Playing an ‘Offence’ game in Basketball

Here are some very good tips on Offensive strategies for Basketball teams. Playing on Sprung Timber Sports flooring creates a fast moving and very exciting game. Be ready for it . Practice the right moves as a team. For the next few weeks we will continue with more game tips as space permits.

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Implementing an offence can help your team with its structure, balance, performance and results. By offence, I mean an offensive structure or set play that is used to get players open for good shots.

There are many offences in the world of basketball, though several seem to have been in the game forever and have certainly stood the test of time.

I will discuss some of the standard offensive plays. If some of these patterns are learned they will provide a good basis for a team offence. I will devote more detail to what has become known as the Melbourne Tigers Shuffle but also include other well-known methods that have brought success to many teams over many years.


Coaches should be encouraged to develop their own philosophy within the context of a thorough understanding of the game. While the following examples of standard offences have been tried and tested over the years, you can adjust them to suit your players and your philosophy so your chances of success will be improved.

The development of an offence takes time and requires considerable patience. There are no short cuts to success. The first step is to select a style of play that will suit the team and your own philosophy. The whole picture of the offence should be clear to the coach and he should make sure the players understand it. Once this is established the offence should be broken down into its parts that can be drilled. Two-man drills and three-man drills are used to develop the elements of the offence and then advance to four-on-four and five-on-five.

The structure of some offences may be quite complicated so coaches should be cautious about trying to include too much. It is preferable to include fewer elements and execute them well rather than try to include too much and execute them poorly. It is not advisable to change the offence constantly for this may create doubt or confusion in the players’ minds, but it is also undesirable to be too rigid to allow modifications to be used. The coach should be prepared to move with the times and make adjustments as the players’ skills improve and athletic abilities increase.


There are a number of drills that are applicable to almost every offence. Apart from individual fundamental skills, one-on-one moves and rebounding, the give and go is the most basic of all two-on-two situations and is inevitably a part of every offensive structure. One player passes to a team-mate and checks to see how the defence reacts. If the defender turns his head and loses vision on the passer momentarily, or maintains poor stance, then he can be beaten with a change of direction and pace with a cut to the basket. A complete offence can be built on the give and go principle with good spacing of the players around the court, good passing and cutting. It will of course need to include individual one-on-one options that allow the player with the ball to drive to the basket when the defenders give too much attention to the cutters.

Perhaps the oldest method of team offence is what is now known as a motion offence, but was once known as a give and go offence. In simple terms this means that after each pass the passer should normally make a jab step away from his defender followed by a quick change of direction and hard cut to the basket. If the cutter is open for a return pass it will usually lead to a shot close to the basket. If the first cutter is not open for a return pass the receiver will pass to another team-mate and make a similar fake and cut to the basket. With this style of play it is important that if the cutter does not receive the return pass, he should continue his cut and clear away from the keyway, leaving the area vacant for the next cutter.


When a team is using a give and go offence it is common for the defenders of players without the ball to sag toward the keyway with the intention of blocking the cutting lanes. When the offence recognises this tactic, the players should be able to create opportunities for perimeter or short-range jump shots. The success of the offence will depend on the players recognising what the defence is doing and making good decisions on passing to open cutters, to players free for perimeter shots, or making strong one-on-one drives.

To be continued…


Why basketball is the best sport

3aa552847fe71f00a575689fdcb653f7What does it mean to call a certain sport “the best”? In this instance, it involves discussing inherent aspects of a certain game that make it more enjoyable to any given athlete, as compared to another sport.

It’s extremely difficult to tell people why their opinion is wrong, when all claims are founded on preferences, but that’s exactly what we sports editors are setting out to do with one another. Here’s why a game that supposedly began as offseason training for football is objectively the best sport.

Basketball, which was first played in 1891 with peach baskets and no dribbling, combines the ideal amount of necessary raw physical attributes—height, strength, speed, agility, power, etc.—with the necessary skills—shooting, dribbling, passing, etc.

So many areas of the game involve utilizing strength and power, such as rebounding, scoring in the post, and protecting the paint, while others involve extreme finesse and acquired skill, such as ball handling, jump shooting, and passing. Overall, basketball has the widest range of physicality and contact level in all respects.

