Nellakir are the leading professionals in timber sports flooring installation and maintenance as well as the installation and maintenance of multi purpose sprung timber flooring in schools, recreational centres, community venues, churches and theatres. The Nellakir team are well recognised in both Victoria and Tasmania for the provision of premium FIBA approved indoor sports premium playing surfaces. For both basketball and netball Nellakir have constructed and installed the major competition courts with timber sports flooring at the Victorian Basketball Association Headquarters at Knox as well as the prestigious competition courts at the Victorian Netball and Hockey Centre in Royal Park. Add to this a broad selection of metropolitan stadium facilities (Casey, Keilor, Werribee, Waverley and many more) as well as regional facilities at Bendigo, Myrtleford, Latrobe and other premium competition locations throughout Victoria.
For Nellakirthis is a busy time of the year – School Holidays. So on top of our busy construction schedule, this is the time we carry out mandatory cyclical maintenance on Sprung Timber Sports Flooring in Schools and Community Venues. Re-coating, line marking and ensuring that your competition court has the requisite bounce and traction.
In the past Nellakir carried out re-coats on 26 courts at different locations, during the school holiday periods, including the following…
Camberwell Girls Grammar
Casterton Secondary School
William Ruthuen College
Brentwood Secondary College
Barwon Heads Primary School
St Francis Xavier College
Kismet Park Primary School
Highton Christian College
Mount Ridley P12 College
Yarraville West Primary School
Urban Camp (also repairs)
St Josephs College
Lalor East Primary School
Wellington Secondary College
Christian College Geelong
Northern Bay P12 College
Federation University Australia (also repairs)
Wesley College Melbourne – Glen Waverly Campus
Wesley College Melbourne – St Kilda Rd Campus
Mansfield Sporting Complex
Ballarat and Clarendon College (linemarking)
Werribee West Family Centre (resanding)
Errol St North Melbourne (repair)
When you contract Nellakir, you’re ensuring a professional finish, backed by real experience and understanding. For Nellakir a sprung timber flooris a living thing, an asset that must be maintained and cared for from the day it is constructed. And being the leading constructor and builder of elite sprung timber sports flooring in Victoria and Tasmania for Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and other ancillary competition courts, Nellakir know and understandwhat is required to keep your court or flooring in premium condition.
Nellakir can provide effective and professional repairs to all timber sports flooring. A full maintenance program is provided to the management teams of all courts constructed by Nellakir. Or if you would like to take advantage of the Nellakir professional program, don’t hesitate to call on 03 9467 6126 for a proposed plan and a free no obligation quote.
Many of the timber sports flooring courts being built by the State Government in both new and existing schools double as Community assets in the evenings and on weekends.
Nellakir are now taking bookings for the next School Holidays, scheduling re-coatings, sandings, annual line marking, removal and re-fittings, repairs or total resurfacing. Book now either by calling 03 9467 6126 or by leaving your contact details and request here and we will contact you to arrange a site visit and/or Quotation.
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At Nellakir we create Sports Flooring for Champions. With leading edge technology from Australian Sports Floors Horner Pty Ltd, as previously mentioned, Nellakir have constructed courts at the State Basketball Centre Knox, The State Netball and Hockey Centre, Royal Park and many other well known premium competition locations.
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The last of the more onerous restrictions on indoor team sports have now been lifted enabling local competitions to resume – junior, senior and masters. Both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria have information for participants available on their websites.
For your assistance we re-publish the advice here for participants from the VBA website:
Return to Sport Update – 25 March
We are pleased to see additional easing of COVID-19 restrictions as announced earlier this week by the Victorian Government and the Department of Health. From 6pm on Friday 26 March the following changes occur: Venue Density and Patron Capacity Density limits in indoor venues will move from 1 person per 4sqm to 1 person per 2sqm. This is in line with other entertainment venues, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Additionally, the maximum number of people allowed in indoor non- seated entertainment / sporting venues will increase from 50 per cent to 75 per cent capacity. For basketball venues, this means the maximum number of people within a venue including participants and spectators where allowed, is 75% capacity per court dependent on venue density limits. Density limits are calculated at 1 person per 2m². The table on page 3 of the Return to Sport Guidelines (V12/March 26) shows the maximum capacity per court.
Masks Masks will no longer be required in retail settings but Victorians will still need to carry one with them at all times and wear it on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis and in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities and hospitals. Basketball Victoria recommends – when social distancing cannot be maintained, that all patrons aged 12 years or older, should wear a mask in venues unless medically exempt. As with previous updates, masks are not required during games for players, referees and coaches while on court.
