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Bob's Bonus: WNBA Playoffs and RIP Pete

In: NBA — Tuesday, 16 Aug, 2022

BOB'S BONUS: Basketball has lost another one of its past greats, as US correspondent BOB CRAVEN reports today from Seattle, while also giving us a wrap of how the WNBA playoffs stack up starting Wednesday (Thursday our time) and how our Storm finished Sue Bird's last regular season.


Aug 16

2022 - Year of the Sad Farewell

In: Misc — Monday, 15 Aug, 2022

WHAT a terribly sad year 2022 has been, with so many iconic sporting and entertainment figures passing away and we're not even two-thirds of the way through it! I've put off writing this for a while because every time I'm ready to type, another significant figure seems to die, further adding to our collective sorrow.  


Aug 15

Matt finish as BA slips accountability

In: Boomers & Opals — Sunday, 14 Aug, 2022

ONE of basketball's very few remaining dedicated journalists, the Daily Telegraph's Matt Logue, this week won the Peter Frilingos award for outstanding sports journalism at the Kennedy Awards. It was specifically for his gritty and gutsy coverage of the pre-Olympic events which led to the end of Liz Cambage's career as an Opal.


Aug 14

Bob's Corner: Storming to new records

In: NBA — Saturday, 13 Aug, 2022

BOB'S CORNER: Let's be blunt. Having our US correspondent BOB CRAVEN based in Seattle is great news for Aussie WNBA fans as it is the home of the Storm, LJ's "alma mater" and has Opals Olympians Ezi Magbegor and Steph Talbot on the current roster. Plus, this week they were setting records. 


Aug 13

NBA honours Bill Russell's legacy

In: NBA — Friday, 12 Aug, 2022

THE NBA's announcement today that it would honour the legacy of 11-time champion and civil rights activist Bill Russell by retiring his #6 singlet across the 30-team league is a wonderful gesture, but surely one it should have initiated before the great man's death last month.


Aug 12

Nick's back - O-Kay?

In: Boomers & Opals — Thursday, 11 Aug, 2022

BRONZE-medal winning Boomers forward Nick Kay returns to the Australian men's lineup for yet another window - the fourth, so far - in the World Cup qualifiers later this month, taking on the might of FIBA's 106th-ranked Bahrain before hosting Iran (ranked 23) in Bendigo.


Aug 11

The G.O.A.T. is back and so are the Opals

In: Boomers & Opals — Wednesday, 10 Aug, 2022

ON the same day women's tennis' G.O.A.T. Serena Williams announced her retirement at 41, Australian basketball's G.O.A.T. Lauren Jackson at 41 was selected in the Opals team for the 2022 FIBA World Cup next month in Sydney. "Life begins at 40"? That may be an understatement. 


Aug 10

Revisiting Bill's wit and wisdom

In: NBA — Tuesday, 9 Aug, 2022

THIS past Sunday, the Seattle TIMES had a piece on NBA legend Bill Russell that our US correspondent BOB CRAVEN was sure B.O.T.I. readers would enjoy. raven had some bits I’m sure you’ll like. When Russell coached the Seattle Supersonics in the mid-1970s, he wrote a column occasionally for the TIMES. Here are some of his gems.


Aug 9

Happy Birthday Bronzed Boomers

In: Boomers & Opals — Sunday, 7 Aug, 2022

TODAY is the day. August 7. A year ago today, not just basketball but sporting fans all across Australia sat spellbound and glued to their TV sets as Patty Mills led our national men's team - those Boomers of the Dreamtime - to medal glory at the Tokyo OIympic Games.


Aug 7

Bob's Corner: The G.O.A.T. is in the house

In: Boomers & Opals, NBA — Saturday, 6 Aug, 2022

BOB'S CORNER: Seattle-based US correspondent BOB CRAVEN could not have been happier to see the G.O.A.T. - Lauren Jackson - back "at home" for a big WNBA fixture in which her contemporary Sue Bird and LJ's playing clone Breanna Stewart both starred and featured prominently.


Aug 6

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