Let’s look at some examples. Charles Barkley, in his prime, made his living off rebounding and scoring in the paint by using his immense strength and power. Alternately, Dirk Nowitzki’s game relies on one thing: the fadeaway jumper, which requires playing in open space—he hardly needs contact with defenders at all. Magically, both of these players play the same position. Additionally, James Harden is a guard who takes lots of shots and relies on drawing contact when getting into the lane, exhibited by his 27-point performance on 22 free throws in December. In contrast to him is Steph Curry, another high-volume shooter whose bread and butter is ball handling and pull-up threes, which require creating space. Again, here are two players who play virtually the same position with completely different uses of strength and skill.

Because of this unique combination and plethora of physical traits and skills, basketball allows for the athlete to customize, to personalize his or her unique style of play. To quote Bobby Joe Hill from Glory Road, “Having the ball in your hand[…]is like making sweet music with your game.”

Basketball allows for more creativity than baseball or football because of the range of playing styles—there are so many areas of the game to personalize, like shooting form, ball-handling moves, defensive style, court vision, and more. In baseball, the only real space to get creative is in swinging a bat, and in football, it’s even more difficult to personalize different skills. In soccer, you can’t customize much at all, and hockey only really allows for skating and shooting in different ways.

On a related note, when players get pumped up in basketball, they can release pent-up adrenaline in a way that is most conducive to climactic conclusions that also combine strength or athleticism with skill. Think of the most impressive basketball highlights—they’re mostly alley-oops that combine passing with athleticism, individual dunks that combine ball handling with athleticism, or crossovers with some impressively difficult jump shot—all combinations of raw physical ability and skill.


In football, players seem to climactically finish plays by either simply hitting someone hard or running really fast, which is far simpler than basketball plays. While simplicity is often beautiful in itself, basketball’s strength lies in its difficulty of combining different physical abilities. In baseball, strength and speed are necessary for many plays, but skill is still by far the dominant trait, exemplified by back-to-back American League MVP Miguel Cabrera, who relies on hand-eye coordination for his remarkably impressive hitting, which is clearly his most valuable quality. In soccer, skill and speed are almost always necessary for big plays, but beyond speed, there’s not a whole lot of strength or power necessary, unlike in basketball.

Another facet that makes the game on the hardwood the best is accessibility. Much like soccer, basketball is played on a worldwide scale, and for good reason: All one needs to play is a ball and a basket. There’s no required gear, like in baseball or football. Moreover, one can play and practice basketball by oneself for hours on end, which is not true of football. In baseball, it’s possible, but one needs many baseballs and a pitching machine. In soccer, it’s also possible, but to shoot by oneself requires lots of retrieving the ball from the net. The amount of “wasted” motion involved is far greater than when shooting around by oneself.

A slight nuance to this argument is that pickup basketball is extremely common. Pickup soccer is also common. However, because many people go to shoot around by themselves, it’s natural to convene on teams and compete against one another, whereas soccer is much less conducive to many players going to shoot around and suddenly finding enough on one field for a pickup game.


Since basketball doesn’t require too much of a financial burden, it’s played on all levels of social class, which can help unite people from different communities.

Lastly, the nature of the basketball court’s boundaries makes it the only major sport other than hockey that allows fans to sit directly adjacent to all boundaries, creating the closest, most intimate sort of atmosphere for fans to lose themselves in the action.

All in all, basketball is an extremely complex game physically, which allows players with all sorts of abilities to flourish. This is part of what gives basketball the most diverse scale of any sport. Also, it’s plain easy for anyone to play, either alone or with anyone else, without requiring much of a financial contribution.

From a sport once played solely as offseason training, to one that owns the entire month of March and drives fans mad, basketball has found its place as objectively the best sport.



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The new court at Casey Indoor Stadium opens for business

Recently Nellakir completed works on the new Casey Indoor Stadium flooring. The venue has really started with a great opening round. Here is the report from Basketball Victoria on the Victorian Metro vs Victorian Country game that opened proceedings on the new court with over 1000 people attending the two game series.

The grand opening to the newly developed Casey Stadium proved to be a massive hit as over 1,000 people swept through the doors to see the first ever basketball game played at the brand new facility when Metro defeated Country in the two-game series.

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Metro hoisted the trophy for the second time in the concept’s short span, backing up from its aggregate win in Shepparton in 2016. There was no need for a count back this year however, with Metro winning both women’s and men’s games; in fact, winning all eight quarters across the two contests.

