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Knicks Fire Derek Fisher Ahead of All-Star Break February 08, 2016 16:37

Derek Fisher Fired by Knicks
Jonathan Bachman/AP Photo

 

The New York Knicks have fired head coach, Derek Fisher, just before the All-Star break.

Fisher coached the Knicks through their worse season ever last year (they went 17-65), but things have been improved this season, with the Knicks currently at 23-31.

That being said, the Knicks just lost 5 games straight, and have now lost 9 of their last 10 games, putting them solidly outside of the running for an Eastern Conference play-off spot.

Fisher was originally hired by Phil Jackson, without any prior coaching experience, to help turn the Knicks franchise around, but it’s reportedly been considered for some time that Fisher wasn’t successfully making the jump from NBA player to NBA coach.

Then there's the fact that Fisher has been making waves off the court with incidents like his altercation with Matt Barnes last year.

The Knicks have named Kurt Rambis as the interim head coach, with sources reporting to ESPN that Brian Shaw and Luke Walton are two candidates that Jackson would be considering to take over the roll.


Ewing Athletics Release Toronto All-Star 33 Hi February 08, 2016 11:54

Ewing Athletics Toronto All-Star 33 Hi

With the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend fast approaching, Ewing Athletics have lined up an awesome new release that pays homage to sports teams in this years host city, Toronto.

The All-Star weekend is taking place outside of the United States for the first time, and what better place to go than Toronto, the home of the Toronto Raptors; the only surviving Canadian NBA franchise.

Ewing Athletics 33 Hi Toronto All-Star Shoes

Ewing Athletics is releasing a 33 Hi silhouette that is decked out in Toronto-relevant references. It features colours from all three professional sports teams that play in Toronto (Raptors, Blue Jays & Maple Leafs) across a premium suede upper.

The tongue features a modified ‘Patrick Ewing’ logo, to have the maple leaf from the Canadian flag front and centre. The maple leaf also features as a pattern of glow in the dark leaves across the toe of the shoe. To top it all off, the shoe has a purple ice sole and berry red lace eyelets.

Ewing Athletics Toronto All-Star 33 Hi

 The 33 Hi is a proper OG throwback silhouette, taking us right back to the mid-1990’s when the Raptors first joined the NBA as part of the Canadian expansion of the league. 

Grab yourself a pair right here and celebrate all things Toronto!


The NBA All-Star Saturday Night Line-Up is Bigger Than Ever February 05, 2016 15:41

We all love the All-Star game, but perhaps the biggest hype events off All-Star Weekend are really the Saturday night showcases, including he Slam Dunk Contest and the Three-Point Contest.

Things are getting a bit of a shake-up this year, with big guys getting in on the action more so than in recent years. The most telling event in this respect is the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

NBA Skills Challenge

 

The event would usually only include guards, given that the skill sets employed to win are usually those linked to the smaller positions on the court. That usually being the case, we’re not surprised to see these guys taking part this year - Patrick Beverly (Rockets), CJ McCollum (Trail Blazers), Isaiah Thomas (Celtics) and Jordan Clarkson (Lakers).

We’re a little bit surprised to see Draymond Green (Warriors) and Anthony Davis (Pelicans) taking part, only in the fact that they tend to take the big roles on their respective teams. The fact that Green is a triple-double machine and plays right across the court means that we already know he’s got a solid skill set, and Davis played point guard in high school, until a huge growth spurt landed him in a bigs spot. We’ll see how much of that skill he’s retained.

We are surprised, however, to see that DeMarcus Cousins (Kings) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota) fill out that line-up. We’re more used to these guys jamming home their points off a nice step in the post, but it’ll be good to see them battle it out against the smaller guys on All-Star Saturday night.

NBA Slam Dunk

The All-Star Dunk Contest line-up has also shaped up nicely. Zach LaVine is returning to defend his title against Denver guard Will Barton who has shown some nice hops in his 4-year NBA career. They will be joined by bigs guys Aaron Gordon (Magic) and Andre Drummond (Pistons), with Drummond having shown plenty of prowess around the basket this season, being the NBA’s leading rebounder.

The event that could well attract the most attention this year is the Foot Locker Three Point Contest. Last year was heralded as having the best line up of shooters ever - but this year could be even better.

Three-Point Contest

 

Steph Curry, the leagues three-point wonder kid will be back defending his title. He already holds the record for most three-pointers made in a season (for the 2014-15 season) and this year he’s well ahead of the pace with 232 made threes already - a full 77 ahead of his teammate, Klay Thompson, who will also be joining him in the contest on All-Star Saturday night.

The rest of the three-point contest field looks like this - James Harden (Rockets), Khris Middleton (Bucks), Kyle Lowry (Raptors), JJ Reddick (Clippers), Chris Bosh (Heat) and Devin Booker (Phoenix).

All of this will be taking place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday 13th February, and we’ll definitely be tuning in, because this is basketball, and anything can happen on the night!


Curry Scores 51 Including 11 Three-Pointers in 134-121 Win over Washington February 04, 2016 11:40

Steph Curry Scores 51 Against Wizards

The Golden State Warriors continued their East Coast road trip last night by showing out in Washington D.C., as Steph Curry dropped 51 points and Draymond Green put up another triple-double.

The Warriors beat the Wizards 134 - 121 in a fast paced game that saw Curry have the best half of shooting in his career. He shot 13 of 14 in the first half for 36 points, including a bunch of threes. In fact, Curry was just one 3-pointer shy of the single game record, finishing with 11.

After finishing 19 of 28 from the field, and 11 of 16 from 3-point range, Curry still wasn’t happy with his performance, citing his 7 turnovers as a disappointment and something that needs to be fixed if they’re going to have a good run at back-to-back Championships.

True that those turnovers (the Warriors had 18 in total) helped the Wizards pick up some quick points, and John Wall was more than happy to benefit, going for a season-best 41 points in a monster game that will mostly go unnoticed because it happened against the Warriors, and because Curry blew everyone out of the water.

Wall had 41 points on 17-25 shooting (3-3 from three point) and 10 assists to try to rally his team against the freight train that was the Golden State offence. Unfortunately, the Warriors 134 points was the most allowed by the Wizards this season, meaning that for all of Wall’s offence, the stops weren’t coming on defence to keep the Wizards on the level.

The Warriors are now 45 - 4 on the season, which matches the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers for the best 49-game start to a season in NBA history.

Golden State will now head home to Oakland, where they’ll welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday in what is likely to be one of the more testing games of the season. The Warriors are going to hope to keep their home court streak running, having so far won 40 straight regular season games at home - the record is 44, as set by the Chicago Bulls in the 1995 - 96 season.