QR Codes Electronic record keeping such as QR codes must be used to allow for contact tracing to be updated. The QR code requirement for community sport, is to have electronic record keeping through the Services Vic application or a government API-linked digital system. Venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty to ensure this is the case.
QR Code Reporting
Basketball Victoria recommends the use of QR codes for all patrons to ensure sufficient attendance records are maintained over the coming months as we return to sport. The Victorian Government has launched a new and free QR Code Service which will help venues and businesses to keep records of visitors. To use the service, you only need to register the venue or business, download and print a poster containing a Victorian Government QR Code, and display it prominently. In addition, a PlayHQ COVID report is available for players, coaches and team managers who participate on a given day/night and are tagged into electronic scoring if a case arises.
As previously noted, the Basketball Victoria participation licence is not season or association specific and allows individuals to play as many times as they want across the state in a 365- day period. We are extending all active licences for individuals for the duration of the period that basketball was/is unable to be played in Victoria due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As you would be aware, in addition to competition management and insurance, individual participant fees (the Basketball Victoria Licence) cover a range of essential services and programs which we are and will continue to deliver. Note: A detailed explanation of the 365 Day Licence can be found here. However, as always, we will consider requests for individual refunds to those participants who are experiencing extreme hardship at any time (the individual must contact their club or association who then escalates to Basketball Victoria via a Support Ticket).
Generally speaking, BV’s licence fee is not refundable, as per our terms of registration and we are extending the BV licences as per above. However, we can consider requests for refunds in certain cases. We are in a unique situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and we understand any significant economic or health related impact. The process/conditions for individual refunds are as follows:
Individual refund requests need to come through via the club (if applicable) to the association (as per the correct communication channel including club requests) via http://support.playhq.com o Senior Domestic need to request via the association who then lodges support ticket The player needs to have played fewer than 3 games Player’s registration to the season in question needs to be marked as cancelled A valid reason needs to be provided
BV needs confirmation in writing that the association and/or club has refunded any fees that were paid to them before BV considers the request for refund of the BV licence fee Bank details provided for an approved refund to be processed.
Venues and Facilities
Follow all signage or instructions that direct the flow of traffic or prevent access to areas of the facility. Follow signage indicating the maximum number of people permitted in any space at a single time. Access to toilets and changerooms is permitted but may be limited. It is recommended that only participants use changerooms. It is recommended that you shower at home. Canteens and cafés may be open.
Health and Hygiene
Always carry a face mask. If you feel unwell, do not attend. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after the session, and more frequently as required. Use approved hand sanitiser before, during and after each session. Wash your uniform after each session with warm water and detergent. Refrain from all unnecessary body contact ie. no handshakes or high fives.
Take it easy. A sudden rise in activity may increase the risk of injury. Community netball participants should not return to netball if in the last 14 days they have been unwell or had close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19. Community netball participants must stay informed about case locations and exposure sites. Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the specified time must isolate, get a COVID-19 test, and remain isolated for 14 days. Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during the specified times is encouraged to get a COVID-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result. Refer to Department of Health and Human Services processes upon confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case.
Under no circumstance should associations or clubs refund the Basketball Victoria licence fee to individuals. Please refer to the BV refund process.
For netball we provide a link below to similar advice from Netball Victoria:
Each Team in the NBA has an eye to the future. Trade moves are ongoing. Current players are locked in. Planning to take the title starts 5 years out.
It’s the same with your valuable Timber Sports Flooring. The quality of your competition is reliant on a premium competitive court surface. Nellakir install and maintain Timber-Sports Flooring of the highest quality – in Stadiums, Recreation Centres, Schools and Community Centres throughout Victoria and Tasmania. It’s exactly the same here with planning each year. A maintenance and cleaning program must be adhered to, in order to keep your Sports Flooring performing to the optimum level.
In the NBA it would appear there are some interesting manoeuvres occurring with key personnel. Jason Dumas from KRON4 news has discussed the matter in the article below.
Inside Philadelphia 76ers’ Plans to Match Brooklyn Nets’ Firepower
If they weren’t already, the Brooklyn Nets are now the clear Eastern Conference favourites after their acquisition of Blake Griffin.
FanDuel is currently giving them the best chance of all Eastern Conference teams of winning this year’s championship. And with the addition of Griffin, the Nets have become even more formidable.