The crowd were given a spectacle in the opening half of the night, watching Metro’s Lucy Dawson (29 points, 8 rebounds) and the game’s most valuable player Jackie Vanderzaag (16 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals) wreck havoc on the Country defence. Vanderzaag’s full time teammate at Waverley Sarah Yousef chimed in with a handy 13 points, five rebounds and seven assists as well.

Country only had one player in double figures in Tanarly Hood (18 points, 7 rebounds), however did find valuable contributors to keep the team in the game for the most part: Rebecca Noller (8 points, 5 rebounds), Lyndsey Hoogenhout (8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks) and Caitlin Shadbolt (8 points, 3 rebounds).

The Casey locals saw their eyes light up at half-time of the women’s game, when local hero Raheem Lemons alongside Brandon Conley and Pat Golong produced ooo’s and ahh’s from the stands watching the three battle it out for the Rowville Community Bendigo Bank Dunk Contest.

Conley certainly made claims that his dunking resume was well respected, however Golong’s involvement with the Cavs community, dunking over three Casey junior players had the judges handing out perfect 10’s! Golong’s three dunks just edging out Conley to raise the trophy and the $500.

The opening quarter of the men’s game was simply an offensive juggernaut at both ends of the floor. The two teams put up a combined 68 points in the first quarter, setting the tone for what had an All Star flavour feel to it.

Metro chalked up triple figures before the end of the third and the game’s 250 points (135 to 115) is an Origin Series record for most points in a game.

Alex Bogart-King paced the Metro line-up with 26 points on a stellar 13-17FG from the floor, while five others finished in double figures including the game’s most valuable player Ivan Platenik (25 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals).

Country found contributors in Jack Burnett (21 points, 7 rebounds) and Nick Ross (19 points), as well as Lewis Varley (17 points, 7 rebounds) and Michael Rebula (17 points, 8 rebounds).

Bendigo’s Jessie Rennie made the trip down all worthwhile, taking out the Rowville Community Bendigo Bank 3 Point Shootout, narrowly defeating Dandenong’s Amy Baum and Knox’s Taylor Lee. In an exciting concept, Rennie made them count when it mattered most, continuing her excellent in game shooting from deep throughout the 2017 Big V season.

As the clock wound down on another successful Origin event, Blackburn’s quartet led by head coach Paul Lankford wanted to make sure the crowd was leaving with highlights from the games. Vikes duo Brendan Trewella (18 points, 6 rebounds) and Jack Roberts (8 points, 3 steals) made sure of that, throwing down multiple thunderous jams in the final quarter.

Metro now take a 2-0 series lead as the 2018 Origin event heads back to a Country venue, where the locals will attempt to peg one back!


Metro 80 (Dawson 29, Vanderzaag 19, Yousef 13) def Country 63 (Hood 18, Noller 8, Hoogenhout 8, Shadbolt 8)

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Metro 135 (Bogart-King 26, Platenik 25, Trewella 18) def Country 115 (Burnett 21, Ross 19, Varley 17, Rebula 17)

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Nellakir – Sports Flooring for Champions

Gold Coast Netball Carnival: 8th July – 15th July, 2017.

This year there is again the opportunity for Netball teams Australia wide to compete at the Gold Coast Netball Carnival, a ‘friendly’ held each year to coincide with the school holidays. With over 562 teams having competed, including teams from New Zealand and Britain, it’s a great opportunity for those living in the Southern States caught up in the winter cold to enjoy the brilliant winter sunshine in Queensland, and compete in a great competition..


Visit the theme parks, enjoy the sand, surf and Sun. There is competition ranging from under 8 (Senior Division) to the ‘mini Division’ for 12 years and under. The event is held at the Carrera Netball Association facility at 166 Benawa Rd, Ashmore. The courts are outdoor and have full lighting. The venue is close to accommodation such as the RACV Resort, Royal Pines at Benawa.

The event has now been held for 14 years and is a popular fixture for many interstate clubs taking advantage of the week long Netball Carnival, focussed on Sportsmanship and the spirit of the game. To date over 8,000 players have benefitted from attending the carnival and enjoying the competition.

Meanwhile, Nellakir are now into the major construction phase on a number of new projects.

The Bendigo Stadium project with three brand new all purpose sprung timber sports flooring courts to be constructed sees materials delivered in early July and construction underway by the end of July.

