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.
Go with Nellakir – and you’re on a winner. For all Sprung Timber Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania. Go with the professionals.
Nellakir – For A Competitive Edge. Premium Sports Flooring.
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:
At Nellakir the team like to acknowledge real effort and focus – and this year Donovan Mitchell is a leading contender amongst the current NBA crop of potential All NBA Players. Nellakir are Victoria and Tasmania’s leading professionals in the installation and maintenance of all sports flooring, specifically FIBA approvedtimber sports flooring.
Read here about the rise of Donovan Mitchell:
(extract from SBNation article by Adam Bushman1)
Are “All-NBA” honors in the cards for Donovan Mitchell?
Donovan Mitchell’s tear since the All-Star break is putting him in serious contention for his first career All-NBA selection.
Donovan Mitchell celebrates a second consecutive rout of the Memphis Grizzlies, putting up 30+ in both outings Photo by Jeff Swinger/NBAE via Getty Images.
Last weekend a severe breakout of arachnophobia took place in downtown Salt Lake City. Over a two night period, “Spida” Mitchell slung 70 points on just 40 shots to tie up the Memphis Grizzlies in consecutive losses.
From opening tip, Donovan Mitchell was aggressive and decisive. He had every shot in his arsenal dialed in. His passes countered every defensive adjustment. He even showed what he’s capable of on defense.
He ended the two game stretch with the following average stat line:
Relieve the best moments of what some have dubbed Mitchell’s second best regular season outing on Saturday night:
Honestly, what Donovan’s play is nothing new—as long as you’ve paid attention to the Utah Jazz since the All-Star break.
SLC Dunk’s own Calvin Chappell summarized beautifully the elite play Utah is getting from their leading All-Stars since the big game.
It’s pretty clear the spida-senses are tingling.
With what is easily Mitchell’s best campaign of his career in tow for the home stretch of the season, you have to wonder if Donovan merits consideration for an All-NBA selection (a recognition far more prestigious than an All-Star appearance if you think about it).
Let’s learn from the past few seasons what standards are needed to build Mitchell’s campaign, evaluate the competition, and pinpoint any areas of focus for the final 27 games of the season.
All-NBA selections are conducted by a large panel of media members across the world. Unlike the All-Star selection, no direct fan, player, nor coaching input is permitted. Such a format is inherently taken more seriously and scrutinized more deeply.
However, even in sportswriter and broadcaster circles you’ll find a spectrum of traditional and progressive approaches to basketball analysis. While many will certainly cite FiveThirtyEight’s RAPTOR and ESPN’s RPM as a medium to measure impact, most will undoubtedly adhere to the traditional stat line, a measure of efficiency, and team performance.
Therefore, we’ll concentrate our comparison with the same data points (though adjusted to per 75 possession averages to account for playing time and team pace of play).
See the below comparison for Donovan Mitchell’s 2020-21 season to the past 18 All-NBA selected guards:
Analytical comparison between Mitchell and the past 3 year All-NBA guards Stats via Basketball Reference, Adam Bushman, SLC DUnk.
The graphic above plots the range of each statistical category. Points, for example, ranged from a minimum of 16.9 by Ben Simmons last season to a maximum of 36.2 by James Harden the same year.
25%tile, average (or 50%tile), and 75%tile were also added to give perspective of where Donovan’s stats lie compared to the data distribution. The above may look vaguely like a number line or be attempting a box and whisker plot. That’s the exact idea, except with some more intuitive design.
Back to the data.
Mitchell meets the minimum “thresholds” for every category throughout the 18 guard sample. In fact, outside of assists, he’s virtually at or above the 25%tile in every category, with points and team win % pacing above average.
Take a look below at the entire list:
Not one player from the sample was above average in every category. It is important, however, to exceed average in 2-3 categories (13 selections exceed average in two categories, 7 selections in three).
Donovan Mitchell hits on two categories. Sadly, there’s no time to approach average on a third category. But there is still more to be done (more on that later).