Now, enough talk! Let's watch some awesome NBA phantom cam!


Kobe Bryant Scores 38 To Stop Lakers Having Worst Losing Streak in Franchise History February 03, 2016 17:26

Kobe Bryant has done a great many things in a Lakers uniform, but last night’s performance might have been the cause of the greatest relief for the LA-based outfit.

Bryant scored a season-high 38 points, including seven 3-pointers to help the Lakers narrowly beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 119 - 115, to ensure that this Lakers team avoid the worst losing streak in Lakers franchise history.

The Lakers had already lost 10 games in a row, which Bryant pointed out was embarrassing enough, “You lose 10 straight, that’s enough (embarrassment) as it is. You still don’t want to be the team that’s one away (from the record)."

With Kobe set to retire this year, he wants as few negative records as possible to be broken. It’s guaranteed that his career is going to fizzle out, rather than go out with a bang, since the Lakers dire record of 10 - 41 and lack of improvement already ensures that they won’t make the play-offs this year, but last night proved there are still things he can do to make sure it’s not the worst year ever.

The Timberwolves were certainly no push-over in last nights game, and Kobe had to fight to keep the Lakers in it. Minnesota went ahead in the dying minutes of the game, before Kobe dropped back-to-back three’s to push the Lakers towards the finish line. He made 6 free throws in the last 16.7 seconds to ice the game in LA’s favour.

Let’s take a look at Kobe’s performance last night, as there aren’t likely to be many more of these left.


Just Landed - Mitchell & Ness Authentic Warriors Jacket - NBA 50th Anniversary Edition February 01, 2016 15:27

Mitchell & Ness Golden State Warriors Authentic Warm Up Jacket

The Golden State Warriors have spent the last two NBA season tearing up the hardwood in a serious way. In the past few years they have stunned everyone by going from mediocre West-coast team to NBA Champions super quick.

This year, they’ve already got an insanely good record (currently 44 - 4) and they’re cruising towards breaking the season record that Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls set at 72 - 10 in the 1995-96 season. The Warriors only need to go 28 - 6 from here to the end of the regular season to equal that, and 29 - 5 to break it.

With the Warriors changing the game right now, it felt right to make bit of noise about this latest release from Mitchell & Ness. This Authentic Warm Up Golden State Warriors Jacket is the perfect cut and sew addition to any Warriors fans wardrobe.

The jacket is cut in a tailored fit and replicates the on-court warm-up jackets that the Warriors wore for the 1996-97 season, with one important change - these jackets have been released with the special NBA 50th Anniversary patch on the right sleeve, meaning you can grab a piece of NBA history right here.

As well as that NBA anniversary patch, this Golden State Warriors jacket also features an embroidered NBA logo on the upper right chest, above the stitched appliqué Warriors team name.

The left sleeve has an embroidered Warriors secondary logo, with team stripe ribbing on the neckline, hem and cuffs. A felt jock tag on the inside of the hem of the jacket marks the year and team name on this authentic Mitchell & Ness jacket.

Take a look at the Warriors authentic warm-up jacket below, nice right!

Mitchell & Ness Golden State Warriors Warm Up Jacket 1996 - 97

Mitchell & Ness NBA Authentic Warm Up Jacket Golden State Warriors


NBA Announces 2016 All-Star Reserves January 29, 2016 17:22

DeRozen Lowry

Last week we found out who the 2016 NBA All-Star starters were going to be, when All-Star Weekend tips-off in Toronto next month, and now the team rosters are complete, with the All-Star reserves being announced last night.

The 65th NBA All-Star game will take place on the 14th February at the Air Canada Centre, and as always, there’s an exciting line up of guys to see in action.

WESTERN CONFERENCE RESERVES

In the West, Draymond Green is getting his first ever All-Star call up after becoming a leading name on the Golden State Warriors roster. He’ll suit up as an All-Star reserve alongside teammate Klay Thompson, who has been selected for the second time in a row. They be backing up Steph Curry, who was selected as an All-Star starter. The Warriors having three guys in the All-Star game last happened 40 years ago when Rick Barry, Phil Smith and Jamaal Wilkes participated together.

LaMarcus Aldridge has been selected for the West in his first year with the Spurs, making this his 5th consecutive visit to All-Star Weekend. He’s joined by DeMarcus Cousins who has been consistently holding it down as a big man in the West. He’s the only player currently ranked in the top 5 in both scoring and rebounding.

Anthony Davis has been selected for his 3rd All-Star game in a row now, after being the only player this season to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.

In the guard positions, James Harden and Chris Paul fill out the All-Star reserves. Harden is currently the leagues second top scorer and is making his 4th trip to the All-Star game, while Paul is making an appearance for the 9th straight year. Paul has the highest average assists in All-Star game history at 12.9 per game.

EASTERN CONFERENCE RESERVES

In the East, Andre Drummond has been selected to make his first ever All-Star appearance, after leading the league in rebounding so far this year, averaging 15.2 rebounds per game, and in double-doubles, with 38. Drummond is the first Pistons player to be selected for the All-Star game since Allen Iverson in 2008.

Boston’s Isaiah Thomas will also be making his All-Star debut. The 5-foot-9 guard just scrapped through in the 2011 draft - he was the 60th and final pick - but has gone on to prove himself in the league. This year he’s averaging career-highs of 21.6 points and 6.6 assists.

Chris Bosh will be joining his team mate and All-Star starter, Dwayne Wade, in the All-Star line up. Bosh started his career in Toronto and this will be his 11th consecutive All-Star game. The only active players to have longer streaks are Kobe Bryant (18 games in a row), former teammate LeBron James (12) and Wade (12).

All-Star starter, Kyle Lowry, will also be getting a teammate for company, as DeMar DeRozen has been selected as an East reserve. DeRozen leads the league in points attained from drives to the basket. He and Lowry are set to become the first duo of regular game starters to play in an All-Star game on their home court, since Lakers Jerry West and Gail Goodrich did in LA in 1972.

Another guard suiting up for the East is John Wall, who will play in his 3rd consecutive All-Star game after being named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December. Another player making a 3rd consecutive appearance is Atlanta’s Paul Millsap who is in his 10th year in the NBA.

