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It’s the off season for the NBA and the NBL, the Super Netball is in recess and local competition is just re-commencing, so we thought it a good opportunity to share some all-time action. this week we feature “The Top Ten NBA Dunks of All Time”. Sit back, relax and be amazed!

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Timber Sports Flooring provides give and bounce in a way that asphalt and concrete simply can’t – which is why all premier league games worldwide are now played on FIBA approved Timber Sports Flooring.

In Victoria, the State Government has funded multipurpose timber sports flooring in all new schools, both primary and secondary. As well many older schools have also been provided with such multipurpose facilities.

In addition, both Federal and State Governments have funded Community and Regional Indoor Sports Stadiums with FIBA approved Sports Flooring, enabling high level competitions.

Essentially this means that community participation in sports like Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and Gymnastics has increased exponentially over the last 20 years, with participation in both Basketball and Netball representing the fastest growing sports in Australia.

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The Indoor Sports Court’s re-opening date gets ever closer. Be sure, be ready with Nellakir, the Sports Flooring Experts.

With further relaxations on competitive sports activities announced on Nov 8th, it’s time to get ready for a summer of Sport. Indoor facilities such as Basketball and Netball stadiums will soon re-open for competition – with some limitations. Schedule a consultation now with Nellakir to ensure your Timber Sports Flooring is in premium shape for re-opening. Call 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here [https://www.nellakir.com.au/contact.html] to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.

For your interest, here are the latest Press Releases for participants from both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria…

Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Update
Monday 9 November

Basketball Victoria welcomes yesterday’s announcement from the Victorian Government in regard to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions with the current (as of November 9) ‘Third Step’ aligning Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne, plus the roadmap to the ‘last step’ (as of November 23).

However, we are still awaiting clarification regarding the number of people allowed per venue or facility or per space from DHHS and Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) for both the ‘Third Step’ and ‘Last Step’.

Please note: The current DHHS guidelines stipulate that a ‘facility’ is capped at 20 people only, regardless of the number of courts or separated areas within the venue.

We remain hopeful this refined definition of a “facility” by DHHS can be resolved in the coming days, as we have advocated via SRV and VicSport again this morning along with a number of other indoor sports and facility operators.

From November 23 (the Last Step), there is positive news that both adult and junior participants can return indoors in a ‘contact’ or ‘non-contact’ scenario for either training or competition.

However, a venue limit of 100 ‘patrons’ has been set for indoor community sport and a group limit of 20. This is in addition to large sporting venues being able to open with a 25 per-cent venue patron cap, with each space subject to the density quotient. We have asked for clarity on the definition of ‘patron’ as well as further detail on venue definitions and approved capacities.

We appreciate our community’s patience and support throughout these difficult times as we aim to plan to reactivate the sport in its entirety alongside our associations and clubs in upcoming weeks. We will continue to discuss the issues and advocate for basketball with the Victorian Government on a daily basis. Basketball Victoria and your associations will make further updates as soon as they’re available.

RESTRICTIONS:

From 11:59pm on Sunday 8 November

Please refer to Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines for further detail

VICTORIA WIDE

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:

Outdoor (contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-20 
Indoor (non-contact) training only – ORANGE-20

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:

Outdoor (non-contact) training only – RED-10

From 11:59pm on Sunday 22 November

VICTORIA WIDE

ALL AGES:

Outdoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-50

Indoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-20* 

NB: Further clarity to come*

Patron cap of up to 100 people*. 
Group size up to 20 people*. 
Density quotient of 1 per 4m ²* 
Large sporting venues will be able to open with a 25 per–cent venue patron cap, with each space subject to the density quotient*. 

Source: https://basketballvictoria.com.au/covid-19/return-to-sport-updates-for-participants/

Netball Victoria Latest Update
8 NOVEMBER

We have been overjoyed watching the steady return of community netball across Victoria and we look forward to seeing more associations and leagues commence in the coming weeks.

Effective 11:59pm Sunday 08 November, the 25km travel limit will no longer be in place and the boundary between Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria will come down. There will be some changes to indoor community sport venues across metro Melbourne, unfortunately this does not include netball competitions and programs. Non-contact training may occur at indoor venues with a maximum of 20 people, but only if participants can maintain 1.5 metre physical distancing.

There are no changes to community netball in regional Victoria. There is no change to community sport for adults across Victoria.

Netball Victoria’s Return to Community Netball guidelines have been updated, you can find the latest resources here.

We look forward to the further easing of restrictions on 23 November and will provide further detail once it is available.

Source: https://vic.netball.com.au/latest-update

Meanwhile the NBA Draft period jockeying for position is in full swing, and unsurprisingly another young Aussie is front stage with strong interest.

Aussie gun Josh Green set for huge NBA Draft day. One team is his ‘perfect fit’

Australian Josh Green is widely tipped to be drafted in the first round of the upcoming NBA Draft

He comes from The Land Down Under but has made his mark in the Valley of the Sun.

With all the media focus on the Knicks’ lottery pick at No. 8 in the Nov. 18 NBA draft, the front office has worked just as diligently on their second first-round pick at No. 27 and their second-round pick at No. 38.

“They are trying to find the diamond in the rough,’’ one NBA source said.

One player of particular interest is Arizona freshman Josh Green, a shooting guard who moved from Sydney, Australia, to Phoenix when he was 13.

Green is listed at 6-foot-5 but has a 6-10 wingspan. Scouts have classified him as the prototypical 3-and-D.

“He’s an NBA athlete,’’ one NBA scout said of Green. “He excels in transition and has potential as a defender with good awareness. He probably still needs to improve his outside shooting.’’

In his one-and-done, COVID-19-shortened college season, Green averaged 12 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 30 games. He shot a decent 36.1 per cent from 3, but there’s been criticism of his shooting mechanics.

“He’d be the perfect fit for the Knicks,’’ another talent evaluator said.

Some NBA officials believe the Knicks may have to trade up a few slots to snare Green because he may not last until No. 27.

Green, who turns 20 next week, is represented by the preferred Creative Artists Agency, which Knicks president Leon Rose ran until March when owner James Dolan chose him to lead the franchise.

“He can shoot and defend, but he could still be a project,’’ ESPN’s draft guru Fran Fraschilla said. Green is the only Australian predicted to be selected in the first round.

He can shoot and defend

The Knicks obtained the 27th pick from the Clippers at the February trade deadline in exchange for Marcus Morris, now a free agent who could still re-sign with the Knicks if they want to pursue him.