“Blake makes them even more dynamic offensively because he’s a guy they can give the ball to and run off-ball stuff for their Big Three because of his passing,” one rival scout tells Bleacher Report. “He is also a great pick-and-roll partner because he can stretch the floor and make plays. Defensively, he’s on par with what they’ve been doing, so he won’t help in that aspect.”
All eyes now turn to Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, who built a decade-long regular-season powerhouse with the Houston Rockets but never won a championship.
Playoff basketball is a different beast. Personnel issues that can be masked in the regular season with analytics-informed bets often get exposed in the postseason when teams find creative ways to win with superior game plans.
The Sixers have roughly two weeks to answer the main question within the front office: Do we have enough?
Right now, they have two All-Stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The former is the MVP front-runner, while the latter is one of the leading Defensive Player of the Year candidates.
Morey and Co. are set on winning or failing with Embiid and Simmons. They are banking on those two, along with Tobias Harris, to continue producing in the postseason. But there’s a growing feeling among league insiders that they need another wing who can be a two-way playmaker and defend in space.
Be prepared, be ready. Call Nellakir now on 0394676126 for a free consultation with one of our trained consultants on all your maintenance and programmed cleaning needs – line marking, re-coating and specialist programmed cleaning, ensuring you provide a premium playing surface every time.
Whether FIBA standard or simply the local sports centre, you can rely on Nellakir to prepare and present the perfect court surface every time. Call now, or leave your details here for a prompt response.
Four tests – all played in Christchurch. The first competitive game for the Australian team in over a year and a half due to Covid. Game One sees a narrow win for the home side in front of – no crowd – due to Covid. The result sets up a difficult task for Australia. It needs to win all three remaining games or tie the series 2 all with a healthier goal difference to retain the Constellation Cup, which it has won eight times consecutively. Read about it here for the full details of Game One:
New Zealand beats Australia 49-44 in game one of the Constellation Cup netball series in Christchurch
Posted Yesterday at 7:51pm
The Silver Ferns put Australia under pressure from the start.
AAP: John Davidson
The Diamonds have slipped to defeat in their return to Test netball, losing 49-44 to New Zealand in the Constellation Cup opener on Tuesday night.
Australia’s national netball team, the Diamonds, have won the Constellation Cup series against New Zealand seven times in a row
However the Diamonds have lost game one of the 2021 series to the Silver Ferns in Christchurch
New Zealand led by seven goals at half-time, and although the Diamonds edged the final quarter, the home side won 49-44
Some 492 days since their last outing and just two days out of quarantine, Australia were beaten out of the blocks in Christchurch and never recovered.
The match was Stacey Marinkovich’s first as Australia coach and the victory will raise Kiwi hopes of winning the Cup for the first time since 2012.
Australia went in with five debutants. Kiera Austin started at goal attack, alongside her former Giants teammate Caitlin Bassett.
Four of the five players on the bench were also playing their first game for Australia; Sophie Garbin, Kim Jenner, Cara Koenen and Verity Charles.
The home side began strongly, going on a five-goal run to get out to a 10-5 lead. Australia responded with three goals in a row, but the Diamonds ended up trailing 14-10 at quarter-time.
Australia scored the first two goals of the second quarter to close within two, but that was as close as they got.
New Zealand gradually took control again and established a 28-21 lead at the main break.
The Silver Ferns’ lead blew out to double figures early in the third term before Australia stormed back.
Marinkovich rang the changes and had some success; captain Bassett and Austin in goal attack put on five straight goals.
The injection of Karin Burger in defence midway through the third term turned the tables and the Silver Ferns went to the last change ahead 40-31.
Constellation Cup game one:
NZ: M Wilson 31/40, A Ekenasio 18/23
AUS: C Bassett 19/21, K Austin 18/24
Centre Liz Watson said the Diamonds made “basic errors” and “struggled to get through the zone defence”.
Australia shaded New Zealand in the fourth quarter, winning it 13-9, but left themselves too much to do.
Bassett, the regular skipper under former coach Lisa Alexander but the first of Marinkovich’s rotated leaders in this series, scored 19 goals from 21 attempts in a typically strong display.
The Silver Ferns were outscored in the final quarter, but they will take a 1-0 lead into game two against Australia.(
AAP: John Davidson
Against a steely Silver Ferns defence, Austin showed early nerves, missing four of her first 10 before finishing with 18 from 24 shots.
Charles played the second half at wing attack.
While Koenen took Bassett’s place for the fourth term and scored seven, shooting at 100 per cent.
For New Zealand, goal shooter Maia Wilson was the leader in attack with 31 goals from 40 attempts.
