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Leroy And His Kindergarten Kids
Leroy Loggins will be in charge of a bunch of youngsters dubbed the "kindergarten kids" when a new-look Brisbane tips off its inaugural NBL summer season against Canberra in Brisbane this Friday night.

Mcdonald Holds Key To Title
The success of the Victoria Titans in their inaugural NBL season rests heavily on the shoulders of heralded point guard Darryl McDonald, according to coach Brian Goorjian. Following the marriage of South East Melbourne and North Melbourne, Goorjian has his dream team but said the Achilles heel of the premiership favourite was not having a back-up for McDonald.

Champion Sixer wants a three year deal
Adelaide 36ers grand final MVP Kevin Brooks has been back in Adelaide for just six days but he's already looking to sign a new deal that will keep him at the club into the 21st century. Brooks, who has returned to the 36ers from the United States after a protracted contract dispute, is keen to extend his one-year contract to three.

NBL Looks To Former AFL Chief For Advice
The struggling NBL will turn to former AFL boss Ross Oakley on how best to promote the basketball league, increase revenue and complete its transition to a board of commission, according to NBL chief executive John Rymarz.

Cannons Future in Doubt
The future of foundation club, the Canberra Cannons is in serious doubt after the announcment by Cannons' chairman Col Alexander that the club had been placed in the hands of an administrator, KPMG partner Tony McGrath. It was an emotional Col Alexander that addressed the Canberra media and he directed his attack directly at the National Basketball league.

NBL launches Summer Season
The NBL used Bondi beach as the setting for it's launch of what will undoubtably be the most vital season in the league's 20 year history. On a 30 plus degree day, 11 players from 11 clubs posed for numerous photographs while NBL chief executive John Rymarz revealed his thoughts and plans for the upcoming season.

36ers might get even better
Speaking at yesterday's official launch of the NBL's inaugural summer season at Sydney's Bondi Icebergs Club, Adelaide 36ers coach Phil Smyth declared yesterday his 1998-99 team could be better than the one which won last season's National Basketball League championship.

Rucker May Miss Season Opener
The West Sydney razorbacks may be without star import Derek Rucker for their first ever NBL match when they clash with cross town rivals the Sydney Kings on October 10 after Rucker injured his calf in a pre season game vs the Crocs.

Warwick Giddey to miss 6 weeks
Melbourne Tigers, their unsuccessful NBL title defence hampered by constant illness and injury, have suffered a significant casualty in the lead-up to the new season. Veteran forward Warrick Giddey has broken his left arm in an exhibition game and will miss the next six to eight weeks.

Thaddeous Loves to Bang
He turns up ready to play every night and best of all, he loves to bang (bodies) with the big boys. Thaddeous Delaney, Brisbane's newest national basketball import hit town today, immediately putting a smile on the faces of his new Bullets teammates by declaring he loved the physical stuff.

Summer Schedule Posted
The Schedule for the 1998 NBL Summer Season has been posted on this site. It contains every match for the upcoming season plus the Play off schedule. Intresting notes from this season's schedule include 4 'open air' games, games on Boxing Day and Games on New Years Day.

Croc's Looking For New Big Man
Townsville Crocodiles coach Ian Stacker has begun a global search for an athletic centre following fears that team captain Clarence Tyson may miss the NBL's inaugural summer season.

Wildcats Sweating on Grace
The Perth Wildcats three time championship winning point guard Ricky Grace is in doubt for the upcoming season after damaging his knee at Wildcats training yesterday.

Sydney Rivals to Clash in Opener
The newest kid on the block in the National Basketball League can't wait to start its rivalry with its crosstown competitor. The West Sydney Razorbacks will meet the 10-year-old Sydney Kings on October 10 in the first week of the revamped NBL season, which was announced today.

Kevin Brooks Returns
The Adelaide 36ers will announce today that championship winning foward Kevin Brooks wil return for the Sixers championship defence when the Summer season commences next month.

Razorbacks Sign African Centre
The West Sydney Razorbacks have moved away from the United States to sign African centre Ernest Nzigamasabo, (pronounced ZIGAM-AH-SAHBO) for the coming summer National Basketball season.

Goorjian blends old cultures
As Good as Brian Goorjian is at coaching basketball's Xs and Os, he must also now instil his team with a culture. The Titans, the NBL entity formed by the Magic-Giants merger that may be formally known as the Victorian Titans, had their first official training run yesterday and Goorjian crammed plenty of tactics into two hours.

Crocs Draft Goodwin
Former North Melbourne forward Andrew Goodwin is the only player picked up in the National Baskletball League draft following the merger of the North Melbourne Giants and South East Melbourne Magic.

Bullets Sign Delaney
The Brisbane Bullets officially added import Thaddeus Delaney to its roster yesterday with the club displaying a revamped team, uniform and logo for the new National Basketball League summer season.

Razorbacks Snare Dwight
The West Sydney Razorbacks continued their off season spending spree, announcing the signing of former Cannon Simon Dwight for one season. The one year deal is expected to earn Dwight $115 000.

Bullets Unveil Uniform
The Brisbane Bullets tied up many looses ends today, announcing the signings of Ben Knight and Paul Scott and unveiling thier new uniform. The Uniform was modelled by new recruits Brendan Mann and Phil Doherty.

Titans Retain Pepper
Ben Pepper has rejected an offer to return home to play for the Wildcats and will stay in Melbourne to take up a position with the Titans. Pepper, D-Mac and Paul Maley are the only 3 Giants on the roster so far.

Victorian Titans
The S.E Melbourne Magic and the North Melbourne Giants have merged to form the 'Booze less' Victorian Titans. There were a number of suprises in the details given to the media including the coach, venue and salary cap.

Razorbacks Sign Bolden
The West Sydney Razorbacks have pulled off yet another big signing, announcing that they had secured the services of NBL veteran Bruce Bolden. Bolden will play his 13th season in Australia when the season commences in October.

At ease, on the rebound
Brett Brown deserves to be coaching the National Basketball League's new merged team, the Titans. Unfortunately for Brown, Brian Goorjian deserves it more.