Indominous-Rex
Years ago

Ekene Ibekwe Released By United


"CTI Melbourne United today announced that it had mutually agreed to release import Ekene Ibekwe on compassionate terms.

Ibekwe and his partner are expecting their first child and after much discussion, Melbourne United have given him their full blessing to return to Europe to be with his partner through the pregnancy.

Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli gave his best wishes to Ibekwe.

"Ekene has been a valued part of our team since his arrival but the difficulty he is going through with being away from his partner during the most important time of their lives means it's better for both parties if we put family before basketball," Crivelli said.

“We have been working through this for the last few weeks, and I congratulate and thank Ekene for his professionalism and honesty as we dealt with it, along with his contribution to the playing group”.

Ekene Ibkewe thanked the Club for their understanding.

“I’ve enjoyed my time with Melbourne, and I will miss the guys that I’ve got to know while we’ve been together. However family does come first, and I couldn’t give my total commitment to the team when I needed to be supporting my partner.”

CTI Melbourne United are expected to make an announcement on a replacement in the next week."

http://www.nbl.com.au/featured-news/26750/

Wow big blow for United, especially so late in the offseason/ close to the season start. Wonder who will replace him? Who do you guys think will replace him?
Maybe DQ, he's the only person I can think of.

That being said wish all the best for Ibekwe and his soon to be new born child!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

diamon Simpson ?? but he is under contract in Europe

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Anonymous  
Years ago

DQ compared to Ibekwe? Are you serious?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Ennis

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Haha nah not that dud from last season, import from a few seasons back. Was athletic but couldn't shoot... at all. Wow this really could hurt United, all of a sudden the 36ers aren't looking as bad as first thought.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Ennis for a big.... surely not going to work. Not with Goulding and Blanchfield already demanding touches outside the key.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Certainly smells of Ennis doesn't it? After all the only cities he visited were Melbourne and Perth. Only thing is, how can they be sure Ennis will be available? I guess it is more likely than not he will be cut based on information known at this point in time.

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Indominous-Rex  
Years ago

yeah Ennis, was my main thought, surely he's the only guy that can fill that void

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paul  
Years ago

Sounds like Melbourne have waited until they got a suitable replacement before releasing him.

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skull  
Years ago

ok, so his partner is having a baby.....nothing new there, he's not coming back?
He is a professional athlete and surely new this was coming??

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I posted weeks back he was gone. Coach took a big dislike to him after LSU game, he was told to go next day.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Well if some random anon posted it must have been true haha Put your name to such things and people would take it seriously from the get go.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Jordan McRae not expected to sign his tender with the 76ers, as per their wishes.

Return to Utd?

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Callisto 75  
Years ago

No way Melbourne get McRae with Goulding and Blanchfield there.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

They were delirious to get rid of him, they won't ask him back.

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skull  
Years ago

Was a huge shot the #&*% knocked down 6 months ago against the Taipans....baby = 9 months....new all along...anon 314 please expand on your comments

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Gotta be Ennis, no way he was mutually released based on a child birth. He is a professional athlete, shit happens, you wouldn't just mutually agree to quit any other job when your partner becomes pregnant. C'mon now, people aren't that stupid, call it what it really is. United obviously have some big things coming or they'd be absolutely furious at the late notice of a key import wanting out... guess it looks better on paper for his next gig.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

They sacked him after the LSU game.

MU coach s an interesting man as we will learn

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Would like to see some proof of that. But I agree 100% he has been sacked. Wonder if he is still even in Aus. Based on what you're saying that LSU game was ages ago, why would he still be in Melbourne.

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Josh  
Years ago

he was present at the 2nd LSU game at hisense but was on the bench in casual clothes and a snap back, he was also at the most recent trip to Ballarat and was in the clinics and team events at the Local schools...

although I did see in some images he had a moon boot on his right foot , but then an hour later he was training with the team

somthing just dosent seem right

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skull  
Years ago

^^Oh...