Skipper Ameliaranne Ekenasio shot 18 from 23, and added 12 handy assists.
Australia will need to win the final three games or tie the series 2-2 with a healthier goal difference to retain the Constellation Cup for an eighth straight time.
Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua, who masterminded a boilover 2019 World Cup final win over Australia, served the Diamonds notice of their intent.
“We’re gunning for it. Now is the time for us,” Taurua said.
The series has been rearranged due to COVID-19, with all four Tests being played in Christchurch without crowds.
Game two is on Wednesday before the series concludes with matches on Saturday and Sunday.
Netball is by far the most popular sport for women and girls in both Australia and New Zealand. Here in Victoria the sport is experiencing astronomical growth, partially due to being fostered with superior facilities in both schools and recreational centres state-wide.
Children and young adults compete on premium timber sports flooring from an early age. In Victoria and Tasmania Nellakir are the leading expert professionals in the installation, maintenance and programmed cleaning of all timber sports flooring.
Call now for an obligation free consultation with a Nellakir technician on all sports flooring requirements. Annual maintenance, repairs and refurbishment, line marking, re-coating and full service of all removable stadium seating – Nellakir provide expert advice and service on all facets of your valuable sports flooring. Call now on 03 9467 6126 and book an appointment. Or if you prefer, leave your details here for a prompt reply.
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As a young boy playing out there for the Knox Raiders did Ben Simmons ever imagine the glittering career he would eventually carve out in the NBA? If it were today, not back in 2009, a young Ben would most likely be honing his craft on superb Nellakir installed timber sports flooring.
But back to Ben, congratulations on the honour of being named an NBA Allstar for the third time. Read about it here:
Boomers guard Ben Simmons creates history to become a three-time NBA All-Star
Ben Simmons isn’t everyone’s favourite player, but he has defied the doubters to pick up his third successive NBA All-Star appearance.
Matt Logue, NCA NewsWire
February 24, 2021
Australian Ben Simmons has his critics, but he is a three-time NBA All-Star after being named an Eastern Conference reserve for the third straight season.
Simmons’ inclusion is a testament to his all-round game and winning influence at the Philadelphia 76ers, but his selection has raised some eyebrows.
The Melbourne-born guard doesn’t have a jump shot and struggles to fire from range, which are must-have qualities according to some experts and fans.
This view is particularly prominent in America, with many critics believing Simmons is undeserving of an All-Star appearance due to his lack of shooting and big scoring compared to other players.
Yet what is often overlooked and undervalued with the Boomers star is his impressive ability to make an impact at both ends of the floor.
Despite no established jump shot, Simmons still averages 15.7 points (last four games 27.8 points) while he regular makes his teammates better with pinpoint passing.
Ben Simmons has defied the doubters to pick up his third successive NBA All-Star appearance. Picture: Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
He is also arguably the NBA’s best defender and a Defensive Player of the Year candidate this season.
However, the NBA’s All-Star concept is focused heavily on the fan vote (50 per cent), and the most popular players are usually selected with a focus on big-scoring performers compared to any other facet of the game.
Regardless, Simmons is an All-Star again, and it’s a significant achievement for the Australia’s best player.
There are some players who should feel unlucky to miss out on All-Star selection, including DeMar DeRozan, Trae Young, Domantas Sabonis and Tobias Harris.
LA Lakers star and Western Conference captain LeBron James couldn’t believe the “disrespect” shown to Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker.
“Devin Booker is the most disrespected player in our league!!! Simple as that,” James tweeted.
The NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, March 5 in Atlanta.
Ben, the ultimate professional and when you require court maintenance, repairs and refurbishment look no further than Victoria’s leading professionals in timber sport flooring – Nellakir.
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With further relaxations on competitive sports activities announced on Nov 8th, it’s time to get ready for a summer of Sport. Indoor facilities such as Basketball and Netball stadiums will soon re-open for competition – with some limitations. Schedule a consultation now with Nellakir to ensure your Timber Sports Flooring is in premium shape for re-opening. Call 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here [https://www.nellakir.com.au/contact.html] to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.
For your interest, here are the latest Press Releases for participants from both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria…
Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Update Monday 9 November
Basketball Victoria welcomes yesterday’s announcement from the Victorian Government in regard to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions with the current (as of November 9) ‘Third Step’ aligning Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne, plus the roadmap to the ‘last step’ (as of November 23).
However, we are still awaiting clarification regarding the number of people allowed per venue or facility or per space from DHHS and Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) for both the ‘Third Step’ and ‘Last Step’.
