Move over Le Bron – Its Ben Simmons ! The Aussies are coming!

Ben Simmons was crowned Rookie of the Year earlier this year in the prestigious US National Basketball Competition – The NBA.

A Melbourne boy, Ben attended school at Box Hill Senior Secondary College prior to moving to the USA. Ben was an Australian Institute of Sport Scholarship holder. In Melbourne he played for the Bulleen Boomers. A talented AFL footballer, he made the choice to focus on being a professional basketball player as a teenager.

Although holding Dual US/Australian Citizenship, Ben has made it clear he wishes to represent Australia at the Tokyo 2020 olympic Games.

Ben Simmons, like many juniors in Victoria, began playing on Sports Flooring constructed by Nellakir. Sprung Timber Sports Flooring is the basis for competitive championship basketball. Ben was a member of the Knox Raiders Basketball team as a ten year old junior. A premium court surface and foundations create the very best environment for perfecting the skills of the game.

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With a salary of $6.17 million per annum and a lucrative sponsorship deal with Nike, Ben Simmons is probably Australia’s highest paid sportsman.

Right now Nellakir have built and installed premium sports flooring at major Sports Stadiums around Victoria as well as many new courts in both Private School arenas and Primary and Secondary State Schools.

Our next champion is probably playing out there right now in the suburbs of Melbourne or in a regional Victorian town on a champion surface built and maintained by Nellakir.
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New Rules introduced to the NBA Competition in North America

The NBA is the world’s premiere Basketball Competition. So when the NBA changes its rules it’s time to sit up and take notice. Nellakir are the leading supplier of elite competition style Timber Sports Flooring. Using the ASF Horner / Australasian Sports Flooring renowned and trademarked range of Sprung Timber Sports Flooring. Nellakir provide championship surfaces to FIFA standards throughout Victoria and Tasmania. So take a look at these changes – It would be reasonable to expect that the new rules will flow through to Australian competition.

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NBA changes shot clock, clear path foul, and hostile act rules. Here’s what it means

The Board of Governors unanimously agreed to these rule changes. Here’s what you need to know.

The NBA Board of Governors approved three rule changes that will take effect beginning with the 2018-19 season, the league announced in a statement. The changes, though minor, will impact different areas of every game this year.

Here is a breakdown of each change we’ll see this season:
Shot clock resets to 14 seconds

According to the NBA, the shot clock will reset to 14 seconds — not 24 seconds — in three scenarios:

After an offensive rebound of a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim
After a loose ball foul is called on the defensive team immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim
After the offensive team gets possession of the ball after it goes out of bounds immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim.

This rule change was made in an effort to speed the game up. It has been implemented in FIBA competition since 2014, in the WNBA since 2016, and in the G-League since the 2016-17 season.

But according to data from Nylon Calculus, most NBA possessions following an offensive rebound last season resulted in a shot attempt zero to five seconds later. This will though prevent teams that benefit from grabbing offensive rebounds late in close games from dribbling the clock out before hoisting up a shot.

A simpler clear path foul definition

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This one’s a little trickier, so let’s try to break it down as simple as possible. There are now a list of requirements for a referee to be able to whistle a clear path foul during a transition scoring opportunity:

  • The ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the backcourt
  • No defender is ahead of the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity
  • The player with the transition scoring opportunity is in control of the ball
  • The foul deprives his team of an opportunity to score.

The list of prerequisites needed to call a clear path foul now makes it less of a judgment call and more of a call reinforced by a set of laws. The NBA’s league office posted a video on Twitter that shows examples of how the rule changed from last year:

If a defender is making a play on the ball and bumps the offensive player in a transition scoring opportunity, or if the defender fouls a player in the act of shooting, it is no longer considered a clear path foul.

In addition, if any defender is ahead of the player with a transition scoring opportunity, a clear path foul cannot be called. In past seasons, referees made judgment calls to determine if the defender ahead of the play was in position to influence a transition scoring opportunity.

Expanded definition of “hostile act”

The definition of a hostile act has also been broadened for instant replay purposes. The expanded definition will allow referees to review plays to “determine the appropriate penalty for players or coaches if they are involved in hostile encounters with each other, referees or fans.”

