Robert Sacre: The Baller and the Boarder

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#BTHype favorite Robert Sacre, has been with the Lakers for a couple of years now, but doesn’t really know that much about the city.

He’s still very much from North Vancouver (see tattoos/love for the Grizzlies), so VICE sent him out on the town with pro-skateboarder Danny Montoya to check out the best local LA food spots, catch some skateboarding and more.

Check it out:

via: VICE

Aussie Update – Volume 33

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By JT.

A round-up of news featuring our top Aussie ballers.

* The NBA has launched online stores in Australia (NBAStore.com.au) and New Zealand (NBAStore.co.nz). Get free shipping on all jersey orders until the 16th of September!

* In their updated player rankings for the Class of 2015, ESPN finally have Ben Simmons at No. 1. You’re a bit late to the party, guys. Deng Adel comes in at No. 29.

* Olgun Uluc from Aus BBall Prospects joined the guys at The Flag Flyers on SEN1116 (at the 21:10 mark) to discuss the latest with Thon Maker, Ben Simmons, Isaac Humphries and Deng Adel.

* Here’s Olgun again with his wrap up of our rising stars in US high school for The Pick And Roll. The latest news – Kouat Noi, a key member of the silver medal winning Australian U17 men’s team, will be transferring to Montverde Academy for his junior year.

* Andrew Bogut and The Black Falcon are at it again.

Niall Anderson from NZhoops argues that New Zealand basketball deserves greater funding. The Tall Blacks received a paltry $200,000 this calendar year from New Zealand’s sporting authority.

* FIBA is investigating the Boomers for ‘tanking’ against Angola at the World Cup. In a statement FIBA said: “The on-court behaviour displayed by Australia in that game generated huge disappointment by basketball fans and experts.”

What a bunch of BS.

* Andrew Bogut said it best (on Twitter): “So u can naturalize a plyer who has nver stepped foot in a country, but you cant rest players in a game 2 better a draw 4 youself? Ok @fiba.”

* Basketball Australia released a statement regarding the investigation.

* FIBA needs to look in the mirror – the real problem lies with the format of their post-intragroup stage. Boti Nagy has the solution.

* David Andersen has finalised a two-year deal with french club, ASVEL Villeurbanne.

* The Pick And Roll with a comprehensive listing of all the Australian men playing in the 2014/15 NCAA Division 1 college basketball season.

* Courtside Films with Thon Maker’s summer mixtape.

* The Perth Wildcats have signed the University of Missouri’s Earnest Ross.

* Jonah Bolden has been ruled ineligible for the upcoming college season.

* Aussies Erin Phillips, Penny Taylor and Coach Sandy Brondello have lead the Phoenix Mercury to the WNBA Championship.

JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.

FIBA World Cup Wrap: Round of 16 – When Tournament Strategy Goes Wrong

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The Results

Day 1

  • USA 86 Mexico 63
  • France 69 Croatia 64
  • Spain 89 Senegal 56
  • Slovenia 71 Dominican Republic 61

Day 2

  • Lithuania 76 New Zealand 71
  • Serbia 90 Greece 72
  • Turkey 65 Greece 64
  • Brazil 85 Argentina 65

The quarter-finals are set, here’s how it looks: 

Bracket

Highlights

1) Australia v Turkey was the match-up the Aussies wanted. A clear path to the semi-finals, no USA for now, all we gotta do is beat Turkey and everyone will get off our backs about the Angola game.

Seemed pretty simple and Australia lead for most of the game, rebounded well and looked as though the plan was working, but went on to blow a late five-point lead to go down 65-64 and leave Goran Dragic with a wide grin on his face.

The biggest ‘highlight’ was obviously the “how you like me know”  clear-out three-pointer Turkey’s Emir Preldzic drained with just five seconds left on the clock, receiving the inbound with 22 seconds left in the game.

Full credit to Turkey, if that’s how you’re going to win, that’s a) ballsy and b) pretty dope

Here’s the full highlights:

2) Brazil turned the tables on Argentina and let them know they’re now the top dogs of South American hoops, with a crushing 85-65 win.

