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Oklahoma City Thunder Fire Scott Brooks

The OKC Thunder have ended their partnership with head coach Scott Brooks after a 7-year tenure with the team.

In an announcement this morning, it was made clear by the Thunder that this was not a reflection on this past season, given the huge injury toll, but an admission that the team was desperate for change and a new approach in the quest for an inaugural Championship.

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Mike Budenholzer Named Coach of The Year

Atlanta Hawks’ coach Mike Budenholzer has won the 2014/15 Coach of The Year award in what is just his second year with the team.

Finishing first in the voting ahead of the likes of the Spurs’ Greg Popovich, Warriors rookie coach Steve Kerr and surprise packet Brad Stevens of the Celtics, Budenholzer lead the Hawks to a franchise record 60-22 record, ensuring the team both the No. 1 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference and a division title (Southeast Division) for the first time since 1993/94.

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Jordan Clarkson A Rare Bright Spot in Lakers Misery

The LA Lakers story in 2015 hasn’t differed largely from what anyone imagined it would prior to the start of the season. One could even argue that this history making slide into obscurity could be seen a mile off. Well before they hired coach Byron Scott. Way before they traded for Jeremy Lin, and ‘won’ the rights to sign Carlos Boozer. Long before Julius Randle and Kobe Bryant went down with season ending injuries, and certainly before last week, when the Lakers lost their 60th game in a season for the very first time in their long history.

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Wait, What If?

The first ever annual Wait, What If? article. We spend an inordinate amount of time sitting and pondering these little sliding doors type moments and trying to predict what could be.

This article could go on for days if I was allowed to do this about any topic within the history of the NBA, but seeing as though I’d prefer not to bore everyone to death I’m sticking with events from this season. (more…)



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Kamal Hylton – Recapping Fantastic First Season with NBA Nation Australia 

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

With the regular season quickly coming to a close, I thought this would be a good time to recap what was a fantastic first season of coverage for NBA Nation Australia.

I can’t thank the guys enough for bringing me on board, the big boss man Nick Caro, fellow writer Nick How teaching me Aussie phrases and lingo to use during interviews, Pumpa and Boof from the Hoops Podcast allowing me to share my experience on the show and all the other guys for helping spread the word.

Most of all, I thank the rest of the Aussie hoops community and fans of the site for genuinely appreciating the coverage. Knowing that you’re loving the work that we’re doing over here means a lot and isn’t taken for granted, I can tell you first hand that having support like this isn’t the case over here in North America. Through sharing   this season with you guys a part of me feels Australian, my next step is to actually make the flight over there.

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NBA Nation Australia’s Roundtable

Welcome to another edition of the NBA Nation Australia Roundtable!

This week we’re tackling a variety of issues including the race for MVP, the struggle in Oklahoma City and the Playoffs! We welcome along local legend Nick Dillon from our mates at Above The Rim Australia for the ride this week as well. Settle back, grab a cuppa and enjoy NBA Nation Australia’s Roundtable!

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Choose Life with Larry Sanders

Now usually on this blog I keep it fairly footloose and fancy free. Throw a few jokes around, a couple of cheesy one-liners and maybe make fun of Dwight Howard’s post game for a while. This piece though, I’ve gone in a different direction. The story of Larry Sanders and his leaving of the NBA, indefinitely, made me stand up and take notice. To me, it is a story that needs attention. Today Larry’s story has my attention and I hope it can grab your attention as well. (more…)



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Trending Up

The NBA has become well known of late for being a new mecca for fashion. Players are under the microscope more and more about what they wear to and from the game. Even post game, some questions relate to their choice of attire over the game itself.

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Trade Deadline Snapshot

One of the more crazy trade deadlines has finished, with some mind boggling deals going down at the death. Here’s a really quick snapshot of the reported trades that have happened overnight

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Trade Deadline Update

We’re a shade under 24 hours until the NBA Trade Deadline ends, so let’s take a quick look at some of the players and teams making headlines around the league including Goran Dragic, Reggie Jackson and more!

Phoenix’s loaded backcourt was always going to cause a stir for one of, if not more, of the talented guards currently on the Suns roster. First to break out and publicly demand a trade is Slovenian Goran Dragic, who has told the Phoenix brass he will not re-commit to the team after this season, and listing the Knicks, Heat and Lakers as destinations he would like to go. Dragic is a free agent at the culmination of the 2015 season, meaning plenty of clubs will have the opportunity to wine and dine him in an attempt to sign him, however the risk of trading assets now with the possibility that he’ll leave in free agency is too much for most.

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