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Why is it so hard to believe he has been released to be with his partner for the birth of their child?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Aleks Maric returning ?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

First LSU game was the end, was invited to a meeting on the Sunday after the Saturday LSU game to hear the good news.

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Isaac  
Years ago

Chalmers, might be true on some level but I've been reading Hoops for a decade and I reckon anon re LSU might have inside info.

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MACDUB  
Years ago

He will end up back in NZ.

They'll say goodbye to Charles Jackson and welcome Ibekwe back with open arms.

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Because it hasn't happened before Chalmers, not since I've been following basketball. Plus someone is clearly got some inside info, that perhaps he hasn't been all that popular. Plus no import gives up a decent pay check for the birth of a child, a game or 2 or even a month but a full contract, thats not happening this day and age.

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skull  
Years ago

Sounds like he will end up in NZ with partner & baby.....and live happily ever after !!

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Happy Days  
Years ago

MacDub i think your on the money!!! Why do clubs write press releases like that and play the family card.Club has released from his contract and we move on.

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Josh  
Years ago

does anon who went to meeting have any info on the player being signed by united ?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

NZ is a long way from Europe!

Then again so is Brisbane ala CJ Bruton.

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Dont see Ibekwe back at NZ, then again stranger things have happened. How far away were they $ wise from him resigning initially I wonder.

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Big Sexy  
Years ago

Chris Goulding put a video up on Twitter the other day while at a camp for kids and was filming and talking to Kickett and then turned to the door as an African American walked in and you heard Goulding say I can't show him. So maybe there is truth to what Anon is saying

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Haha thats random and makes alot of sense.... main curiosity is why the hell has he hung around the club then.... how United can you be!

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Josh  
Years ago

link to video ? can't find it on Twitter

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Why can't his wife just come to Australia if that's the case? McRaes partner had a kid mid season and he never quit

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Certainly strange that he was supposedly sacked ages ago and still stayed with the team for a few more pre-season games after that, doing a clinic in Ballarat etc

Maybe his contract was guaranteed for a certain period of time, say one month and they didn't want to pay it but he held them to it?

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hm  
Years ago

They may have let him train and stay in shape for his next team

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Id say its because the reason he was released had nothing to actually do with the birth of a baby. I wonder if Adelaide could consider sacking one of their imports and trying to bring him in.... would make things very interesting in Adelaide.

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Josh  
Years ago

saw images of him wearing a moon boot, intersting, may have been wearing it so there was a 'reason' for him not too play and not just sitting out for no reason ?

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hm  
Years ago

Yes, link us the video.

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NBL Fan  
Years ago

Have a look at what Childress just tweeted.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

It's Hakim warrick

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Josh  
Years ago

saw his tweet, must be an ex NBA playwr

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Josh  
Years ago

was a teammate of Childress in Phoenix

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Hakim Warrick former Grizzlies PF?

6'9" NBA vet was very athletic averaged 10+ ppg four years straight in the NBA.

That would be pretty huge!

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Josh  
Years ago

said he had bounce so would have to be him of Shannon brown and he said it's a friend of his and after lookin up stuff it seems they both have stuff to do with eachother off court

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AngusH  
Years ago

If it's Warrick, and he's in decent shape, wow.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Josh, how do you know it is an ex-teammate of Childress?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

It's definitely an ex team mate of his.

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koberulz  
Years ago

Childress has said so on Twitter.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

How silly is Chalmers looking right now thinking that Ibekwe's release was geniunely to go and have a baby. No one gets released for a whole season to be with their partner to have a baby, it would only be a few weeks max

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Anonymous  
Years ago

http://pickandroll.com.au/7-ex-teammates-josh-childress-can-bring-nbl/

Nice call by pickandroll!

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Big Sexy  
Years ago

hm it is the live periscope video from sep 10 but doesn't seem to be working anymore, might add more fuel to the fire now it has been removed

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Marcus Camby  
Years ago

Beks decides to leave on family grounds and Utd find an NBA replacement straight away....sounds legit.

