LeBron James joins the LA Lakers

Playing basketball as a child may well lead to a very lucrative career for some. Playing on professional sprung timber sports flooring in elite competitions is just as important as knowing the right moves, the fundamentals. FIBA approved basketball court surfaces and Sports Flooring creates an environment for the gestation of tomorrows champions. Nellakir is the champions choice.

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LeBron James’ new Lakers contract will make him the best-paid NBA player — ever.

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LeBron James is a perennial NBA All-Star with four Most Valuable Player awards and three championship rings, including the one he won most recently, in 2016, with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. But, starting next season, James, 33, will also have a new work address, thanks to the four-year, $154 million contract the basketball star agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

It will likely make him the best-paid NBA player ever and pushes him down the path to becoming a billionaire.

Klutch Sports Group, the agency that represents James, announced his decision to join the Lakers, which came only two days after the NBA star opted out of his contract with Cleveland to become a free agent. James, who owns multiple homes in the Los Angeles area, has a new contract that will pay him $35.6 million for the upcoming 2018-2019 NBA season and its annual value will increase each year until it hits $41 million for the 2021-2022 season, according to sports contract website Spotrac.

After the fourth and final year of James’ new deal with the Lakers, he will have earned over $387.2 million, which will make him the highest-paid player in the history of the NBA, based on all-time career salary, according to Spotrac. After the most recent NBA season, which ended with James’ Cavaliers losing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in June, James has earned a total of $233.9 million in NBA salary over 15 seasons since he entered the league in 2003 as an 18-year-old rookie.

Spotrac’s ranking of the NBA players with the all-time highest career earnings currently has only five players ahead of James. Four of those players (Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan) are retired, so they won’t be earning any more salary as NBA players. The fifth player ahead of James in career salary is Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki, who earned just $5 million last season and, at 40 years old, is likely to retire after another season or two and will not earn any further blockbuster NBA contracts.

Part of the way through his third season in Los Angeles, James will pass Garnett’s career earnings of $334 million, according to Spotrac, to take the top spot. And James isn’t the only active NBA shooting up the list of all-time career earnings. Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul’s, 33, new four-year contract, which will also pay him $35.6 million this year, will leave him with a whopping $346.5 million in career salary after the 2021-2022 season, which will place him just behind James.

Because of the NBA’s rigid salary structure, which does not allow players to earn more than a maximum amount that’s set for each season, it is extremely unlikely that any player will be able to swoop in with a mega-deal to pass James on the career salary earnings rankings over the next four years.

Of course, LeBron James’ income is not dependent on his NBA salary. The future hall-of-famer will collect an estimated $52 million in 2017 (or about 60 percent of his annual income) from massive endorsement deals with brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola’s Sprite and Beats By Dre headphones, according to Forbes.

In total, Forbes estimates that James has already made $765 million between his NBA salary and off-court earnings since he turned pro 15 years ago. So, James might not be quite to the billion-dollar mark overall yet, but with a liftetime endorsement contract with Nike that’s reportedly worth roughly $1 billion overall (according to a James associate), he’s certainly on his way.

Source: cnbc.com

 

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Is this Basketball? The Phillipines – Basketbrawl

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The Boomers vs The Phillipines turned into a farce, albeit a very dangerous farce in the game between Australia and the Phillipines in Manila on Monday. The game was abandoned and it is expected that FIBA, the world Basketball Organisation, will come down hard on the protagonists. Chairs were thrown and one Australian player – the smallest – Nathan Sobey had over 12 players and officials punching and kicking him. Boomers Assistant Coach Luc Longley rescued both he and Chris Goulding from the assault – which he lays squarely at the feet of the Phillipines Coach – Chot Reyes.

“I do believe Chot Reyes incited them to do that” said Longley

Back here in Australia, Nellakir are preparing our competition playing surfaces for the next generation of Australian champions. (There is some doubt as to whether the Australian team might venture back to the Phillipines any time soon)

Currently the Nellakir team are doing a strong round of annual maintenance projects in the school holiday period.