The NBA All-Star reserves were selected by votes from all 30 NBA coaches, while the starters were selected by the public. This is how the teams are looking now:

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS 

  • Carmelo Anthony (New York), 9 
appearances*
  • Chris Bosh (Miami), 11appearances 

  • Jimmy Butler (Chicago), 2 
appearances
  • DeMar DeRozan (Toronto), 2 appearances
  • Andre Drummond (Detroit), first appearance
  • Paul George (Indiana), 3 appearances*
  • LeBron James (Cleveland), 12 appearances*
  • Kyle Lowry (Toronto), 2 appearances*
  • Paul Millsap (Atlanta), 3 appearances
  • Isaiah Thomas (Boston), first appearance 

  • Dwyane Wade (Miami), 12 appearances* 

  • John Wall (Washington), 3 appearances

WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

  • LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio), 5 appearances 

  • Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers), 18 appearances*
  • DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), 2 appearances 

  • Stephen Curry (Golden State), 3 appearances*
  • Anthony Davis (New Orleans), 3 appearances 

  • Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), 7 appearances*

  • Draymond Green (Golden State), first appearance 

  • James Harden (Houston), 4 appearances
  • Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio), first appearance*
  • Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers), 9 
appearances
  • Klay Thompson (Golden State), 2 appearances 

  • Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), 5 appearances*
* indicates a starter.

WNBA Releases "Watch Me Work" Video Ahead of 20th WNBA Season January 28, 2016 15:51

WNBA Advert

Screen Shot from Youtube: WNBA Watch Me Work

I remember being the only girl at my school to play basketball back in the late 90's, early 2000's. I felt like I was the only girl that even knew basketball existed. Although I was never a Lakers fan, I'd wear a Kobe Bryant jersey for P.E. because the uniform was meant to be yellow tops and black shorts. The netball-obsessed teacher wasn't impressed by my 'creative' approach to the uniform guidelines. I didn't care, basketball was the best. 

I'm glad to say that basketball is way more popular amongst school children these days in the UK, and that a lot more girls are playing and enjoying the game. Hopefully some of those girls are going to see this new video from the WNBA and take inspiration from the words of some of the best to ever play in the league.

To mark the upcoming 20th season of WNBA basketball, a host of WNBA stars have come together to say that 20 years ago, they were just kids and they couldn't have know that they'd be "averaging 20 points a game" or that they'd become "an All-Star". 

What they did know, is that if they put in the hard work, then they'd give themselves the best chance to be a pro. Twenty years after the league started, the likes of Maya Moore, Sue Bird, Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins and Candace Parker can say they've worked to make their dreams come true, and that they're proud to be celebrating 20 years of the WNBA.

While I obviously never made it to be a pro, in the spirit of the video below, I can say that twenty years ago, I didn't know I'd end up running one of the fastest growing basketball stores in the UK, and be damn proud of it too. "Watch Me Work".


2016 NBA All-Star Coaches & Rising Stars Announced January 28, 2016 11:39

As we edge closer to February, more and more NBA All-Star news is starting to filter through, so lets take a look at what we can expect come All-Star Weekend.

Head Coaches Announced for All-Star Game

The head coached for the Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Star teams have now been announced, perhaps adding to the flames of controversy surrounding the recent firing of Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, David Blatt.

Tyronn Lue to Coach Eastern Conference All-Stars

After taking the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals last year, and guiding them to the top of the Eastern Conference so far this year, Blatt was fired last weekend in a shock move by the Cavs. Now it has been announced that Blatt’s replacement, Tyronn Lue, with coach the Eastern All-Stars.

Lue has a 2-1 record with the Cavaliers since becoming head coach, but the team overall has a 32-12 record for the season, keeping them in the top spot in the East.

Steve Kerr & Luke Walton

Similarly things are slightly questionable in the West. Greg Popovich, of the San Antonio Spurs, will coach the Western Conference All-Stars, despite his team having the second best record (38-7) in the West, behind the Golden State Warriors 41 - 4.

The reason for that is, an NBA coach cannot participate in two consecutive All-Star games, and Steve Kerr, who is back on the sidelines for the Warriors now, was the Western Conference coach last year.

There’s absolutely no issue with Pops stepping in, he’s more than deserving, but there’s a certain amount of fan support for the idea that Luke Walton, who stood in for Kerr while he was out of action after complications with back surgery, should have the chance to be an All-Star head coach.

Walton will lose out on a technicality, after he led the Warriors to the second best start in NBA history at 39 - 4. That technicality being that as an interim head coach, his wins are all officially given to Kerr, therefore it is only Kerr who can be considered for the All-Star coaching spot.

BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Rosters Announced

The Rising Stars Challenge is always a good chance to see league newbies and youngsters have a bit of fun as they battle it out amongst themselves at All-Star Weekend.

This year, the league are keeping the same format as last time round, with a Team U.S.A versus Team World set up, with the players being selected through votes from assistant coaches across the league. Each team must contain a minimum of 4 guards, 4 front court players and a further 2 players at any position on each side.

2016 Rising Stars NBA

The Minnesota Timberwolves will be the best represented team at the event, having both the 2014 and 2015 no. 1 draft picks on their squad. Andrew Wiggins (2014 no. 1 pick, and reigning Rookie of the Year) will represent Team World, since he’s Canadian, while Karl-Anthony Towns will be on Team U.S.A alongside Timberwolves teammate, Zach LaVine.

The World team won the 2015 Rising Stars game 121 - 112 in Brooklyn, with Wiggins taking MVP honours.

Here’s how the teams are looking this year:

TEAM WORLD

  • Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks)
  • Bojan Bogdanovic (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Clint Capela (Houston Rockets)
  • Mario Hezonja (Orlando Magic)
  • Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets)
  • Nikola Mirotic (Chicago Bulls)
  • Raul Neto (Utah Jazz)
  • Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks)

TEAM U.S.A.

  • Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Jordan Clarkson (LA Lakers)
  • D’Angelo Russell (LA Lakers)
  • Rodney Hood (Utah Jazz)
  • Jabari Parker (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Elfrid Payton (Orlando Magic)
  • Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Warriors Defeat Spurs in Demonstration of NBA Dominance January 26, 2016 16:26

Warriors Defeat Spurs
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

 

This was one of the most hyped match-ups of the 2015-16 NBA season so far. Billed as the first true test of the Golden State Warriors league dominance, as they faced their strongest opponent, the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs, who are second in the Western Conference behind the Warriors, with an impressive 38-7 record of their own, were on a 13-game winning streak before heading to the Oracle last night, but were in for a bit of a shock as the Warriors dealt the Spurs a 120 - 90 loss - the worst loss for the Spurs since 2012.

Golden State have had 30-point wins over 3 teams, including the Spurs, in past 8 days, raising their season record to 41 - 4 and extending their home-winning streak to 39 games. The Warriors are now just 5 games behind the NBA record for consecutive home wins, which is held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls at 44.