Although it wasn’t till midway through the game that I assume Brazil’s coach remembered “oh yeah we’re huge, why don’t we attack inside and eat all the rebounds and win super easy, Go basketball!” Or something like that.

Either way it worked and the Brazilian big men went to work along with Raulzinho Neto who shot a lazy 9/10 from the field to grab 21 points and kinda stick the boot into Argentina’s golden generation. Summed up no better than Thiago Splitter’s face in the pic below.

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Meanwhile Neto be like:

3) You cannot and never will know how to pass like France. They beat Croatia and made a mockery of “find the best basketball play” with this outrageous sequence of passing and unselfishness.

It is actually beautiful and should probably only be watched while listening to classical music.

 

4) Oh yeah Steph Curry is awesome at shooting threes. I’ve been waiting for this game all tournament and we got it against Mexico.

Splash Brother number one went off for 20 points on 6-9 shooting from deep, at one point hitting a ridiculous 11 straight points for the USA.

Curry’s shooting had been weirdly off this tournament, but I’m happy to put that down to the “Hey these Molten’s are weird” theory. Now this is basically what he’s seeing (via ESPN)

Random Notes

1) DeMarcus Cousins is still looking for Gustavo Ayon

Eight teams to go and it looks like Spain is the only real threat to the USA. Teams like Brazil and France aren’t going to make it easy, so get ready for some intense late-stage tournament hoops.

Aussie Update – Volume 32

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By JT.

A round-up of news featuring our top Aussie ballers.

* In a stunning turn of events, Thon Maker has decided to play high school ball in Canada at the Athlete Institute in Ontario. This has heated up the discussion about him re-classifying to the class of 2015, and even the possibility that he may try and bypass college altogether. There’s some shady elements to it too that involve Maker’s guardian, Ed Smith.

* The Sydney Morning Herald had a fascinating piece on Ed Smith last year, examining his role in the development of several young standout Sudanese-Australian players. Worth a read.

* Maker’s move to Canada potentially spells bad news for the Boomers.

* NBA Australia with five things the Boomers must do well if they want to beat Turkey and move through to the quarter-finals at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

* An anonymous scout who has tracked Dante Exum at the World Cup on what we’ve learnt from his performances in Spain thus far: “Not much. He’s not ready for the NBA, that is for sure. But a lot of guys are not ready for the NBA and they have got to learn on the fly. He is no different. But he is not going to jump into the league and all of a sudden average 20 points a game. There’s just no way.

He is really, really good in the pick-and-roll. He knows how to take the pick and emerge with his head up and he sees the whole floor. He will get better with his decision-making as time goes on and he gets experience, but that ability to come off the pick like that, you know being able to see and process everything immediately with your head up, that is something you can’t teach.”

* Boti Nagy nails the ‘tanking’ debate.

* Michael Collins from Downtown with a terrific piece on how the NBL is redefining itself as one of the world’s best development leagues outside of the US.

* In case you haven’t heard, with his strong play in Spain Joe Ingles is attracting a lot of NBA interest. Here’s some old footage of Joe talking about why he turned down a guaranteed deal with Memphis last offseason.

* Team USA appeared stunned when the Kiwis broke out the Haka in their mid-week clash. This was followed by Andre Iguodala mocking it on Twitter, which naturally upset Aussie Steve.

* Nathan Jawai has re-signed with Turkish club Galatasaray.

* Aleks Maric has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv. The deal is reportedly for three months.

* AJ Ogilvy signs with La Bruixa d’Or Manresa in Spain.

* Isaac Humphries (class of 2016) has received an offer from Kansas.

* Melbourne United coach Chris Anstey has confirmed reports that the Philadelphia 76ers have the right to re-call Jordan McRae back to the team up until January.

* NBA Australia with a good feature on Dante Exum.

* Here’s Cameron Bairstow’s shot chart from college.

* Golden Gate Sports examine Andrew Bogut’s impact by the numbers.

* For all the coaches out there, here’s a unique opportunity at the Andrew Bogut Basketball Academy in Melbourne.

JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.