The three Public Private Partnership projects being undertaken with Watpac Construction at Armstrong Creek, North Geelong and Torquay North will receive delivery of materials in the next few weeks with construction on all sites commencing soon afterwards. The Frankston Special Developmental School project is well underway on the 1/2 court basketball sports flooring and looks to be completed in about 10 days.

And last but not least, its time to consider your cyclical maintenance on your valuable sports flooring surfaces. The midyear break for schools and Sporting Competitions provides an excellent window for all maintenance activity – Sports Floor Annual Maintenance, Floor Sanding, Line Marking, maintenance of Stadium Seating and Resurfacing of existing floors in Stadiums, Gymnasiums and Assembly Halls.

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10 psychological and social benefits of sport for kids

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Everyone talks about how important sport and exercise is for our kids – including us.

Of course, with the rising rate of obesity, it’s an undeniable fact that our kids’ health and fitness should be top priority.

Sure, we’re all aware that active children are more likely to become active adults. But sport is much more than just a means to an end in trying to keep kids physically fit.

Studies suggest that sport can also have a huge impact on a child’s psychological and social well-being. And teach them some extremely valuable life skills too.

Here’s a rundown of sport’s top 10 psychological and social benefits for kids…

1. Camaraderie

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Joining a sports team gives kids a sense of belonging and the opportunity to make new friends. Some may even become buddies for life!

Getting involved in a sport also gives kids another social circle outside of school.

With roughly one in four students (27%) reporting being bullied at school, joining a sports team could be a much-needed source of social support.

2. Learning to lose

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And learning to do it graciously.

Bad sportsmanship is an ugly thing. No one likes a sore loser.

Of course, there’s no harm in being competitive and expressing frustration in a non-aggressive manner.

However, losing with integrity to a better opponent is a lot more honourable than throwing tantrums as regularly displayed by certain young Australian tennis players.

Which leads us on to the next point quite nicely…

3. Respecting authority

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Does your child need the occasional extra dose of discipline? Sign them up for a sport.

Following set rules, taking direction and accepting decisions is a large part of playing competitive sport. And players are often penalised for bad behaviour.

With regular interaction with coaches, referees and other players, respecting their elders and listening to their peers is an important skill kids can take from the court or pitch.

4. Controlling emotions

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As kids grow up, we expect them to learn to control their emotions. Especially the negative ones.

In sport, emotions can run high and learning to channel them the right way can be tough for youngsters.

A good coach understands that negative emotional stress hurts performance. However, once this piece of wisdom is ingrained, your child will be better equipped to tackle a whole range of other life challenges.

5. Self-esteem

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Many studies suggest that sport and other physical activities can contribute to the development of self-esteem in kids.

A pat on the back, a high-five from a friend, or a handshake with an opponent at the end of a match (even if they lost), is all character building for your child.

The difficulty however, is to not let their self-esteem be distinguished by winning or losing. But instead, to focus on their effort and enjoyment of the sport.

The supportive relationships of coaches and teammates, plus encouragement from parents, can all positively affect children’s self-esteem.

So next time your child plays a game – of anything – ask “how it did it go?” versus “did you win?”

Or better still, “did you enjoy it?”

6. Patience

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Unless your child is extremely athletically gifted, then practice will play a large role in whatever sport or activity they’re involved in.

And if practice makes perfect, then perfect takes patience.

Of course, we shouldn’t encourage our kids to aspire to ‘perfect’ but if the message is: “if you want to get better at something, it’s going to take time.” Then this is certainly a worthwhile lesson for kids to learn.

7. Dedication

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Similar to patience, the discipline of training and the commitment it takes to pursue a sport is a trait transferrable to many other aspects of life.

It’s no coincidence that participation in sport is linked to higher academic achievement in school.

If your kids put time and effort into getting better at something, and see the results, maybe – just maybe – they’ll put the same amount of dedication into their studies.

No promises there though…

8. Working together

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“There’s no I in team.”

“Teamwork makes the dream work.”

Or whatever other clichéd phrase coaches may tell their team. It means nothing unless the team members buy in too.

A team can’t succeed without working together. No matter how good the individual players.

Communication is key and learning to be part of a team is synonymous with learning to value the effectiveness of teamwork.

A useful lesson for kids to carry into adulthood and their future careers.

9. Less selfish

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Closely tied to teamwork, sports (particularly team sports) are a great platform to teach kids to be less selfish.