The jist: Donovan certainly belongs in the All-NBA talk.
While clearly deserved for consideration, Donovan Mitchell isn’t the only play vying for a coveted spot on an All-NBA team.
All-NBA is comprised of three teams, each comprised of a five-man “starting lineup”. These teams require two guards, two forwards, and a center. That leaves just six opportunities for Mitchell to best the likes of Harden, Curry, Doncic, Lillard, and the like.
Talk about a tough task.
The current list of NBA guards who meet the 25%tile in points (25.6 per 75) and meet the 25%tile in one other category of rebounds (4.9 per 75), assists (6.8 per 75), or TS% (0.586) with a minimum of 1,000 minutes played is 10:
Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, Luka Doncic, Stepen Curry, Zach LaVine, Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, Trae Young, and Jaylen Brown.
If the criteria is relaxed to 24-4-5-0.550, add 5 more players.
If the criteria is relaxed further to 22-3-4-0.52, add 3 additional players.
Thus far, 18 players. Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul were all selected last season and missed the list of 18. Add them to the list you’re at 21 players…for 6 spots.
Filtering out players whose role won’t warrant All-NBA selection (Jordan Clarkson and Norman Powell, for example) and players whose team performance excludes them from consideration (De’Aaron Fox and Collin Sexton, for example), we’re left with 15 players.
Lillard, Harden, Doncic, and Curry are clear locks, leaving 2 spots for 11 players.
Let’s exclude Westbrook and Paul. Both are having worse years than last year and have teammates with better cases (via the above methodology) for All-NBA.
9 players left and it is TRICKY!
There’s no right answer at this point. Beal and LaVine have had better seasons than Mitchell, but far worse teams. Booker, Brown, Tatum, and Young have had the same season as Mitchell with mixed team results.
Irving and Simmons have similar team results and have a good case for a better season. As it stands, they likely get those last spots.
The Home Stretch
With so many future Hall of Fame guards in their prime around the league in Harden, Lillard, Curry, and Doncic, there are so few opportunities to make an All-NBA team. Stack that up with the highest season in frequency of volume scorers, there isn’t even elbow room in line for your turn.
Donovan’s best shot at an All-NBA team hinges on an appreciation for team success. As the favorite to finish with the league’s best record, the Utah Jazz success as a team may be the only weight that can tip the scales in his favor.
He can, however, ensure that he’s competitive across the board and that means getting four categories above the 25%tile, a feat accomplished by 10 of the 18 guards in the sample.
He needs just 0.3% in True Shooting efficiency and to keep his rebounds above 4.9 per 75. Assists will be tougher given that he’s 0.9 per 75 below the necessary mark.
Donovan Mitchell’s season isn’t just All-NBA worthy, it’s been one of the best seasons of franchise history and from a player in his 4th NBA season.
What an absolute treasure we have in Utah. Paired with Rudy Gobert (a perennial lock for one of the All-NBA teams having been selected 3 out of the past 4 years), the Utah Jazz are setup for incredible seasons for years to come.
Donovan is hitting his stride, but at 24 years old, he’s still got a good 3 years ahead of him before his prime, at such a time when Harden is 34, Curry is 36, and Dame is 33.
Mitchell’s time is coming, be it this year or those upcoming.
Soon the entirety of the NBA will live in fear—not just the Memphis Grizzlies.
Champion players, whether in NBA, NBL or Super Netball, all hone their skills on premium timber sports flooring. Nellakir have installed sports flooring in Victoria now for over 25 years with stadiums such as the Victorian Netball and Hockey Centre, the Victorian State Basketball Stadium in Knox and a range of metropolitan and regional stadiums such as the Bendigo, Casey, Eagle (Werribee) and Keilor facilities all featuring FIBA approved Nellakir timber sports flooring.