Steph Curry was again on form, leading his team with 37 points over 3 quarters of play. He had 15 points in the first quarter to set the ball rolling, and 18 in the third where the Warriors outscored the Spurs 33 - 19.

During the game, Curry sank his 1,400th career 3-pointer, becoming just the 26th NBA player to hit that mark, and judging by the rate that he’s racking up those three’s, he’ll be powering up that list quite quickly.

Draymond Green filled up the stat sheet again with 11 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and a block, while Shaun Livingston, Brandon Rush and Mo Speights all came off the bench to score in double figures for the Warriors.

Steve Kerr was also on the sidelines for just his second game back after suffering complications with his back surgery from last year. As a former Spur and personal friend of Coach Popovich, Kerr could only watch in disbelief as his Warriors dealt such a heavy-handed blow.

Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with just 16 points and 5 rebounds, while Tim Duncan sat out with soreness in his right knee. San Antonio had a season-high 26 turnovers which only gave Golden State a bigger opportunity to do what they do best, and pile on the pressure with rapid scoring.

The Warriors didn’t just beat the Spurs - they made a statement to the league that, despite dropping games to the likes of Dallas and Denver this season, that they’re still a dominant force.

They caused a huge stir in Cleveland by handing LeBron James the worst home loss of his career last week (a fact that no doubt put helped put pressure on the Cavaliers to sack David Blatt if LeBrons reaction during the game was anything to go by) and now they’ve proved that they can obliterate the second best team in the league with ease as well.

As a potential Western Conference Finals matchup, things just got a whole lot more interesting where the Spurs and Warriors are concerned this season. The teams will meet again 3 more times, the next time being the 20th March in San Antonio, when we’ll see if the Spurs have an answer.


Worcester Wolves Bring Newcastle Eagles Win Streak to an End January 23, 2016 15:17

Worcester Wolves

The Newcastle Eagles faced their first defeat of this season last night, while playing the Worcester Wolves in the BBL Championship.

The Eagles, who had the second best winning streak in BBL history, with 28 games in a row, fell to the Wolves 80 - 94, with the game being shown live on the SkySports website as part of a new TV pilot scheme.

Pavol Losonsky led the Wolves with 26 points as Worcester looked to be the first team to conquer the Eagles since April last year. Orlan Jackman also added 16 points.

The Eagles, who won the BBL Cup Final last Sunday, came out strong early in the game, running up a 9 point lead in the first quarter, but the Wolves battled back after an 8-0 run in the second.

Worcester did a good job of controlling the game in the latter stages, and took advantage of the fact that the Eagles made uncharacteristic mistakes and turnovers.

The Wolves have had some time to celebrate the win, before they get ready to play the Surrey Scorchers tomorrow in the BBL Championship, while the Newcastle Eagles will regroup before facing Cheshire Phoenix in the BBL Trophy quarter-finals.


NBA Announces 2016 All-Star Starters - Kobe Finishes Top in Voting January 22, 2016 12:31

2016 NBA All-Star Starters

The NBA have announced the starting line-ups for the 2016 All-Star game in Toronto. Kobe Bryant led all players, finishing with 1,891,614 votes.

Having missed the last two All-Star games due to injury, and with his career coming to an end once this season is up, fans cranked out the votes to show their appreciation to the Lakers star, and all-time All-Star leading scorer.

Bryant was followed in the voting by Golden State’s Steph Curry who had 1,604,325 votes.

The Western Conference starters are rounded out with San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard making his first All-Star appearance having picked up 782,339 votes, alongside OKC’s Russell Westbrook (772,009) and Kevin Durant (980,787).

Kobe has now been selected to play in the All-Star game a record-setting 18th time in his career, and there’s a good chance that a lot of the attention at the event will be aimed at the future hall of famer.

In the Eastern Conference, Cleveland’s LeBron James led voting with 1,089,206 to grab him his 12th All-Star appearance. He’s only the 6th player in NBA history to be voted into that many All-Star games.

LeBron is joined in the Eastern Conference starting five by former teammate, Miami’s Dwayne Wade, who picked up 941,466 votes, followed by Indiana’s Paul George, who came back from a horrific leg break and picked up 711,595 votes from fans around the world.

Toronto guard, Kyle Lowry, saw a last minute surge in votes to push him into the starting five, with 646,441 votes, while Carmelo Anthony just edged out Pau Gasol for the last starting spot with 567,348 votes (Gasol had 566,988).

As always, debate has now started about the biggest snubs in the All-Star voting, and the oddest players to come close to the top. One such example being Dallas’ Zaza Pachulia, who made a very late voting push, and almost caught up with Kawhi Leonard.

Golden State’s Draymond Green, who leads the NBA in triple-doubles this season, was thought to be going through as a starter, after recent polls suggested that he was likely to finish higher than Leonard, but in the end he dropped below Pachulia in the voting - a definite surprise for fans around the league.

Other players who have also fallen from grace this year are James Harden, who ended up 5th amongst Western Conference guards, after Curry, Westbrook, Chris Paul and Klay Thompson. Both Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin had seen starting action last year, but injuries and missed games have seen them drop down the rankings this year.

With the All-Star reserves still to be announced, let’s take a look at how voting finished in each conference:

EAST FRONTCOURT

  1. LeBron James (Cle) 1,089,206*
  2. Paul George (Ind) 711,595*
  3. Carmelo Anthony (NY) 567,348*
  4. Pau Gasol (Chi) 566,988
  5. Andre Drummond (Det) 515,296 
  6. Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 473,579
  7. Chris Bosh (Mia) 351,420
  8. Kevin Love (Cle) 332,685
  9. Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 301,362
  10. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 84,617
  11. Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 73,079
  12. Joakim Noah (Chi) 48,509
  13. DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 46,044
  14. Marcin Gortat (Was) 43,496
  15. Paul Millsap (Atl) 41,654

EAST GUARDS

  1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 941,466*
  2. Kyle Lowry (Tor) 646,441*
  3. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 580,651
  4. Jimmy Butler (Chi) 564,637
  5. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 444,868 
  6. John Wall (Was) 368,686
  7. Derrick Rose (Chi) 302,389
  8. Jeremy Lin (Cha) 195,920
  9. Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 153,642
  10. Reggie Jackson (Det) 76,688