In sport, kids need to think about what’s best for the team. Not themselves.

You see it so often in soccer. Players have the opportunity to pass to a teammate, but instead choose to go for glory themselves. Shoot for goal, and then miss.

Egos are not good for team morale or performance.

Coaching kids to understand that they can achieve more by being less selfish, is one of team sports’ great takeaways.

10. Resilience

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The highs. The lows. The wins. And the losses.

Sport can be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.

One study found that youngsters who are highly involved in sport are more ‘psychologically resilient’.

This isn’t surprising when sport teaches kids to pick themselves up after a hard tackle, or to hold their head high after losing badly, then get right back out there the next week.

Sport is about bouncing back, and learning from mistakes. The earlier kids can learn these skills, the better.

Overall, the psychological and social benefits of playing sport can help kids become well-rounded, mature adults.

So whether it’s a team sport or an individual sport like tennis, what your kids can learn goes beyond the physical.



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Basketball has become ‘part of the Chinese culture’


Houston Rockets star James Harden shares his shooting secrets during the Special Olympics NBA Cares Clinic.

Not far from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the futuristic landmark on the banks of Huangpu River, just blocks from the upscale shopping malls, trendy restaurants and clogged roads filled with expensive imported automobiles, one can hear the shouts of competition, the bounce of a ball off concrete and feel the passion of raw play around a solitary rim and net.

Hundreds of miles to the north in the capital city of Beijing, on one side of Chang’an Dajie, the majestic, 100-yard wide boulevard that has hosted parades by the Red Army — complete with tanks and missiles warheads providing fearsome images beamed round the world — is Dong Dan Park, now an oasis of happy squeals and the sound leather balls being dribbled on concrete.

Barely a half-mile away, through the Tiananmen Gate, is the entrance to the Forbidden City, for roughly 500 years the round of the imperial palace, where only the inner circles of the Ming and Ching dynasties were permitted.  But in recent years, just past where tourists pay their fee and show their tickets, there has been a pair of backboards where guards could play two-on-two during their breaks.

“Basketball is a part of the Chinese culture,” said Meng Wang, an analyst and commentator for Tencent, which has grown into China’s largest and most most used Internet service portal. “It is a game that has long been enjoyed by the population, even before all of this.”

All of this is the 10th edition of the China Games, where the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans sweep into Shanghai and Beijing for a pair of preseason games Sunday and Wednesday that bring all of the glitz, glamor and excitement — not to mention widely known NBA stars such as James Harden and Anthony Davis — to the most populous nation on the planet.

Just 14 years after native son Yao Ming was chosen with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft by the Rockets, as a 7-foot-6 bridge between diverse cultures, to an American eye, there is a sense of familiarity inside the Oriental Sports Arena, where 16,000 fans packed the stands on Friday to watch informal practices, 3-point and free throw shooting competitions and even a dance contest between rookie players.  From the rock music blaring the from the speakers, dancers gyrating, tumblers flipping and cartoonish mascots performing their comic routines, it might as well be any NBA arena from Miami to Portland.

The snap judgment is to say that in a land where spiked heels and miniskirts now walk along the Great Wall at Badaling, where Dunkin’ Donuts and Old Navy elbow their way into a landscape where traditional vendors sell locust-on-a-stick and deep-fried scorpion from their carts, that China has quickly caught on.


China’s history with game runs deep

But the truth is China’s roots in the “American game” run deep. It was in 1896, when Dr. James Naismith nailed up his first peach basket at his gymnasium in Springfield, Mass., that a government official named Piengiane introduced the game to China.  It caught on immediately and has always been a deeply ingrained part of the culture, long before a time of Yao and something called “Linsanity.”

Basketball participation never flagged during the Chinese civil war in the 1930s and was eventually given a prominent place in the People’s Republic of China when Chou En Lai, the first prime minister, endorsed the game for its contribution to fitness and promotion of teamwork.  The game even survived the dark days of the Cultural Revolution, when intellectuals and artists were sent to labor camps and jail, even executed.  Basketball was not only tolerated but also encouraged during the reign of Chairman Mao Zedong.

“As much as the Chinese have always liked the game, it was maybe hard to think that basketball would ever become so big like this,” Wang said.

The fans gather outside the team hotels seeking autographs, photos or just a glimpse of the players.