As well as installation, Nellakir offer a premium maintenance program for all timber sports flooring in Victoria and Tasmania. Line marking, Recoating, Resurfacing, general repairs and other annual maintenance are carried out in a timely and professional fashion by Nellakir’s expert teams of flooring technicians. When required Re-Sanding is also undertaken.
For premium care of all sprung timber sports flooring Nellakir offer programmed professional court cleaning and regular maintenance of all removable stadium seating.
Call now on 039467 6126 to book a free no-obligation consultation with one of Nellakir’s sports flooring technicians to ascertain both current court condition and to plan a cleaning and maintenance program with the leading sports flooring experts in Victoria and Tasmania. Alternatively leave your details here for a prompt reply.
Nellakir – Champion Sports Flooring For Current and Future Champions.
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.
Call 03 9467 6126 for a free no obligation consultation with one of our expert technicians, at your convenience. Or leave your details here for a prompt reply and your maintenance scheduled programmed court cleaning – you can trust Nellakir for a perfect surface.
When the NBL teams run out onto the main court at Basketball Victoria’s Wantirna facility it just ‘feels right’. Players experience the benefit of sprung timber flooring immediately. It’s faster and reduces shock from movement by providing real give and bounce.
At Wantirna, Nellakir installed 3 show courts using the PR2 system from ASF/Horner flooring systems and 3 general courts using the PR1 system from ASF/Horner in messmate flooring – an Australian hardwood.
Whether your team is competing at a local Sports Centre such as Casey Stadium in Cranbourne South, Keilor Stadium or Eagle Stadium in Werribee you are competing on premium ASF/Horner FIBA approved flooring installed by Nellakir. Add to this flooring at the Bendigo Stadium and the many multi-purpose courts with community access constructed and installed by the Victorian Building Authority at a whole raft of new schools across Victoria, you are enjoying the very best in premium Timber Sports Flooring from Nellakir and ASF/Horner.
The very same principle applies with Victoria’s premiere Netball courts at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Royal Park where Nellakir originally installed 5 separate courts using ST2 (Stump Thrust 2) systems – 2 competition courts and another 3 courts for practice and local competition, back in the early 2000s, in time for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Currently Nellakir is completing a series of new courts at the facility with opening dates and ceremonies to be announced soon by the Victorian Government.
Nellakir has a range of projects currently underway. These include the following new school facilities…
Fisherman’s Bend Secondary School (Multipurpose)
Vic Uni Secondary College Parkville (Multipurpose)
Greater Shepparton College (VBSA) (Multipurpose)
as well as specialist flooring and competition courts at the following locations…
Rosebud Aquatic Centre
Altona Sports Centre
As usual at this time of year the Nellakir team are undertaking a number of annual maintenance programs state-wide prior to the full return to competition by local leagues and school competitions.
Experienced, precise and equipped to provide you the very best in Competition Sports Flooring, it’s simply a phone call away. Call 03 9467 6126 for one of our technicians to meet with you and determine a sensible maintenance program. Or simply leave your details here for a prompt reply.
Nellakir – Champion floors for present and future Champions
Basketball, Netball, Futsal, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Dance and Badminton.
Now more than ever it’s critically important to support Australian Industry and utilise certified Australian products. Rather than remitting monies offshore to support foreign suppliers, Nellakir utilise Australian Timber exclusively in all of its installations wherever possible.
All timbers selected carry Australian Forestry Standard certification for Forest Management providing a Chain of Custody that ensures the standard is maintained in over 10.2 million hectares of Australian Forest. Australian timber means Australian jobs and employment right through the supply chain.
Most Government projects in Victoria and Tasmania specify the use of Australian Hardwoods and require permission to substitute exceptions. Nellakir maintain the use of Australian Hardwoods on all Sports Flooring installed by Nellakir. Australian Hardwood Sports Flooring is readily available so there is little or no reason to substitute foreign timbers on any project. Timber is harvested from sustainable plantations. Forestry Certification in Australia is administered through the Federal Government’s Department of Agriculture.