Because of the parity in this year’s draft that extends all the way to the middle of the lottery, the Knicks have no idea who might be there at No 27.

In a perfect world, the Knicks prefer to select a scoring point guard with their lottery pick and a deft outside-shooting swingman with their second first-rounder.

Besides Green, other players who fit that shooting-guard description are Duke swingman Cassius Stanley, 6-7 Robert Woodward II of Mississippi State and Texas Christian’s Desmond Bane.

At 27, the Knicks could be staring at two other Duke players besides Stanley — point guard Tre Jones, RJ Barrett’s former teammate, and freshman centre Vernon Carey Jr.

Indications are the intriguing Carey is higher on their list. Knicks GM Scott Perry viewed Carey, son of former Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey, as a sure-fire first-round pick last season.

Carey is hurt by the perception that he’s a low-post, old-school centre akin to Duke draft-bust Jahlil Okafor. Carey has lost 30 pounds since the Duke season ended in March, and he’s shown an ability to hit from the outside in recent workouts.

In fact, there’s talk he will go higher than 27 because of his weight loss and dispelling the myth he’s only a back-to-the-basket big. That was essentially the role in which Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski employed him.

“I like Carey, and I think people undervalue him,’’ the NBA scout said.

If the Knicks don’t take a point guard at No. 8, San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn and France’s Theo Maledon could be point possibilities at 27.

Some of these names might still be around in the early second round at No. 38.

Adding three rookies to the roster will have its disadvantages this season, with no summer league and almost no time to get acclimated before a potential Dec. 1 training camp.

To boot, there may not be a traditional G-League season to develop rookies.

“In this draft, there’s no difference between 20 and 40,’’ Fraschilla said. “A good player will be there at 27 and 38.”

Source: https://www.foxsports.com.au

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Junior Competitions re-start in Victoria. Meanwhile, who’s moving where in the NBA?

For the Under 18’s in Victoria, Outdoor Competition is back on the table in Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria. It’s only a matter of time before indoor competition begins again. Now is the time to make sure your Court Surface indoors is in premium shape along with your stadium’s portable seating.

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Meanwhile the movement in NBA ranks has started post play-offs. Here’s an article to give some insight into the possible moves…

Trades to Get Every Eliminated Playoff Team to 2021 NBA Finals

Losing an NBA playoff series is never fun, and wound licking only provides so much relief.

But never fear, fans of the 14 teams dispatched from the 2020 postseason, we have discovered your club’s path to the 2021 Finals. It will take a trade to get there, and in some cases, it must be a pretty gargantuan change.

Since we’re free to focus on a one-year window, we’re also more willing to put top assets into trades than teams might actually be, but even then, we aren’t just giving top picks and prospects away. It’s just that if the potential prize is a championship, there are certain sacrifices clubs should be willing to make.

Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics receive: Myles Turner, Jeremy Lamb, Doug McDermott

Indiana Pacers receive: Gordon Hayward, No. 14 pick (via MEM), No. 26 pick

The Al Horford-less Celtics had a functional collection of 5s until they didn’t. Once Bam Adebayo stood in their path in the Eastern Conference Finals, their lack of serviceable size became a fatal flaw.

Turner could help correct it. He’s not only a major defensive deterrent at the rim (career 2.6 blocks per 36 minutes), and he moves well enough to handle most perimeter switches. He also doesn’t gunk up the offensive spacing, since he’s a career 35.7 percent shooter from distance.

He’s not a star, but the Shamrocks are covered in that department by Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the latter two of whom are still working toward their peaks. Boston just needs more role players Brad Stevens can trust, and the club would get three back in this exchange. A sniper like McDermott is always useful, and Lamb could scratch an itch for second-team scoring whenever he’s recovered from a torn ACL.

The Pacers do this deal for two reasons. First, they’re ready to finally move away from the double-big lineup and hand the frontcourt keys to Domantas Sabonis. Second, they want to build a big winner ahead of Victor Oladipo’s journey to free agency and see Hayward, a former All-Star who hails from the Circle City, as their vehicle to get there. If Hayward is fully healthy, Indy gets the best player in the deal, plus two first-round picks.

Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets receive: Bradley Beal

Washington Wizards receive: Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Garrett Temple, No. 19 pick (via PHI), 2021 second-round pick (via ATL), 2022 first-round pick (top-five protected)

Nets Nation, meet your optimum offseason.

Brooklyn’s search for a third star could take it several different directions—or none at all, if you share Kevin Durant’s belief that LeVert can handle the role—but Beal is the ultimate target.

He has the three-ball to prevent teams from overcrowding Durant and Kyrie Irving and the potency to power the attack on his own whenever needed. Since Beal won’t have to do everything on offense, he could have the energy to reverse his recent decline on defense, too. Basically, he’s the best-case scenario of LeVert and more, and Beal is only a year older.

The Wizards decide they’ve played hard ball long enough and pounce on a package with both present and future assets. Competing for a playoff berth is not out of the question with LeVert, Allen and Temple—whose $5 million team option must be picked up for this to work—alongside John Wall next season. Then, the two firsts and possibly early second all brighten the club’s long-term outlook, which should be the organization’s biggest focus.

Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks receive: Rudy Gobert

Utah Jazz receive: Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, Jalen Brunson, No. 18 pick, No. 31 pick (via GSW)

The Mavs might have a championship-quality duo in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, but they need a third star to push them into full-fledged title contention. The problem is they don’t have the richest asset collection to use in their star search. They can only trade the No. 18 pick on draft night, and after that they can’t move another first-rounder until 2025.

They need a discounted star in other words, and maybe Gobert’s future uncertainty has lowered Utah’s trade demands. The 7-footer is approaching his final season under contract, and the Jazz might not want to break the bank (he is supermax eligible) to keep him. He’s already 28 years old, and his offensive limitations aren’t going away.

But the Mavs and their most efficient offense in NBA history can work around Gobert’s limits. They have enough shooting to keep the runway clear for Gobert to crush lobs on the back end of pick-and-rolls with Doncic. Gobert, in turn, could get their 18th-ranked defense where it needs to be for them to contend.

Kleber increases Utah’s versatility as a stretch 5 who can defend away from the basket. Hardaway either shares the spark-plug role with Jordan Clarkson or takes control of it if Clarkson departs in free agency. Brunson addresses a quietly pressing need for a backup point guard. The picks can either bring new prospects to town or be used in separate transactions for more immediate assistance.

Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets receive: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Michael Porter Jr., Monte Morris, No. 22 pick (via HOU)

Rocking the boat on the heels of a Western Conference Finals appearance might seem excessive, but the Nuggets seem one piece shy of a true championship threat. Rather than waiting for Porter to become that player, they could flip the young scorer for Gilgeous-Alexander, who might be the ideal backcourt mate for Jamal Murray.

Gilgeous-Alexander blends primary-option scoring with versatile, disruptive defense, high-level distributing and off-the-dribble attacking. He can play within a system and complement the likes of Murray and Nikola Jokic or divert from it to relieve some of the pressure on the Nuggets’ stars.

Adding Gilgeous-Alexander potentially sets up Denver’s Big Three and positions it for sustained success. He’s just 22 years old, so the idea of joining him with the 25-year-old Jokic and 23-year-old Murray should terrify the Nuggets’ aging competition in the West.

The Thunder take the calculated risk of betting that Porter’s ceiling stretches even higher than Gilgeous-Alexander’s. It’s a gamble given how accomplished SGA already is, but it would hardly be an outlandish wager. If Porter hits his full potential, he could be basketball’s next matchup nightmare as an athletic, 6’10” three-level scorer.

The upside is too great for the Thunder to overlook, and they also bring back a rock-solid 25-year-old floor general in Morris and yet another first-round pick.

Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets receive: Aaron Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu

Orlando Magic receive: Eric Gordon, Danuel House Jr., Ben McLemore, 2022 first-round pick (top-five protected), 2024 second-round pick, 2024 second-round pick (via GSW)

The Rockets are light on needle-movers beyond James Harden, so they need help to make an impact deal, Here, they receive it in the form of the Magic being desperate for offense and potentially ready to accept that it just isn’t working with Aaron Gordon.

If this deal is on the table—and if Tilman Fertitta wouldn’t recoil at the idea of elevating next season’s payroll—the Rockets should pounce in a hurry. Even if Gordon and Aminu aren’t the most reliable shooters, they can hit enough threes to not destroy the offensive spacing, and they could fit right into a switch-heavy defensive scheme.

Barring a major systematic change for the post-Mike D’Antoni Rockets, Gordon and Aminu should get all of their minutes as small-ball 4s and 5s. Gordon, in particular, could be a position change away from finally putting all the pieces together and proving why he was the fourth player taken in 2014. He should be a dynamic pick-and-roll screener with his explosive finishing at the basket and ability to find (and feed) open teammates.

The Magic, meanwhile, decide they’d rather not pay Gordon or Aminu when Jonathan Isaac, Nikola Vucevic, Mo Bamba and Chuma Okeke can handle all the 4 and 5 minutes. Instead, Orlando gets busy trying to fix its 23rd-ranked offense. If Eric Gordon can ever stay healthy, he can be a dynamic scorer, shooter and off-the-dribble creator. House and McLemore buy this offense some breathing room by scratching an itch for more spot-up sniping.

Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers receive: Jrue Holiday

New Orleans Pelicans receive: Myles Turner, Aaron Holiday, Doug McDermott, 2022 first-round pick

The Pacers already started the shake-up process with the dismissal of coach Nate McMillan, and that could be the first of several dominoes to drop.

Their interest in Mike D’Antoni, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, signals a willingness to retool the roster. The small-ball enthusiast has little use for a frontcourt featuring Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis and Goga Bitadze, so splitting with at least one of the three seems inevitable.

This deal not only helps balance Indiana’s roster, but it also brings back a two-way difference-maker in Jrue Holiday. He’s a two-time All-Defensive selection who is serviceable or better at everything on offense. That makes him an easy fit with any kind of supporting cast, and in the Circle City, he could form a do-it-all perimeter trio with Victor Oladipo and Malcolm Brogdon, giving Sabonis a bounty of impact receivers.

The Pelicans swap out the 30-year-old Holiday for players who better fit the time lines of Zion Williamson and Ja Morant. Turner, 24, is a near ideal frontcourt partner for Williamson with his floor-spacing and rim protection. Aaron Holiday, 24 on Sept. 30, gives the offense another off-the-dribble scoring threat. McDermott, 28, keeps defenses honest as a career 41.2 percent three-point shooter.

Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers receive: Derrick Rose

Detroit Pistons receive: Landry Shamet, Mfiondu Kabengele, 2022 second-round pick

This isn’t time for the Clippers to panic. Despite all the (deserved) heat they’ve taken for blowing a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets in the second round, this is still one of the league’s heavyweight title contenders. L.A. finished the season fourth in winning percentage and second in net efficiency rating.

But this isn’t the time to practice patience, either. Both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George can enter free agency next offseason, and even if they stick around, it’s not like their primes will last indefinitely. Leonard’s 30th birthday is coming next June, and George is already on the wrong side of his.

L.A. needs to aggressively attack its deficiencies, and adding an actual floor general like Rose could be the key to unlock this offense’s full potential. Bring his 18.1 points and 5.6 assists to town, and defenses can no longer overload on Leonard and George. Rose may not be a top-shelf focal point anymore, but he’d be incredibly hard to handle as the Clippers’ third option.

The Pistons’ decision to keep Rose at the deadline may have torpedoed their chances of bringing back a first-round pick, but this isn’t a bad haul. Shamet is a 23-year-old sharpshooter with some off-the-dribble wiggle, and 23-year-old Kabengele offers an intriguing blend of length, athleticism, shot-blocking and some outside shooting. And on the off chance Leonard and George leave next summer, that 2022 second-rounder could be an early one.

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks receive: Chris Paul

Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Eric Bledsoe, Ersan Ilyasova, Donte DiVincenzo, Robin Lopez, D.J. Wilson, 2024 first-round pick (top-five protected)

This seems like the most obvious move of the season, at least from Milwaukee’s standpoint. The offense has stalled out in back-to-back postseasons, and the Bucks have extinguished their margin for error. Barring a supermax commitment from Giannis Antetokounmpo this offseason, the two-time reigning MVP will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

The time for Milwaukee to make an all-in move is now, even if The Athletic’s Sam Amick and Eric Nehm are hearing a CP3 pursuit is “highly unlikely.” Hopefully that’s posturing, because if you sketched out the Bucks’ needs list, you’d end up drawing a picture of Paul—or at least Alfonso Ribeiro.