At Beaconsfield, St Francis Xavier’s Secondary College, where Nellakir recently finished construction of a flood damaged full size court, ensuring the school has virtually two brand new courts at the start of the new term.

It is also carrying out another re-sanding job at Berrindale School in Hampton. A small multi-purpose Gymnasium style area is being fully refreshed and refurbished.

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Annual cyclical maintenance and recoating is also being carried out at:

  • Vermont Primary School
  • Preston North Primary School
  • Cambridge Primary School
  • Westmont Secondary School (Hastings)
  • Parklands Secondary School (Mill Park)
  • St Albans Secondary School (St Albans)
  • Albert Park College (Albert Park)
  • Ararat College (Ararat)
  • Wallan Secondary College (Wallan)
  • Sunbury College (Sunbury)
  • Kolbe Catholic College (Greenvale)
  • Penleigh College (Essendon)
  • Highton Christian College (Highton)

Nellakir specialise in authentic programmed maintenance programs. For your convenience it is often appropriate to time such maintenance during School Holiday breaks. Nellakir are taking bookings now for both the September and Christmas Holiday periods.

Call now on 9467 6126 and book in your facility for a full programmed maintenance package

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Melbourne Vixens blow West Coast Fever away.

The Melbourne Vixens are powering into a season defining winning streak. This weekend they meet the Collingwood Magpies at their home court – the Margaret Court Arena Melbourne.

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The Vixens home court is Arena Stadium at the State Netball and hockey Centre in Brens Rd Parkville. The show courts and all timber sports flooring at the centre was constructed by Nellakir – Victoria and Tasmania’s leading construction and maintenance team for Competition Level Sprung Timber Flooring. Nellakir exclusively use ASF/Horner Sports Flooring systems, providing the best competition surfaces for both Netball and Basketball in the State – a surface that continue to power the Melbourne Vixens to further victories. Here is a report on last week’s game in Perth.

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Melbourne Vixens upset West Coast Fever, keep finals hopes strong

Melbourne Vixens won’t be going quietly.

The Vixens are far from certain finalists after a mixed start to the Super Netball season but on Saturday they showed just how good they can be with a comprehensive 74-60 win over ladder-leaders West Coast Fever at Hisense Arena.

Melbourne claimed seven of the eight possible points giving their hopes of moving up into the top four from sixth position every chance.

To make it the Vixens will need more wins and a healthy dose of bonus points from their remaining seven games but this win was the blueprint of how they can get it done.

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The Vixens offered starring performances across the court as they zoned off defensively and forced the visitors into errors while in attack Tegan Philip (25 goals from 31 shots) showed a burst of match-winning speed in the first half shooting 15 goals as the Vixens led by 16 goals at half time.

Shooter Mwai Kumwenda (49 goals from 51 shots) was as prolific as always while Kate Moloney and Liz Watson were constants at both ends and Renea Ingles showed she has fast regained her elite edge in wing defence.
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“We have had a really good two weeks during the bye, we have been working really hard towards playing the netball they are capable of producing,” Vixens coach Simone McKinnis said.

“They saw the rewards tonight, the work rate was consistent across the four quarters.

“There is no easy answer or easy way of beating that sort of team, it is just doing the hard work

“They were prepared for what they had to do and they did it.”

McKinnis praised the shooting of Kumwenda and the run of Philip adding Ingles showed the fruits of hard training during the bye.

“I think she has gone up another level today and the more she is out there, the better she will become,” McKinnis said.

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Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich said her side had to learn their lessons from the loss.

“They really put us under a lot of pressure with the way they contested and their hands over right down the court,” Marinkovich said.

“It was a very clinical, Victorian style of play. They executed well and did it for very long periods of time.

Both teams looked up for the contest in the opening 10 minutes as they traded goals and and leads.

