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New Irish Basketball Season Launched

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The 2013/2014 season was launched last week in the National Basketball Arena. The AerTV cameras were also present to capture the action as the National Cup draws also took place.

Templeogue are preparing to enter the top league of Irish basketball for the first time. U18 Irish international point guard Sean Flood was in the Arena and spoke to basketballireland.ie about how big of a step up the Premier Division is going to be for everyone in the club. Continue reading

NBA Western Conference Preview

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The Western Conference has in many ways being forced to take a back seat role as the Miami Heat have ripped up the entire NBA over the past two seasons. The pre season games are now a matter of weeks away whilst teams begin training camps next weekend. The season really is just around the corner and I for one certainly cant wait.

How things have changed for the Dallas Mavericks since they won the Championship not too long ago. Dirk Nowitski has been a pro for the past fifteen years but simply put cannot continue to carry this Mavs team like he has done over the past two seasons. Having lost many of their star performers throughout those two seasons I think it is safe to say that the Mavs are no longer serious play off contenders and must be contempt with a few mediocre seasons as they look to rebuild their team. Continue reading

NBA Eastern Conference Preview Part 2

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Having already assessed the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division , Gareth O’Reilly returns to cast his eye over the remainder of the Eastern Championship.

It would be hard to look beyond the Miami Heat for the winners of the Eastern Championship although I can see the Cavs causing a fair few upsets throughout the season as they look to make a return to the play offs.

The Chicago Bulls have their star man back and look like they will return to the force they were before Derrick Rose went down with a torn ACL. When Rose went down over a year ago so did the Bulls play off hopes for two seasons. The fans may have been extremely frustrated with the delay in getting Rose back for the business end of last season but the extra rehab time should mean that the former League MVP should now be back to his very best. Continue reading

NBA Eastern Conference Preview Part 1

atlantic-division-nbaWith the NBA season now not too far away and with the first pre season games due to take place in less than a month I have decided to have a look ahead at what the upcoming NBA Season will bring us.

Starting in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division the Boston Celtics have radically changed from last season’s bunch of players after some block buster trades. Losing Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett makes the task of making the play offs look all that more difficult. The man that survived the mass clear out taking place in Boston was Rajon Rondo who now looks like the man Boston want to lead the franchise into the future. Continue reading

The Changing World Of Irish Basketball

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The world of youth basketball is changing rapidly. In this weeks article I will explore if it is really possible for a kid to grow up in Ireland and still make the big time. The answer is a more than ever resounding no.

Over the past two years we have witnessed many of the countries finest athletes follow in the footsteps of young footballers in crossing over the water to England and more specifically Plymouth Raiders Basketball Academy. Continue reading

Bright Future Ahead For Irish Basketball

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Finally after years of having little or no international basketball the underage teams seem to be back up and running with Basketball Ireland hopeful that they will have a senior team back competing in the not too distant future.

As things stand there is currently an Irish U15,U16 and U17 team with an U20 team due to be set up later this year. This will be the most teams that Basketball Ireland have had since they were forced to dismantle the Senior International Teams four years ago. This was especially controversial on the girls side as they operated on a budget of just €40,000 a year and were extremely hopeful of gaining promotion to Division A. Continue reading

Shelbourne 2-0 UCD

It was a game that had been circled by both sets of supporters for several weeks as the dreaded “relegation six pointer”. UCD were in confident mood coming off the back of an impressive 2-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers. That game had also marked their first clean sheet of the season but from early on it looked like this might not be the case at Tolka Park. Continue reading