“Harden is so handsome,” was a phrase repeated over and over outside the Ritz-Carlton in the Pudong section of Shanghai.  “He is our favorite.”

But they are not just star-worshippers.  They know everyone from second-year Rocket Sam Dekker, who was injured and did not play as a rookie, to veteran center Nene.

“Hey, K.J. McDaniel!  Over here!” shouts another fan.

It is a relationship between the NBA and China — the second-largest market in the world — that has taken off well, like a rocket.

The first Asian player ever drafted in the NBA was China’s Sung Tao by the Atlanta Hawks in the third round in 1987.  The first to play in an NBA game was 7-footer Wang Zhizhi, who played five games with the Dallas Mavericks in 1999.  Next was Mengke Bateer, who joined the Denver Nuggets in 2002.


But it was Yao who threw the doors wide open as the top overall pick, became an eight-time All-Star, a worldwide celebrity as a pitchman/endorser for dozens of products, and was inducted with Allen Iverson and Shaquille O’Neal into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Class of 2016, in September.  He was with the Rockets for nine seasons, was healthy and played for seven full seasons and retired prematurely in 2011 following a series of debilitating foot injuries.

“I never had a dream that all of this could happen,” Yao said last week in a trip back to Texas.  “I was not scared when I arrived in Houston for the first time.  Maybe say I was nervous.  To think that we are at this point is beyond expectation.”

However, it was no beyond the expectation of former NBA commissioner David Stern, who pushed hard for the league to push into Asia in general and China specifically.  Stern likes to tell of his early visits to China in the 1990s when he would be asked feverish questions about the Bulls, the “Team of the Red Oxen.”

Chinese fans, like those all over the globe, were attracted to Michael Jordan like moths to a flame.  While Yao, of course, was popular as one of their own and the Shaq’s great size and strength was awed and respected, most of their admiration is for guards and wing players.  Harden, Stephen Curry and LeBron James are favorites.

“Much of it has to do with them not being the biggest man on the court,” Big Xu, a well-known analyst and TV commentator, has said.  “Not having the size, but still being able to carry the day to find a way to win is an admired trait.  Those attributes of cleverness and great will are highly regarded in China.”

“Kobe Bryant is almost a god,” said Meng, whose posts on Tencent can reach upwards of 1 million views.

Roughly 400 regular season NBA games will be shown free in the 2016-17 season and all the rest will be streamed for a fee by Tencent.

Harden has made numerous trips to China on behalf his partnership with Adidas.

“These fans get it, they really do,” he said.  “They follow the game, they really study the game.  They know the guys on the end of the bench for every team, not just the big names.  It’s so much fun to come here and see the enthusiasm.”


Yao Ming gives instructions during the Special Olympics NBA Cares Clinic as part of the 2016 Global Games.

The arrival of Yao in 2002 created enthusiasm inside the basketball world, supposedly throwing open the door to so many possibilities in terms of more players.  Now every NBA club is scouting China, hopeful of finding the next star.  Forward Yi Jianlian was drafted No. 6 overall by Milwaukee in 2007 and spent five seasons in the NBA playing for the New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks before returning to the Chinese Basketball Association in 2012.  Now he has signed on with the L.A. Lakers for this season.  The Rockets made Zhou Qi a second round draft pick in June and will monitor the progress of the young, slight-of-build big man for the future.  When Yao and Yi met for the first time in an NBA game during the 2007-08 season, the game that was shown live early in the morning, drew a TV audience of more than 200 million. That is comparable to the Super Bowl.

Yao going to NBA sparked enthusiasm

While China’s fondness for basketball is more than a century old, it was Yao that turned that interest into a voracious appetite.  He is back living and working as a businessman in his hometown of Shanghai and is the owner of the Shanghai Sharks of the CBA.

“Every player in the NBA owes a debt of gratitude to Yao Ming,” said Rockets team president Tad Brown.  “He’s opened up incredible doors on the market front.  He’s opened up incredible opportunities for the league to continue to expand and grow. It’s something that’s happened. I think the most important thing, what is universal, you have to be able to play.

“The reason Yao was drafted No. 1 is that he had the ability to the best center in the world.  That’s why (Rockets owner) Leslie (Alexander) drafted him No. 1. All the other stuff was gonna be nice and worked out.  But he had to be able to play basketball.  That’s the way it is with Zhou Qi right now.  We are very hopeful that this young man can be a very good basketball player.  He just happens to be from China.

