A Golden Era for Aussies – Basketball and Netball

In Australia Basketball and Netball are moving from strength to strength. Currently there are 11 Australian players featuring on the NBA team rosters. The local Australian competition is also surging (the NBL) with television coverage and excellent Press. As well Netball’s national competition is available on both free-to-air and pay TV.

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State Netball and Hockey Centre

So what is the catalyst for such success? Australia has always fielded a fairly high level of competition for Basketball and over the last 15 years, Netball has certainly progressed with solid international success.

The answer is simple – improved facilities and playing surfaces over the last 20 years has seen many more youngsters taking up the games. Indoor facilities with Sprung Timber Sports Flooring to FIFa standards has kids playing at a standard not possible on old asphalt and concrete courts.

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State Basketball Centre

Successive Governments have allocated substantial funding to the creation of Community facilities, both as stand-alone stadiums, as well as excellent facilities incorporated into both new and existing Primary and Secondary Schools. In Victoria this has seen rapid acceleration of the facilities available through the development of the PPP scheme (Public Private Partnerships).

Nellakir are proud to have constructed the premium courts for the Victorian Netball State Centre in Parkville as well as the sports flooring at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna. Add to this a significant number of new playing surfaces (all timber sports flooring) at Victorian Primary and Secondary Schools, it’s not hard to see why the sports are enjoying real success with our best players, our champions finding homes in the NBA.

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Eagle Stadium

Australian NBA Player Mathew Dellanova explains it quite well in this article from ESPN.

Delly predicts NBA golden era for Aussies

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Matthew Dellavedova believes Australian basketball is on the cusp of a golden era with a record 11 players on NBA rosters this season.

With Victoria’s Mitch Creek signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Brooklyn Nets, a mammoth Australian contingent will feature in the upcoming NBA season – headlined by Philadelphia 76ers superstar Ben Simmons.

Former NBA Championship winner Dellavedova says the sky is the limit for his countrymen, with the season kicking off in October.

“It’s an awesome time to be an Australian involved in basketball over here because there are so many exciting players coming through,” Milwaukee Bucks guard Dellavedova told AAP.

“Obviously, Ben is the biggest name of them all but you’ve also got Jonah Bolden joining him at the Sixers, Thon (Maker) with me at Milwaukee and Dante (Exum) back healthy again.”

Point guard Simmons starred in his first season in the NBA, smashing a series of records while leading the 76ers to the Eastern Conference semi-finals and himself to Rookie of The Year award.

Having battled through injuries since the Utah Jazz drafted Exum with the fifth overall pick in 2014, the talented point guard recently agreed to a three-year, $US33-million contract extension.

While fellow Australian Aron Baynes recently signed a two-year, $US11-million deal to remain at the Boston Celtics, Dellavedova is particularly excited with Melbourne’s Ryan Broekhoff landing at the Dallas Mavericks from Europe.

“I’m really excited for Ryan Broekhoff to get his chance with Dallas,” Dellavedova said.

“He’s a guy that’s good enough to play in the NBA and has been for a number of years.”

Dellavedova attributed the NBA invasion to the Australian Institute of Sport’s basketball program.

“I think a big reason for it is the AIS; the Centre of Excellence is an unbelievable facility,” he said.

“A lot of us have come through there and I think that’s the foundation of my success and I would say a lot of other guys, too.”

Australians on NBA teams for the 2018/19 regular season are: Ben Simmons, Jonah Bolden (Philadelphia 76ers); Aron Baynes (Boston Celtics); Joe Ingles, Dante Exum (Utah Jazz); Matthew Dellavedova, Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks); Ryan Broekhoff (Dallas Mavericks); Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs); Mitch Creek (Brooklyn Nets); Deng Adel (Toronto Raptors).

Source: espn.com.au

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Waverly Netball Centre

Right now the next generation of skilled players, potentially champion players, are honing their skills on Courts right across Victoria, right across Australia.

So remember – keep your courts maintained at the highest level – Call now on 9467 6126 and enquire about an annual maintenance program from Nellakir. or leave your details here for a quick response.

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Camberwell Grammar School

For linemarking and resurfacing, re-coating or even a full re-sanding – always call for the industry’s leading experts in both construction and maintenance for all Timber Sports Flooring.

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Aussie Rookie of the Year Takes NBA by Storm.

Ben Simmons is on fire this year in the NBA. As reigning Rookie of the Year he’s averaging 16.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game. An Australian, Ben is the third non-American to win the award.