Please note: The current DHHS guidelines stipulate that a ‘facility’ is capped at 20 people only, regardless of the number of courts or separated areas within the venue.
We remain hopeful this refined definition of a “facility” by DHHS can be resolved in the coming days, as we have advocated via SRV and VicSport again this morning along with a number of other indoor sports and facility operators.
From November 23 (the Last Step), there is positive news that both adult and junior participants can return indoors in a ‘contact’ or ‘non-contact’ scenario for either training or competition.
However, a venue limit of 100 ‘patrons’ has been set for indoor community sport and a group limit of 20. This is in addition to large sporting venues being able to open with a 25 per-cent venue patron cap, with each space subject to the density quotient. We have asked for clarity on the definition of ‘patron’ as well as further detail on venue definitions and approved capacities.
We appreciate our community’s patience and support throughout these difficult times as we aim to plan to reactivate the sport in its entirety alongside our associations and clubs in upcoming weeks. We will continue to discuss the issues and advocate for basketball with the Victorian Government on a daily basis. Basketball Victoria and your associations will make further updates as soon as they’re available.
From 11:59pm on Sunday 8 November
Please refer to Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines for further detail
FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:
Outdoor (contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-20
Indoor (non-contact) training only – ORANGE-20
FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:
Outdoor (non-contact) training only – RED-10
From 11:59pm on Sunday 22 November
Outdoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-50
Indoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-20*
NB: Further clarity to come*
Patron cap of up to 100 people*.
Group size up to 20 people*.
Density quotient of 1 per 4m ²*
Large sporting venues will be able to open with a 25 per–cent venue patron cap, with each space subject to the density quotient*.
We have been overjoyed watching the steady return of community netball across Victoria and we look forward to seeing more associations and leagues commence in the coming weeks.
Effective 11:59pm Sunday 08 November, the 25km travel limit will no longer be in place and the boundary between Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria will come down. There will be some changes to indoor community sport venues across metro Melbourne, unfortunately this does not include netball competitions and programs. Non-contact training may occur at indoor venues with a maximum of 20 people, but only if participants can maintain 1.5 metre physical distancing.
There are no changes to community netball in regional Victoria. There is no change to community sport for adults across Victoria.
Netball Victoria’s Return to Community Netball guidelines have been updated, you can find the latest resources here.
We look forward to the further easing of restrictions on 23 November and will provide further detail once it is available.
Meanwhile the NBA Draft period jockeying for position is in full swing, and unsurprisingly another young Aussie is front stage with strong interest.
Aussie gun Josh Green set for huge NBA Draft day. One team is his ‘perfect fit’
He comes from The Land Down Under but has made his mark in the Valley of the Sun.
With all the media focus on the Knicks’ lottery pick at No. 8 in the Nov. 18 NBA draft, the front office has worked just as diligently on their second first-round pick at No. 27 and their second-round pick at No. 38.
“They are trying to find the diamond in the rough,’’ one NBA source said.
One player of particular interest is Arizona freshman Josh Green, a shooting guard who moved from Sydney, Australia, to Phoenix when he was 13.
Green is listed at 6-foot-5 but has a 6-10 wingspan. Scouts have classified him as the prototypical 3-and-D.
“He’s an NBA athlete,’’ one NBA scout said of Green. “He excels in transition and has potential as a defender with good awareness. He probably still needs to improve his outside shooting.’’
In his one-and-done, COVID-19-shortened college season, Green averaged 12 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 30 games. He shot a decent 36.1 per cent from 3, but there’s been criticism of his shooting mechanics.
“He’d be the perfect fit for the Knicks,’’ another talent evaluator said.
Some NBA officials believe the Knicks may have to trade up a few slots to snare Green because he may not last until No. 27.
Green, who turns 20 next week, is represented by the preferred Creative Artists Agency, which Knicks president Leon Rose ran until March when owner James Dolan chose him to lead the franchise.
“He can shoot and defend, but he could still be a project,’’ ESPN’s draft guru Fran Fraschilla said. Green is the only Australian predicted to be selected in the first round.
The Knicks obtained the 27th pick from the Clippers at the February trade deadline in exchange for Marcus Morris, now a free agent who could still re-sign with the Knicks if they want to pursue him.
Because of the parity in this year’s draft that extends all the way to the middle of the lottery, the Knicks have no idea who might be there at No 27.
In a perfect world, the Knicks prefer to select a scoring point guard with their lottery pick and a deft outside-shooting swingman with their second first-rounder.