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Could say the same about Greenwood for Jawai but get your drift.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Hoopla pounced right on it.

http://www.aussiehoopla.com/melbourne-united-conspiracy-theory-gaining-ibekwes-departure/

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Anonymous  
Years ago

^ yeah nah

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Warrick would be a very nice visual for a league dying for highlights!!

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AngusH  
Years ago

He's more than just a highlight reel too - put up legit stats in quality Euro leagues. I had Melb out of the top 4 discussion, but this could be enough to push them back in.

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Benno  
Years ago

I was at there training today and he was there, this seems super weird he was in the full scrimmage, but they were playing bench vs starters and he was in the bench group and theres no way.. no offence to majok majok but theres no way majok starts over beks!

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LV  
Years ago



The Goulding vid- is that legit? If so, link?

Ibekwe has never hung around anywhere for long. Many very short stints- more so than your average import. I wonder if there's a reason?

Hakim Warrick- it's been a few years since NBA, he's 33 and the NBL is stronger now than ever, so I'm not seduced by his record. How did he go the past 2 years in China and Turkey? That's the important question

Solid stats per here

http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/gamecent/p/pid/6034134/playerview.html

What's the standard like in China and Turkey?

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Kobe24  
Years ago

The average import hangs around 1 season if that these days. I dont think this is anymore than a team trying desperately to get fans in the door taking a safe option, then sniffing out an even better option letting the business side of the sport take hold.

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Benno  
Years ago

Beks was fully healthy no moon boots or any of that jazz, was dunking and dunking well. hitting mid range j's and looking good! This is super weird!

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Big Sexy  
Years ago

LV go to Chris' Twitter feed Sep 10 their is a post of a live periscope video, it no longer works on my PC. At the time I thought nothing of the last bit as I couldn't make out who just walked through the door but thought it was interesting. I don't know if it is linked to this news but it is a bit of a coincidence

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proud  
Years ago

I don't really care if Melbourne United have replaced a rim protecting, inside target and quality rebounder with another Sam Young type (spend a career hardly touching the ball and then get here and try taking on all 5 opponents on a single possession) then they don't need him.

If this was legit then they should have tried for a Mickell Gladness or Mike Dunigan type but if he is legit and serious and Holt, Bubbles and Vinnie can handle less touches then United are going to be seriously difficult opponents.

It's potential news like this that makes me wanna scream... "Can we please have 48 minute games"

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MACDUB  
Years ago

Exactly. Warrick won't make United any better.

Ibekewe was the perfect fit for that team.

United's situation (just as it was last year) could be best described as cleaning a car, except United only wash the outside and don't vac the inside.

The result is a very nice and flashy looking car from the outside but an absolute nightmare when you drill down to the interior.

United will once again have a bunch of guys who are scorers and want the ball - Goulding, Holt, Barlow, Blanchfield, Barlow, Kickert, Warrick.

But who's going to do the other little things..whose going to man up and get a vac and clean the inside of the car and do the dirty work.

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tropical booz  
Years ago

The coach that's who Macdub. He's got the top of the line vac, carpet cleaner etc. This car will look, smell & drive beautifully....

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Warrick is not similar to sam young at all. Young was a defensive specialist warrick has a rep of being a poor defender but was a very good scorer at nba level however not in a ball hog type of way he was the type of big who excelled playing off playmaker guards especially diving down the lane in pick and roll situations. Think a poor man's amare stoudemire. However athleticism was a big part of his game at 33 years old that may have deteriorated? Nbl is a relatively unathletic league so even if that is the case i still expect him to be a handy import but not mvp calibre or anything like that. So calm down u guys re writing your top 4

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Dman  
Years ago

Gladness would be a good fit

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Benno  
Years ago

Childress is 32, his still bouncing well?

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paul  
Years ago

He is, but not all players his age do, and Josh had a couple of recent seasons where he didn't play or played limited minutes to keep him fresh.

