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Turnovers cost Boomers World Cup bronze, but that can be fixed for Tokyo

The disappointment of missing out on another major medal stings, but perspective is required for a team which proved it can still match it with the world's best, writes Warren Yiu.

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FIBA World Cup

Australia vs. Lithuania

How the Boomers won a brutal chess game vs. Lithuania

The first real test for the Boomers' medal credentials was always going to hinge on a confrontation with historical rivals Lithuania, and the Australians' mix of intelligence and aggression was crucial, writes Warren Yiu.

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Undefeated Australia beat Lithuania to top group H

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Mills, Baynes star in Boomers huge Cup win

Australia have fended off Lithuania 87-82 in a World Cup win that boosts their quarter-final hopes tremendously.

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Australia vs. Canada

What we learnt from the Boomers' win over Canada

The Boomers outclassed Canada to open their World Cup campaign with a 108-92 victory and there were plenty of lessons for both the Australians and Canadians, writes Warren Yiu.

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AUSTRALIAN BASKETBALL

Larry Kestelman: The man who saved Australian basketball

Earlier this decade, the NBL and basketball in Australia was on life support, but one passionate man with a vision has managed to turn things around and make the sport relevant once again Down Under.

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The man who saved Australian basketball

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FIBA WORLD Cup Warm-up

Boomers vs. Team USA

Boomers create history with maiden win over U.S.

Patty Mills has inspired the Boomers to a stunning four-point win over Team USA at Marvel Stadium, Australia's greatest win on the international stage.

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As it happened: Boomers defeat U.S. in Melbourne

Australia have reversed the result from Game 1 on Thursday night, recording a first ever victory over the United States in the process.

NBL

LaMelo Ball has first run with Hawks

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LaMelo Ball happy with NBL fit at Hawks

LaMelo Ball has taken confidence from Terrance Ferguson's journey from the NBL to the NBA as he prepares for his professional debut with Illawarra.

Basketball

Melbourne's growing NBA love affair

In a city where Aussie Rules football has always reigned supreme, a proud American sporting culture has somehow managed to entrench itself and is showing no sign of disappearing any time soon.

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Australia's basketball heartland

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FIBA WORLD CUP

Boomers

Barlow: Boomers call up a 'dream come true'

Boomers veteran David Barlow has labelled his shock call up to the Australian World Cup squad a "dream come true," saying he never expected to be playing for his country again.

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Boomers support Bolden's decision: Baynes

Boomers teammates have thrown their support behind Jonah Bolden, who has withdrawn from Australia's basketball World Cup squad for personal reasons.

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BOOMERS SQUAD ANNOUNCED

Breaking down the Boomers' World Cup squad

Australia's 12-man squad for the FIBA World Cup threw up a couple of surprises. But Andrej Lemanis has a clear plan for a tournament where the Boomers are striving for the ultimate prize, Kane Pitman writes.

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Big surprises as Boomers name World Cup squad

The Boomers have announced the squad they hope will deliver a long-awaited medal at the FIBA World Cup in China.

NBL

Five reasons to get excited about the 2019-20 NBL season

Emerging superstars, a hectic player movement period and much, much more. Here are the five biggest reasons to get excited for the 2019-20 NBL season, writes Warren Yiu.

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NBL lands on ESPN: the home of basketball

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ESPN to televise 59 prime time NBL games

ESPN will televise 59 prime time NBL games under a two-year agreement that sees Australia's premier basketball competition align with the sport's broadcast home Down Under.

FIBA

Simmons withdraws from Boomers' exhibition games

NBA superstar Ben Simmons has withdrawn from Australia's exhibition matches against the United States in another blow to the historic FIBA World Cup warm-up series.

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Simmons shows off range, dunking ability in gym session

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NBA

Ben Simmons

Simmons in for exhibition games, out of World Cup

Australian NBA star Ben Simmons has confirmed he will not play at the FIBA World Cup but is set to take part in exhibition games in Perth and Melbourne.

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Kellerman: Simmons isn't worth extension ... yet

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Barkley has advice for Embiid and Simmons

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BASKETBALL

BOOMERS AT THE WORLD CUP

Dellavedova: Simmons gives Boomers World Cup edge

Matthew Dellavedova believes the addition of NBA superstar Ben Simmons will catapult Australia into the medals in September's FIBA World Cup.

