Simmons vs LeBron

The Apprentice schools the Master? Ben Simmons shows LeBron James a few new tricks.

Simmons is the first of a new generation of Australian bred champions taking the NBA by storm, With 11 on the roster and a host of talented young stars playing College Basketball waiting int he wings, this year’s NBA current rookie of the year is not holding back.

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Australian Ben Simmons stars in Philly 76ers demolition of the New York Knicks

Ben Simmons again shows why he is the hottest property in Basketball right now. Raised in Melbourne, Simmons starred in the 76ers vs Knicks game on Wednesday.

Here future champions are having their skills on FIFA approved Sprung Timber Sports Flooring installed and maintained by Nellakir – Victoria and Tasmania’s leading Timber Sports Flooring experts. If you play basketball on professional Timber Sports Flooring – sprung timber – chances are it was installed by Nellakir. For expert advice on the Construction and Maintenance of all sports flooring, call Nellakir now on 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here for a prompt response/

Here is the game report on the 76ers vs the Knicks…

Ben Simmons shines as Philadelphia 76ers down New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK, NY — This was like an All-Star Game before the All-Star Game.

Lacklustre defence on both ends, experimental lineups galore, and highlights plays were on the agenda on Thursday (AEDT), as Madison Square Garden played host to two teams that couldn’t wait for the weekend to roll around.

As expected, the Philadelphia 76ers handed the New York Knicks their 18th straight loss, walking away as 126-111 victors in a game where the context was as clear as day.

“I think this break is timely,” 76ers head coach, Brett Brown, said post-game.

The Knicks would probably agree. They’re playing like the worst team in the league and realistically stood no chance against one of the East’s best, while the 76ers picked up an easy win after a mentally-draining week. We saw the home team jump into a zone for large portions of the game — something you rarely see from an NBA team — while the visitors experimented with different groups, trying out different lineups after altering their roster at the trade deadline.

“I believe, for me, this is the third team I’ve coached this year,” Brown said. “I did not put tonnes of expectations, or team goals, or individual expectations on the group.

“I told them that I wanna step back and see stuff unfold, and learn from them, and see how this plays out.”

The result was a sloppy affair, with both teams content to put the game behind them and enjoy the rest that All-Star Weekend will bring.

Ben Simmons finished with 18 points, four rebounds, and six assists, with his focus now shifting toward Charlotte, where he’ll play in both the Rising Stars game, and his first-ever NBA All-Star Game.

“It’s my first All-Star Game,” Simmons said postgame, when asked what he’s most looking forward to for the upcoming weekend. “Being a part of that, being around the guys and learning.”

He and Joel Embiid expertly played in the middle of the Knicks’ porous zone, with the big-man putting up 24 points and 11 rebounds of his own.

The Knicks spread the scoring load — Allonzo Trier ad a team-high 19 points — but the talent deficit was obvious from the tip, with David Fizdale’s team falling to a league-worst 10-47 on the season.

Brown continued to fulfil his promise of trying new things with his recently-acquired players; at times, playing a lineup that didn’t feature either Simmons or Embiid, a rarity for the now 37-21 Sixers.

That strategy meant it was another DNP-CD for Sydney’s Jonah Bolden; his fourth straight since the February 8 deadline. There’s a chance, however, that he returns to his pre-deadline minutes after the All-Star break, as Brown focuses on solidifying a rotation for what he hopes is a deep postseason run.

“For me, I’ll come back at the start of the third — the run home — and deliver a more concise plan, expectation type stuff; things that I can do to help them,” Brown said.

For me, personally, to go through the four games now with our new guys, I feel better off coming back with a plan I think is realistic and appropriate for where we wanna end up.”

Samsung Diamonds win third straight Quad Series

As reported earlier the Australian Netball team recently competed in the third round of the Quad Series, conducted in England in late January. The Diamonds prevailed, winning their third series trophy.

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Nellakir meanwhile is continuing to build and construct new courts around Victoria in Sprung Timber Sports Flooring, ensuring all juniors around the state get the chance to hone their skills on a professional surface and develop into tomorrows champion Netball players.

Nellakir recently completed the expansion of the Myrtleford Indoor Sports Centre with a new gymnasium featuring a full size court for Netball and Basketball competition. The Sports Flooring supplied is from ASF/Horner and meets FIFA requirements.

As well at Carrum Downs Secondary College Sports Centre, another Gymnasium, again featuring a full size court for Netball and Basketball has been completed.

In Werribee, Nellakir have installed a new Squash Court (also suitable for Badminton) at the University of Melbourne’s campus situated there.

At the new South Melbourne Park Primary School a Gymnasium with a full size court has been completed and in the near future Nellakir will be pleased to announce new specialist sprung timber flooring at a popular provincial theatre in South West Victoria.

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The Diamonds are powering forward and at Nellakir we salute them. But stop for a minute and imagine – in the future it could be your daughter pounding those timber boards for Australia. Nellakir – Champion floors for future champions.

Here is the full report on The Diamonds Quad Series for your interest.

Samsung Diamonds Win Third Straight Quad Series Title

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The Diamonds have won their third straight Quad Series trophy, despite going down 52 to 49 in a tough final match of the series to England in London’s Copper Box Arena.

The equation was clear at the beginning of the game; the Diamonds would secure a third-straight Quad Series victory with a win over the Roses or the trophy would remain in England if the home team could pull off a five goal win.

The task was made all the more difficult when starting goal keeper Courtney Bruce was ruled out of the match with a concussion. She joined captain Caitlin Bassett and vice-captain Gabi Simpson on the sidelines who both suffered injuries earlier in the tour.

The game got off to a spectacular start as both teams made brilliant plays up either end of the court.

Emily Mannix couldn’t have asked for a better start filling in for the injured Courtney Bruce, nabbing two interceptions and shutting out multiple English advances as the Diamonds took a five goal lead into the first break.

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But, thanks to a huge 13-goal quarter from substitute Rachel Dunn, England came storming back in the second forcing some uncharacteristic mistakes from the Australians and ending the first half with a 27 to 24 goal lead.

Diamonds head coach Lisa Alexander made a slew of changes at half time, replacing shooter Caitlin Thwaites with Steph Wood, Kate Moloney for Kelsey Browne and Jo Weston for April Brandley.

The Roses continued to push the Diamonds, flying out to a six-goal lead early in the third quarter, but thanks to some strong shooting and athletic defending by substitutes Steph Wood and April Brandley, Australia were able to stay in touch, dragging it back to a four goal deficit at the end of the third.

It was a riveting final quarter of the match as both teams put the foot down and went hard until the final whistle. The Diamonds fought back and went ahead by two goals with five minutes remaining but the Roses were too strong, taking the game by 3 goals.

It was an intense way to finish what has been an incredible Quad Series and has set the stage for a huge Netball World Cup in Liverpool in July.

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The Diamonds players will head back to Australia in the coming days, with all players set to continue preparations for the start of the Suncorp Super Netball season which kicks off in April.

The squad will regroup this March in Canberra where World Cup preparations will continue.

Source: netball.com.au

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