“Rival executives expect the Bucks to prioritize acquiring a playmaker and more shooting in the offseason to retool the roster around Antetokounmpo,” The Athletic’s Shams Charania wrote.

Paul has the second-highest career assist percentage in NBA history (45.6) and a 37.0 career three-point percentage. If the Bucks are after table-setting and splashing, it’s check and check with this deal.

The Thunder accept the inevitability of their rebuild and do well to get out of Paul’s remaining contract ($41.4 million next season, $44.2 million player option for 2021-22) without taking any bad money back. In fact, they get two assets in DiVincenzo and the pick (which would convey two years after Milwaukee sends a protected first to Cleveland), add a 24-year-old wild card in Wilson and potentially prepare for future trades if contenders take a liking to the incoming veterans.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Victor Oladipo

Indiana Pacers receive: Dennis Schroder, Darius Bazley, Terrance Ferguson, No. 25 pick (via DEN)

Between last summer’s trades of Paul George and Russell Westbrook and this offseason’s parting of ways with former coach Billy Donovan, all signs are pointing to the Thunder needing and embracing a full-scale rebuild. But since our focus has narrowed to chasing next season’s crown, OKC instead cashes in a few assets to reunite with Oladipo and foster his return to stardom.

His first stint in the Sooner State was wholly unremarkable, as he never found his niche with Westbrook and was traded for George after just one season. But Oladipo found his All-Star form in Indiana, and he’d find better fitting backcourt mates in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chris Paul in a move back to Oklahoma.

Oladipo, Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander all do a little (or, in some cases, a lot) of everything at both ends of the floor, so the on-court bond should be easily formed. They can run offense, spot up, create shots, attack the basket and defend multiple positions. It’s a souped-up, bigger version of the Schroder-Paul-Gilgeous-Alexander trio, which blitzed opponents by 28.6 points per 100 possessions this season.

The Pacers, meanwhile, decide they’d rather not cover the costs of Oladipo’s next contract, so they flip him for pieces who can help now and later. Schroder is the best incoming player for next season, but Bazley is the real needle-mover beyond. The 20-year-old is raw, but there are flashes of do-it-all brilliance from the athletic forward.

Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic receive: Bradley Beal

Washington Wizards receive: Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac, No. 15 pick

Orlando needs an offensive focal point, and Beal is on a short list of the league’s very best.

The 27-year-old scoring guard has almost perpetually increased his production ever since arriving in the District as the No. 3 pick in 2012. Most recently, he became just the 12th player ever to average 30 points and six assists. The rest of the list is populated by current and future Hall of Famers.

Beal and Nikola Vucevic could work two-man magic together, and Beal’s long-range shooting would help open the floor for Markelle Fultz’s drives and Aaron Gordon’s rim runs. If the Magic maintain their 11th-ranked defense while Beal launches the offense into the top 10, they could finally have their two-way formula for a title.

The Wizards won’t move Beal for anything but an elite prospect, and Isaac fits the bill. The 6’11”, 230-pounder is practically a top-five defense by himself, as his length and athleticism lets him blanket scorers of all sizes and styles. Once Fournier picks up his $17.2 million player option, he matches money in this deal and helps replace some of Beal’s shooting and scoring.

Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers receive: Chris Paul

Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Al Horford, Matisse Thybulle, Zhaire Smith, 2022 first-round pick (top-10 protected)

Perhaps it will prove impossible to correct Philly’s roster imbalance without sacrificing either Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons, but the Sixers aren’t competing for next year’s title without them. They also aren’t contending without addressing series deficiencies in shooting and shot-creating.

Enter CP3. The Point God would scratch several of this squad’s biggest itches and answer some of its half-court questions that have plagued recent playoff runs.

“He would get the ball to Joel Embiid in his preferred spots,” The Athletic’s Rich Hofmann wrote. “He can spot up off the ball and make threes, which is key around Embiid and Simmons. And perhaps most importantly, he could take the Jimmy Butler role at the end of games.”

There aren’t many teams who would give up multiple assets to get Paul, since he’s a 35-year-old with $85.6 million headed his way over the next two seasons. But if he’s the missing piece of the Sixers’ championship puzzle, the trade and the contract all become small prices to pay.

The Thunder pounce on the chance to snag another long-limbed, athletic defender in Thybulle, who offers more shooting upside than their typical stopper. They also bet on their developmental staff to bring the best out of the 21-year-old Smith, and they throw another future first onto the pile. Finally, they add Horford in the hopes of getting him back on track and flipping him to a win-now shopper at some point.

Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers receive: Ben Simmons

Philadelphia 76ers receive: CJ McCollum, Gary Trent Jr., No. 16 pick

The championship-or-bust scale isn’t often affixed to the Trail Blazers (not by anyone outside the organization, at least), but that should be how they evaluate themselves. With Damian Lillard’s 30th birthday behind him, they only have so many cracks at the crown left before their superstar ages out of his prime.

That increased urgency could be what finally convinces Portland to split up the defensively problematic combo of Lillard and McCollum, especially if it means bringing back a dynamic talent like Simmons. Even if it takes coach Terry Stotts a bit to find the right distribution of touches, Simmons could shine as a Swiss Army knife defender, transition attacker and pick-and-roll partner for Lillard.

Portland wouldn’t be the favorite entering next season, but it would certainly rank among the heavyweight class of contenders. It would have two stars on the top and potentially a wealth of depth behind them, assuming health for Zach Collins and Rodney Hood, possible re-signings of Carmelo Anthony and Hassan Whiteside, and the chance for Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little to either crack the rotation or be traded for players who will.

Philly admits that its roster is broken beyond repair, so it stomachs the gut punch of trading away Simmons on the hope that McCollum’s creation and Trent’s shooting can position Joel Embiid to thrive. The 16th pick is either a way to lengthen the rotation or an asset to help chase win-now talent.

Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors receive: LaMarcus Aldridge

San Antonio Spurs receive: Norman Powell, Terence Davis, No. 29 pick

The Raptors won’t add money to their future ledger this offseason so they can make their ambitious run at Giannis Antetokounmpo next summer.

Luckily, Aldridge is approaching the final year of his contract. Not to mention, this exchange actually increases Toronto’s buying power, since Davis and the pick help incentivize the Spurs to take on the remainder of Powell’s contract ($10.9 million next season with an $11.6 million player option for 2021-22).