When next you bounce a ball on the Timber Sports Flooring at your local Sports Stadium, make sure it’s actually Australian Timber. If it’s built by Nellakir and installed, maintained and cleaned to a professional schedule it will certainly be an ASF/Horner selected premium Australian Hardwood floor. Buy Australian – It’s the right thing to do.
For a free no-obligation quotation on all Sports Flooring requirements – annual maintenance, expert repairs and of course complete replacements and installations, call Nellakir now on 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here for a prompt reply.
The Lakers are in a play-off best of 7 with the Denver Nuggets and currently lead 2 games to 1. But has their “Ace” card – LeBron James – hit the wall? Judge for yourself after you have read this article from CBS Sports. We’re not so sure and as his last game proved with 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, he’s still a force to be reckoned with.
LeBron James’ age has been on display like never before in playoffs, a vulnerability Lakers may not overcome
For the first time, it looks like LeBron, 35, is hitting his physical limit
LeBron James has posted some of the most mind-boggling playoff statistics in NBA history, but if one column in his box score consistently stands out, it’s his minutes total. He has played 10,496 total playoff minutes in his career, roughly three extra seasons worth of games at his typical workload. That typical workload increases significantly when the postseason rolls around, though. Playoff LeBron almost always plays at least 40 minutes in close games.
This makes sense intuitively. LeBron’s fitness is beyond reproach. He has always been one of the NBA’s best athletes, so it stands to reason that he’d also be among the most durable. He’s played all 48 minutes in four separate playoff games, with the last one coming as recently as 2018, when he was 33 years old. Endurance has never been an issue. LeBron, for nearly two decades, has been superhuman. In some ways, he still is. At 35, he is still widely considered the NBA’s best player.
But that superhuman endurance? That might be slipping. James played only 37 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The Lakers won those 37 minutes by two points … but lost the game by eight. LeBron sitting for 11 minutes was enough for a 10-point Denver swing, and that’s nothing new. He sat for a total of 28 minutes across five 2017 NBA Finals games. The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers by 27 points in that span. LeBron’s teams have always struggled when he’s gone to the bench. They’ve just been fortunate that he almost never needed to.
At 35 years old? He does require more breathers on the bench. James has played 40 minutes only once in the 2020 playoffs. It came in a Game 1 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, the sort of defeat that typically leads to stars playing more minutes, not less. Yet his minutes have gone down ever since, and even that Portland game wasn’t a particularly high peak to come down from. He played 41 minutes and three seconds in the playoff opener. Ready for a starting fact? Playoff LeBron has topped that 154 times out of 252 total playoff games. In 2020, James has not had a top-150 playoff game in his career in terms of minutes played.
There are good reasons for that aside from the simple fact that James is old. In general, players play less now than they did even a few years ago. Almost everyone’s conditioning declined during the pandemic. The Lakers have also played a number of blowouts, allowing him extra rest, and the bubble schedule of games every other night allows less day-to-day rest. No matter the culprit, the numbers have been clear: LeBron needs that rest. Throughout the postseason, he’s worn down as games have progressed.
The Lakers don’t have a roster equipped to play without LeBron for extended stretches. During the regular season, they were 10.4 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor, a gap that has grown to 15.6 in the playoffs, and he was the only regular-season rotation player whose absence pushed the Lakers into a negative net rating. As well as Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso have played in supporting roles this postseason, LeBron is the only primary ball-handler on this roster.
And he might still be the best one in all of basketball. James is still averaging 25.9 points on 55.4 percent shooting. He’s 1.2 assists per game short of a triple-double average for an entire playoff run, a feat never achieved over more than 12 total games (LeBron has already played 13). He’s playing his best defense since his Miami days. For 36-38 minutes, LeBron is still very much LeBron.
