Room for improvement for Boomers after second loss to Lithuania

The Boomers have plenty of work to do after a second straight defeat to Lithuania, going down 92-85 overnight.

David Anderson led the way for the Boomers, creating great spacing with his floor stretching three-point shooting, putting up 20 points, with Andrew Bogut chipping in with a near double-double 12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and some nice touch around the rim.

Andrej Lemanis’ men shot the ball well, hitting 50% from the floor and 47% from three on 9/19 shooting, but it was a frustrating night of not being able to get into sets quick enough and the turnovers piling up.

The Boomers gave the ball up 20 times, leading to plenty of transition buckets for Lithuania, something I’m sure will be a focus for their next game against Slovenia.

Whilst the Lithuanian’s were pesky on defence, picking up six steals, the majority of the surrendered possessions came from broken plays, mistimed reads and sloppy entrance passes. The positive being, taking care of the ball is something that can be fixed game to game.

But that’s what this tour is about building rhythm, establishing combinations and giving guys an opportunity to learn where each other want to be on the floor.

Brock Motum was again a solid contributor on offence, pouring in 15 points in 23 minutes, including a couple of threes and his trademark attacking ferocity.

The Boomers now head to Slovenia to continue their preparations for the Homecoming series against New Zealand.

Here’s the full box score via: Just Live Basketball

box scoreWatch the full replay here (H/T Delfi TV)

Mason Plumlee is now also…….a rapper

The NBA off-season is a truly strange time.

The NBA off-season is a truly strange time.

Yep, that’s a real headline.

In one of the strangest pieces of sports symmetry, Mason Plumlee has teamed up with “rapper” Will Roush….or as most will know him as that guy from the New York Rangers game who bragged about his $4500 seats.

“Plumdog Millionaire” clearly learned a thing or two about the rap game from his time in Brooklyn, with notable shout outs to Jay Z, Mikhail Prokhorov and Bobby Boucher (the Waterboy is just a great film).

Also for some reason, Plumlee is in possession of a cash gun,….so there’s that.

Side note: he is now teammates with Damien Lillard, the NBA’s pre-eminent rap that’s also a thing.

I’m just as confused as you. I have no idea who told Plumlee this was a good idea.

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via: Complex Sports

Paul George is healthy……Paul George can dunk real good

Paul George was robbed of the majority of his 2014/15 season and with a fully healed leg after his gruesome injury, he looks as athletic as ever.

Good news for Pacers fans who’s off-season hasn’t exactly been littered with huge positives, so the the sight of Paul George bouncing around the Philippines on his promotional Nike tour will bring some smiles to the Indy faithful

…And in case there was any doubt, he brought out his signature “holy crap 360 windmill dunk”

via: CBS Eye on Basketball

Boris Diaw wrote kids book about Hippos because……of course he did

Wine connoisseur, poker champion, vacation selfie king, the only man to defy Gregg Popovich and get away with it, Euro GAWD. Boris Diaw is all of these things; now add nature author to that list.

As per

NBA star Boris Diaw of the San Antonio Spurs takes young readers on safari as he explores his off-court passion: wildlife photography! Join Diaw as he escapes from stampeding wildebeests, comes face-to-face with lions, and discovers why you should never come between a hippo and its watery home. Through engaging stories and photos by Diaw, readers will discover a whole new side to this basketball champ.

Shut up and take my money.

Who wouldn’t buy a book about exotic animals written by this guy? His Instagram looks more like a nature adventurer’s than NBA player, so he’s more than qualified for this job.

Trekking and horseback riding in the tropical forest of tayrona in colombia. #feelbadforthehorse

A photo posted by Borisdiaw (@diawboris) on

via: Dan McCarney

Rockets go to Summer League, Dwight Howard goes to Comic-Con

Whilst the rest of the NBA is scrambling around free agent big men, emoji’s and Summer League, Dwight Howard is having the time of his life out of the spotlight this off-season.

So naturally, he’s doing what Dwight Howard does best; awesomely childish leisure time….going to Comic-Con dressed as Predator.

Comic con. Love life you only live once.@fandango @movieclips

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The best part of all this is that his Houston team-mates are courtside in Vegas watching the Rockets Summer League team and Howard is in San Diego mingling with Comic book nerds.

Dwight definitely wins at summer.

“Hey Dwight, you coming to support the team in Vegas”

“Nah I already have important plans”

*forgets to stay of IG*

This pic definitely looks like Bev and Harden just checked their phones and saw what Dwight was up to instead.

via: Complex Sports

Mario Hezonja throws down…..stares down

Coming into the NBA draft we new a few things about Mario Hezonja; he can shoot, he has a spectacular amount of cockiness confidence and he was guaranteed to entertain.

Well… its been two Summer Legaue games for the Magic and so far we’ve had a game winning jumper in game one and today…. this nasty dunk, followed with a solid Croatian mean mug.

via: CBS Eye on Basketball

Yep, here is a Kristaps Porzingis rap song, because NBA

Kristaps Porzingis’ NBA career is in its very infancy, but all he glory that comes with being in the league is already being bestowed upon the teenage Latvian…….and by glory I mean having two Latvian dudes rap about you.