With finances effectively removed from the equation, Toronto doesn’t have to worry about Aldridge’s declining production or fight with Father Time. The Raptors just need him to stay above water next season, when he’d team with Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry and perhaps a re-signed Fred VanVleet to keep this club among the league’s elite at both ends.

The Spurs shift their focus forward but stop short of demolishing their win-now competitiveness. Powell plugs in as a three-and-D swingman for as long as the Alamo City wants him around, and Davis offers two-way versatility that will make him an easy fit with this young nucleus.

Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz receive: Chris Paul

Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Mike Conley, 2021 second-round pick (via GSW), 2023 first-round pick (top-10 protected)

Despite Donovan Mitchell’s ongoing ascension, the Jazz are trending the wrong direction. A Western Conference semifinalist in 2017 and 2018, Utah has now been knocked out of the opening round each of the past two years.

Granted, the Jazz had to blow a 3-1 lead to do it this year and did so while playing without Bojan Bogdanovic, but they can’t just count on their returning roster to lengthen their postseason stay. They were only ninth in net efficiency during the regular season, a significant drop from fourth the year prior. This was also Conley’s first season in Salt Lake City, and while he played his best ball in the bubble, he rarely looked like the difference-maker they still need.

Paul could be that player.

He’d be a dream pick-and-roll partner for Rudy Gobert, who’s already a 72nd percentile pick-and-roll screener without him. Paul’s ability to run offense (career 9.5 assists against 2.4 turnovers) and make long-range looks (37.0 percent) would both make life easier on Mitchell and the supporting cast. Paul could even play a part in re-establishing the Jazz as a defensive powerhouse after they finished just 13th in efficiency on that end.

The Thunder go from owing $85.6 million to the 35-year-old Paul to being on the hook for just $34.5 million to the 32-year-old Conley. More importantly, they put two more picks onto the road map that will eventually guide them through this rebuild, although the first-rounder could take some time to get there, as the Jazz owe the Grizzlies a protected pick either in 2021 or beyond.

Source: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2910628-trades-to-get-every-eliminated-playoff-team-to-2021-nba-finals

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Lockdown is nearly over! Nellakir is on the go with Installations, Annual Maintenance and Programmed Cleaning.

With Monday the 20th of October’s Victorian Government’s announcements, the pathway to return to competition has been laid out for Victorian Basketball and Netball competitions. Indoor games are still yet to recommence with social distancing still an issue. However, there is definite light at the end of the tunnel and this time, it’s not that of an oncoming train.

Here are the latest press releases from both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria on resumption of play post Covid 19 lockdown.

Basketball Victoria – Return to Sport Updates for Participants

Return to Sport Update – as of Tuesday 27 October

Return to Basketball and Current Restrictions

The announcement on Monday 26 October by the Victorian Government is good news for a step towards a COVID-Normal life for Victorians and some easing of restrictions for basketball across Victoria.

Unfortunately, due to basketball being classified as an indoor and “contact sport” (i.e. a sport that is unable to be played at a social distancing length of 1.5m between each participant) by the Victorian Government, basketball competition indoors is still subject to being part of the Last Step of the COVID Roadmap.

Please refer to the Metropolitan Melbourne Roadmap here and the Regional Victoria Roadmap here for further information. The Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines and the One Page summary has been updated for specific basketball re-activation.

Please note: ‘non-contact’ means a sport capable of being played with a distance of 1.5m – basketball competition is classified as a ‘contact’ sport.

RESTRICTIONS:

From 11:59pm Tuesday 27 October

Metropolitan Melbourne

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:

ORANGE-20 – Outdoor (contact) Competition and/or Training

ORANGE-20 = 10 players maximum per team / 20 players maximum per court space

Note:

Coaches, Officials, Team Managers and Scorers are in addition to the 20 players per court
Each child is limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where the child requires parental supervision.

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:

RED-10 – Outdoor (non-contact) training only

Regional Victoria

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:

ORANGE-20 – Indoor Non-Contact Training or Outdoor (contact) Competition / Training

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:

RED-10 – Outdoor (non-contact) training only

From 11:59pm Sunday 8 November

VICTORIA WIDE

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:

ORANGE-20 – Outdoor (contact) Competition and/or Training

ORANGE-20 – Indoor (non-contact) training only

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:

RED-10 – Outdoor (non-contact) training only

We will continue to advocate to Government and other stakeholders on behalf of the basketball community to ensure the quickest and safest possible return of competition basketball across the state.

Basketball Victoria Participant Licence

As previously noted, the Basketball Victoria participation licence is not season or association specific and allows individuals to play as many times as they want across the state in a 365-day period. We are extending all active licences for individuals for the duration of the period that basketball was/is unable to be played in Victoria due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As you would be aware, in addition to competition management and insurance, individual participant fees (the Basketball Victoria Licence) cover a range of essential services and programs which we are and will continue to deliver.

Note: A detailed explanation of the 365 Day Licence can be found here.

However, as always, we will consider requests for individual refunds to those participants who are experiencing extreme hardship at any time (the individual must contact their club or association who then escalates to Basketball Victoria via a Support Ticket).

Refunds

Generally speaking, BV’s licence fee is not refundable, as per our terms of registration and we are extending the BV licences as per above. However, we can consider requests for refunds in certain cases. We are in a unique situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and we understand any significant economic or health related impact.

The process/conditions for individual refunds are as follows:

Individual refund requests need to come through via the club (if applicable) to the association (as per the correct communication channel including club requests) via http://support.playhq.com
Senior Domestic need to request via the association who then lodges support ticket
The player needs to have played fewer than 3 games
Player’s registration to the season in question needs to be marked as cancelled
A valid reason needs to be provided
BV needs confirmation in writing that the association and/or club has refunded any fees that were paid to them before BV considers the request for refund of the BV licence fee
Bank details provided for an approved refund to be processed.

Under no circumstance should associations or clubs refund the Basketball Victoria licence fee to individuals. Please refer to the BV refund process.

Mental Health and Support Resources

Remember to look after yourself and others during this time, and always ask for help if you need it.
If you are struggling the following services are available:

National Coronavirus Helpline: 1800 020 080
For immediate support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 and in an emergency, always call triple zero (000).
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800

Source: https://basketballvictoria.com.au/covid-19/return-to-sport-updates-for-participants/

Netball Victoria – 27 OCT 2020

Metropolitan Melbourne, we finally have the green light for community netball! At 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 October Metropolitan Melbourne will move to Step Three. This will include the return of outdoor junior netball competitions and programs and non-contact training for adults at outdoor venues.

