Monday, June 9, 2008

It's A Day For Updates - ABA, NBA, NBL and the Women

The Celtics may be getting ready to upgrade this poster!

Although it was a long weekend for most, not all hoopers were fortunate enough to enjoy the three day break. Take a look at what happened in your favourite ABA League.

Queensland: Is Cairns Marlins Rohan Grey becoming the next Grant Keys? Can light up an ABA scoreboard but will struggle to make the jump to the NBL level. I must say though, I did enjoy watching Keys and the Landlord (Simon Dwight) battle at practice in the early Razorback days.

Waratah: The Cockroach's had the weekend off. Must be using the time to mentally get ready for a Maroon onslaught on Wednesday.

Big V: I cannot believe the home of Australian basketball took the weekend off. Lindsay Gaze, you need to have a word to these people!

Western Australia: Geraldton's Michael Lay goes for another triple double. I need a little help WA people, is he worth a look at the NBL level?

South Australia: The Croweaters had the weekend off too. We all know these guys do not need much of an excuse to have a day off!

SEABL: Another league that took the weekend off. How many off these players would even know what the long weekend was for, let alone been alive when "God Save The Queen" was our national anthem.

Jawai Update:
Suns see him as a first round sleeper.
Jawai up against guys at his position at Suns workout.

The Ultimate Nathan Jawai Highlights:



Aleks Maric fans: Mr Maric must of honoured the long weekend in his homeland as there is nothing to report on him.

NBA News:

The Boston Celtics went up 2-0 on the Los Angles Lakers in the NBA Finals.

After watching the game I have come to the conclusion that it is the Celtics "role" players that have secured them this early series lead.

In Game 1 it was PJ Brown that came up huge for the C's. Today it was Leon Powe's turn to shine. The second year power forward gave the Celtics some unexpected offense, 21 points in 16 minutes to be exact.

It was just not Powe either. Point guard Rajon Rondo controlled the tempo for the Celtics and added 16 assists to his statline.

Once again James Posey hit some timely threes and played solid defense on Kobe Bryant.

All is not lost for the Lakers though. The next three games will be played out west on the Lakers home floor. The Lakers are deadly at home and the Celtics have had their troubles on the road during the playoffs.

The Lakers need the likes of Derek Fisher, Vladimir Radmanovic and their bench to lift their productivity so they can match the Celtics in this category.

There is no doubting that the Bryant's, Odom's, Garnett's, Allen's and Pierce's of this series will have their say but right now the Celtics are getting a better contribution from everyone.

Kobe needs some friends to help in Game 3 otherwise they may be getting the brooms out in Beantown.

GAME 2 Boxscore
Daily Dime
Suns get their guy.
OJ Mayo signs with new agent...I cannot believe I didn't make the article as one of Rose's clients.
Nene will not be in Beijing.
NBL/NZNBL News:
Stephen Weigh heading west?
NZNBL axe team on the eve of their playoffs.
Kingma puts his feet up after three.
And For The Ladies:
Opals are in Cairns for a camp. Check out what Belinda Snell and Abby Bishop have too say about it all.
Euro stars return in pursuit of gold in Beijing.

Leon Powe's Road To The NBA

4 comments:

Keysy said...

Didn't make the step up or was never handed the Gordie ladder to climb? There was never going to be enough shots to go around when you were on the team... Glad Big Sime and me provided you with some entertainment in those early years at the Pigs JR. Although it sure it wasn't half as much enjoyment as I got from listening to you and Buffy Bolden at each others necks! Looking forward to seeing you back in a Tainers singlet at the Grafton Carnival in a few years time, or perhaps on the cricket pitch at Condell Park. Keep up the good work mate.
Love Keysy in Beijing.

John Rillie said...

Keysy:

Great to hear from you. So good infact I gave you another run so the Tainers Boys can give you a wrap in the comments.

I will be in China soon, so maybe we could catch up?

Hope all is well.

Keysy said...

Thanks mate for the wrap, I'll send that cheque asap.

Look forward to seeing you in the Jing. The Beijing Bombers have a spot for you in the forward pocket if your up for a run while your here...

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