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NBL

Ball signing

LaMelo Ball announces he will be playing in Australia

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LaMelo Ball commits to play in Australian NBL

LaMelo Ball, the No. 21 prospect in the ESPN 100 class of 2019, will join ESPN No. 5 prospect RJ Hampton as American teenagers going to Australia's NBL.

LaVar guarantees LaMelo will be No. 1 pick in 2020 NBA draft

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LaVar claims he's happy Lakers traded Lonzo

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NBL

RJ Hampton signs

What RJ Hampton's surprise choice means

We dive into the big questions following Hampton's choice to join the New Zealand Breakers.

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Hampton forgoing college to play overseas

RJ Hampton announces on Get Up! his decision to play basketball for the New Zealand Breakers because it will prepare him for the NBA faster.

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FIBA World Cup

Goulding: Boomers want to make amends for Olympics heartbreak

The Boomers will be out to make amends for their heartbreaking Rio Olympics campaign when they travel to China in September for the FIBA World Cup, says Chris Goulding.

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Boomers want to win it all in China

The Boomers will be out to make amends for their heartbreaking Rio Olympics campaign when they travel to China for the FIBA World Cup, says Chris Goulding.

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BEN SIMMONS COMMITS

Ben Simmons confirms he'll play in FIBA World Cup

After months of speculation, Ben Simmons has confirmed his intention to pull on the Australian national singlet once again in the upcoming series against Team USA and Canada and September's FIBA World Cup in China.

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Simmons plans to expand his game next season

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What the FIBA World Cup draw means for the Boomers

Late on Saturday night, FIBA held the draw for the World Cup in Shenzhen. Here's what you need to know from an Australian point of view.

NBL

Grand Final series

Perth capture ninth NBL Championship

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NBL Rebound: Rampant Perth Wildcats reign supreme

Bryce Cotton, Terrico White and relentless rebounding. The Perth Wildcats win the 2018-19 NBL title over Melbourne United, and they have a three-pronged threat to thank.

Wildcats crush Melbourne to win NBL title

A sublime Bryce Cotton has inspired Perth to a stunning game-four win in their grand final series against Melbourne United to secure their eighth NBL title.

NBA

ANDREW BOGUT

'Waving a towel for 20 games': Bogut realistic about NBA return

On the day it finally became official that he'd be returning to the NBA, Andrew Bogut opened up about his lengthy discussions with the Warriors, possibly 'waving a towel for 20 games' and his relationship with DeMarcus Cousins.

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Andrew Bogut returns to Golden State Warriors

The Sydney Kings have confirmed star centre Andrew Bogut will return to the NBA to play for the reigning champion Golden State Warriors.

Durant looking forward to have Bogut on Warriors

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NBL

Kings vs. United

United down Kings, move into grand final

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United beat Kings, back in NBL grand final

Casper Ware and Chris Goulding have fired for Melbourne United who have blown away the Kings in Sydney to reach a second-straight NBL grand final series.

NBL

Game 2: Wildcats vs Bullets

Wildcats oust Bullets, reach NBL grand final

Perth Wildcats guards Terrico White and Bryce Cotton lifted when it mattered to give their side an NBL semi-final win against Brisbane and a grand final berth.

NBL

United vs. Wildcats

United outlast Wildcats in OT

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United stun Wildcats in overtime

Chris Goulding's late cameo has given Melbourne a comeback win over Perth to finish second on the NBL table and claim playoff hosting rights against Sydney.

NBL

Kings vs. Taipans

Bogut leads Kings to win over Taipans

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Kings beat Taipans without Randle

Sydney have a shot at home advantage for their NBL semi-final series against Melbourne United after holding off Cairns 89-84.

NBL

Bullets vs. Breakers

Bullets down Breakers, into playoffs

Import Lamar Patterson has lifted the Brisbane Bullets to the NBL playoffs after a 84-78 win over the New Zealand Breakers at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

NBL

United vs. Taipans

Taipans shock United in Melbourne

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Cairns Taipans stun Melbourne in NBL

Melbourne United's quest for back-to-back NBL minor premierships in jeopardy after falling at home to the Cairns Taipans.

NBL

Breakers vs. Hawks

Breakers sink NBL records in routing Hawks

The Illawarra Hawks were the victims of an NBL rout, succumbing 130-96 to the New Zealand Breakers in Wellington.

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