No further explanation was given, but if things get messy during a game, officials will be taking their time to determine the proper course of action.

These rule changes won’t prove to be anything drastic, but it’s a collective step by the NBA toward honing an already impeccable product.

Source: sbnation.com

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Melbourne gets second NBL team, to be based in south east

As reported last week, the Victorian State government is offering a huge boost to the sport of Basketball in the coming years. For your interest here is a full report from The Age, dated September 2nd.

The NBL’s new franchise will be in the South East Melbourne. Now, they need a name.
The NBL confirmed the long-suspected location on Sunday after a $126-million election commitment from the Victorian government to refurbish and expand the State Basketball Centre at Wantirna South.

The new south east Melbourne team, owned by Romie Chaudhari, co-owner of English Championship soccer team Swansea City, will be based at the centre for administration and training purposes but play at Melbourne Arena.

The new NBL team could also play two games per season at the State Basketball Centre once the renovations are completed, around 2022.

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Sunday’s announcement also featured a $1 million commitment to develop a business case for a 6000-8000 seat Knox Arena in the precinct but funding for Knox Arena’s construction and planning was not included in Sunday’s announcement.

Melbourne Arena will also receive $13 million in upgrades, which will help boost the capacity for basketball and netball games.

The NBL was not going to lock the team into Melbourne until they had commitments from the state government on the upgrade of the offices and training facilities, with the team planning to be based at the venue ahead of their first season in 2019-2020.

A re-elected Labor government would invest $82 million and Knox City council $25 million into building 10 new courts, making 18 in total at the State Basketball Centre, along with the upgrades to the current showcourt, expanding the office facilities and giving the locker rooms a much-needed renovation.

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The Victorian opposition have yet to commit to matching the government’s funding package but NBL and other basketball officials will be meeting with them in an attempt to gain their support.

General manager of the new Melbourne team, Tommy Greer, said the team already had a website established to register new fans and they would soon open a contest to select a nickname and colours.

“First and foremost we want to insert ourselves in the community out here but that is not given, you have to earn that,” Greer said.

“We will put the name and colours out to the community, we want everyone to jump onto southeastmelbourne.com.au to register interest and we will keep everyone across the movements from there.”

Signing players is still a way down the track considering the new NBL season will soon begin but Greer is already keeping a close watch on overseas-based Australians and those on the fringe of the NBA like Victorian star Mitch Creek.

NBL chief executive Jeremy Loeliger said the decision to base the new team in the south east was finalised by the funding commitment for the stadium, which already houses the offices of Basketball Australia, Basketball Victoria, WNBL club Melbourne Boomers and the Knox Raiders Basketball Association.

“It was unquestionably the deciding factor amongst a number of compelling propositions, and I applaud the Victorian government and Knox City Council for their recognition of the importance of basketball in the Australian sporting landscape,” Loeliger said.

“Melbourne’s south east has long been the stronghold of basketball participation in Australia with about 100,000 of Victoria’s 240,000 total registered participants and it has a rich history in elite and community basketball.”

There is an option for Basketball Australia to move its Centre of Excellence from the Australian Institute of Sport to the State Basketball Centre but that is contingent on the new facilities being better than the state of the art training centre in Canberra which the COE shares with the NBA Global Academy.

For the COE to move to Melbourne, the State Basketball Centre will also need a dormitory building to house 36 or more athletes and elite level treatment, dining and recovery facilities along with the technological and human support available in Canberra.

Little of that was funded in Sunday’s announcement so any move would be a long time away and the NBA has not yet considered any move from Canberra for its academy.

“We have a commitment with the Andrews government that said we have a high benchmark to compare with,” Basketball Australia chief executive Anthony Moore said.

“The AIS is a world-class facility and we have been consistent with our discussions with government saying this is what we have got, we have a Rolls-Royce solution in Canberra and the commitment from government is to better that.

“For our national high performance program to beat the world’s best, it would mean we would have something special here, in the event they don’t meet [that benchmark] then that will be a discussion for our board at a future point in time.”