NBA 2K15 ‘LeBron James Homecoming’ trailer is pretty cool

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If Cavaliers fans weren’t already excited for LeBron James returning to Cleveland, getting LeBron James back to Cleveland in video game form will excite just as much until the season officially kicks off.

The plethora of LeBron remixed with Diddy’s Homecoming track is sure to get old by season’s end, but until then let’s enjoy it as much as possible.

Stephon Marbury to star in a Chinese stage show about… Stephon Marbury

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Yes… You read that headline correctly. Former NBA star & Chinese basketball Superster Stephon Marbury is set to star in a stage show about his life called “I Am Stephon Marbury”.

It isn’t a new thing for a stage show to be created about basketballers… A few years ago there was an Off-Broadway production about the Magic Johnson/Larry Bird rivalry. However, I never thought i’d hear of the day where Starbury got his own show… But, then again… We probably should have seen it coming.

According to the Sinosphere Blog on NYTimes.com, who transcribed from the official website of the show:

The show’s website declares “I Am Stephon Marbury’’ to be “China’s first fusion of sports, music, dance and multimedia for a sports-themed youth theater event.” It plans to feature the Chinese Basketball Association’s top cheerleading squad and performers trained to do various basketball tricks. According to the website, other celebrities will make surprise appearances on stage, including Yao Ming, who once starred with the Houston Rockets.

The play, which will run for 11 consecutive nights, centers on the idea that Marbury is a successful Beijing vagabond, or beipiao — a Chinese term typically used to refer to the millions of migrant workers who flock to the capital in search of employment without official Beijing residence permits. The plot follows the story of a musician, a beipiao himself, who arrives in Beijing in search of fame and is inspired to beat the odds by watching Marbury lead the Ducks to their first-ever championship during the 2011-12 season.

Furthermore, according to NY Times, due to Marbury’s inability to comfortably speak Mandarin & his lack of acting experience… Don’t expect to see Marbury appear too much throughout the production. Despite being named after him, the story is more about achieving your dreams & a feel good story rather than a straight bio-show of the life. I’m kinda disappointed about this… I would have loved Marbury to have done what NBA fans knew him to do… Hog the spotlight, even if it isn’t best for the team/production.

Marbury has become a huge star in Beijing ever since he moved to China in 2010 & to his current team, the Beijing Ducks in 2011. He’s lead the Ducks to 2 CBA Championships in 2012 & 2014 & won Foreign MVP in 2012/13 whilst averaging 29.5ppg… Oh, he also got a statue in his honour in Beijing after the 2012 title.

I can’t miss an opportunity to see this show. I need to get over to Beijing ASAP.

Here’s the poster for “I Am Stephon Marbury”

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Aussie Update – Volume 31

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By JT.

A round-up of news featuring our top Aussie ballers.  

* According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, whilst the Spurs are still determined to re-sign Aron Baynes they are exploring other options.

* Brock Motum has signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Utah Jazz. Details of the deal are: 1st Year – $507,336 (non-guaranteed); 2nd Year – $1,045,059 (qualifying offer).

* ABC and ABC2 will be televising live all the Boomers and Team USA games and the Quarter Finals through to the Gold Medal game of the FIBA World Cup in Spain. Here’s the schedule.

* The Boomers plan to bring Dante Exum off the bench at the World Cup.

* Ben Simmons remains at No. 1 on the Rivals.com Class of 2015 Player Rankings.

* Rasheed Malek from Warriors World: “An Increased Offensive Role for Andrew Bogut is Essential”. You’re preaching to the choir, bro.

* Watch the USA vs Australia Gold Medal game in full from the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships.

* Dante Exum in NBA 2K15.

* Another episode of ‘Inside the Huddle‘.

* Bleacher Report with a couple of good features on Thon Maker and Ben Simmons.

* Some highlights of Thon Maker at the Under Armour Elite 24 practice session.

* Melbourne United have signed the Philadelphia 76ers’ second round draft pick, Jordan McRae. Here’s McRae dunking over Dante Exum at Summer League.

* SBNation with a comprehensive preview of the FIBA World Cup.

JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.