The 25km limit will remain until 8 November which means some members will still be limited by the travel restrictions.

For regional Victoria, people 18 years and younger can continue to participate in netball competitions and programs. Adults continue with non-contact training at outdoor venues. Indoor venues may open for non-contact sport only, for people aged 18 years and under.

Check our updated resources for further information.

Source: https://vic.netball.com.au/latest-update

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Basketball and Netball Competitions resume for U18’s after Nov 1st. Vixens Win Grand Final!

Finally after 100 days the signpost back to full competitions has been posted by the State Government. It’s worth noting that on the 30th of July the following statistics were accurate as are the statistics for the 17th of October…

30th July
France 1377
UK 846
Victoria 723

17th October
France 25086
UK 15650
Victoria 1

It’s certainly worth considering.

Here are the current statements re Lockdown from Netball Victoria and Basketball Victoria

Netball Victoria 18 OCT 2020

The long-awaited return of community netball in metropolitan Melbourne is inching closer. Metro Melbourne can look forward to a return of junior netball, which at this stage is scheduled for Sunday 1 November, but we wait for confirmation of a return date over the next week. We thank you for being so patient and we appreciate everything you have done to support and stay connected to your netball community. It’s not long now and we will see you all back on court.

For regional Victoria, people 18 years and younger can continue to participate in netball competitions and programs. Adults continue with non-contact training at outdoor venues.

Today we throw our weight behind the mighty Melbourne Vixens! They are #DoingItForVIC and doing it for every member of our community who has missed playing our great game.

Source: vic.netball.com.au

Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Update OCTOBER 19, 2020

Return to Basketball and Current Restrictions

The announcement on Sunday 18 October by the Victorian Government has eased restrictions in several areas across Victoria.

Unfortunately, due to basketball being classified as a “contact sport” (i.e. a sport that is unable to be played at a social distancing length of 1.5m between each participant) by the Victorian Government, basketball is subject to being part of the Last Step of the COVID Roadmap.

Victoria’s current level of restrictions regarding basketball’s return to sport have not changed from our last update, but there is greater clarity around future restrictions being eased at the end of the month. There is also a potential of further announcements this Sunday which may bring timelines forward.

Future eased restrictions were announced yesterday detailing the roadmap for community sport. As of Sunday 1 November at 11.59pm, Metropolitan associations and clubs within Metropolitan LGAs will be able to participate in outdoor competition or regular training (18 Years and Under) or outdoor non-contact training (19 Years and Over) in addition to Regional associations being able to train indoors (non-contact) in the short term.

We will continue to advocate to Government and other stakeholders on behalf of the basketball community to ensure the quickest possible return of Victorian basketball across the state.

Please refer to the Victorian DHHS website as well as Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines for further information.

Source: basketballvictoria.com.au

Meanwhile in the parallel universe that was the Queensland Hub, the Victorian Netball team, The Vixens, has won the Grand Final of the Suncorp Super Netball Competition for 2020. Here’s a full report courtesy of the ABC News service…

Melbourne Vixens hold their nerve to beat West Coast Fever 66-64 in Super Netball grand final

It was party time for the Vixens after their narrow grand final win over the Fever in Brisbane.

We thought we might not even get a Super Netball season in 2020, but here we are, having witnessed the tightest grand final of the new domestic league.

The Melbourne Vixens defeated the West Coast Fever 66-64 to win their first premiership since 2014.

The tough, grinding game played in Brisbane — so far away from both teams’ home fans — felt quiet at times, but the match itself did not disappoint, with the lead to-ing and fro-ing and never out of reach.

The Fever led by one point at the first break, after some crafty work from Verity Charles and Jhaniele Fowler upfront.

Charles was setting up a high, floating feed way off the circle edge that made it hard for Vixens defenders to even get a look in.

While Fowler (54/55) — standing close to two-metres tall — continued with the impeccable accuracy that has seen her become the most dominant player in the league.

Heading out for the second quarter, Vixens goal shooter Mwai Kumwenda stepped up to the challenge.

Throughout the match she repeatedly “defied the law of physics”, as Liz Ellis put it, using every inch of the goal circle and showing incredible balance to take feed after feed over her shoulder with the tips of her toes on the baseline, just outside the Fever’s reach.

A smiling netballer raises her arms wide in celebration after the Super Netball grand final.

Mwai Kumwenda’s goal shooting helped the Melbourne Vixens beat West Coast Fever in their first Super Netball grand final.

Kumwenda’s composure under pressure and ability to convert at key times (47/50 at 94 per cent) saw her named the grand final player of the match.

It was here that the Vixens defence also started to work their way into the game, and some big moments from their back line — Emily Mannix, Jo Weston and Kate Eddy — saw three key turnovers head up the court and converted.

The Vixens had crept out to a four-goal lead as the game headed towards half-time.

But some quick-fire momentum from the Fever showcased how fast they could score, and in the space of just over a minute they were already back in front by a goal as the half-time buzzer went.

In the third quarter — known as the “championship quarter” for its defining period in a game — the Vixens really put their stamp on the game.

Head coach Simone McKinnis used the rolling subs to rotate the goal attack position, interchanging their two retiring shooters Caitlin Thwaites and Tegan Philip to ensure their front line stayed fresh.

And their defensive pressure upped again across the court, Weston especially.

At the final break, the Vixens had won their first quarter (18-14) and were up by three — their first lead heading into a break.

But the game was not over yet, with the Fever never giving up.

They clawed their way back level and then back in front by two goals, with four and a half minutes left.

The Vixens started to look worried but showed in these final minutes why they had been the best team all season.

One of their crucial moments came through a build-up in the midcourt, that saw Fever defender Stacey Francis try and pass back to keeper Courtney Bruce.

But the attempt to try and reset turned into an intercept for Kumwenda, which was then converted.

Another collective effort by Mannix and Weston proved the difference.

West Coast goal attack Alice Teague-Neeld missed a two-point super shot in the Fever’s final play, and the Vixens circle defenders’ rebound pushed their team out to a two-goal lead.

With seven seconds left on the clock and a centre pass up their sleeve, the Vixens were able to play a possession game to close out their first Super Netball grand final win.

The victory allowed them to farewell Thwaites and Philip in the best way possible and make the usually quiet McKinnis a very happy woman, as she celebrated with a couple of fist pumps on the sideline.