“But you need to continue to develop the game and continue to grow the game and the way the game has exploded in China is in direct relation to Yao Ming’s ability and Yao Ming’s ability to handle all the pressures that he had to face when he first came into the league and when he grew in his career.  I can tell you that everybody in the league — teams, players, executives — owe a great deal of gratitude for everything he has done for the game of basketball.”

The Rockets have hired a consulting firm out of New York to further their presence in social media in China.

“No team is more aggressive,” said representative Jessica Beineke.  “First because of Yao Ming and then because of the continue interest of the club, it’s not an exaggeration to call the Rockets China’s team.  There is the link.”

The Rockets have scheduled the ceremony to retire Yao Ming’s No. 11 jersey and hang it from the rafters of Houston’s Toyota Center for Feb. 2 to coincide with the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration.


“The timing of the event is designed to make sure we have the maximum impact globally so that people can recognize Yao in the manner that he can be recognized and that someday one of those kids can be watching live in China,” Brown said.  “We’re hoping to get 300 million viewers and maybe some of them can realize that if I work someday I too can make it to the Hall of Fame and some day get my jersey retired by an NBA team.  That’s for any kid all over the world.  But specifically the people that he is giving hope and an inspiration to in his home country.”

This is the Rockets’ third time taking part in the China Games.  Teams are only permitted to take part in international trips every three years and the Rockets don’t ever have to be asked twice or cajoled.

“When I spoke with (NBA commissioner) Adam Silver back in the spring and we thought that the odds were very good that Yao would be selected for the Hall of Fame, we both thought it was only natural that we come here this season as part of that celebration,” said Brown. “And three years from now, when Adam is looking around again, you can be sure that we’ll have our hand up.”


Nellakir update: Time to consider annual maintenance of your sports flooring

It’s getting around to that time to consider getting cyclical maintenance of Sprung Timber Sports Flooring located in schools and used by school populations. With the midyear break scheduled for July in the education sector it’s a good time to start planning for regular annual maintenance if this has not already been attended to.

Nellakir specialise in the removal and refitting of existing floors. It provides expert service in resurfacing existing floors in stadiums, halls, gymnasiums and churches. Nellakir can advise you, then implement a sensible, effective annual maintenance program. It provides a reliable and accurate line-marking service for all sports flooring surfaces – basketball, netball, badminton, volleyball and more. It also provides annual maintenance of stadium seating and replacement seating if required. Nellakir can provide effective floor covers and covering if required.

In the last few months, Nellakir have been extremely busy in providing such services to a wide range of clients. Jobs include two Sprung timber floored courts at the Hamilton Recreation Area in South Western Victoria.

As well we have just completed the replacement and refurbishment of the Dance Floor (sprung timber) at the Flem-Ken Bowling Club in Flemington, a well known and popular venue of long standing.

Nellakir have completed the construction of a new 1/2 court surface at the St Kevin’s Sports Facility in Tooronga.

Also it has now completed works at the Electra Community Centre in Ashwood. A complex project this involved the extension of a multipurpose hall with a resurfacing of the old sprung timber floor combined with the newly built extension providing an open and expanded area once the project was completed.

Works at Melbourne’s Girls Grammar on its High Performance Floor, used for Aerobics and its Team Zone Area court areas have also been recently completed.

The new Casey Indoor Stadium flooring has been completed. There has been a problem with vandalism but the clean-up on that has also been completed. After the construction hand-over has occured, Nellakir will return to repair the damage caused by Vandals not able to be rectified during the clean-up.

The St Finbar’s School job in Brighton, replacing the flood damaged court is now completed.

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Nellakir are now busily preparing for the new works at the Bendigo Stadium ad the Watpac PPP (Private Public Partnership) school projects in Geelong North, Torquay and Armstrong Creek.

When you consider on-going maintenance and servicing of genuine Sprung Timber Sports Flooring always ensure you contact Nellakir, the experts and master craftsmen in this field. Why not draw on the experience and understanding of the Nellakir team who not only build Victoria and Tasmania’s most prestigious competition sports floored courts and playing surfaces, but also have the vision to ensure a maintenance program that provides simply the best competitive sprung timber surface currently available.

Provide a champion surface for our future champions. Always call Nellakir – for a true competitive edge.