Building towards the future: Here's what the Australian Boomers desperately need
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by Ayush G
9h ago
The Australian Boomers have been led by a core group of players for much of the past fifteen years, including Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Aron Baynes and Chris Goulding, to name a handful. But as the aforementioned players all approach retirement, in their mid to late thirties, there are several players that the Boomers are crying out for. Not specific individual players per se, but rather certain roles that will be highly sought after moving forward. Here are a few roles that needs to be filled to ensure Australia remains competitive on the world stage. Cred ..read more
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Unwrapped: The Pick and Roll Podcast, Episode 8
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by Adam Webster
1d ago
Adam and Tom Hersz are joined by NBA and NBL Champion and Boomer Jack White to discuss Jack's number one selection at the G League Draft, his championship with the Nuggets, and what the rest of the professional season has in store. Plus, Tristan Prentice stops by to discuss the four teams that missed out on NBL Play In spots. Unwrapped is presented by FBL - Fantasy Ballers League; the official apparel sponsor of the podcast. Be bold with gold - head to fblsport.com to check out the whole collection. The Pick and Roll is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support our w ..read more
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"Literally brick by brick": How David Patrick is building US college basketball's next powerhouse
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by Will Crouch
2d ago
Credit: Sacramento State Athletics It all happened in the blink of an eye. David Patrick was dribbling the ball outside the three-point line, his handle as tight as ever. As the defence adjusted, he surveyed his options, and made his move. He cruised around the three-point line, towards a teammate. Faking an initial dribble handoff, he picked his dribble up, and reverse pivoted for a secondary handoff. Then in an instant, he felt his Achilles snap. Just like that, his Olympic dream was over. It’s easy to think this might have happened to David Patrick the player, a star for Syracuse in the ..read more
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"I don't want anybody to score on me": inside Jordin Canada's year of defensive dominance
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by Daniel Herborn
3d ago
Credit: Matt King / Getty Images When you ask Melbourne Boomers guard Jordin Canada about the toughest players to guard in the WNBL, the question gives her pause. “I’m not sure, honestly, I can’t really think of anybody,” she tells The Pick and Roll. “I know my strengths; I’m very quick and aggressive, and I have this mentality that I don’t want anybody to score on me. That’s always my mindset.” It’s a fair enough response when you consider Canada’s prowess on this end. A noted defender at UCLA, where she won the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2017 and 2018, her ability as a s ..read more
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NBL: Top Five Offensive Players of the Year
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by Jordan McCallum
4d ago
How is offence measured, when it comes to a single player? Whilst numbers drive the offensive evaluation of a player, importantly, there still needs to be context applied — taking into account the individual’s specific role, how complementary they are to play with, and the pieces that are around them to make their job easier (or harder). The Pick and Roll is an independent reader-supported publication. To receive new stories and support work like Jordan’s, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber. 1. Bryce Cotton After a jarring start to the season that had some pondering if his prime was ..read more
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Chasing Dreams: Why Jack White is backing himself
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by Tom Hersz
5d ago
It was all going to plan for Jack White last year. Coming off his first year in the NBA as a two-way player and winning a championship ring along the way, White fulfilled two other dreams in 2023. He earned himself a roster spot on the Australian Boomers for the FIBA World Cup – his first major tournament, and he signed a two-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, moving him one step closer to becoming a full-time NBA player. It wasn’t easy to achieve either goal. The Boomers roster for the World Cup was tightly contested and at one point, heading into the final warmup games in Melbourne, W ..read more
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Behind the scenes of Luc Longley’s Chicago homecoming
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by Jacob Doole
6d ago
It was a typically cold evening in Chicago, but there was nothing ordinary about the hulking figure wandering down a quiet alleyway in the heart of the city. A pair of locals were hard at work, edging their way down the lane as they changed the baits in rat traps, but they were quickly distracted by the seven-foot-two behemoth ahead of them. He looked familiar, they agreed, but they couldn’t quite place the bearded, bespectacled face, or the mop of red hair, until they were quietly told that it was Luc Longley. Yes, that Luc Longley. Luc Longley, one of Australia’s greatest basketball exports ..read more
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Unwrapped: The Pick and Roll Podcast, Episode 7
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by Adam Webster
1w ago
Adam and Hayley Wildes discuss the Opals’ triumph in Brazil that earned them a spot at the Paris Olympics later this year, with strong performances from both established and emerging talent, as well as the unexpected retirement of Lauren Jackson. Plus, Michael Houben joins the show to discuss stand out performers from the U20 National Championships. Unwrapped is presented by FBL - Fantasy Ballers League; the official apparel sponsor of the podcast. Be bold with gold - head to fblsport.com to check out the whole collection. The Pick and Roll is a reader-supported publication. To receive new ..read more
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Aussies abroad: Checking in on the big name Australians playing in Europe and Asia
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by Matt Hickey
1w ago
Ezi Magbegor playing for USK Prague. Image credit: FIBA The countdown is on to the Paris Olympics. We always hear about our stars playing locally or in America, but what about those playing elsewhere in Asia or in Europe? Here is the lowdown on the big names who could be considered for international squad selection in a few months. Deng Adel | Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France) 8.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg Deng Adel’s most current stop on his hopeful journey back to the NBA is France. Read more ..read more
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Kelly Wilson and the WNBL's magnificent games played milestones
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by Will Crouch
1w ago
Credit: Martin Keep / Getty Images If it was up to Kelly Wilson, we wouldn’t be publishing this story. We wouldn’t be commemorating her record extending 450th game, asking how do you do it? Or making a big song and dance about her in any way whatsoever. Instead, we’d simply be letting her get on with business, the existence of her 450th game simply a footnote in a match report sitting underneath a far more important fact: whether her team won or not. “For me it’s a team sport, and honestly it’s uncomfortable for me,” she candidly admits. “I’m obviously playing basketball now because I love ..read more
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