Then the Vixens found their grove with one turnover eliciting a scream from captain Moloney as her side took a 17-14 lead into quarter time then took the contest away from the Fever.

That second quarter was not just owned by the cunning play of Philip but the team defence of the Vixens who repeatedly forced turnovers or errant passes from the Fever as defenders Emily Mannix and Jo Weston made life difficult for dominant shooter Jhaniele Fowler (56 goals from 60 shots) while wing defence Renae Ingles smothered multiple wing attacks leaving nearly all the playmaking to the overworked Verity Charles and Nat Medhurst.

An eight-point Vixens lead forced a time out from the Fever but upon the restart a turnover and follow up goal saw that lead enter double figures.

From there it kept climbing and the Vixens would have been happy for the term to go beyond 15 minutes as they went into half time up 43-27.

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The Fever haven’t fluked their strong start to the season and bring Kaylia Stanton into goal attack and moving Medhurst to wing attack led to a much closer third term as Stanton offered another shooting option outside of Fowler.

An 18-14 quarter meant the Fever would at least take a point from the game.
The Fever went for broke to start the final term cutting the lead to nine as they went back to feeding long balls into Fowler but the Vixens finished strongly to claim the final term.

Ingles made an intercept early in the final term which brought a big cheer from 5838 home fans, just as Ingles is finding her feet after a late start to 2018, so are her Vixens.

The Vixens and Collingwood Magpies square off in their second meeting at the season at Margaret Court Arena this coming Sunday at 1pm.

Source: smh.com.au

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Bendigo Stadium Redevelopment Completed – New Show Court Opens For Business

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Recently in Bendigo, the city’s new show court at Bendigo Stadium staged its first competition match and was officially opened. Over 3000 people attended a women’s match between the Bendigo Braves an the Sandringham Sabres. The Braves won by 32 points.

Nellakir are proud to have built the new premium sports flooring surface (Sprung Timber Sports Flooring by ASF Horner Sports Floors) in collaboration with the appointed builder Fairbrother Pty Ltd. The new court and surface are of a standard to permit NBL games to be played on the FIBA (Federation of International Basketball Associations) approved surface.

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Bendigo Stadium redevelopment gets massive thumbs up from basketball fans

BENDIGO Stadium’s $23-million expansion has lived up to the hype, according to fans and players at Friday night’s first game.

More than 3000 people packed into the stadium’s new show court, which was christened with a 32-point win by the Bendigo Braves women over SEABL rivals Sandringham Sabres.

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The 92-60 triumph was powered by a game-high 29 points and 12 assists from star point guard Kelly Wilson and 25-points and eight rebounds from Nadeen Payne.

Plenty in the stands looked in awe of the city’s newest sports and entertainment venue.

Braves season ticket-holder Jeremy Burns said he could not have been more impressed with the new show court.

“It’s massive – the size of it is just unreal. It’s way bigger than I was expecting,” he said.

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“It’s very modern and looks like something you would find in Melbourne.

“It’s definitely something we can be proud of in Bendigo. What other city in regional Victoria would have a venue like this for 4000 people?”

John Russell, whose son plays junior basketball in Bendigo, described it as “super-sensational’.

“It’s a brilliant stadium and fantastic for the City of Greater Bendigo.”

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Equally impressed were locals Joanne and Tom Lewis.

The mother and son, who live just minutes from the stadium, were attending their first basketball game after winning tickets in a radio station promotion.

“We watched it (the development) slowly appear and get bigger and bigger every time we drove past it and suddenly its finished,” Mrs Lewis said.

“Initially we had no idea it was being built.

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“We have come to the venue for dinner before, but never the basketball, so this is a night out. It’s massive.”

Son Tom was most impressed with the giant Jumbotron hoisted above centre court and following his first taste of live basketball action, quickly vowed to be back for more Braves games.

A special night for the Braves was even sweeter for basketballer Payne, who made history by scoring the first points on the new show court.

