Nunawading Spectres is a NBL1 club based in Melbourne, Victoria. The club fields a team in both the Men's and Women's NBL1; the club is a division of Melbourne East Basketball Association, the major administrative basketball organisation in the region. The Spectres play their home games at Nunawading Basketball Centre. Nunawading Basketball was established in 1969. In 1979, a Nunawading Spectres men's team entered the National Basketball League, joining nine other teams for the league's inaugural season. In 1982, a Nunawading Spectres women's team entered the Women's National Basketball League for the league's second season. In 1987, the Spectres men changed their name to Eastside Spectres and spent five years under that moniker before merging with the Southern Melbourne Saints in 1992 to become the South East Melbourne Magic. During their time in the NBL, the Spectres were two-time grand finalists, losing to Launceston in 1981 and Perth in 1991; the Spectres women played 10 seasons in the WNBL and won six championships, including four in a row between 1986 and 1989.
In 1990, with the Eastside Spectres still a championship contender in the NBL, a Nunawading Spectres men's team re-emerged in the form of a South East Australian Basketball League franchise. Two years the Spectres women joined the men's team in the SEABL after withdrawing from the WNBL following the 1991 season. In 1995, the men's team collected their first title as they won the CBA East Conference Championship; the women's team were conference runners-up in both 2000 and 2008, while the men were conference runners-up in 1999 and 2004. In 2011, the men's team won their second conference title and their first SEABL National Championship after defeating the Bendigo Braves 88–61 in the grand final. Spectres guard Shane McDonald was superb as he racked up a game-high 28 points to earn the MVP award. After finishing as conference runners-up in 2013, the men's team won their third conference title in 2014 behind the likes of Mitch Creek, Tommy Greer, Shane McDonald, Simon Conn and Matt O'Hea. However, they were unsuccessful in claiming National Championship honours after going down to the Mount Gambier Pioneers 85–71 in the grand final.
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Matthew Peter Nielsen is an Australian former professional basketball player. Between 2015 and 2019, he served as an assistant coach for the Perth Wildcats of the National Basketball League. Born and raised in the Sydney suburb of Penrith, Nielsen attended St Marys Senior High School where, three times a week, he needed permission to leave early in order to train with the Sydney Kings as a development player; as a 17-year-old in 1995, Nielsen appeared in two games for the Kings before moving to Canberra in 1996 to attend the Australian Institute of Sport. There, he played alongside future Boomers teammate David Andersen. In 1997, Nielsen won the NBL Rookie of the Year Award, he played a further seven seasons with the Kings and helped the club win championships in 2003 and 2004. In 244 career games for the Kings over nine seasons, he averaged 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. In 2004, Nielsen began a decorative European career playing for PAOK Thessaloniki in Greece, Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania, Valencia in Spain, Olympiacos Piraeus in Greece, Khimki in Russia.
On 10 October 2013, Nielsen was named in the Sydney Kings 25th Anniversary Team. During the 2013–14 NBL season, Nielsen served as a big-man coach for the Perth Wildcats. In 2014, Nielsen joined the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff in a player development role, on a contract that ran through to the end of the 2015 NBA Summer League. On 29 July 2015, Nielsen returned to the Perth Wildcats, signing with the club as an assistant coach ahead of the 2015–16 NBL season. On 10 April 2019, after three championships in four seasons, Nielsen parted ways with the Wildcats in order to pursue coaching opportunities in the United States. Nielsen won the gold medal at the 1997 FIBA Under-21 World Championship with Australia's junior national team, he was a member of the senior men's Australian national basketball team. With Australia's senior national team, he won gold medals at the 2001 Goodwill Games, the 2003 FIBA Oceanian Championship, the 2005 FIBA Oceania Championship. During the Boomers 2012 Olympic campaign, Australian Football League player Scott Pendlebury noted Nielsen's athletic ability, mentioned that he could have played in Australian Football League, had he not chosen to play basketball.
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The National Basketball League is the pre-eminent professional men's basketball league in Australia and New Zealand. The league was founded in 1979 and is contested by nine teams. In August 1979, the inaugural season of the NBL commenced, playing in the winter season which it did so until the completion of the 1998 season, the league's twentieth season; the 1998–99 season, which began only months was the first to be played during the summer season. The shift, used by the league, was an attempt to avoid competing directly against Australia's various winter season football codes; the NBL experienced its "golden age" in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but its popularity, media attention and corporate support deteriorated and plateaued in the decade afterward. A second Melbourne club, the South Dragons, entered the league in the 2006–07 season, but was short lived, soon folding 3 years after the 2008–09 season in which they were premiers. In the 2006–07 season, the NBL became the first Australasian sporting league to field a team from Asia with the Singapore Slingers playing.