But that kind of qualifier has never been needed in the past. He was superhuman, immune to such common necessities as rest or help. Now, for the first time in perhaps a decade, Playoff LeBron looks mortal. He may still be the best player in the world, but he finally has a weakness, and it’s a weakness the Lakers aren’t particularly well-equipped to cover up. Were it not for an Anthony Davis buzzer-beater, the Lakers would be trailing 2-1 in this series with losses explainable by a miserable LeBron fourth quarter in Game 2 and an even worse outing by his bench in Game 3.
Even leading 2-1, the Lakers can’t exactly afford complacency. The Nuggets have already come back from two separate 3-1 deficits. They’ve won the past six quarters of this series by 18 points. Whether in this series or in the NBA Finals, a time is going to come in which the Lakers are going to have to optimize and use a shorter, more traditional playoff rotation.
That used to mean throwing LeBron out there for 44 or 45 minutes and taking the bench out of the equation. It isn’t clear if that’s possible anymore. Perhaps the Lakers have intentionally limited LeBron’s minutes to give themselves a trump card. They haven’t needed him to play 45 minutes yet. They haven’t lost more than a single game in any series, after all, so the idea of saving him for when he is needed most makes some sense. But it’s no longer the only or even the likeliest explanation for his workload. The probable answer is that a condensed schedule and imperfect roster are taking a toll on him at 35 that they wouldn’t have in years past, and even if the Lakers remain heavy championship favorites, it makes them more vulnerable than LeBron’s best teams have ever been.
Take the time now to schedule a Court Inspection for your facility. Call now on 03 9467 6126 and arrange an appointment for our expert technicians to assess your stadium’s competition Sports Flooring and develop a sensible maintenance program going forward.
Australian Basketball Unites to Tackle Impact of COVID-19
Australia’s basketball community has established a taskforce to tackle the challenges from grassroots to elite competitions caused by the ongoing impact of COVID-19.
Basketball Australia, States and Territories, NBL, WNBL, NBL1, clubs and players have come together to build a comprehensive plan to restart the sport when the threat of COVID-19 eases.
The taskforce will be led by Basketball Australia Chair Ned Coten and the Owner and Executive Chairman of the NBL Larry Kestelman and include prominent members of the basketball and business communities.
Allan Yates, Nicola Ellis, Tony Hallam, Jacob Holmes, Brian Delaney and Jerril Rechter will represent basketball and they will be joined by independent business figures Ruffy Geminder, Diane Smith-Gander and Rickard Gardell.
Chair of Basketball Australia Ned Coten said: “We are very mindful of the millions of Australians doing it tough and, quite rightly, they are the number one priority support right now, particularly those who have lost their jobs and are suffering financial hardship.
“Basketball is not immune to the impact of the COVID-19 and, like the rest of the community, we need to do everything we can to get through these challenging times but also work together to restart the sport when the time is right.
“Basketball is one of Australia’s highest participation sports with over 1.5 million active participants. It is the number one family sport, is incredibly inclusive and diverse and is a source of enjoyment across all levels of the community. Importantly, 38% of our participants are female and we have two of the leading men’s and women’s leagues in the world in the NBL and WNBL.
“The game employs tens of thousands of people across the country and generates significant economic impact as well as a range of health and social benefits for the wider community across both genders and all ages that will be needed more than ever as we recover.”
The Owner and Executive Chairman of the NBL Larry Kestelman said: “Unlike other sports, basketball leagues do not derive the bulk of their revenue from broadcast agreements. With a significant amount of Australian homes now having a basketball hoop in the backyard, the sport can play a crucial role in getting the country active and back to normal, but we need help more than ever.
“Under the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the sport has come to standstill for now. This includes not just the NBL and WNBL but also Australia’s premier winter league NBL1, the 3x3Hustle and all community and grassroots leagues right around the country.
“The NBL attracted almost one million people last season and is now widely considered the second-best domestic basketball league in the world after the NBA. We are an entertainment product built for live attendances.
