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Monthly archives: November, 2012

NBA Nation Australia’s Podcast Guide

NBA Podcasting. A relatively new idea that has been brought about as a result of the planet continuing to engage in evolving technology. A medium for fans to gain access to a world of information surrounding their favorite topics and one that basketball fans are extremely involved in. Fans aren’t just listening to podcasts, they’re also being actively involved in their production with some fantastic amateur shows available, some of which originate right here in Australia. Yours truly has given up listening to music on the trip to and from work in exchange for NBA Podcasts and find a wealth of knowledge within it. There is something special about listening to a variety of different opinions and views on topics surrounding the game we love and podcasts are the ideal way to do that.

We at NBA Nation decided that as this ever evolving medium continues to grow and fluctuate, it becomes more and more important for people to become involved with podcasts. So, we’ve decided the best thing to do is provide our readers with a guide to six of the better podcasts out there including links so you can access and be a part of one of the fastest growing journalism avenues in the NBA stratosphere. In no particular order, this is NBA Nation Australia’s Basketball Podcast Guide. Enjoy!

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Straight To The Bank – NBA Punting Tips

The NBA season is long, part of the joy is the grind. With the grind comes considerations like effort, stats and priorities. When betting on day-to-day sports like the NBA  so many things need to be taken into consideration.

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#BelieveTheHype: Robert Sacre. Lakers Legend.

60th Pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Gonzaga University, the Los Angeles Lakers select Robert Sacre.

Nobody really pays much attention by this point in the draft and normally that’s fair enough, but our buddies over at the #BelieveTheHype Podcast have seemingly found a reason to watch this young prospect. He has shown moments of promise, but Tom and Benyam have put together this little video showcasing the enthusiasm and intensity with which Sacre is spending his time on the Lakers bench. Every team needs positivity, and Sacre brings it in spades. Take a look….

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxVuySQT-eY&feature=youtu.be]


Harrison Barnes Dunk of The Year Contender

This may have been the best dunk of the year so far! Harrison Barnes, the rookie from the Golden State Warriors threw down this MONSTER jam in yesterday’s game against Minnesota completely posterizing Wolves center Nikola Pekovic. This is definitely one for the ESPN highlight reel you guys! 

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjECOakCpt8]

 



NBA Punters Picks Thursday Nov 22

TD Garden

Season Record:  6 wins – 4 loses

Picks for Thursday Nov 22

San Antonio -1.5  $1.91 (Sportingbet)

Washington + 9.5  $1.91 (Sportingbet) 

Oklahoma City Margin 1-10 points – $2.75 (Sportingbet)



NBA Power Rankings

Welcome to the first of NBA Nation’s NBA Power Rankings! Where does your team fit in?

1. Los Angeles Clippers (8-2): One reason this team is top of the power rankings aside from their superb record is their depth. They are a completely stacked team, with two key players still sitting out due to injury. They are that deep, there have been reports of players as key as Chris Paul and Blake Griffin complaining about a lack of minutes. With back up guards playing like max contract starters, and the bench committing more than any other in the league, there’s little doubt this Clippers team are currently the most powerful team in the league.

2. New York Knicks (7-1): Playing like men possessed, this Knicks outfit boasts the best record in the East, and has just been surpassed by the Clips for top spot this week. For the oldest team out there to be taking it to the league is something to be admired. Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith have found a harmony, while Jason Kidd and Ray Felton have found a commonality that has seen them become one of the better guard combinations in the NBA. Ever the reliable anchor is Tyson Chandler, while the return of Marcus Camby and Amare Stoudemire should help the team even further.

3. Memphis Grizzlies (8-2): Could have surpassed New York for the 2 spot had they not fallen to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. If they hadn’t lost there was every chance Memphis could have strung together a big 13 game win streak as they have a good home stretch against under .500 teams coming up. But, it matters little. this team is still playing deadly basketball, and is getting great production out of their bigs in Randolph and M. Gasol while Rudy Gay is turning into the player we all know he’s capable of being.

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NBA Nation Australia’s Roundtable Featuring Jaimee Rogers

Welcome to the first NBA Nation Roundtable for season 2012! We’re extremely excited to be back and to bring you new installments of our favorite segment. It’s been a turbulent start to the season and there’s plenty to talk about, so to help us discuss some of the bigger talking points we invited the lovely Jaimee Rogers of TAB Sportsbet along for the ride! Jaimee is a huge NBA fan and an avid Chicago Bulls supporter and you can follow her on Twitter @Jaimee_Rogers. We’re stoked to have you on board, Jaimee. Let’s get into it!

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Kevin Durant Makes History

Durant drops 1st career Triple-Double in Oklahoma.

It was a quiet night in the NBA, a few surprising results like Detroit over Boston and Portland over Chicago, but for one player it would be historic. As the Thunder continued to beat down on the leagues bottom feeder’s Durant notched his first triple double.

Durant pushes past the Warriors to make history

 

Durant finished the night with:

  • 25 points
  • 13 rebounds 
  • 10 assists (career high)

Durant continues to add more strings to his bow. The 3 time scoring leader didnt seem too fussed by all of it:

“ I really didn’t care, to be honest. If it came, then that’s cool. If it didn’t, then just keep playing, It feels good to get one. Now, I guess I’ve got a little monkey off my back. I can just go out there and play.”

What other milestones will Durant notch up this season? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on twitter @nbanationoz



Flagrant! Flagrant! Flagrant! – The NBA’s Moments Of Mayhem

We all love the game of basketball and everything that comes with it…

Players play hard night after night, but occasionally some get lost in the moment and….. BLAMMM!!

Emotions fly high, tempers ablaze, there’s a lot at stake and players will do whatever they can to get the job done.

Here we compile some of the hardest, grittiest, and downright ugly moments of the NBA.

Kevin McHale Decapitates Kurt Rambis

Game 4 of the 1984 NBA Finals and the Lakers are leading the Boston Celtics 2-1. It’s the 3rd Quarter and the Lakers are up 76-70 when Abdul-Jabbar pulls down a rebound, launches a quick pass up court to James Worthy, who lays off to Kurt Rambis who charges through for what should be a standard lay-up. Until… Kevin McHale rips through and completely clotheslines Rambis to the floor and causes all sorts of mayhem on court. It was the moment that really heated up that series and the violent physicality took off from that point. Some say it was an effective turning point for the Celtics as they went on to win that Game 4 129-125, and then took the next to games to win the 1984 Championship 4-2.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7r6vXeOfyQ]

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Drugs

I’m sorry…. but what the f**k is going on here?


Andrew Bynum. All Star center for the Philadelphia 76ers. Currently injured. Evidently the victim of a serious crack binge. Now, I’m all for an extravagant haircut or the odd crazy tattoo, but there’s only one man in this world who has the right to look like James Brown. James Brown. Maybe it’s the copious amounts on time on the sidelines, or the simple life out in ol’ Phily. Whatever it is, someone needs to man up and tell big Drew that this looks utterly ridiculous. You wanna make friends when you play for a new team, not scare the shit out of them. Maybe we’re witnessing the first step towards Bynum being one of those estranged NBA players that fades into obscurity after doing something outlandish. Hopefully not, but evidently there’s something going on in the world of Andrew Bynum that none of use are privy to. We’re just reaping the hilarious rewards of a really silly haircut.

As you were.
Nick C.