Speaking with Channel Nine after the match, Thwaites described it as a “really hard slog”.

“Holy crap, that was right down to the wire,” she said fighting back tears.

“We had practised all those scenarios at the end, so we knew exactly what to do.

“We really hope we’ve brought Victorian people some light and a good distraction in what’s been a really hard year.”

Source: abc.net.au

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The LA Lakers NBA Champions 2020

After an extraordinary year that saw the entire NBA competition mothballed for months after the date all games were scheduled to be completed by, the LA Lakers have managed to snatch this year’s crown in the final playoffs at the ESPN Hub in Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won the playoff with Miami Heat 4 games to 2 clinching their first National title in 10 years.

So, this time we leave it to LeBron to have the last say.

‘I want my damn respect’: LeBron slaps down haters in epic speech

Put some respect on his name.

LeBron James won his fourth ring with a third team, and a fourth Finals MVP as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2020 NBA Championship.

At 35-years-old, in his 17th season, James averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists per game, and had one simple message for those watching on.

“It means a lot to represent this franchise,” James said. “I told Jeanie [Buss] when I came here that I was going to put this franchise back in the position that it belongs.

“Her late, great father did it for so many years, and he just took it on after that.

“For me to be a part of such a historic franchise, it’s an unbelievable feeling; not only for myself, but for my teammates, for the organisation, for the coaches, for the trainers, everybody that’s here.

“We just want our respect. Rob [Pelinka] wants his respect. Coach [Frank] Vogel wants his respect, our organisation wants their respect, Laker Nation wants their respect … and I want my damn respect, too.”

It’s the fourth time in four championship runs that James has captured MVP honours, after he did so with Miami in 2012 and 2013 and with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

Asked what a fourth title and his incredible longevity meant for his legacy, James added: “I don’t know. I’m going to let you guys talk about it.

“One thing I can do is commit to the game. I put myself, and my body, and my mind in position to be available to my teammates.

“I’ve never missed a playoff game in my career, and the best thing you can do for your teammates is be available.

“For me to be available to my teammates, and put in the work, I just hope I make my guys proud, and that’s all that matters to me.”

Source: foxsports.com.au

Here the local basketball competitions are preparing for next year. School competitions are restricted to ‘in house’ games, but the school courts are back in action, at least for the students.

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LA Lakers take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals

With two games to go, one on Saturday the 10th and one on Monday the 12th of October, it’s likely the series will be wrapped up by Saturday. The Lakers go into the game on Saturday with a commanding series lead of 3 games to 1. The Miami Heat will need to win both games to force a playoff.

Here’s the report on Game 4…

LeBron, AD on fire to cool Heat and move Lakers a game away from 17th NBA championship

LeBron James led a Lakers turnaround.

The Los Angeles Lakers are just one game away from becoming world champions after an inspired second half turnaround from LeBron James helped them overpower Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat to take a 3-1 series lead.

The game was on a knife-edge for all but 40-seconds as the two teams were never more than seven points apart until Anthony Davis got over his similarly slow start to James to sink a huge three-pointer to all-but seal the game.

Butler nearly got his second consecutive triple double as he helped himself to 22 points under the increased scrutiny of James and Davis, who took it upon themselves to make sure he didn’t get the same joy as he did in Game 3.

The two teams now have an extra rest day before Saturday’s (AEST) Game 5, where the Lakers can wrap up the championship with two games in hand.

LBJ sinks daggers, lifts LA

Bam Adebayo recovered from a neck injury for the Heat to take his place on the floor but Goran Dragic couldn’t join him, despite taking part in the warm up.

The Lakers had a special plan in place for Game 3 hero Butler with Davis guarding him from the offset while James skipped his usual rest periods to match up with the Heat No.22’s time off court.

James had a difficult first half as he gave away five of the Lakers’ nine turnovers by midway through the second quarter.

Heat gun ROASTED for flopping

However, he made the proper adjustments in the second half and sank two huge three-pointers – the first from the logo – to turn his “out of sync” performance into a five-point lead for the Lakers going into the final quarter.

Butler meanwhile, after going five from five from the field and two assists in the first quarter, missed four in a row in what proved to be the turning point in this Game 4 encounter.

James continued his recovery in the final period as he took 26 points – the highest of anyone on the floor – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit two massive back-to-back buckets to put the Lakers firmly in the driving seat.

Davis sealed it with his massive three-pointer to stretch the lead to a game-high nine points, while also making five blocks at the bucket to show off his offensive and defensive superiority.

The Lakers are now just one game away from their 17th NBA championship.

Source: foxsports.com.au

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The NBA Finals – LA Lakers vs Miami Heat – Best of Seven Series.

Last week we re-published an article questioning LeBron James and his capacity to perform. Never write off a champion. This week the 35 year old makes his 10th NBA finals appearance (Thursday Oct 1, 11am). You can watch it live on Kayo or Fox Sports.

The Orlando Hub at Disneyworld has now been operational for 3 months. With delays due to Coronavirus first and then the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparking a competition-wide walkout.

This would be LeBron James’ fourth championship ring, having previously won finals with both Cleveland, Miami and the Lakers.

At 35 years of age, LeBron has acknowledged that this series is probably the greatest challenge he has faced in his long career. He went on to comment that the ‘bubble’ that is Orlando has been extremely tough on both the mind and body. It was the unexpected that took a toll on his performance and that of others.

LeBron has made it clear – he has committed to the hub, the bubble – its quarantine and its privations for one reason and one reason alone – to win the Championship. But right now he commented that he has lost track of time since entering the hub, saying he had no idea how many days it’s been and that it felt like 5 years.

When the Lakers left Los Angeles in July, no-one was certain the competition would even reach completion this year.

But now it is the reality with James facing off against his old team – Miami, and jousting with his old coach Erik Spoelstra with whom he won back to back titles in 2012 and 2013, departing in 2014 to return to Cleveland. Rumour has it that LeBron did not always see eye to eye with Spoelstra and their relationship was at times somewhat fiery. Ever the professional, LeBron stressed this would have no bearing on his feelings about the result – win lose or draw conceding that just reaching the final was hard enough in itself. And true to form, he’s there to rock and roll, for the team, the coaching staff and the fans. Exciting times!

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LeBron James – Has time finally caught up with him?

The Lakers are in a play-off best of 7 with the Denver Nuggets and currently lead 2 games to 1. But has their “Ace” card – LeBron James – hit the wall? Judge for yourself after you have read this article from CBS Sports. We’re not so sure and as his last game proved with 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, he’s still a force to be reckoned with.

