‘From Wang to Nagoya…the basketball odyssey of Shawn Dennis…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill updates the career journey of Wangaratta’s greatest basketball export, Shawn Dennis.

‘The sport-mad kid who made the grade…” by KB Hill

KB Hill talks with Tony Fisher, the multi-talented sportsman from Greta, who ‘made the grade’, contrary to the expectations of some of his teachers.

Almanac Basketball: Patty Mills and the Boomers, ‘Not Bad Thanks’

We were thrilled by basketball at the highest level with Patty Mills and the Boomers, but there’s another team proud of their exploits, the Not Bad Thanks team. [Ed -great gift idea for Father’s Day]

Almanac Basketball: Historic Mines

Harold Peacock relates the wonderful story of Sidney Mines, from his journey as an African American man from the civil rights conflict area of southern USA to Australia and becoming a basketball legend in Queensland.

Almanac Sport: All in a day – calypso cricket, Les Bleus rugby and Dream Team hoops

Wayne Ball watches on as Australia resumes rivalries with international sporting opponents in cricket, rugby and basketball. He realises just how diminished the powerhouses of his youth are in 2021.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Jensen Miles: Diamond Valley v Frankston Blues basketball

Jensen Miles got through school and nervously prepared for his Friday night basketball game against Frankston. With his precision shooting getting his team back into the match, the Grade 9 Parade College student had the chance to win the game for his side.

Almanac Basketball – NBA 2020 Play-Offs: Conference Semi-Finals review

Despite the restrictions, the NBA is currently producing an exciting play-offs series. Sean Mortell has the review of the Conference Semi-Finals, which included overtime finishes and numerous game sevens.

Kobe Bryant

Deakin Uni student Mark Miller reflects on the life of Kobe Bryant and the attitudes and understandings that drove him.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Sebastian Rush: The 2020 NBA All-Star game

The 2020 NBA All-Star game came down to the wire, as Parade College Grade 9 student Sebastian Rush details the exciting match-up between the NBA’s best players.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Harshana Kiriwendala: Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers, 2019 NBA Playoff game

The Toronto Raptors faced a nervous match against Philadelphia in order to progress to their first ever NBA Finals series in 2019. Parade College Grade 9 student Harshana Kiriwendala details his memories of watching the game, especially the final seconds.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Lewis Sebben: My basketball semi-final

Parade College Grade 9 student Lewis Sebben had an intense basketball semi-final. Managing to click in the second half, his team flew into the lead on the back of Lewis’ prolific scoring.

Almanac Book Review: The craziness that is “Not Bad Thanks”

Deakin Uni student and basketball enthusiast Mark Miller recently read Not Bad Thanks the story of a basketball club/team/phenomenon that has graced the courts of Melbourne since 1980. This is his review.

Is player movement to blame for NBA ratings collapse?

Mark Miller continues his regular segment on basketball and this week considers some of the issues surrounding the reduced TV ratings of the NBA.

Almanac Books: Not Bad Thanks is a hoot

If you want an entertaining examination of mateship and sporting obsession, John Harms thinks Graeme Willingham’s ‘Not Bad Thanks’ is an excellent investment. For extracts, and details on how to obtain the book, please read further.

Why does sandpaper hurt so much?

Peter Baulderstone muses about the place of sport in our individual and collective consciousnesses. How are sports different from each other? Is there an ongoing meaning of sport in our lives that explains just why sandpaper hurts so much?

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 1: The game as information.

It’s terrific to welcome former NBL basketballer and philosopher-sportsman David Stiff to the Almanac. In his debut piece he looks at ‘the game’ as information. [I think we’re going to enjoy this mix of experience, theory, and fresh thought – JTH.]

Sponsorship and Donation – Yarra Wildbeasts

The South Sudanese community is using basketball as a means of strengthening families and community. This is a worthy program in search of further support: find out about this great, local initiative and how you can help.

Seriously Social: Generic Team

Lawless gives us the rundown on last Saturday win by the Generic Team over SE Melbourne

Seriously Social: Generic Team

New Almanac contributor Ben Lawless writes on the thrilling match up between his weekly social roster basketball team, Generic Team and this week’s rival the 51CK L4DS.

Almanac Basketball: The best game ever

Almanac debutant Ethan Stone had a ripper in his basketball grand final, which his team won convincingly. A great story.