WEST FRONTCOURT

  1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,891,614*
  2. Kevin Durant (OKC) 980,787*
  3. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 782,339*
  4. Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 768,112
  5. Draymond Green (GS) 726,616
  6. Blake Griffin (LAC) 651,860
  7. Enes Kanter (OKC) 534,499
  8. Tim Duncan (SA) 431,087
  9. Anthony Davis (NO) 400,688
  10. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 364,270
  11. DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 269,427
  12. LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 268,003
  13. Dwight Howard (Hou) 219,761
  14. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 173,317
  15. Harrison Barnes (GS) 155,289

WEST GUARDS

  1. Stephen Curry (GS) 1,604,325*
  2. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 772,009*
  3. Chris Paul (LAC) 624,334
  4. Klay Thompson (GS) 555,513
  5. James Harden (Hou) 430,777
  6. Manu Ginobili (SA) 226,289
  7. Rajon Rondo (Sac) 200,518
  8. Tony Parker (SA) 195,472
  9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 181,142
  10. Damian Lillard (Por) 158,360
* All-Star 2016 Starters

    Leicester Riders Get Ready to Welcome Fans to Their New Arena January 22, 2016 11:25

    Leicester Riders Arena

    After a year’s worth of construction work, the Leicester Riders brand new basketball arena is almost ready for action. Work began on the site of the new arena in January 2015, and now both the Riders men’s and women’s basketball teams are looking forward to taking to the new court for the first time on Saturday 30th January.

    The Riders women’s team will take on the Sheffield Hatters to open the day’s action at 4:30pm, with the Riders men’s team playing the Surrey Scorchers after that in the BBL Championship.

    Leicester are already reporting record ticket sales for this first game in the new arena, with over 2,000 already sold and a further 200 tickets released for sale this week.

    Leicester Riders Arena

     

    The £4.5 million arena is the result of a joint venture between the Leicester Riders, Leicester City Council and Leicester College, and as well as being home to the Riders, it will also house the Leicester Cobras Wheelchair Basketball Teams and be a regional centre for basketball excellence.

    It’s great to see the Riders get a purpose built place to play that not only allows them to have somewhere official to call home, but to give them the space and facilities to continue to develop youth programmes and give more people the opportunity to play and watch the game of basketball.

    We look forward to seeing footage or pictures from the game on the 30th January, with a packed house.


    Ball Harder With McDavid Basketball Protection January 21, 2016 14:17

    Over the past few years, we've seen a huge growth in the popularity of increased protection on the basketball court, whether that's wearing sleeves to help circulation and regulate body temperature, or wearing pads that protect joints and bones from on-court contact or falls. 

    Dwayne Wade McDavid

    It's now at the point where you can't watch a single NBA game, or college game, without seeing a high number of pro and collegiate players choosing to wrap their bodies in more than just their standard basketball kit. Despite basketball being called a non-contact sport (yeah, right!!) there's definitely a good reason that athletes choose to wear added protection, as you can see below.

    One of the brands that has dedicated its work to injury prevention and performance enhancement has been McDavid. The company's roots stretch back to 1969, when Dr. Robert F. Mcdavid Jr. developed the first widely used protective knee brace for American Football, and since then they've built up to be a leader in their field. 

    McDavid is now a regular feature on basketball courts across the world, with everyone from youngsters just starting out in the game, to multi-million dollar pros taking advantage of their patented technologies and expertise in the area of basketball protection.

    McDavid Basketball

    One of the biggest names in the game to represent the McDavid brand, is DeAndre Jordan who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. At 6-foot-11, and as one of the NBA leaders in rebounding, Jordan puts his body through the mill on a nightly basis. He wears McDavid ankle wraps and braces for support and protection to keep things right through the long NBA season. 

    DeAndre Jordan McDavid

    While the more traditional protective ankle and knee supports remain popular, the two fastest growing arrivals in recent years have been protective arm sleeves and leg sleeves. A large number of basketball players are wearing arm sleeves to help keep their shooting arm warm throughout a game, or have padding to help protect their elbows while battling in the paint, or if they fall to the floor. 

    McDavid Basketball Protection

    Equally so, players are increasingly wearing leg sleeves to also help with circulation and keeping their legs warm during play. Keeping them warm helps with movement and speed as well as reducing the risk of muscle injuries. Leg sleeves with padding around the knee is also helping players to avoid the pain and dangers associated with clashing knees during a game.

    There's also a strong case for the fact that players are wearing arm sleeves and such because it fits with an on-court fashion trend right now. Especially when you're filtering down to younger players who love to emulate their on-court heros. 

    As we look ahead in 2016, it's clear that McDavid are continuing to work with players and trainers to refine their ranges and to improve and develop their technologies in line with where the game of basketball is headed. So, stay tuned as we continue to bring new McDavid products to the store and check out the McDavid "Make The Game Your Own" video below. 


    Kemba Walker Scores Career-High & Franchise-Record 52 Points in Double OT Against Jazz January 19, 2016 17:37

    Kemba Walker Scores Career-High 52 Points

    After getting home from work last night, it started to dawn on a lot of us Brits that a rare thing was happening - NBA games were being played at a reasonable hour on a week night, thanks to it being Martin Luther King day over in the U.S.

    Like everyone else, as soon as we remembered (or rather were reminded by our friends over at Double Clutch), we tuned in and tried to overload on as much weekday NBA action as was humanly possible, and the NBA seemed more than happy to help us out by having the first two games each go to double overtime!

    While the first game with the Philadelphia 76ers visiting the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden turned into a a 2OT nail biter, it was the action in Charlotte that was catching attention.

    Kemba Walker looked on a mission from the start as the Hornets welcomed the Utah Jazz to North Carolina. Walker scored 18 points in the first quarter alone, and he would carry that momentum all the way through to the end of double OT for a career-high and franchise-record 52 points.

    Walker's previous career-high was 42 points, and the previous franchise record was set at 48 points by Glen Rice, on 6th March 1997 in an overtime game versus Boston.

    Free throws were a huge part of helping the Hornets grind out the 124-119 win over Utah, and Walker was instrumental in that, hitting 14 of his 15 charity stripe attempts.

    The Jazz had rallied back from 15 points down in the 3rd quarter, thanks in part to 36 points and 9 assists from Gordan Hayward (although I never know how he fits all of that in between correcting his hair during a game) and 25 points from Trey Burke. They couldn’t complete the comeback though as the Hornets survived off the back of Walkers performance.

    Let’s take a look at Kemba going to work.


    Warriors Hand LeBron James the Worst Home Defeat of His Career January 19, 2016 11:53

    Warriors Destroy Cavaliers
    TONY DEJAK/AP

    The Golden State Warriors returned to Cleveland last night for the first time since they walked out of the Cavaliers arena as NBA Champions. Despite losing an unexpected two games on the road in the past week, we’ve come to expect greatness from the Warriors, but I don’t think anyone was expecting them to tear the Cavs to shreds quite like they did!

