Anonymous
Earlier this year

SEM Phoenix & Keith Benson part ways

per Liam Santamaria on Twitter:

Liam Santamaria @Liam_Santa

The @SEMelbPhoenix and import centre Keith Benson have mutually agreed to part ways, the club's CEO, Tommy Greer, has told @NBL Media.

Benson will not suit up for SEM’s game against the NZ Breakers on Sunday night.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

about half a season too late, good to see Tommy pulling the trigger! Hopefully, Braun/Singler are next on the block... Race for 4th is going to be tight!!

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PlaymakerMo  
Earlier this year

Are they looking to replace him?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Assuming theyve found the person they want thats why the tigger has been pulled

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Well it's late, but hopefully they’ve got a decent replacement. Koberulz thinks it’s hard to recruit someone to Melbourne, tough sell of a city, but hopefully they find someone.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

and thats why nobody cares what koberulz thinks

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

Would surely have a replacement otherwise makes no sense cutting him.

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Hoopie  
Earlier this year

Unless getting rid of him removes some distraction and tension and unreliability during the tough games ahead.

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paul  
Earlier this year

There was talk earlier in the season it was prohibitive to cut him. Not sure how true that was? It could be that he's a greed to a payout deal?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

could be that he's found a other contract elsewhere

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MD  
Earlier this year

Maybe if they started him alongside Pineau and played him decent minutes he might have had a chance to find consistency... head scratcher when they were in desperate need for an impact big.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

MD did you watch him play at all?? The guy has zero moves. That's why he didn’t play. No offence to him, but hallelujah!

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JD  
Earlier this year

Put up 20 and 8 in 18 minutes versus Long in the round 7 clash vs United. Seemed to have some moves and offered a big body down low. Surely he offered more than Pineau but he just didn't get enough minutes. Was there a personality clash?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

he was a great post defender and rim protector - i'm sure they knew he was never going to be a high volume scorer but he was NOT at all a scoring presence in the NBL

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paul  
Earlier this year

He had the worst plus/minus of any player in the league who's played more than 50 minutes this season. It was spoken about in pre-season and didn't really improve, he simply didn't seem to understand what the Phoenix were doing and had to be constantly directed by teammates.

With the exception of against Melbourne he was just a negative for the team when he was on the floor.

https://twitter.com/jordanmcnbl/status/1213262992206258176

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Import!? mathiang? Brandt? Reath? Humphries?

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D2.0  
Earlier this year

Will we see a small flurry of changes? We're about to hit the 25% barrier

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

what news did SEM Members get, are they looking for a import or Aussie to play 10mins every second game

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paul  
Earlier this year

"could be that he's found a other contract elsewhere"

Yep, that's it:

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/basketball/phoenix-looking-for-new-big-man-as-benson-departs-20200104-p53osc.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Is he any good? Can Sydney get him? Get it done Will!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Could Motum take his place, think he got cut in Spain.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

who is Everett Osborne 3yr pro guard anyone know more

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Osborne played half season in d1 bigV and was a over average. Clearly just around for training opportunities, nowhere near nbl standard as local let alone import.

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LV  
Earlier this year

That game against United Benson played one of the best halves of basketball you'll see in the NBL this season

But, sounds like a matchup issue. Mitchell must be uncomfortable using him in most situations.

Clock ticking for SEM now.

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

Any word on replacement?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Keith Benson has signed in Dubai Shabab Al Ahli

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Could Motum take his place, think he got cut in Spain.

Hmm...

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

The plot thickens.

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paul  
Earlier this year

Is there actually any confirmation of Motum being cut? I haven't seen any reports, he's on a two-year deal and he recently had a pretty decent game in the Euroleague?

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

I can't find anything to substantiate it. Surprisingly Motum is third in his position on Valencia's depth chart so basically a 11th/12th man.

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