Almanac Basketball: Yarra Wildbeasts make finals

Steve Earl is a convert to the cause of Sth Sudanese basketball, now he needs more support and sponsorship.

Drawing inspiration for marathons from basketball?

Mick Jeffrey, facing the Melbourne marathon, went searching for a spark. Would he find the answer at an NBL game? Who is this Melbourne United, taking on the Adelaide 36ers? [Congratulations on your run Mick – Ed].

The Boomers and the “insult” of tanking accusations: Spare me

The Boomers didn’t try to win, contrived to lose, could have won if they needed to or wanted to enough, and now have egg on their face and funding out of their pockets as a result. There’s no tanking by Sean Curtain in his analysis of tanking claims against the Boomers.

2014 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat. Game 1: Fighting Heat with heat (and Game 2).

Nursing his two-week old son whilst taking in the NBA finals. Paul Campbell reckons that it doesn’t get much better than this.

Yvette does the Celtics and meets the Aussie Brigade

Yvette Wroby’s Excellent American Adventure continues. This time it’s beer and pies with Boston’s Aussie Brigade, and taking in the Celtics and the Spurs at the Gardens.

US Sports : Must Try Harder

Andrew Fraser has enjoyed(?) a fact-finding tour to sacred US sporting places which has resulted in this playfully (I think?) parochial piece of comparative sporting culture.

Time-poor parents and their influence on cricket participation

When talking to parents about a decline in cricket participation, there is a common thread of what is good for the parent being a decision making factor. Parents are saying that the impact on their weekends is a significant factor.

Grand Final Heartache

I’m now actually pleased that Richmond never makes the finals – it has probably saved me two or three heart attacks. Coaching my first basketball Grand Final was more nerve racking than watching Collingwood throw away another premiership in the dying seconds. I didn’t sleep at all the night after the game and two days [Read more]

Video replay: Dream team

Does the current US Olympic men’s basketball squad compare with the 1992 Dream Team? While I am not a huge basketball fan, witnessing names such as Jordan, Bird and Johnson convey their prowess in this clip would set the bar high for the stars of today. You be the judge.

Defining moments in a basketball life

In life, there are what I like to call “defining moments”. Sometimes these defining moments pass you by, and at the time you don’t even notice. You may not ever notice. But there are many defining moments – some small, some large – which find you stopping for a moment, or even longer, to reflect. [Read more]