Besides Green, other players who fit that shooting-guard description are Duke swingman Cassius Stanley, 6-7 Robert Woodward II of Mississippi State and Texas Christian’s Desmond Bane.
At 27, the Knicks could be staring at two other Duke players besides Stanley — point guard Tre Jones, RJ Barrett’s former teammate, and freshman centre Vernon Carey Jr.
Indications are the intriguing Carey is higher on their list. Knicks GM Scott Perry viewed Carey, son of former Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey, as a sure-fire first-round pick last season.
Carey is hurt by the perception that he’s a low-post, old-school centre akin to Duke draft-bust Jahlil Okafor. Carey has lost 30 pounds since the Duke season ended in March, and he’s shown an ability to hit from the outside in recent workouts.
In fact, there’s talk he will go higher than 27 because of his weight loss and dispelling the myth he’s only a back-to-the-basket big. That was essentially the role in which Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski employed him.
“I like Carey, and I think people undervalue him,’’ the NBA scout said.
If the Knicks don’t take a point guard at No. 8, San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn and France’s Theo Maledon could be point possibilities at 27.
Some of these names might still be around in the early second round at No. 38.
Adding three rookies to the roster will have its disadvantages this season, with no summer league and almost no time to get acclimated before a potential Dec. 1 training camp.
To boot, there may not be a traditional G-League season to develop rookies.
“In this draft, there’s no difference between 20 and 40,’’ Fraschilla said. “A good player will be there at 27 and 38.”
After an extraordinary year that saw the entire NBA competition mothballed for months after the date all games were scheduled to be completed by, the LA Lakers have managed to snatch this year’s crown in the final playoffs at the ESPN Hub in Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won the playoff with Miami Heat 4 games to 2 clinching their first National title in 10 years.
So, this time we leave it to LeBron to have the last say.
‘I want my damn respect’: LeBron slaps down haters in epic speech
Put some respect on his name.
LeBron James won his fourth ring with a third team, and a fourth Finals MVP as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2020 NBA Championship.
At 35-years-old, in his 17th season, James averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists per game, and had one simple message for those watching on.
“It means a lot to represent this franchise,” James said. “I told Jeanie [Buss] when I came here that I was going to put this franchise back in the position that it belongs.
“Her late, great father did it for so many years, and he just took it on after that.
“For me to be a part of such a historic franchise, it’s an unbelievable feeling; not only for myself, but for my teammates, for the organisation, for the coaches, for the trainers, everybody that’s here.
“We just want our respect. Rob [Pelinka] wants his respect. Coach [Frank] Vogel wants his respect, our organisation wants their respect, Laker Nation wants their respect … and I want my damn respect, too.”
It’s the fourth time in four championship runs that James has captured MVP honours, after he did so with Miami in 2012 and 2013 and with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
Asked what a fourth title and his incredible longevity meant for his legacy, James added: “I don’t know. I’m going to let you guys talk about it.
“One thing I can do is commit to the game. I put myself, and my body, and my mind in position to be available to my teammates.
“I’ve never missed a playoff game in my career, and the best thing you can do for your teammates is be available.
“For me to be available to my teammates, and put in the work, I just hope I make my guys proud, and that’s all that matters to me.”
Up until now the fans have been left wondering what may happen with the NBA playoffs this year. Well it seems there is some action stirring at the games upper echelon executive.
Disney World in Orlando Florida may well host the finals this year but before that is confirmed here’s an article of interest from ‘The Bleachers’
NBA Reportedly Considering Play-in Restart for Pelicans, Blazers, Spurs, Kings
As the NBA examines all of the possibilities for restarting the 2019-20 season, the league might open the door for the teams narrowly on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture to slide into the postseason.
The Memphis Grizzlies are eighth in the West at 32-33. The Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings are all 3.5 games back of Memphis, while the San Antonio Spurs are four games behind the eighth seed.
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA is weighing a possible play-in scenario involving those four teams.
The play-in format may extend to the Eastern Conference as well, with Shelburne and Wojnarowski reporting a “playoffs-plus idea” is being considered in which 20 to 24 teams would be involved.
The Athletic’s Sam Amick added that “momentum seems to be going against a 30-team approach.”
While nothing is finalized, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass confirmed the league is looking into moving games to the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Some will reasonably argue that it wouldn’t be fair to end the regular season now and start the playoffs with the top eight teams from each conference. Plus, 70 games is the number at which franchises fulfill their local television contracts.
