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Basketballer Damien Ekenasio played 17 seasons with the Wellington Saints, but he started out as an opera singer! He now mentors tamariki through Hutt City Council's 'Capital Stars Programme' and spoke to UNICEF about what matters most for children.
As Tai Wesley watched his former Melbourne United team-mates hoist the championship banner in their Australian NBL home opener on Sunday, the emotions came flooding back for the hard-nosed American power forward.
Trust the Perth Wildcats to finally break the drought by home sides in the opening round of the new Australian National Basketball league season.
Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of basketball's world governing body who was seen as a potential IOC president, has died at the Youth Olympics. He was 51.
This was why new Breakers coach Kevin Braswell went so hard after Tai Wesley over the Australian NBL off-season.
The NZ Breakers face an early Australian National Basketball League (ANBL) acid test in Melbourne on Sunday that even has swaggy sharpshooter Corey Webster a little nervous.
It took four overtime periods but a leg-weary Melbourne United have out-lasted the Illawarra Hawks in a remarkable Australian National Basketball League (ANBL) season-opener to claim a nailbiting 123-122 win on Friday night in Wollongong ahead of Sunday's match with the Breakers.
OPINION: The NZ Breakers have made an inauspicious start to the new Australian NBL (ANBL) season – in more ways than one.
Andrej Lemanis could not believe his luck when the phone rang one day last off-season and Mika Vukona was on the other end asking for a job.
Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti believes Steven Adams is still five years shy of his prime as the big Kiwi centre looks set for another standout NBA campaign.
The Perth Wildcats survived a massive second-half scare to kickstart their NBL campaign with a 99-91 season-opening victory over the Adelaide 36ers on Thursday.
The brave new era of NZ Breakers basketball has started on a bum note, with Kiwi reject Mika Vukona exacting a satisfying dose of retribution at Spark Arena on Thursday night.
Boston Celtics star Marcus Smart has been fined US$25,000 (NZ$38,700) and the Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith US$15,000 (NZ$23,200) after the pair scuffled in a NBA pre-season game.
The Tall Ferns have been blocked from funding by High Performance Sport New Zealand while the their male counterparts the Tall Blacks continue to receive grants.
The Breakers were left wondering what could have been after falling agonisingly short of pulling off an historic upset against the NBA's Phoenix Suns.