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Free throw for SA NBL fans


CAN Lightning go one better in 2020? Are the 36ers truly better than last season? What does signing Josh Boone mean to Illawarra? Has Stephanie Talbot's WNBA trade helped her career?

Adelaide 36ers coach Joey Wright and MAC Adelaide Lightning coach Chris Lucas both will be home from South America and Phoenix, Arizona respectively, and special speakers at the Free Throw Foundation's latest fund-raising lunch on Friday.

Questions are sure to be fired up from the packed attendance which usually is filled with past Olympians, Boomers, Opals, Woollacott and Halls Medalists, and stars of bygone eras in what steadily has become South Australian basketball's premier social event.

Much speculation has surrounded Wright's choices for his next Sixers' roster, while there have been big moves right around the NBL.

Lightning recruited South Aussie guard/forward Talbot from WNBL rival Melbourne Boomers and Lucas was in Phoenix this week when she was traded by WNBA's Mercury to Minnesota Lynx.

The move is expected to fast-track her development, bearing in mind she already was a Rio Olympian and member of the Opals' 2018 FIBA World Cup Silver Medallists.

While in Minnesota, she no doubt can catch up with Mitch Creek, the 36ers' 2018 club MVP who is already in Minneapolis training with the NBA's Timberwolves after yesterday being named in the Boomers' squad for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.

Lucas can speak at length about Talbot while Wright widely has been credited by Creek for making him "NBA-ready".

And when it comes to World Cups, Lucas was on the Opals' bench as an assistant as they won Silver.

These two men are a font of basketball knowledge and "inside information", and blessed with an honesty and candour which should make their appearance together on Friday rivetting and memorable.

Tickets are still on sale but if you are considering going, do not dawdle any longer. The lunch details are below. See you there!

May 24

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