Lovebroker
Earlier this year

DJ Vasiljevic ruptures Achilles, out for the '21 season.

Heartbraking, Forde confirmed it was a full rupture of DJ's Achilles.

God what a crap year for injuries. Can't honestly recall a year that is this bad for injuries.

Wishing him all the best in his recovery.

What now for Sydney who are barely holding on to the 4th spot?

What will the starting line up look like?

Ware
Didi
Moller
Martin
Jordan

Moller is improving maybe here is a chance for him to get starter minutes.

or

Ware
Bruce
Didi
Martin
Jordan

With Angus injured, this leaves them thin for guards after Bruce, but also a chance for DKD to get more time now, they will need his shooting too.

or

Ware
Didi
Vodanovich
Martin
Jordan

Provides an excellent spacing SF, but not great on D or anything else.

I haven't even thought of who can replace DJ, promote a DP?

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Another Anon  
Earlier this year

It's been seen in multiple sports around the world and it appears that all the lockdowns and quarantines have created a big jump in injuries.
It'll keep sports science researchers employed and post grad students busy for years to come.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Doesn't help when the League continue to put a bit of cash ahead of the safety of the players.

There is no excuse for those decals on the court. None.

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

A great player wish him the best in his recovery.

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Nathan of Perth  
Earlier this year

Oh that's rough news. Best wishes for him, that's a tough injury to deal with. I hope he comes back strong.

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koberulz  
Earlier this year

Doesn't help when the League continue to put a bit of cash ahead of the safety of the players.

There is no excuse for those decals on the court. None.
Without the decals, there are no sponsors. Without sponsors, there is no league.

Not to mention that hundreds to thousands of other leagues all over the world use decals and have had no issue.

And the fact that this injury had nothing to do with decals at all - and more players have slipped on the plain floor surface than have slipped on decals since the decals were changed.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

These haven't been decals they’ve been load management

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

It's not the lockdowns and co. that are causing the injuries.

In Australia we have a huge problem with a lack of investment in strength and conditioning coaches and sport science. When you combine this with lockdowns, recipe for disaster.

It’s not an isolated problem to basketball either.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

All the NBL teams as far as I know have strength and conditioning coaches, physios and doctors on their teams. S&C's travels with those teams as well. Get it right.

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KET  
Earlier this year

Real shame! One of the big hits for the NBL this year has been the youngsters, hope he recovers and returns bigger and better

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Terrible news was a future star in the ;=league for the next 10 years!

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anonymous  
Earlier this year

Couple questions...

Did his injury happen on a logo?

With Sydney now having played 21 games, with the first game being January 16th and presumably weeks of pre-season before that. (not sure if DJ was participating in all of these..)

Are we really blaming the lockdowns etc for injuries? Has there been an increase in injuries this year or is it just an assumption without facts to back it up?

I'm not sure really, makes sense if the injuries were all in the first month. Not sure now.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Let's make this clear it wasn't the decal on the court that caused this. He slipped awkwardly outside the 3 point line with no one around him.

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LV  
Earlier this year

Damn.

Last week- Jack White on Friday, Jade Gresham on Saturday. Now Vasiljevic. Achilles. Crazy.

Just unbelievable the number of injuries this season.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

#490 no he actually just took off and it ruptured. That is why he looked back as he thought he got kicked. He didn't slip it was a take off injury

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Hoopie  
Earlier this year

So we've gone from a very tight ROY battle to a no-brainer, now that White and Vasiljevic are out?

Anyone else likely to challenge Giddey?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Yes they do have S&C coaches, I didn't dispute that. But have you seen the peanuts they get paid?

This isn’t just an NBL issue either, it’s in all sports across the country.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

#500, tell us how much they get paid, the kings have first class sports guys. As #493 said it was a take off injury, pure bad luck. Injuries are part sport, look at the big euro football leagues, clubs can get decimated very quickly, Liverpool FC lost four centre backs in a month, you telling me they don't have the best sports guys.

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Kb_24  
Earlier this year

After 30 games Giddey will not play, he need to follow la melo for his nba draft...his over work and could lead to injury..
And with 36 games and two import come on! They need to reduce the games...

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Point is - the top S&C coaches aren't going to work in the professional sport industry in Australia if they can make over double to triple the salary in the private sector.