Given all of the logistics the NBA would need to have in place, having all 30 teams travel to Orlando might be unfeasible, though, since it would increase the possible exposure of COVID-19.
Blazers star Damian Lillard may have spoken for some of his colleagues, too, when he told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes he wouldn’t want to play without some hope of reaching the postseason:
“If we come back and they’re just like, ‘We’re adding a few games to finish the regular season,’ and they’re throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don’t have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I’m going to be with my team because I’m a part of the team. But I’m not going to be participating. I’m telling you that right now. And you can put that in there.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is holding a conference call with general managers on Thursday and the board of governors on Friday. Some had hoped that a final plan would be revealed by the end of the week.
However, Shelburne and Wojnarowski wrote that the NBA “has no current expectation that a decision on a finalized plan will emerge” as an immediate result of the calls.
Here in Australia, local competition is beginning to gear up for a return after lockdown.
Nellakir have been working on several iconic projects on major stadiums, both public and private. As well, work continues on the Netball Victoria HQ’s new courts at the Royal Park complex.
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For some time now, all local sporting competitions have been restricted due to Covid-19 and the lockdown precautions now applied. However today Basketball Australia has set out the ground rules for the return of Community Basketball post lockdown.
Community basketball due to resume under set guidelines
No side-by-side games, constant hand sanitising and as few supporters as possible are among the suggested practices for the return of community basketball.
Basketball Australia will release its ‘Return to Basketball’ guidelines on Wednesday and the information will inform what each state and local association do when trying to put thousands of local basketballers back on court.
Federal and state regulations will still dictate when indoor sports can start again, this is why there is no resumption date listed, but the guidelines do paint a picture for how community basketball will look.
The guidelines make it clear that in smaller stadiums only some courts will able to be used and a strict stadium capacity be maintained at all venues.
All state and territory bodies worked with Basketball Australia on the guidelines, which were based on the federal government’s national principles for the resumption of sport and the Australian Institute of Sport framework for re-booting sport.
AIS chief medical officer Dr David Hughes and Basketball Australia chief medical officer Dr Peter Harcourt offered their expert advice for the guidelines.
“We can all see how we are adapting quickly at the local level and we imagine it will be the same for basketball,” BA chief executive Jerril Rechter said.
“The way people walk into the venue, the way they leave the venue, the way they need to be on court and the practices we need to put in place will become natural and our basketball sector is ready to show we have done a huge [amount] of work for the rebound of the sport.”
For junior basketball the guidelines suggest a small number of parents can watch and only from a separated, socially distanced location like an upper grandstand. There will need to be distance between each active court.
Players will be advised to not arrive more than 10 minutes before their game while stadiums will be asked to have separate entry and exit points plus extra time between games to allow players to leave and new teams to enter.
Balls will need to be sanitised and changed each game while all unnecessary contact including “high fives” will be outlawed.
Stadiums will also need their own penalties for teams or people who do not follow the rules.
Players and referees will also be asked to wash with soap and water at home pre-game and be changed into their playing gear before arrival.
Opening jump balls will likely be replaced with “rock, paper, scissors” for the first possession.
Rechter said people were adapting in everyday life and would do so at local basketball.
“People are quite buoyant about the fact junior basketball will be able to return,” Rechter said.
“There are different ways we will need to think about junior basketball but a lot of the facilities have that capacity where parents and guardians can be removed [seated at a distance] and can still [have] oversight of their kids.”
It’s exciting to contemplate returning to ‘tread the boards’ in the not too distant future. But the question for many who operate stadiums and courts is ‘will we be ready?’
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At 7ft tall in the old imperial measure, Andrew Bogut has been the consummate player. Performing at the highest level in the NBA, the world’s premium basketball competition. Bogut is currently listed with Golden State Warriors and is part of the Sydney kings NBL team here in Australia. Approaching 36 years of age, has time caught up with him? We doubt it but his opponents had no caution in dissing him!
From the Sydney Kings v Melbourne United game on Monday night the 2nd of March.
Corey Williams defends tweet about Andrew Bogut after Melbourne United massacres Sydney Kings
NBL analyst Corey Williams must have had some backlash to his tweets about Andrew Bogut after the Sydney Kings were thrashed by Melbourne United on Monday night.
If you missed them, Williams placed the blame for Sydney’s 125-80 defeat squarely at the feet of the Aussie centre, who he believed was “murdered” by Melbourne Opponent Shawn Long.
Aussie basketball great Shane Heal replied to Williams’ post reminding him he’d predicted the Kings would sweep the series, which drew an even spicier response.