Melbourne Boomers could receive the most immediate rewards should whoever wins government carry out the upgrades as they play their home games at the stadium and badly need an expanded locker room with the current one too small to comfortably fit 12 elite players.

The Boomers have four players in the Opals squad to play in the FIBA Women’s World Cup later this month and also featured Liz Cambage last season.

“With improved amenities, court technologies and improved game-day experiences for all of our fans, we are going to see a terrific show court here,” Boomers general manager Justin Nelson said.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/melbourne-gets-second-nbl-team-to-be-based-in-south-east-20180902-p50198.html

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State Government announces huge boost for Basketball in Victoria

Nellakir is pleased to see that the Victorian State Government has just announced major funding towards the Sport of Basketball and its facilities. The package, worth 126 million, will result in a second Melbourne NBL team, 8 new competition courts at the State Basketball Centre in Knoxfield and a further 10 new Community Courts for local basketball competitions in Melbourne’s fast growing South Eastern region. As well the Government will also establish a further seven new high performance Basketball Hubs around the state. the Government has also promised to upgrade the former Hisense Arena, now known as Melbourne Arena, to better cater for a range of sports including basketball and netball.

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Nellakir are the leading provider of high level competition grade sprung timber sports flooring in Victoria. The existing major courts at Knoxfield. the State Netball Centre in Parkville and regional centres such as Bendigo Stadium and Eagle Stadium at Werribee were built by Nellakir. The sports are growing in popularity at all levels and it is pleasing to see planning for future generations of young basketballers and netballers being put into place.

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For your interest, here is the full press release from the Victorian Government.

Victoria: The Basketball Capital Of Australia

Victoria will cement its position as Australia’s basketball capital with the National Basketball League’s (NBL) new ninth team to be based in Melbourne, along with a massive expansion of basketball programs and facilities under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.

Premier Daniel Andrews today joined basketballers at the State Basketball Centre at Knox Regional Sports Park to announce the new team and a $126 million package to grow basketball from the grassroots to elite level.

The new NBL team will be a Melbourne team with its headquarters and training at the Knox Regional Sports Park in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs. The team’s name will be announced by the NBL.

A re-elected Labor Government will deliver a massive expansion of basketball facilities at Knox. This will include training and administration facilities for the new Melbourne NBL team and upgraded facilities for Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) team, the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, who are based there.

It will also include 10 new community courts for local basketball competitions in Melbourne’s growing south-east.

Labor will also build a new home for the Australian Basketball Centre of Excellence at Knox as part of the $107 million expansion project, with Basketball Australia relocating their training facilities from Canberra.

A re-elected Labor Government will provide $82 million towards the expansion project, with Knox City Council to contribute the remaining $25 million.

Labor will also invest $5 million to establish seven new high-performance basketball hubs around the state. These hubs will provide young players with elite basketball training programs, allowing them to train at the highest level in their local area with a clear pathway to playing top level basketball in Australia or the American NBA.

A re-elected Labor Government will also invest $13 million to upgrade Melbourne Arena, formerly Hisense Arena, to better cater for a range of sports, including basketball and netball.

Labor will also look to the future with $1 million to develop a business case to build the Knox Arena, a new 6,000 to 8,000 seat stadium at Knox that would bring major sports and entertainment events to Melbourne’s suburbs.

“Victoria is the home of basketball – more people hit the court here each week than in any other state and only Labor will help basketball keep growing in Victoria from the grassroots to elite level… That means new courts and better facilities for local clubs or if your kids dream of playing for Australia or the NBA – we’ll give them a pathway to get there.” Premier Daniel Andrews.

“This will boost community and women’s sport with more local courts and better women’s facilities at Knox, and a clear pathway for girls to one day play for Australia or the WNBL through the training hubs around the state.” Minister for Sport John Eren.

“This announcement is fantastic support for basketball and in particular it’s pleasing to know the facilities and game day experience for our elite athletes and fans alike is being catered for. At the Deakin Melbourne Boomers we are striving to elevate girls and women in basketball and this exciting development will go a long way to doing this.” Australian Basketball Legend Lauren Jackson.

Source: premier.vic.gov.au

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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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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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