    The Warriors beat the Cavaliers 132 - 98, handing LeBron James the worst home loss of his NBA career.

    The Warriors had built up a commanding 30 point lead in the first half alone, pushing the deficit to 43 points (the biggest ever faced by LeBron James in in career) after halftime. Only a late flurry of points from the Cavaliers, against the far end of the Warriors bench, stopped them from facing their worst loss in franchise history.

    Steph Curry had 35 points in 3 quarters of play, including seven 3-pointers, while Andre Iguodala, who was crowned Finals MVP last time he was in the building, scored 20 point. Drayman Green chalked up another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

    LeBron James led the Cavaliers in scoring, with just 16 point to go with 5 assists and 5 rebounds. J.R. Smith had 14 points before being ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Harrison Barnes shortly after halftime. Kyrie Irving managed just 8 points and 3 assists while Kevin Love had 3 points and 6 rebounds.

    James summed up the game by saying that “[The Warriors] came in and gave us a good ol’ fashioned a-kicking. They got a little bit of whatever they wanted.”

    Before the game, Cavaliers head coach, David Blatt said that this performance would act as a measuring stick of where the Cavs were at. The team is certainly in a better position in terms of injuries than before Christmas, but it made little difference. After the game, he called the whole thing a ‘breakdown”.

    The Cavaliers are now 0-3 against the top powers in the league - the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs - showing how far they need to take things if they plan on winning a championship anytime soon.

    The Warriors, on the other hand, were able to really enjoy the win after they faced a surprise loss to Detroit at the weekend. “The last time I was [in Cleveland] we had a trophy, we had champagne and we had goggles.” Said Curry. “.”

    The Warriors are now 38-4 overall, and have won 9 of the last 11 games in Cleveland. They’ll now have this game to use to their advantage if they do happen to meet the Cavaliers again when the Finals come round later this year.


    Watch the BBL Cup Final Mini-Movie | Newcastle Eagles Retain Cup Title January 18, 2016 16:00

    The first piece of BBL silverware was up for grabs this weekend, as the Leicester Riders took on the undefeated Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Cup Final at the Barclay Card Arena in Birmingham.

    After a hard fought game on both sides, the Eagles were able to comeback from a 14 point deficit to beat the Riders and retain their Cup title.

    Effective offence from both teams saw points being racked up quickly early on in the game, but by the half, the Riders had a 50 - 41 lead on the game favourites.

    After the half, it appeared as though the Riders were going to remain on top. They had it all to lose as they built up a 68 - 54 point lead in the 3rd quarter. However, the Eagles are one team that you can never truly believe are beaten until the final buzzer sounds, as they plied the pressure onto the Riders and managed to pull things back early in the 4th quarter.

    Leicester battled hard against the Eagles, keeping things close until the final minutes of the game, when a 13-2 close by the Eagles secured them the win.

    The game saw Eagles’ Rahmon Fletcher crowned MVP with the team securing their 5th consecutive piece of silverware as their winning streak continues.

    The two teams see each other again in Newcastle as part of the BBL Championship on the 29th January, when the Riders will no doubt be looking to get their revenge by ending their winning streak.

    For now, Newcastle will surely be happy with another trophy to squeeze into the trophy cabinet, while proving that complacency about winning isn’t on the agenda for the Eagles.


    7-foot-3 Boban Marjanovic Posterizes Jeremy Evans Then Stares Him Down January 18, 2016 15:08

    Boban Crushes Jeremy Evans on the Dunk

    The San Antonio Spurs took on the Dallas Mavericks last night, in what was the 90th NBA meeting between league veterans, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki.

    While that was more than reason enough to tune in to see the game, there’s an increasing number of people checking in on the Spurs to see if another big guy gets some court time…

    The 7-foot-3 Serbian rookie, Boban Marjanovic, has fast become a fan favourite for getting on the court and just using his immense size to beast on people in the paint. Considering he stands at 9-foot-5 when he has his hands above his head, it’s easy to see why he’s a formidable presence.

    Dallas’ Jeremy Evans found that out the hard way last night. Maybe he didn’t realise who was coming at him. Maybe he hadn’t seen the mighty Boban at work before.

    Either way, Evans got wrapped up like a rag doll, with Boban more or less carrying him back down to the floor. With the added stare down, Boban made sure Evans wouldn’t try to get up in his grill again.

    Check it out!


    5 Reasons Why NBA London 2016 Could Be the Best Yet! January 11, 2016 11:31

    By Luke Hatfield – Editor of BouncyOrangeBall, one of the leading NBA websites in the UK

    Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic - NBA London 2016

    (Credit: NBAE/Getty)

    NBA London is rolling around once again, bringing the best basketball in the wold direct to the United Kingdom. As always, the O2 Arena is set to fill to capacity, with celebrities, sportspeople and NBA fans from across Europe pouring into the British capital for the basketball bonanza.

    With the Orlando Magic set to face up against the Toronto Raptors, it’s promising to be yet another exciting game – but could this year’s NBA London adventure be the best yet? Possibly so, and here are five reasons why.

    This Game Means Plenty to Both Teams

    Let’s face it, last year’s game between the New York Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t exactly get NBA know-it-alls very excited. New York were having one of the worst seasons in franchise history, Carmelo Anthony was playing hurt, and the majority of other star players were traded away before the game even came close to tip-off.

    To add to that, the surprisingly strong Milwaukee Bucks were promising and athletic, but lack a large market and star names, leaving many fans disillusioned regarding the meaning of the game. This isn’t the case with NBA London 2016.

    Both the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors are making legit playoff runs, and are both tantalising parts of an Eastern Conference evolution. In essence, this game could mean a whole lot come the end of the season, and could be the key to deciding whether either of these teams make the Playoffs and who they could face in their respective first round match-ups.

    So, if last year’s game lacked that regular season razzle-dazzle, this game certainly won’t…

    The UK is Beginning to Embrace the NBA

    NBA London 2016

    (Credit: NBAE/Getty)

    When the NBA first started making trips to London, it’s safe to say that not a whole lot of the British public knew very much about the league. In fact, if you asked the general public, they’d only know Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls – with little chance of the likes of the Orlando Magic or Toronto Raptors getting mentioned.

    Now the tables have turned, the British public has slowly begun embracing the sport as the NBA focuses more and more on international markets. In fact, players like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry are quickly making their way onto the UK high streets, whilst the sport as a whole has become one of the highest in participation for under-16s.