“I was wrong,” he wrote. “Keep it 100 Hammer. Yes you are an ex-King, but Bogut gettin’ bodied and ain’t doin’ s***. Say it and don’t sit on the fence protecting your Boomer.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Williams posted a video to Twitter explaining his language.
“I’m from New York City and in basketball culture in New York — in America (but) mainly New York — if a player is getting outplayed, badly, and it’s completely one-sided, we don’t say ‘he’s severely outplaying him, the guy didn’t show up to work today’. We don’t say that, we say ‘he killed him, he murdered him, he destroyed him, he bodied him’,” Williams said.
“That’s the level of impact. It is catastrophic, the way this player is outplaying the other player.
“My nickname is Homicide, because of the fact that in my day I committed basketball homicide on the opposition. I didn’t make this up, this is what was said. My name was based on a style of play.
“That’s all it is. Nothing more, nothing less. You don’t have to try to spin this or think it’s something else. Because it is isn’t.”
LET ME BE CRYSTAL CLEAR: I want to touch a bit on my tweet re: Bogut and Long. This is BASKETBALL nothing more nothing less. pic.twitter.com/KaJYramJmP
Melbourne United wrote themselves into the NBL record books after pumping the Kings to draw level in their best-of-three semi-final series.
Coming off a stunning late collapse in game one, United shrugged off the disappointment by crushing the Kings on Monday night in a performance that had the Melbourne Arena crowd in raptures.
The 45-point margin was the largest in any NBL game since matches dropped from 48 minutes to 40 in 2010.
Sydney trailed 38-31 when United dropped 38 consecutive points through the second and third quarters to leave the minor premiers shell-shocked, setting up a blockbuster series decider in Sydney on Thursday.
United outscored Sydney 32-7 in the second period to lead by 27 at halftime but were not content with their opening salvo, piling on the first 18 points of the third quarter with the margin blowing out to 58 points at one stage.
They passed the century mark before three-quarter time, entering the final stanza with 103 — the highest score by any team with 10 minutes remaining in NBL history.
Shawn Long (26 points, 11 rebounds) and Melo Trimble (21 points) were the catalysts for Melbourne’s triumph with the import duo combining for 24 points in the decisive second-quarter charge.
Bogut failed to score and grabbed just two rebounds as he struggled to solve the Long puzzle. “Bogut’s in no-mans land at the moment, he doesn’t know whether to come up or not,” former NBL coach Brendan Joyce said in commentary for SEN. “Sydney need to make an adjustment.”
Coach Dean Vickerman praised his players on the way they bounced back from conceding a 16-point lead in Saturday’s 86-80 defeat in Sydney.
“We were pissed off from the other night,” Vickerman said. “I thought we played well enough up there and I thought these guys responded really well.”
Stanton Kidd added 18 after starting in place of 300-gamer David Barlow, nailing three triples to lay the platform as United racked up 45 points in the third quarter.
Jae’Sean Tate (18 points) was the lone bright spot in a horror night for Sydney, leaving coach Will Weaver to pick up the pieces ahead of game three.
“I clearly felt they were the more aggressive team,” Weaver said after the loss. “That’s the fun of the finals I guess, is that everyone’s trying to manage the seesaw of emotions and compose themselves.”
Shawn Long celebrates after being fouled by Andrew Bogut
United made a confident start with a dominant stretch through the middle part of the first quarter, making the most of Sydney’s four first-quarter turnovers including Tate’s unsportsmanlike foul on Mitch McCarron with the Kings in possession of the ball.
The Kings rallied near the end of the opening period to cut Melbourne’s lead to 26-24 but that was their last meaningful period of the game as Long and Trimble powered United’s matchwinning offensive burst.
Up 58-31 at halftime, Kidd opened the second half with a three-pointer and the points kept coming for the home side, Sydney unable to stem the flow as United closed the third quarter with an unassailable 103-55 advantage.
The Sydney Kings maintain that their star ‘just had an off night’, and he can bounce back in Game Three to lock in an NBL Grand Final berth for the Kings.
Champions often rise to the occasion and it’s very possible Andrew will do the same. It should make for an exciting contest.
In Australia today, thousands of young kids look to Andrew Bogut and Ben Simmons, Australian champions of the sport for inspiration. Playing in regional centres, state schools (Primary and Secondary) and in a wide range of junior competitions, there is always the chance that out there, the next Andrew Bogut or Ben Simmons is ‘treading the boards’ and creating a pathway to a professional career.
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