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Adams big miss at World Cup

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR: Mika Vukona and the Tall Blacks came within an ace of another huge World Cup upset in Spain.

It was a pretty good year for the Tall Blacks and Steven Adams, but a 2013-14 season to forget for the Breakers.

Friday night lights for Rams

HIGH FLYER: Canterbury Rams' Marcel Jones in action against the Southland Sharks last season.

Canterbury Rams will tip off the 2015 NBL season with three of their first four games at home.

Breakers opt for low-key buildup

TAKING IT EASY: New Zealand Breakers coach Dean Vickerman has given his players a light week of training ahead of a tough run of fixtures.

Table-toppers taking it easy in training ahead of tricky run of ANBL fixtures, starting against the Crocs tonight.

Atlanta Hawks still have a lot to prove in East

SURPRISE TEAM: Al Horford, Kyle Korver and the Atlanta Hawks have started the season 17-7, being a surprise near the top of the Eastern Conference.

The Atlanta Hawks know it's going to take more than a couple of strong months to prove they've turned things around.

Memphis Grizzlies end Warriors' winnning run

Improved performer: Marc Gasol has been a beast for Memphis this season.

Memphis snapped Golden State's 16-game winning streak with a 105-98 victory in a clash of the NBA's two top teams.

Adams' OKC go six straight

FIRED UP: Kiwi NBA player Steven Adams is full of confidence after a double-double on Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Oklahoma City Thunder secure sixth straight win with a 112-88 demolition of the Phoenix Suns.

Russian teen basketballer dies

Mika Vukona’s commitment to another season was just the news the Mike Pero Nelson Giants were looking for as they build
their roster for next year’s national basketball league season.

Promising 17-year-old unable to be revived after collapsing during practice with league champion CSKA Moscow.

More to come from Breakers

BIG IMPACT: Rhys Carter and Ekene Ibekwe have been revelations for the New Zealand Breakers this season.

The numbers suggest the Breakers are right where they need to be at the halfway point of ANBL season.

Bryant passes Jordan's mark video

HOT SHOT: Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has passed Michael Jordan's points record for third place on the NBA's career scoring list.

LA Lakers star receives standing ovation after passing Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's career scoring list.

Kiwis make big impressions

New Zealand basketball star Isaac Fotu.

Two Kiwi basketballers have strong performances in European competitions, each helping their respective teams to victory.

Breakers fight back to take win video

UP IN THE AIR: Cedric Jackson of the Breakers rises highest to score against Melbourne United.

A big-time Ekene Ibekwe tap-in enabled the Breakers to go two-from-two for the weekend in Melbourne.

Aggressive Adams bounces back

FIRED UP: Kiwi NBA player Steven Adams is full of confidence after a double-double on Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Steven Adams puts flat patch behind him with double-double against the Timberwolves.

Ibekwe silences doubters

HANG TIME: Ekene Ibekwe top-scored for the New Zealand Breakers with 18 points against the Perth Wildcats in midweek.

New import has not only settled well with his new team, he's found a comfort level with the style of the league.

Martin big-ups the Breakers

RESPECT: Veteran Perth Wildcats guard Damian Martin says the return of his Breakers counterpart Cedric Jackson has brought the NZ side back to their best.

They aren't yelling revival from the rooftops, but one of the league's most respected players is happy to do it for them.

Breakers centres do business

MILESTONE: Mika Vukona played his 250th game for the Breakers against the Wildcats.

Alex Pledger and Ekene Ibekwe on fire as Breakers beat Wildcats 77-66 to go top of ANBL.

Saints man hunt heats up

HEAD SCRATCHER: Pero Cameron is weighing up an approach to return as coach of the Wellington Saints.

Wellington in pursuit of free agent coach Pero Cameron and Tall Blacks Casey Frank and Jordan Ngatai.

Magic wants Lakers to lose

MAGIC JOHNSON: "If you're going to lose, you've got to lose, because you can't be in the middle of the pack. You either have to be great, or you've got to be bad to get a good pick."

Magic Johnson wants the Los Angeles Lakers to lose every game this season for their own good.

Contenders or pretenders?

CHIPPING IN: Rhys Carter, a former Perth player, has proven to be a handy backcourt backup for the Breakers in the early part of the ANBL season.

After a highly promising first half of the Australian NBL season, now we see if these Breakers are the real deal.

Sharks sign Majstrovich

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The Southland Sharks have moved quickly to try fill the void left by Brian Conklin.

Stormy buildup for Breakers

BIG BATTLE: New Zealand Breakers’ Ekene Ibekwe, right, and the Sydney Kings’ Angus Brandt compete the for the ball at the Qantas Credit Union Arena.

Key import Ekene Ibekwe left stranded by Sydney’s stormy weather ahead of top-of-table clash with Perth.

Adams' Thunder get past Pistons video

WINNING AGAIN: Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams.

Kevin Durant scored 28 points as Steven Adams' OKC Thunder beat the Detroit Pistons 96-94.

Conklin rules out return

MOVING ON: Brian Conklin will not  join the Sharks for the 2015 New Zealand Basketball League season.

 Standout forward Brian Conklin will not return to Invercargill to join the Southland Sharks for the 2015 NBL season.

Breakers go cold in Sydney

DRIVING FORCE: Cedric Jackson drives to the basket during the Breakers' ANBL loss to the Sydney Kings in Sydney on Saturday night. The Breakers lost 82-69.

Breakers coaching staff bang heavily on warning bells following a bad night at the office in Sydney.

Junior Tall Blacks come up just short

Junior Tall Blacks star Tai Wynyard.

Junior Tall Blacks push Australia to the limit but fall agonisingly short at Oceania under-19 championships.

Breakers toppled by Kings

TOUGH CONTEST: Angus Brandt of the Kings competes for the ball against Breakers import Ekene Ibekwe in Sydney.

NZ Breakers' five-game winning streak snapped after ice cold performance in Sydney.

Pledger plays through pain

TOE COMPLAINT: Alex Pledger is refusing to let injury get in his way.

Alex Pledger says he'll continue to box on through the pain of his turf toe injury this Australian NBL season.

Trying to keep the NBL alive

LOOKING FOR TV DEAL: Basketball New Zealand chief executive Iain Potter.

The withdrawal of two teams from next year's National Basketball League suggests it is a sport in crisis. But is it really?

SuperCity Rangers get Anthony

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As soon as the Waitakere-based side brought Jeff Green on board as coach, the big-name players had to follow.

Results bring recognition

RECOGNITION: Breakers coach Dean Vickerman has been named the Australian NBL coach of the month for November.

Dean Vickerman named ANBL coach of month after guiding Breakers to five consecutive wins, and league-best 9-3 record.

Jr TBs, Ferns reach semis

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Junior Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns reach respective semifinals of Oceania Jr Basketball Champs.

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