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RMQ  
Years ago

Dunigan?

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Benno  
Years ago

Here's a video from this year of him dunking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFeFaGBKFsE

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paul  
Years ago

Of course, whether Warrik still has full hops or not, he went for 18 & 8 in 27mins in the Turkish league last year, partnering Troy Devries, and those are big numbers in that style of game - 3rd in the TBL in scoring and 5th in boards.

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Benno  
Years ago

im excited!

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paul  
Years ago

Melbourne's opponents might be too though, Ibekwe was going to be the defensive anchor on that team, now they could be back to being a bit of a donut.

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Benno  
Years ago

Majok got it, dw bout that!

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Indominous-Rex  
Years ago

lol Pick and Roll are idiots. Childress said that it was a Phoenix team mate, and they had brooklyn nets and atlanta hawks team mates on that list. Aussie Hoopla did it better, there article actually made sense

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MACDUB  
Years ago

tropical booz,

Unfortunately the coach can't vac though.

He can tell implore the players to vac but whether they can do it is another thing.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Good thing you cleared that up rex, who cares, people love finding mistakes in stuff for the sake of being right.

If it is Hakim Warrick, thats cool with me as a NBL fan.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Hey Indominous-Rex. Maybe before you call them idiots, look at when that Pick and Roll article was written.

Give em credit for calling the potential Hakim Warrick signing that long ago.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Hakim Warrick's dunks from the 2006 NBA dunk comp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TuLX-WzB1g

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I believe he missed how long ago it was written. Some clairvoyancy from P and R. I liked the hoopla article. I actually had a few larfs in it whicjh is rare from bball writing

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Anonymous  
Years ago

P&R didn't predict anything. Look at when they listed those seven possible future signings right when former Childress teammate Al Harrington had his attempt to sign with the Kings rejected.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Ibekewe would have been perfect for the Cats

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Marcus Camby  
Years ago

Cats need a wing player...Beks != Wing

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LV  
Years ago

I need to see Majok Majok play before I decide how good of a fit Ibekwe would've been for this team- and how much United would've benefited from him rim protection.

I suspect that if it is Warrick, that he will be a good fit at the 4 spot in this team. You'd expect Kickert to then start at the 5 but play the 4 when Warrick's off the court.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

All these expert websites simply post other peoples tweets, opinions and posts from here and elsewhere, and supposedly they are experts journos.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

How do you think Journalism works? Journalists just watch over things and report when a story emerges. Sometimes a story comes from interviews and inside information, other times it comes from just watching the movements and talk of the townsfolk.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Good journalism comes from hopefully getting a scoop. Not writing an exclusive based on rumour, tweets and innuendo.
The journos I know seek out the truth and report on things they glean from their own sources that are close to the action.
The interwebie's we now see are a poor mans version. Most of them self promote on here.

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Mark-e-Mark  
Years ago

It is fine to talk about rumour in an opinion piece, and who said these people claim to be Journalists? You can be a writer without being a Journalist, you know?

At least these people create content for fans - something the NBL has long had a deficit with. They also inform people of things who might not otherwise know.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Anyway, Demopoulus sacked Ibekwe after 1 game because he didn't like the way he played.

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Mark-e-Mark  
Years ago

At least he is decisive.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Who's betting on what game Demopolous will get ejected?

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proud  
Years ago

I reckon he will be ejected more than Woolpert was in Townsville, that seemed to happen a bit.

Love the analogy MACDUB

Will United be able to deal with the physicality of NZ and Perth in the front court?
I haven't seen Majok, Kickett is as soft as a marshmallow and Patton gets far too little court time so will Warrick be monsters or will he be just the missing piece that United need ?

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Mystro  
Years ago

The coach didn't like how he played in one pre-season hit against some kids and fired a guy who was instrumental in the previous seasons championship winning team anon?
Sounds reasonable. They should sign Ben Allen as their marquee player if so much weight is put on how you play in meaningless games.