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Simmons hopes Australian fans can help him get over the line.

The Melbourne-born superstar said he is proud to represent Australia on the international stage every time he plays.

“Support from Australia means everything because just being Australian, every time I put on a jersey, I know I’m not only representing my family, but Australia at the same time,” Simmons told news.com.au.

“I also want to be the first Australian to be in the All-Star game, I think that would just be huge for Australian basketball. Not only for me but for little kids looking up to me. I think that would just be an amazing accomplishment.”

Simmons has been ramping up his performances over the past month.

In his last 10 games, he averages 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists.

But having just moved over the halfway mark of the season, Simmons is on track to break two lofty marks he set in 2017/18.

He hit 38 double-doubles last year and 12 triple-doubles. This year he already has 27 double-doubles and seven triple-doubles.

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Ben Simmons is on track to smash his double-double and triple-double records.

But his current form has seen him register five triple-doubles in his last 13 matches and 76ers coach Brett Brown said he is deserving of the lofty accolade.

“I think he’s on a mission to win games and be an All-Star,” the Philadelphia 76ers head coach said on Wednesday. “And I will do everything I can to help him.”

For Simmons, an All-Star berth would be humbling.

“I think being selected as an All-Star is a great accomplishment. Being an All-Star, you’re looked at as being one of the best players in the league,” he said.

“Being in the NBA is already a great accomplishment for a lot of guys and I want to get to that next level. I believe what I’ve been doing as of late has shown that I’m up there with those guys.”

Simmons, a Kayo Sports ambassador, is stuck in a dogfight for an All-Star spot, sitting fourth in guard voting in the Eastern Conference behind Kyrie Irving (2.3m votes), Dwyane Wade (1.1m votes) and Kemba Walker (858,798 votes).

Simmons is sitting on 695,032 votes, according to the second round of fan vote returns released by the NBA on Thursday, almost 130,000 votes ahead of the fifth placed Victor Oladipo.

The fan votes will account for 50 per cent of the vote with player selection and media selection accounting for a further 25 per cent each with those voters completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference.

The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference will be named NBA All-Star Game starters.

The two team captains will be the two players with the highest accumulation of votes and after the vote will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

With the 76ers currently 27-16 for the season and sitting in fourth in the Eastern Conference, Simmons said his side are starting to hit their straps.

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Ben Simmons has been in incredible form.

On a personal note, he’s hoping to take his game to the next level.

“Personally I think I’ve got a lot of growing to do in terms of defence and offence but I can see the growth starting to happen slowly over time,” he said.

“I’m putting the work in to get to where I want to be and I think the sky’s the limit as long as I have the mentality to go out every night and try to get better and get wins for my team.

“(The 76ers) have some things locked down where we look great but we have a lot of growing to do at the same time.

“We have a lot of young guys on the team and it’s going to take a lot to get to the next level but I believe in what we have and the coaching staff we have that we can get there but it really depends on how hard we push each other.”

Source: news.com.au

The next generation of Australian NBA and International Stars are now honing their game playing on FIFA approved Sprung Timber Sports Flooring – in particular here in Victoria where Juniors playing at a School level get to use premium quality facilities. Nellakir, Victoria’s leading supplier and installer of Timber Sports Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania are pleased to be contributing towards a brighter future for the sport here.

For expert construction and programmed maintenance call now on 9467 6126 for a free no obligation quote.

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A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year from everyone here at Nellakir

From last year’s NBA fixture – enjoy the video. This year catch all the action on ESPN. See last week’s post for the schedule.

We look forward to another great year building fabulous new Timber Sports Floors for local competition here in Victoria and Tasmania. The State Government here continues to roll out major PPP (Private Public Partnership) projects for Schools throughout Victoria. Nellakir are pleased to announce a solid continuing involvement, with new projects commencing from January to February. These competition level Sprung Timber Sports Floored Courts are used for school, local competition, gymnasiums and assembly halls. Locations include Banyule, Springside West and Keysborough College.

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Bendigo Stadium

As well we will continue to develop major competition Sports Flooring at Stadiums such as Bendigo Stadium (opened a major new court built by Nellakir this year) and Eagle Stadium in Melbourne’s fastest growing region of Wyndham (Werribee).

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Eagle Stadium

Stay safe these holidays and see you next year.

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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.
For thorough regular maintenance of all Timber Sports Flooring call Nellakir now on 9467 6126.

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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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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