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The 24-year-old added seven of the Braves’ next 14 points and had 16 by half-time.

Payne described scoring the first points as pretty cool before quickly deflecting credit for the Braves’ ninth-straight win this season to her team-mates.

“It’s amazing to play with a group like this, it’s very rare and I am enjoying every single moment,” she said.

“We’re happy to be 9-0, but that just leaves us with a target on our back now.

“Every week now we’ll just have train harder and prepare that bit better.”

A new era for Bendigo basketball was also a proud moment for the many former Braves players and officials in the crowd, among them Justin Cass, whose number six jersey was retired by the organisation.

Cass, who was ranked sixth in a Bendigo Advertiser list of greatest ever Braves to celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary in 2010, said he hoped the new stadium would be the catalyst for bigger games of basketball in Bendigo in the future.

“To me, playing all around Australia at all types of venues, this is one of the best I have ever been in,” he said.

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“(The old show court) looked pretty good, but when you walk into this place here, this is A1 class.

“Hopefully one day we might get some NBL games here and fill the place.

“Everybody who has been involved in this needs to pat themselves on the back as this is a great initiative.”

Meanwhile, the Braves men, led by 20 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals, from Jeremy Kendle, staved off a gallant Sabres to win 81-73.

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Source: bendigoadvertiser.com.au

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Nellakir use Australasian Sports Flooring Horner Systems – exclusively – with Pacific Seating retractable seating.

Nellakir use Australasian Sports Floors sprung timber sports floors exclusively. Australasian Sports Flooring systems are the only FIBA approved systems available in Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific). ASF Horner Hardwood Flooring has been setting the industry standard since 1891. International events such as the Sydney Olympic Games 2000, the Los Angeles Championships of Basketball, World University Games, Pan American Games, Goodwill Games, European Championships and since 1983 every NCAA Final Four game and NBA All-Stars games are all played on the ASF Horner flooring systems.

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Nellakir use Forestry Certified Flooring ensuring a fully Sustainable Flooring System. Nellakir utilises ASF Horner flooring, ASF Horner exclusively use selected plantation timbers as opposed to Native Forest coups. To ensure ongoing sustainability, Court managers and organisations can adopt the ’S’ maintenance program upon completion. Nellakir use ASF Horner timbers with full Forestry Certification. The certification means a complete history of the hardwood flooring surface can be supplied to the client. Forestry Certification certificates validate that all environmental and government regulations with regard to Forestry production have been adopted and adhered to.

Nellakir also provides the Pacific Seating range of Stadium Seating – “The next Generation in Retractable Seating Systems” – The Glide Series.

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The Glide system is quieter to operate, stronger in its design and more user friendly for facility staff. Glide provides individual seating for each patron (no platform seating) – space for every person. The VR1 system provides Disabled patrons with a simple solution as standard specification.

 

seating007d colour chartThe Glide Series is superb in Competition Court situations. For multipurpose facilities and gymnasiums the SBS Seat is the recommended option. Comfortable, generous seat spaces, ergonomically contoured for spectator comfort. A standard range of bright, warm colours is available – or you can choose a combination of colours to suit your purposes from the SBS seat colour range.

The Cook Seat is the most popular seating option in the Pacific Seating range. This seat provides numerous different applications. An economical nose mounting seat with a folding back or as a riser mounted seat with a tip up base. Options provide you the client with the best seating arrangement for your purposes. Variable seat spaces and heights are available.

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For further information both on ASF Horner Sprung Timber Sports Flooring systems and on the accompanying Pacific Seating purpose built retractable seating, please call 03 9467 6126 to book an appointment for a free consultation. Or leave your details here and our support staff will contact you to assist you with your enquiry.