    This means that fans that are set to attend the O2 Arena on Thursday evening will know their stuff – and will be creating an atmosphere to suit that of a playoff encounter if all goes to plan. Whilst we still need to accept that the NBA is a growing commodity here on British shores, it’s one which is slowly becoming a fan-favourite…

    Overtime Anyone?

    Cast your mind back to NBA London 2011, the Toronto Raptors took on the then New Jersey Nets in the first ever regular season NBA game to be played in Europe. In the second game of the two teams’ double-header, the Nets and Raptors took the game to 3OT and combined for 273 points.

    So Toronto certainly has a track record for OT games in the O2…

    But that’s not all, the Orlando Magic faced Toronto earlier on this season and ended up snapping the Raptors’ five game win streak by just five points. Toronto players have already mentioned how they’d like to get one back over the Magic – meaning it’s likely to be a close one, and overtime could beckon.

    The Battle of the Bigs

    Nikola Vucevic

    (Credit: NBAE/Getty)

    Who doesn’t love a good big man battle? Both the Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors have some fear inducing centres on their respective rosters. Nikola Vucevic and the fit-again Jonas Valanciunas are set to go head to head at the O2 in a classic big-on-big match-up, and it could prove an exciting showdown.

    Both players have their European roots, so should garner plenty of attention when they’re announced, and both have the skills to put on a show. It could well prove the key battle of the game, should they stay out of foul trouble.

    So whilst many a fan will be hoping to see a big game from Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan, aspiring centres and power forwards who are tuning in will rightly be focusing on one of the most interesting European battles for years in the post.

    Athleticism is Through the Roof

    How high is the O2 Arena’s ceiling again? Let’s hope it’s high enough to cater for the likes of DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon…

    Orlando and Toronto both feature plenty of high-flying superstars that are more than capable of throwing down some backboard crunching dunks. Ross and Oladipo both have experience in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest and need no invitation to get above the rim, whilst DeRozan is renowned for his athleticism on court.

    DeMar DeRozen

    (Credit: NBAE/Getty)

    Aaron Gordon is another player who’s drawn comparison to NBA Clippers forward, Blake Griffin, with his style of play – although we’re not quite sure if he’s ready to go up against the ‘Rim-Reaper’ just yet.

    Either way, fans around the O2 should be keeping their eye out for some uber-athletic plays from some of these players, who are more than capable of getting people out of their seats…

    This article was written by Luke Hatfield - Editor of BouncyOrangeBall, one of the leading NBA websites in the UK. BouncyOrangeBall works in partnership with @NBA_UKFans.


    Lakers Win 3rd Straight Game | Suns Score Franchise Low 22 Points in First Half January 04, 2016 15:00

    Lou Williams Lakers

    It wasn’t pretty and the opponent wasn't exactly a league high-flyer, but the Los Angeles Lakers have won a 3rd straight game, after beating the struggling Phoenix Suns 97-77 last night.

    The Lakers have now beaten the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns in quick succession, to string together their first 3-game win streak since February last year. A fact that Kobe Bryant has to be happy about, despite having sat out the latter two games with a sore shoulder.

    It was Lou Williams, who came to the Lakers from Toronto in the off-season, that led the Lakers last night, with a season-high 30 points. Larry Nance Jr. also chipped in with 15 points and a tied-season-high of 14 rebounds.

    The Lakers might be pleased with another W to their name, but the Phoenix Suns are still a step ahead of them in the Pacific Division, despite having an extremely poor night against their division rivals.

    The Suns were playing their 4th game in 5 nights, and the tiredness showed. In the first half, the team made just 9 shots out of 46 attempts (19.6%), scoring just 10 points in the first quarter. The first half tally of 22 is the lowest in Sounds franchise history.

    The Lakers will host the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, so you’d have to guess that the win streak will be at an end, but this is basketball - anything can happen. The Suns now get a couple of days off before welcoming the Charlotte Hornets to Phoenix on Wednesday.


    Jimmy Butler Breaks Jordan's Record with 40 Points in a Half For Bulls January 04, 2016 14:12

    Jimmy Butler 40 Points

    After the Chicago Bulls defeated the Toronto Raptors 115 - 113 last night, everyone was comparing the Bull’s Jimmy Butler to Michael Jordan after he scored 40 points in a half. “Don’t compare me to him,” was Butlers response.

    No disrespect here though. Butler’s point is that one half of basketball doesn’t compare to what Jordan brought to the game. Maybe so, but Butlers performance last night was both amazing and record breaking.

    Butler scored 40 points in the second half against the Raptors, surpassing Jordan’s franchise record of 39 points against the Bucks from back in 1989.

    The Raptors seemed to be in the driving seat early on, staying out ahead of the Bulls. Butler only had 2 points in the entire first half, and picked up a lip laceration thanks to an elbow to the mouth from Toronto’s DeMarre Carroll.

    Maybe getting a stitch to his mouth during the game lit his fuse, because he came out a different man in the second half. Twenty one of his 42 game points came in the 3rd quarter alone.

    Butler’s teammates were certainly happy, not just in the number of points scored, but the way they were scored. “It’s not just that he scored a lot of points” said Pau Gasol. “He did it in a very efficient way and he did it in a way that was critical for us to win the ballgame.”

    Gasol himself had his 17th double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic also added 17 points to the Bull’s tally.

    The Raptors, who will be playing in London next week, were led by 24 from DeMar DeRozen, with 22 points from Jonas Valanciunas and a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists from Kyle Lowry. DeRozen had a good look at the 3-pointer in the dying seconds of the game to win it for the Raptors, but it rimmed out.

    The Bulls will welcome the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, where Butler will no doubt be looking to stay effective for the Bulls and get a fifth straight win.


    Watch Live BBL & WBBL Action This January for Free with SkySports January 02, 2016 14:02

    BBL Live on SkySports

    Basketball fans are in for a treat this January, as the British Basketball League have joined forces with Sky Sports, Hawk-Eye Innovations and WebcastSport to stream 4 BBL events live, in a brand new pilot scheme for the league.

    This new format for live coverage of the BBL will be free for fans to watch in January, and broadcast worldwide, with viewers able to tune in on their computer, tablet and smartphone via SkySports.com, WebcastSport.com and the Sky Sports app.

    There will be 4 BBL games, and 2 WBBL games shown this month, starting with the Leicester Riders taking on the London Lions at The Copper Box in London, on the 8th January.

