It’s been great to see familiar NBA names making the trip down under - from Jamal Murray attending the opening of the Melbourne NBA store, to Shaq just vibing in Melbourne.
Or should we call him, The Big Mate, as Nick Metallinos learnt in his chat for NBA Australia? Love the shout out to an iconic legend in Shane Heal (wefie from Friday!). It feels like a good opportunity to reshare this moment, skip to the 4:20 mark for you know what (I’m looking forward to the Boomers at Bendigo on Monday night).
Liam Santamaria’s video essay on next NBL season’s breakout candidates, is an easy watch and a good catch up for the regular fan. Bonus points for the video presentation, S/O to Jed Toohey on the edits!
Loz Intransit (@30HomeGames) had a great interview with Kelly (@kuroemonba), a Japanese artist whose artwork should be familiar with those in the Aussie hoops community.
Read Part 1 of the interview on Medium here, which covers Kelly’s fandom and experiences with Matthew Dellavedova and other Australian players, as well as his latest podcast.
Check out Kelly’s latest work, featuring a distinct NBLxNBA flavour.
Finally, on local independent creators: Throwback Hoops by Woody and Rob!
Love the enthusiasm (S/O Big Nate jersey) and discussion. Episode 41 includes a nice chunk of Aussie hoops, covering Cam Bairstow’s retirement to a couple of NBL team previews and a bit of NBL1 postseason talk.
What’s caught your eye this week?