LeBron James’ age has been on display like never before in playoffs, a vulnerability Lakers may not overcome

For the first time, it looks like LeBron, 35, is hitting his physical limit

LeBron James has posted some of the most mind-boggling playoff statistics in NBA history, but if one column in his box score consistently stands out, it’s his minutes total. He has played 10,496 total playoff minutes in his career, roughly three extra seasons worth of games at his typical workload. That typical workload increases significantly when the postseason rolls around, though. Playoff LeBron almost always plays at least 40 minutes in close games.

This makes sense intuitively. LeBron’s fitness is beyond reproach. He has always been one of the NBA’s best athletes, so it stands to reason that he’d also be among the most durable. He’s played all 48 minutes in four separate playoff games, with the last one coming as recently as 2018, when he was 33 years old. Endurance has never been an issue. LeBron, for nearly two decades, has been superhuman. In some ways, he still is. At 35, he is still widely considered the NBA’s best player.

But that superhuman endurance? That might be slipping. James played only 37 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The Lakers won those 37 minutes by two points … but lost the game by eight. LeBron sitting for 11 minutes was enough for a 10-point Denver swing, and that’s nothing new. He sat for a total of 28 minutes across five 2017 NBA Finals games. The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers by 27 points in that span. LeBron’s teams have always struggled when he’s gone to the bench. They’ve just been fortunate that he almost never needed to.

At 35 years old? He does require more breathers on the bench. James has played 40 minutes only once in the 2020 playoffs. It came in a Game 1 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, the sort of defeat that typically leads to stars playing more minutes, not less. Yet his minutes have gone down ever since, and even that Portland game wasn’t a particularly high peak to come down from. He played 41 minutes and three seconds in the playoff opener. Ready for a starting fact? Playoff LeBron has topped that 154 times out of 252 total playoff games. In 2020, James has not had a top-150 playoff game in his career in terms of minutes played.

There are good reasons for that aside from the simple fact that James is old. In general, players play less now than they did even a few years ago. Almost everyone’s conditioning declined during the pandemic. The Lakers have also played a number of blowouts, allowing him extra rest, and the bubble schedule of games every other night allows less day-to-day rest. No matter the culprit, the numbers have been clear: LeBron needs that rest. Throughout the postseason, he’s worn down as games have progressed.

The Lakers don’t have a roster equipped to play without LeBron for extended stretches. During the regular season, they were 10.4 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor, a gap that has grown to 15.6 in the playoffs, and he was the only regular-season rotation player whose absence pushed the Lakers into a negative net rating. As well as Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso have played in supporting roles this postseason, LeBron is the only primary ball-handler on this roster.

And he might still be the best one in all of basketball. James is still averaging 25.9 points on 55.4 percent shooting. He’s 1.2 assists per game short of a triple-double average for an entire playoff run, a feat never achieved over more than 12 total games (LeBron has already played 13). He’s playing his best defense since his Miami days. For 36-38 minutes, LeBron is still very much LeBron.

But that kind of qualifier has never been needed in the past. He was superhuman, immune to such common necessities as rest or help. Now, for the first time in perhaps a decade, Playoff LeBron looks mortal. He may still be the best player in the world, but he finally has a weakness, and it’s a weakness the Lakers aren’t particularly well-equipped to cover up. Were it not for an Anthony Davis buzzer-beater, the Lakers would be trailing 2-1 in this series with losses explainable by a miserable LeBron fourth quarter in Game 2 and an even worse outing by his bench in Game 3.

Even leading 2-1, the Lakers can’t exactly afford complacency. The Nuggets have already come back from two separate 3-1 deficits. They’ve won the past six quarters of this series by 18 points. Whether in this series or in the NBA Finals, a time is going to come in which the Lakers are going to have to optimize and use a shorter, more traditional playoff rotation.

That used to mean throwing LeBron out there for 44 or 45 minutes and taking the bench out of the equation. It isn’t clear if that’s possible anymore. Perhaps the Lakers have intentionally limited LeBron’s minutes to give themselves a trump card. They haven’t needed him to play 45 minutes yet. They haven’t lost more than a single game in any series, after all, so the idea of saving him for when he is needed most makes some sense. But it’s no longer the only or even the likeliest explanation for his workload. The probable answer is that a condensed schedule and imperfect roster are taking a toll on him at 35 that they wouldn’t have in years past, and even if the Lakers remain heavy championship favorites, it makes them more vulnerable than LeBron’s best teams have ever been.

Source: cbssports.com

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Nellakir helps young athletes reach their goals by providing the highest quality Sprung Timber Sports Floor playing surfaces.

Announcing our New Website – Nellakir – The Experts in Sports Flooring.

Sports Floors by Nellakir – right there at the top of the page – on every page of our new website. With more information, more visuals, it’s the right website for 2020, for you and your facility.

So we invite you to take a look and enjoy a tour of the site https://www.nellakir.com.au/

Start with the Nellakir Story and progress through our Case Studies, Gallery then refine your search parameters and check out the following pages…

Schools and Colleges
Sports Stadiums
Construction and Installation
Programmed Maintenance
ASF/Horner Flooring
Linemarking and Graphics
Stadium Seating

For even more detail on different types of Sports Flooring try our side menu…

PR Flooring Systems
Pro King Flooring Systems
Stump Thrust Systems
Vari Cushion Systems
Custom Design

By now you’ve likely become quite familiar with Sprung Timber Sports Flooring, but to completely experience the real expertise and genuine experience of the Nellakir team give us a call on 03 9567 6126 or leave your details here to book a free consultation on any and all aspects of Timber Sports Flooring –

• Maintenance
• Installation and Construction
• Scheduled Professional Cleaning of All Sports Flooring

Timber Sports Flooring is the Stradivarius of Sports Flooring. Precision made, by fine artisans, it can only reach its peak in performance with expert installation and ongoing programmed maintenance, keeping it finely tuned to produce the very best in a premium surface for all levels of competition.

All Nellakir Sports Flooring uses fine engineering know how and architectural drawings. Nellakir are the exclusive agents for ASF/Horner Sports Flooring Systems in Victoria and Tasmania, offering fully FIBA approved Sports Flooring of the highest standard.

Trust your valuable Sports Flooring construction, installation and maintenance to the industry experts – Nellakir.

Nellakir – Simply the very best in Sports Flooring