None of them are on triple figure salaries - which is considered the bare minimum for a semi-decent D1 school in the U.S. Further - anybody getting started is expected to volunteer, which people just cannot not do as they still need to earn a living.


It’s better than what the situation was 10-15 years ago sure, but we are way way behind the 8 ball compared to other countries and comparable leagues.

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Jade Gresham?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

AFL player for St Kilda

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Oh that explains LV adding his name to this thread.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

#504 I call bullshit. Plenty of money in Australia. The head S & C coach for MU came back from China. He holds one of the highest qualifications in the world. Australia pays just fine

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anon  
Earlier this year

Apart from Josh Giddey there is really only Mojave King in the running for ROY. Night and day though.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Anon, Yanni Wetzell is surely in the running?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Anon, Yanni Wetzell is surely in the running?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Point is - the top S&C coaches aren't going to work in the professional sport industry in Australia if they can make over double to triple the salary in the private sector."

How much of professional sport in Australia is not private sector? The NBL and its clubs are incorporated as private companies, except for Cairns (Other Incorporated Entity) and Phoenix (Fixed Unit Trust). And most of the AFL and NRL clubs either are companies or own companies operating in the private sector (merchandising, gambling etc.). Similarly for A-League. Don't know about Super Netball.

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Wetzell is the forgotten rookie, still see Giddey winning it though.

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koberulz  
Earlier this year

Apart from Josh Giddey there is really only Mojave King in the running for ROY.
If you're going to include King, you might as well include every rookie in the league.

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koberulz  
Earlier this year

Wetzell signed in Europe, so he's ineligible.

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anon  
Earlier this year

Yes Wetzell definitely. Does Justinian Jessup qualify too?

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Any news on when Glover is back?
Can never find a proper injury list.

Wonder if Lisch could lace em up.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

This is Wetzell's third pro contract right? He signed with SEM, then left for Europe and is now back with SEM.

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koberulz  
Earlier this year

I believe so.

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

He didn't play in Europe

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I'm sure the NBL will find a way to make Wetzell eligible. They look after their favourites

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Doesn't matter if he didn't play. The eligibility states "first pro contract since turning 18"

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Quote from Liam Santamaria:

"For a player to be considered for ROY they must be a Next Star or Unrestricted Player who is in their first pro contract or replacement player contract since turning 18 years of age. Replacement Players who have played less than 7 games and DPs are not eligible for ROY."

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

In fairness to these other guys Giddey had ROTY wrapped up some time ago. Vasiljevic & Wetzell are going to be very good players though just not a generational talent like Giddey.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Generational? OMG stop drinking the coolaide

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

I mean put aside the fact he's a triple double waiting to happen every game he became the youngest ever Aussie to have 10 or more assists in a game, younger than guys like Gaze, Heal & Ingles when they first did it, youngest ever Boomer etc.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Well its not like Australia produces 6'9" lottery-projected point guards ever couple of years.

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Zodiac is an Adelaide supporter.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

So? I'm not and I totally agree with him re Giddey.

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Yeah it's got nothing to do with being a 36ers supporter lol

Unless you're a complete idiot you know what you're seeing when you watch Giddey the potential to be our greatest ever player.

https://www.sen.com.au/news/2021/01/27/like-no-young-aussie-ive-seen-goorjian-praises-special-giddey/

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

#youngest ever Boomer to what play Guam in the Asia Cup.

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LoveBroker  
Earlier this year

Its Giddey for ROY then daylight unless Giddey misses more time.

Jessup would be the next possible candidate.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Giddey for certain, he's the best even before injuries. Exum was a lottery pick, not as tall but close.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Giddy is a poor man's Lamelo. He will get drafted but he isn't as athletic as he needs to be.

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Giddey is good, it remains to be seen just how good. Getting oppurtunity on a rubbish Adelaide team that has Dillon, Teys etc.
Playing Asia cup level with Boomers isn't a big deal.

Making a WC or Olympics is.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

If an import like Mooney does not qualify for ROY, then why does a next star? LaMelo had already played professionally but qualified and got it, but Mooney came from college, like Jessup, but does not. Stupid. Either disqualify next stars from the award or open it up to collegiates who fit the criteria.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The thing is that the Next Star program primarily exists to put the NBL on the map (like it did with RJ and Melo), so of course the NBL are going to bend the rules to help get some extra promotion out of them

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