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Nellakir Projects Continue to Develop School Precincts State Wide

This year Nellakir has focussed a lot of attention on developing new facilities in both existing and new schools. From full Basketball/Netball Courts at competition standard, to Drama Rooms where special flooring and staging is created, and even Dance Floors – Nellakir are the Sprung Timber Flooring experts. All Sports Flooring utilises Australian Sports Flooring systems (ASF) and is simply the highest standard.

This week sees the Viewbank College project, a Drama Room, purpose built with specialised timber flooring nearing completion.

As well at Mercy College in Coburg, the materials to develop the sprung timber flooring for their special purpose flooring have now been delivered. Work will start in the very near future.

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Basketball/Netball Courts are being commenced in the next few weeks at both Bentleigh Primary School and at Carnegie Primary School. The courts will be utilised for competition after hours by the local communities.

Courts are also being constructed at the Sandringham East Primary School, the Port Melbourne Primary School and the Springside West Secondary College located at Fraser Rise, on the western edge of Melbourne near Sydenham – a new school.

Another Drama Room is to be built at Keysborough College with Nellakir building a purpose designed sprung timber floor and staging.

At Federation University in Ballarat the Nellakir team have commenced building a purpose built Dance Floor. This is at the Mt St Helen’s Ballarat Campus. Again it is a sprung timber dance floor, which in itself is interesting as all dance floors in Ballrooms and historic homes were always Sprung Timber flooring.

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Two well known community buildings have received a full maintenance makeover recently. The first is the Lynda Blundell Community Centre in Blair St Dallas, a community venue of long standing in the Broadmeadows area, the hall floor and stage were fully sanded and recoated (resealed).

The second such building is the Kelly Park Centre in Werribee, a popular community venue where again the Hall area flooring and stage were re-sanded and recoated (resealed) as well.

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And to end the report, the new Basketball Court at St Francis College Beaconsfield has now been completed. With the previous court being water damaged beyond repair, Nellakir have now built a new competition level court featuring Sprung Timber Sports Flooring.

If you or your organisation require a Maintenance Program, repairs or perhaps a complete re-construction of your Sports Flooring, don’t hesitate to call Nellakir on 9467 6126 or leave your contact details here and one of our helpful staff will get back to you to make an appointment for a free, no obligation quote. Nellakir – for Expert Construction and Programmed Maintenance of all Sports Flooring.

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School Holidays – Perfect for Court Maintenance

With the School Holidays currently upon us it’s timely to consider cyclical maintenance of your sprung timber sports flooring, by Nellakir the premier supplier of quality sports flooring in Victoria and Tasmania.

Whether it’s re-coating, re-sanding or re-marking of court lines, Nellakir will schedule your required maintenance during the term 2 holidays from the 30th of June to the 15th of July, providing a full premium service that ensures the best possible surface upon the commencement of Term 3.

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With many school courts now doubling as Community facilities, wear and tear on the timber surface is much higher with constant use. Many such courts constructed under the State Government’s PPP programs (Public Private Partnerships) see usage day and night, 7 days per week with Basketball, Netball, Badminton, Volleyball and gymnastics all utilising this premium sport flooring. Competitions range from school to Junior, Adult and Veteran formats with local leagues embracing the new facilities with enthusiasm.

Maintenance programs include re-surfacing of existing sprung timber floors in stadiums, halls and gymnasiums as well as timber flooring in churches and community centres.

Re-coating should occur every 12 months and periodically it will be necessary to re-sand floors, then re-coat and provide new line marking.

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Grip is the most important factor with Timber Sports Flooring. Re-coating maintains this grip and is aesthetically pleasing. Re-sanding is required within 7–12 years. It removes buildups that occur due to re-coating and returns the floor to its original state.

Ultimately there comes a time when the flooring itself will require replacement. Nellakir use the proprietary sports flooring system of ASF Horner, a tried and true system used widely throughout Australia on Competition Sports Flooring in major stadiums nationally.

Call Nellakir now on 9467 6126 and arrange a free quotation on all your Sprung Timber Sports Flooring requirements – construction or maintenance.

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