The Gold Coast Blaze joined the competition in the 2007–08 season. In 2007, Australian NBA player Andrew Bogut suggested the NBL try to adopt a model similar to the Australian Football League whereby there are the same 10 or 15 teams over a 10-year period. A turbulent period during 2008 and 2009 saw the league lose teams from Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore; the 2009–10 season earmarked as the season in which the NBL would begin its revamping, much like the old National Soccer League which became the eight team A-League. The NBL returned to free-to-air television in Australia for the first time in three years with One broadcasting 2–3 games a week; the 2010–11 season saw the return of the Sydney Kings after the club was purchased for A$20,000 on 31 July 2008. In 2013, the NBL had a de-merger from Basketball Australia. Crowds improved for the 2013–14 NBL season, recording the highest cumulative crowd attendance figures for the past five years. After numerous teams folding and a plummeting public profile property developer Larry Kestelman purchased a 51% portion of the league.
Since game attendance, TV viewership, website visitors and app downloads have been on the increase. In April 2016 the Townsville Crocodiles folded as they had become too financially unsustainable to continue; however the Cairns Taipans may play some games out of the Townsville Entertainment Centre in the future. Larry Kestelman has stated on the Aussie Hoopla podcast that no NBL club will fold again as long as he is in control of the league. Allowing for clubs to recruit the best Australian players not in the NBA became easier with the marquee rule which saw the return from Europe and the US of players such as Brad Newley, David Andersen and Andrew Bogut. In addition the Asian/Oceania born player rule, introduced for the 2016–17 season, allows for clubs to recruit players born in countries such as India and Japan who would not count as imports under NBL rules; the growth of Basketball in Asia over recent years and the overall strength and standard of Australian Basketball should ensure the sustainability of the league for many years provided Asian players continue to strive to compete in the NBL and Asian basketball fans are able to follow the league.
Current trends should see the NBL as the third highest attended basketball league in the world, after the NBA and EuroLeague. From 2016 to 2018, saw a renewed interest in the sport, with it being described as being the national basketball league's greatest period. 2016/17 set a new attendance record for the league, with the figure being matched the following year, as well as the grand final series for the 2017/18 season, being the highest attended. Since the 2009–10 NBL season, each team has played 28 games during the regular season, 14 home and 14 away; the regular season ends in late March. The top four teams at the end of the regular season advances to the Finals; the team finishing in the first and second position at the completion of the regular season receives home advantages in their best-of-three first round matchup against the team finishing in fourth and third position. The winner of each of the three matches advances to the Grand Final; the winner of Series 1 plays the winner of Series 2 in the best-of-five Grand Final series, with home advantage being awarded to the highest remaining seed.
The winner of this series is crowned as NBL champion. The National Basketball League was founded in 1979 with nine teams. Due to club expansions and relocations, many of the teams either changed or ceased to exist. There are eight teams; the teams are located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Wollongong. The Illawarra Hawks are the oldest club in the competition, having participated in every season since 1979; the salary cap for each team is $AU1.1 million as a'soft cap' with marquee players able to be paid amounts that will exceed that amount for the team. Whilst NBL salaries are not disclosed by clubs, it is understood some players will earn in excess of $AU500,000.00 per season including endorsement deals. There has been significant support for the NBL to expand into Asia by many NBL players as well as from ex-Australian Boomers head coach Brian Goorjian, be it differently to how it was done with the now-defunct Singapore Slingers which had 14-hour round-trip flights to the Australian East Coast.
Locating a team in the city of Darwin would make an Asian-based road-trip less drawn-out, although Darwin does not have the support for a national domestic
A rookie is a person in the first year of activity in a sport, or someone new to a profession, training, or activity such as a rookie police officer, rookie pilot, or a recruit. In some sports there are traditions in which rookies must do things. Examples in baseball include players having to dress up in strange costumes, or getting hit in the face with a cream pie. In Major League Baseball, the MLB has cracked down on hazing by enacting an Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy which prohibits players from dressing up as the opposite sex, or wearing offensive costumes based on race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identify. In the National Football League a rookie is any player, in their first season in the NFL; the NFL awards the best rookie with the Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year Award, as voted upon the Associated Press. In the NFL, rookies have special contract rules which limit how much a team can pay them as well as limiting the length of the contract, as per stipulations laid out in the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement.