“Unlike other codes, basketball cannot fall back on revenue from television if restrictions are still in place to crowds and would need assistance. We are not seeking special priority but rather simply asking not to be forgotten to ensure we can continue to deliver the sport that we and so many Australians love.”
The taskforce will consult with all areas of the sport to develop the recovery program for Australian basketball.
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Netball is increasing its public interest exponentially. The National competition has major ‘Free to Air’ coverage and the sport is proving to be the most popular women’s sport after Swimming.
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The Sports advancement in Western Australia demonstrates its meteoric rise in popularity.
From the ABC news today…
Netball fever takes hold in WA amid record sponsorship deal and increasing fan base
It is a frontier year for netball in Western Australia.
The Fever is dealing with higher expectations after a grand final appearance last year, a permanent move to Perth Arena and a new lucrative sponsorship deal that is worth a record $5 million to WA netball over the next three years.
The sport is now in rarefied air, and it has been a progression built on years of hard work.
As the Fever won its way to a maiden grand final berth it became the main show in town — crowds were big, media attention was high and community interest in the Perth team peaked.
The grand final against Sunshine Coast last year was watched by more than 1 million people across Australia, and the club’s 16 games over the season were streamed by more than 1 million people.
The Fever also did 170 media appearances in the week leading up to the decider.
Netball top team sport for girls
Across the league, more than 6.7 million viewers tuned in to at least part of a match in 2018, with a match average of 140,000 viewers — an increase of 25.9 per cent on the year before.
With those sorts of figures, it is no wonder the Fever has just signed the biggest sponsorship deal in the history of women’s sport in WA.
The game also remains strong at grassroots level.
According to the Australian Sports Commission, netball remained the number one team sport for girls last year despite Australian football, cricket, soccer and rugby all making concerted efforts to increase the number of females playing their respective sports.
Swimming was still the overall favourite, accounting for 33.9 per cent of girls aged 0-14, with netball at 13.3 per cent.
Dancing, gymnastics, football, basketball, dance sports, athletics, tennis and hockey rounded out the top 10.
A total of 1.2 million people play netball in Australia, and 230,000 of those are in WA.
Nielsen Sports said more than one in five Australians are fans or consumers of netball — and that is something which makes it even more appealing for broadcasters, according to media analyst Steve Allan.
“One of the things about netball is it has a very attractive demographic from a telecaster’s point of view,” he said.
“It is nearly all 14 to 34[-year-old] females. That is a very attractive group.”
‘The sport has moved to new heights’
Netball Australia has formed an independent commission ahead of this year’s Super Netball season, following the framework set out by leagues such as the AFL and NRL, with the aim of being the top sporting league for women globally.
Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer said it was another big step in the right direction.
“I think this is the next iteration of the sport in this country, and certainly under the [Netball Australia] leadership of [CEO] Marne Fechner and [chair] Paolina Hunt, the sport has moved to new heights,” she said.
“We have seen this in other sports — once you move to an independent commission, you get different levels of expertise in this space.”
In an increasingly crowded sporting market, netball is stronger than it has ever been.
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In the NBA, Australian born basketballers are going gangbusters. Crafting their skills on local competition courts (sprung timber sports flooring), Joe Ingles and Dante Exum are now starring for the Utah Jazz in the NBA.
Joe Ingles is a South Australian boy from Happy Valley, an Adelaide Suburb. He played junior basketball for the Southern Tigers. In Australia he played with the South Dragons in the NBL as an 18 year old and was NBL Rookie of the Year in 2006-2007.
Before joining Utah Jazz, he played in Spain for CB Granada then FC Barcelona. In 2013 he signed with Israeli Club Maccabi Tel Aviv, and was a member of that team’s Euro League Championship win in 2013-2014.
He signed with Utah Jazz in October 2014.
Dante Exum was born in East Melbourne. He played for Keilor Basketball Association as a junior. Like Joe Ingles he studied at Lake Ginninderra Secondary School in Canberra and attended the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport). He joined Jazz in 2014 being drafted at fifth overall pick.
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