    This new pilot scheme by the BBL is made possible by the cutting edge technology that will be provided by Hawk-Eye Innovations, who specialise in UK sports technology. They’re perhaps best known at the moment for their line calling service at Wimbledon and the Premier League football goal line technology.

    The BBL games will be recorded with up to six automated broadcast quality HD cameras, which use Hawk-Eye’s vision processing techniques and combine with the Hawk-Eye software platform. The feed will then be broadcast live by WebcastSport, making the games available to stream for free.

    The games that will be available to watch live, for free, are:

    Friday Jan 8, 2016 – from 7.15pm

    Live from The Copper Box, London
BBL Trophy First Round

    
London Lions vs Leicester Riders (7:30pm tip)

    Sunday Jan 17, 2016 – from 11.45am
    
Live from the Barclaycard Card Arena, Birmingham

    WBBL Trophy Final: Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters v Barking Abbey Crusaders (12:00pm tip)
    
BBL Slam Dunk Contest (2:00pm)

    
BBL Cup Final – Esh Group Newcastle Eagles vs Leicester Riders (3:30pm tip)

    Friday Jan 22, 2016 – from 7.15pm
    
Live from the University of Worcester Arena, Worcester

    BBL Championship


    Worcester Wolves vs Esh Group Newcastle Eagles (7:30 tip)

    Saturday Jan 30, 2016 – from 4.15pm
    
Live from the brand new Leicester Community Sports Arena, Leicester
    
WBBL Championship – Leicester Riders vs Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters (4:30pm tip)


    BBL Championship - Leicester Riders vs Surrey Scorchers (7:30pm tip)

    The Commercial Director of the BBL, WBBL and GB Basketball has said “This is a hugely exciting first step towards our goal of bringing British basketball to fans worldwide. I would like to thank all parties involved who have worked both hard and selflessly to pull this ground-breaking collaboration together. Not only will the partnership give fans the opportunity of watching live games on their PCs but also on their tablets and Smartphones, and all for free. This, coupled with accessibility worldwide, was for us, an important element of this project.”

    Hawk-Eye’s Managing Director, Stephen Carter said, “We are delighted to be part of this innovative collaboration with the BBL. Following our trials with networks across multiple American sports, including basketball and baseball, we feel our technology is the perfect match for the BBL and we look forward to developing this partnership in 2016.”

    Meanwhile Kevin Magee, Managing Director of WebcastSport, added,
“WebcastSport is proud to be the web streaming partner for the BBL. We are excited to be able to bring our many years of broadcast expertise to one of the UK’s largest sports and to be able to deliver the league live to webcastsport.com viewers free of charge. The opportunity to collaborate with Hawk-Eye and its new technologies, and the added bonus of our partnership with Skysports.com, will see us take the sport into a new era of interaction with the fan base.”

    We’ll certainly look forward to tuning in to check out the new service and get a look at some BBL and WBBL this January.


    J.J. Barea Leads Mavericks Over Warriors | Curry Sidelined with Leg Injury December 31, 2015 12:57

    J.J. Barea vs Golden State Warriors

    For just the second time this season, the Golden State Warriors faced defeat as they were blown out 114-91 by the Dallas Mavericks last night. They key issue? The Warriors were missing Steph Curry, and badly missing shots.

    Curry was sidelined last night against the Mavericks with a bone bruise to his lower left leg and the effect of that was apparent from the get-go. The Warriors seemed unsettled and overly aware of the gap that they had to fill in terms of scoring and playmaking.

    Curry’s usual partner in knocking down shots, Klay Thompson, struggled the entire game, shooting just 4 of 15 for 10 points, while Draymond Green also struggled, matching Thompson’s 4 of 15 from the field, picking up 11 points.

    Green’s 11 points were the highest from the starters, with Ian Clark coming off the bench to score a team-high 21. Overall, the team shot 40.7% from the field, and 36.8% from 3-point range.

    The Mavericks on the other hand were firing on all cylinders. J.J. Barea, who was filling in for Derron Williams at point, had a team high 23 points on 9-12 shooting. Barea also kept the offence rolling with 5 other Mavs scoring in double figures.

    Dallas leader, Dirk Nowitzki, had 18 points and 8 rebounds, as well as a rare two-handed dunk from the baseline after the Warriors also slackened off on defence.

    The Mavericks as a whole shot 51.2% from the field, and 51.9% from three point range to take down Golden State in spectacular fashion.

    The 23-point margin on the final score was the Warriors worst loss since their 31-point loss to Houston in 2013 (just so happens that the Rockets are next up for the Warriors) and the Warriors were down by as many as 30 points during the game.

    It’s perhaps worrying for the Warriors that they crashed and burned so emphatically without Curry, but then there’s also the fact that they were without Festus Ezeli, Leandro Barbosa and Harrison Barnes; all players who usually make their mark in a game for Golden State.

    The Warriors travel to Houston today for their second game in a Texas back-to-back. James Harden has been making some negative comments about Klay Thompson’s assertion that he’s the best 2 guard in the league so this is going to be another interesting match-up.


    Odeon Cinemas to Show Raptors vs Magic NBA London Game Live Across UK December 29, 2015 13:57

    NBA London 2016

    Tickets to see the Toronto Raptors and the Orlando Magic play at the O2 Arena in London in January 2016, sold out super fast, but if you missed out, the Odeon is here to help.

    Odeon Cinema's have announced that they will be showing the NBA London game live, in cinema's across the UK, so that basketball fans around the country have a chance to get together and watch the game live a little closer to home. 

    The meeting between the Raptors and the Magic next month will be the 6th regular-season NBA game to take place in London, and we're looking forward to seeing some fast paced, high-flying action from the likes of Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic, DeMar DeRozen, Kyle Lowry and DeMarre Carroll. 

     The game will be shown live in the Odeon cinemas listed below, and you can book your tickets right now, by clicking this link and booking on the Odeon website

    Basketball fans of the UK - let's get a good turnout and make this something that might continue to happen in the future. 

    SHOWING Thursday 14th January: NBA London - Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic - 19:30

    Odeon Cinema's where the NBA London Game can be watched (these are the ones that are currently available online to book tickets):

    • Basingstoke
    • Belfast
    • Blackpool
    • Braehead
    • Edinburgh - Fort Kinnaird
    • Greenwich
    • Hull
    • Kingston
    • Lee Valley
    • Leeds Bradford
    • Liverpool ONE
    • Manchester Printworks
    • Metrocentre Gateshead
    • Milton Keynes Stadium
    • Norwich
    • Sheffield
    • Southampton
    • Southend
    • Surry Quays
    • Telford
    • Worcester

    BOOK TICKETS NOW