Latvian hip-hop group Transleiteris (have googled…is actually a thing), dropped this track in honour of Porzingis getting drafted by the Knicks.

The best part about all of this is Porzingis himself tweeting out the video. He’s his own personal hype man…I love this guy already.

via : CBS Eye on Basketball

Blogger fools everyone into thinking he got drafted

A day in the life of an NBA baller seems pretty sweet. Source: Elite Daily

A day in the life of an NBA baller seems pretty sweet. Source: Elite Daily

Being 6’10” with an oversized suit, a Utah Jazz cap and a wild amount of confidence will have everyone from Barclays Center to Manhattan thinking you’re the latest end of the bench rookie for the Jazz.

Elite Daily blogger Connor Toole did just that, lapping up all the benefits of being a freshly minted NBA rookie, from free drinks, girls phone numbers and hoards of screaming fans.

Check out his draft day prank here:

via: Elite Daily

Q&A with Emmanuel Mudiay

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With the seventh pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Denver Nuggets selected Emmanuel Mudiay. Today, Tom caught up with Mudiay for a chat via Cisco TelePresence along with other members of the International media, just moments after Adam Silver called his name. Here’s what he had to say:

How much can you help the Denver Nuggets and how do you see the fit with the roster?

It’s definitely a high motor team, you know you got Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried, those are the two guys that are really known for that team, they play really, really hard, high motor guys and I’m the same way. I’m pretty sure they hate losing, I hate losing. I want to be established as a winner in the NBA and win as many championships as I can.

With your experience in going to China to play, what advice can you give young players looking to make a similar move?

China is very physical. That’s the first thing I learned, you’re playing with grown men older men. You can’t be a little boy out there, you gotta be a man and that’s one thing that I learned really, really quick and its definitely helped me coming back to into the States because I see it differently.

Over here a hand check is a foul, over there and hand check…that’s like nothing, so it’s definitely a playoff environment more so than over here. I think the physicality is way different.

You’ve taken the road less travelled out of the majority of the guys in this draft, especially the Americans by going to China. What advantage do you think you have over some of the college guys with the fact that you’ve already played a year of professional basketball?

Just the fact that I have a professional experience, the way you carry yourself in practice, the way you gotta come in and work on your reps, you have to have a routine.

In college you don’t really have routine besides going to class, everything’s thrown at you in a different way, but in a professional league that’s all your used to, it’s your job so you know if you’re not performing because they have the opportunity to do what they want with you. You just want to be on top of your game at every time, so that’s one thing I learned.

In China, did you get a chance to speak with many of the other Americans over there who have played in the NBA and had long and successful NBA careers about what to expect and how helpful were those guys with the transition?

That definitely helped, I did talk to a lot of NBA guys that I played, they told me what to expect, how to carry yourself in the NBA, how to approach practice, how to approach games, so that was one thing that really stood out for me, the guys who I could get great advice from.

What does the experience of playing in China mean to you?

It means a lot to me playing overseas and playing in China, they welcomed me with open arms and I love the country very much, it’s a big part of me and definitely did me well in going back to the NBA because I learned so much with the physicality over there and just the determination to win and the work,. My team worked really, really hard.

Do you ever wonder what could have been, had you played college ball under head coach Larry Brown?

I don’t think about it, I just gotta hard and play, you can’t regret anything you’ve done so the main thing is just moving forward you can’t take that back and you know  I’m happy with the decision that I made.

What are you expecting for your future in the NBA?

Just going to go out there and try to win as many championships as I can. Play hard every day, every game and be the best player out there and just be a competitive person.

Dellavedova’s story inspires the plot of a feature film

As if Matthew Dellavedova’s meteoric rise into the TV sets of NBA fans around the world after his Finals heroics couldn’t get an more wild, now there is set to be a feature film based on the Aussie’s exploits.

Getty Images: From Maryborough to Hollywood, via Cleveland.

Getty Images: From Maryborough to Hollywood, via Cleveland.

Well not entirely, but lets say, loosely based on his story, from basketball in regional Australia, to the bright lights of the NBA Finals. Yeah that does sound like a Hollywood movie.

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

The life of Australian basketballer Matthew Dellavedova, who rose from rural Victoria to play in Wednesday’s NBA finals, is being turned into a Hollywood production.

The fictional story, based on Dellavedova’s rise, will follow the tale of three young Australian basketballers who are drafted to play basketball for a US college.

Role Models executive producer Jason Shuman has signed on to the project, which is being called Final Four, while The Bodhi Tree‘s Robert ‘Bobby’ Galinsky will act as screenwriter and executive producer.

Galinsky said the work would either be made into a feature film or a Friday Night Lights-style series.

The idea was concieved three years ago by young Werribee actor Josh Howlett, who was inspired by Dellavedova’s story after he was plucked from the Australian Institute of Sport to play US college basketball.

“The project is inspired by the real guys who went to Saint Mary’s College in San Francisco to play basketball.

“It won’t be Matthew’s life story or autobiography, but will be inspired by his exploits in Melbourne and overseas, and we’re meeting with his management in the next couple of weeks,” Galinsky said.

Regardless of the story flow of Final Four, it must end with the clip/reenactment of this game winner against BYU.