a row in Sydney, and was an MVP candidate during his time in the harbour city as he troubled the statisticians in the scoring, rebounding and blocks categories.no comments
Earlier this year when Basketball Australia and the National Basketball League announced a new television contract, it was met with a combination of excitement and skepticism.
The excitement was induced by the fact that NBL fans would once again be able to see live, primetime and free-to-air action on their television screens. The re-negotiated deal with TEN / ONE HD meant that one game will be shown live on Channel 10 on Sunday afternoons, whilst a second game would be shown at 9:30pm Fridays (delayed telecast) on ONE HD. All NBL Finals games will also be broadcast on Channel 10 and ONE.
In addition, the deal left open the intriguing option for the NBL to broadcast its games through whatever digital means it chose.
The skepticism from some fans was centred on the doubt that the league would do anything with those digital rights. Well, today those doubts have been shattered like a Jim Havrilla dunk.
The NBL has announced the launch of NBL.tv -- a service that allows fans to watch every single 2012/13 game LIVE or ON DEMAND. Not only does it provide coverage of every NBL game, but it is available across a range of devices. Check out the list of features via the NBL press release:
- Every NBL game will be broadcast live via an NBL.TV subscription service for mobile, tablets, PCs and IPTV;
- Fans will be able to view television matches simulcast, plus all other NBL matches live anywhere and on any platform using a single login to NBL.TV;
- Games and highlights will be available on demand, giving fans the freedom to choose how and when they watch the NBL;
- PERFORM will produce five-camera live broadcasts of all NBL games not being shown by the league’s free-to-air television partner Network Ten and New Zealand broadcast partner; and
- The deal also includes production and distribution of national team games hosted in Australia – meaning fans can for the first time digitally access any home games played by the Boomers and Opals, subject to television broadcast arrangements.
This move makes basketball in Australia a true forerunner. Despite being regarded by many as a niche sport, hoops has jumped ahead of the likes of the NRL and AFL with this innovation. Fans have been dreaming of this type of access to the local sport for the past few years, with the growing popularity of the NBA League Pass and now they have it.
The full season subscription to NBL.tv is going for the bargain price of $79 -- about the price of a slap-up meal at a restaurant in town. But if you get in before 23 September and simply register your interest, you will get the pre-register discount of $20, making it a $59 steal. By my quick reckoning that's something like $0.53 per game to have access to the entire NBL season. You don't really need to be a massive fan to make that level of investment.no comments