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Southland Sharks stars ready to return in 2016

Southland Sharks player Tai Wesley celebrates after winning the NBL title on Sunday night in Wellington.

Majority of Southland's NBL title-winning team indicate they want to return to defend their crown next year.

Saints owner may sell up over ref standards

Wellington Saints owner Nick Mills says poor refereeing standards have killed his passion for basketball.

Nick Mills' days as Wellington team's owner could be numbered as he bemoans standard of refereeing in the NBL.

Sharks welcomed home video

Wyatt and Noah Gutsell, 6 and 8, wait for the Southland Sharks to
arrive at Invercargill Airport.

About 50 people have gathered at the Invercargill airport waiting to welcome victorious basketball team the Southland Sharks home.

Southland Sharks NBL champions

Kevin Braswell of the Sharks drives to the hoop during the National Basketball League grand final.

Southland Sharks beat Wellington Saints to be crowned NBL champions.

Saints reach NBL final

Saints guard Lindsay Tait was at his charismatic best against the Nelson Giants.

The Wellington Saints have beaten the Nelson Giants 97-85 to progress to the NBL final.

Sharks reach NBL final

Tai Wesley lead the Southland Sharks to a win over the Supercity Rangers in the NBL semifinals.

The Southland Sharks reached the NBL final with a 95-80 semifinal win over the Supercity Rangers

Ekenasio ready for NBL playoff showdown

Wellington Saints captain Damien Ekenasio is ready for a tilt at his fourth National Basketball League title.

Damien Ekenasio will be a key player for the Wellington Saints' NBL Final Four push.

Sharks coach wary of 'dangerous' Rangers

Southland Sharks coach Paul Henare is not taking the Super City Rangers lightly ahead of Saturday's semifinal.

Paul Henare isn't all that comfortable with the hype around the Sharks heading into Saturday's NBL semifinal showdown.

Players cash in on first day of NBA free agency

Kevin Love was forced to sit out most of the Cavaliers' NBA Finals run after dislocating his shoulder but will team up again with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland next season.

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will make Phoenix a Western Conference contender.

Josh Childress re-signs with ANBL's Sydney Kings

Josh Childress inspiring the Sydney Kings to victory in Townsville last season.

Ex-NBA star Josh Childress has rejected more lucrative overtures to stay with the Sydney Kings.

Nothing less than title will satisfy Giants' Vukona

Mika Vukona has one weekend left in his Nelson Giants basketball career and he's hunting another national title.

Mika Vukona wraps up a long basketball career with the Nelson Giants this weekend. He wants a championship title as his last hurrah.

Canterbury Rams lacked bite to make NBL finals

Former NBA player Jermaine Taylor failed to live up to expectations for the Rams.

Canterbury had the squad to make the NBL finals in 2015, but couldn't get the job done.

Sharks hot favourite for title

Southland Sharks' standout Tai Wesley is favoured to win the MVP award by the four coaches not featuring in the NBL finals.

Coaches of the four teams not to make the NBL finals all agree the team from the Southland's the team to beat.

LeBron likely to stay with Cavs

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in action during this year's NBA Finals.

LeBron James may have opted out of his Cavaliers contract but it appears the NBA superstar is staying at home.

Time change for NBL semis

People wanting to see either Leon Henry, left, or Todd Blanchfield play during the NBL semifinals in Wellington will be able to after a change of start time.

The Super Rugby final has forced a shift in the scheduling of the NBL playoffs.

NBA star Steven Adams coming to Nelson camp

Oklahoma City Thunder centre Steven Adams is coming to Nelson for a two-day basketball camp in August.

New Zealand's NBA star Steven Adams is coming to Nelson to hold a two-day basketball training camp.

Fuller nets 54 points but still loses

Taranaki Mountain Airs' import Aaon Fuller set a National Basketball League record for scoring with 54 points.

Taranaki Mountain Airs' import Aaron Fuller sets NBL record with 54 points, but the Rangers win.

Southland Sharks retire Kevin Braswell's jersey

Sharks player Kevin Braswell has played his last game for Southland.

Shark Kevin Braswell has no idea how team started so well against Saints on Saturday night.

Southland Sharks bank special win over Saints

Southland Sharks coach Paul Henare barks orders to his team, who have extended their winning streak to 14.

Southland Sharks extend winning streak in NZ NBL to 14 with 89-81 triumph over Wellington Saints in Invercargill.

Manawatu Jets finish season on high, beat Airs

Manawatu Jets player Derone Raukawa in action during his sides big win over the Taranaki Mountain Airs.

Manawatu finish forgettable season with 108-91 win over Taranaki Mountain Airs at Arena Manawatu.

Scouts to eye NZ closely for basketball talent

Anthony Corban with the 2011 and 2015 men's under-18 world 3x3 trophies.

 Waikato coach of world title-winning 3x3 basketball team says the victory in Hungary will have major spin-offs for the sport in New Zealand.

Momentum back with Giants in big win over Hawks

Nelson Giants forward Finn Delany (left) is fouled heavily as he tries to dunk the ball over Morgan Natanahira of the Bay Hawks in Nelson on Friday night.

Nelson again pass 100 points as they finish home court season with a flourish, hammering the Bay Hawks 103-82.

Kench key in Canterbury Rams' win over Saints

Canterbury Rams' veteran Jeremy Kench, pictured in an earlier round, starred in an upset win over the Saints.

Veteran point guard Jeremy Kench inspires Canterbury Rams to home win over Wellington Saints in national basketball league.

Sharks veteran Braswell to play for his mum

Sharks veteran Kevin Braswell with his mum Millicent Boone, who flew from the US to watch his final game.

The 36-year-old Baltimore product prepares for his last hurrah after a 30-year basketball career.

Timberwolves take Towns in NBA Draft video

Kentucky Wildcats forward Karl-Anthony Towns guided his side to a 38-0 record in the regular college season.

University of Kentucky big man boasts qualities craved by team that has not made NBA playoffs since 2004.

Saints chase regular season title

Wellington Saints coach Pero Cameron says he wants his side to keep up a high level of performance ahead of the playoffs.

If the Saints can keep their undefeated away record intact they will be crowned NBL regular season champs.

Ram Kench undecided on future

Canterbury Rams' veteran Jeremy Kench has been hampered by a right knee injury in 2015.

Canterbury Rams' veteran Jeremy Kench doesn't want to make a knee-jerk reaction on his playing future.

NBA Finals showdown best since Jordan video

Cavaliers star LeBron James came up short in this year's NBA Finals, despite some fine individual displays.

LeBron James vs Stephen Curry showdown was the most-watched series since NBA great's last stand.

NBA Draft: Top pick Towns video

Kentucky Wildcats star Karl-Anthony Towns in action against the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA Men's Division I Championship semifinal.

Just shy of seven foot, this centre can shoot inside and out and has proven superior defensive skills.

Tortuous road trip ends with loss for Rams

Marques Whippy, left, top-scored with 17 points in the Canterbury Rams' 83-74 loss to Hawke's Bay.

Hawke's Bay too good for Canterbury Rams 83-74 in postponed NBL clash.

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