Monday, June 23, 2008

Weekly ABA Wrap and NBL News

The Brisbane Bullets maybe sticking around after all. Read below to get the latest.

Well today produced some signings around the NBL that I had spoken about way back on May 28 of this year. I don't like to toot my own horn, but can I get a little respect for the breaking news!

South Dragons finally made it official that US import Cortez Groves has re-signed with the club, while former Brisbane Bullet championship winner Adam Gibson makes the move south.

Although the media is talking up Groves/Gibson as the new backcourt for the Dragons, look for US import Ebi Ere to still sign with the club and push Gibson to the bench.

I believe Joe Ingles will be the starting three man for this squad leaving no room for Gibson to be a starter.

The Bullets are still holding on for dear life. Brisbane basketball identity Brian Stephenson may just be the lifeline they need.

Stephenson has until the end of the month to prove that he can financially direct this club into the future, so he better have some fast twitch fibres working if he is going to get this over the line in time.

Also, the player pool is shrinking by the day so the quicker this gets done the quicker he can find players otherwise Paul Rees, Darrin Breeding and Duncan Johnstone may all get a phone call to play.

Last week Sam MacKinnon was officially released from the Brisbane Bullets. Look for MacKinnon to officially become a Melbourne Tiger soon.

With MacKinnon heading home to play for the defending champion Tigers, will we get to see him back in those "Sunny Crust" bread commercials again? (Oops, that was when he could dunk!)

Nathan Jawai worked out for the Memphis Grizzles over the weekend.

The New Zealand Tall Blacks team has been announced for the upcoming series against the Aussies.

There is a two game series this week between the two countries. Game 1 is on Thursday in sheep shagger territory, while Game 2 is in Melbourne on Saturday.

Some late news on the Kiwi team, Brendon Polybank has withdrawn due to injury.

Aleks Maric recently worked out for the New Orleans Hornets. He was kind enough to answer some question afterwards.


Queensland: Steve Broom's visit to Townsville last week left him with no fuel in the tank. Foul trouble hindered the athletic forward so he played limited minutes.

Waratah: Hornsby Spiders gave up 147 points in Wollongong. Message to Bruce Bolden - Get your team to play some defense instead of staring down the refs.

Big V: Darryl Corletto has a lazy triple double for his Melbourne Tigers.

Western Australia: My main man Michael Lay had a slow night at the office for Geraldton but his team still got the win.

South Australia: Pero Vasilijevic's best stat was 7 turnovers. OUCH!

SEABL: Anthony Stewart had 36 for his Hobart Chargers against a strong Geelong Cats outfit. Stewart must want a playing contract when he gets Hobart back into the NBL.

Episode 2 of "The Rookie"

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