I think Charles Jackson is going to turn out alright for New Zealand. It will take a few games but he'll find his feet. I don't think Ebekwe will be back.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I find it hard to believe given Ibekwe had 3 fouls in 6mins of game time. Unless that was the issue.

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Isaac  
Years ago

Young was a defensive specialist
What?

All these expert websites simply post other peoples tweets, opinions and posts from here and elsewhere, and supposedly they are experts journos.
Never seen the array of NBL bloggers claim to be expert journalists. I think they'd consider themselves enthusiasts getting off their arse and filling a bit of a void in NBL coverage.

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hm  
Years ago

Exactly, Isaac. Plus it is not a paid job and resources are limited. People are expecting Leigh sales on for free or something

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Warwick has been signed and will be announced shortly. Take it to the bank

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Which bank? ;)

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Aussiebballer  
Years ago

I have a poster of Warrick at home....
actually it is a poster of Dirk schooling Warrick with a one legged fade away!!! :)

Still he would be a very good signing, he would provide a lot of highlight dunks and blocks.

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mystro  
Years ago

another reason to be excited about the upcoming season.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

What are you saying what at Isaac? I assume you are scoffing because young didn't play hard when he was here but pls take my comments in context. Youngs strength in nba was his D not his O whereas warrick is the opposite. I was correcting the guy who thought warrick was going to come here and be a ball hog inefficient player. Young doesn't have the offensive game and when you combine that with lacklustre effort you get what you saw

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I hate Andy Maher on S.E.N. Morning Glory, this bloke is an absolute knob and I feel sorry for Andrew Gaze at times for putting up with this idiot's ignorance of basketball in particular!

Gaze tried to mention this NBL announcement in this morning's show, Maher just gives him the nose in the air treatment and says to him, 'move on'.

To Andy Maher I would say, mate, there is more to sport than your little inbred game of AFL footy and the solo sport of golf.

Have a look around you knob-head and you might see that world games in team sport exist and basketball is one of them!

What a knob!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mark-e-Mark  
Years ago

This kind of thing is all too common. I was watching an interview between Patty Mills and some sports journo on some news channel which escapes me. The guy spent about 60 seconds on the most banal basketball conversation imaginable, and then was like "so what do you think of Jarrad Hayne? and which footy game do you like this weekend?"

This was just after the TV deal was announced, and Patty, as ambassador, would have had some things of interest to say. Any journo worth his salt would have probed the issue - but no. "So what did you think of Richmonds game against ........" ... "Oh, I dont tend to get a chance to watch the footy over in the US so much."

And then there was the interview between Peter Switzer and Larry Kestleman on Switzer Daily. "So what went wrong with the NBL?" - A great way to start a positive conversation. Larry was on the backfoot for the rest of the interview. They either want to present basketball as a "basket-case" (their favourite go-to term) or they want to quickly gloss over it and move back on to football.

But I guess the NBL needs to earn the sporting world's respect.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I think the NBL rightly has to earn its spot in the sporting hearts of all Aussies, like the soccer did a decade ago, now it gains plenty of traction in the local media.

Ignorance and just being plainly and out rightly rude like some cock of a journo that is Maher is just uncalled for and down right poor form by him.

Not to mention, he is disrespecting a sporting icon of this land in Gaze who has held the flag during an Olympic opening ceremony, no less, for pet's sake!

Maher is a disrespectful imbecile of a man and shouldn't be in SEN radio if he can't open his mind to other sports I reckon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mark-e-Mark  
Years ago

Gaze should have put him in his place and asked just how many olympics this maher character has been in. Our representatives need to show a bit more fight when faced with ignorance.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

It's tough to argue against bogans. What's that saying about don't bother arguing with them because from a distance people can't tell who is who

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Tough to defend the former NBL and the former NBL too. Let's see how long this iteration lasts.

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Dazz  
Years ago

When his Missus has had the baby, do you think we could get him to Perth?
We need a bit MORE height.
Surely we can extend Oceania to include Nigeria?

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