NASCAR and INDYCAR rookies are denoted by a yellow stripe on sections of the car as prescribed in the respective rule books. In NASCAR, the rookie stripe is located on the tail panel of the race car. Media related to Rookie stripes at Wikimedia Commons The following rules are for rookie status in a national series: Must have run no more than five and have been declared to race for driver points in that series, races in any previous season. In the Camping World Truck Series, a driver, 17 at the start of the season and does not make ten starts overall is eligible in his first full season after turning 18. Truck Series drivers who are 16 and 17 may only participate in nine races during the season based on circuits. Drivers who compete in more than five races in a higher NASCAR-sanctioned series are not eligible for the award in a lower series if they have not declared for the higher series. If a driver does not start eight races before the end of Race 20 on the schedule, they will become ineligible to earn rookie points for the rest of that season and starting in 2011, remained declared for that series.
Drivers may change series declaration. A driver may not receive rookie points if they start a race for a team that they did not qualify with. However, they are still eligible for championship points in that race; the following rules are for rookie status in the NTT IndyCar Series: Must not have participated in more than three NTT IndyCar Series races in a season. A veteran driver in the Indianapolis 500 may still be a Series Rookie if he has not competed in more than three series races overall. A driver who has never raced in the Indianapolis 500 but has made a legal season of NTT IndyCar Series races is still an Indianapolis 500 rookie in his first start. To qualify as a rookie in Major League Baseball, a player must not have exceeded 130 at bats or fifty innings pitched in the majors, fewer than 45 days on the active rosters of major league clubs in their previous seasons. Major League Baseball awards the best rookie with the Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award, as voted upon by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
In the National Basketball Association, a rookie is any player who has never played a game in the NBA until that year. The NBA awards the best rookie with the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, as voted upon by a selected panel of United States and Canadian sportswriters and broadcasters. In the NBA, rookies have special contract rules which limit how much a team can pay them as well as limiting the length of the contract. To qualify as a rookie in the National Hockey League, a player must not have played 25 regular season games or more in any single season; as of the 1990-91 NHL season, a player must be 26 years old or younger to qualify as a rookie. The National Hockey League awards the best rookie with the Calder Memorial Trophy, as voted upon by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. In the NHL, rookies have special contract rules which limit how much a team can pay them as well as limiting the length of the contract. An NHL rookie contract is called an Entry Level contract and is limited to three years.
In Major League Soccer, a rookie is a player. MLS awards the best rookie with the MLS Rookie of the Year Award; the Oxford English Dictionary states that the origins are uncertain, but that it is a corruption of the word Recruit. The earliest example in the OED is from Rudyard Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads: So'ark an"eed, you rookies, always grumblin' sore, referring to rookies in the sense of raw recruits to the British Army. At least during the beginning of the 20th century, in the British Army the term "rookie" was used in place of "recruit" as exemplified in Trenching at Gallipoli by John Gallishaw and in The Amateur Army by Patrick MacGill; the expression is derived from "rook", whereby a "rookie" would be someone, cheated or defrauded. Rookie of the Year – an award given to an athlete following the first year of full competition, for more impressive performance and/or better results than all other rookies that season. Freshman Novice
Shane Douglas Heal is an Australian former professional basketball player and coach. Heal's international career highlights include representing the Australian Boomers at the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games, captaining the team in 2004 in Athens. Heal Also represented Australia at numerous FIBA World Championships. Many consider Heal's best international game came against the USA "Dream Team" in a warm up match for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta; the game, played at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, was won 118-77 by the US, though Heal topped all scorers with 28 points including hitting 8 of 12 three pointers. Heal had a running battle with NBA superstar Charles Barkley during the game with the two coming to blows at one point, though they hugged in mutual respect on-court after the game. Heal had two stints in the NBA, firstly in the 1996–97 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and secondly in the 2003–04 season with the San Antonio Spurs. Heal won the 2002–03 NBL championship with the Sydney Kings.
Heal retired from basketball after his stint at the Kings. He continued his career, coming out of retirement to play for the newly formed South Dragons as a player; this changed after the coaching position became vacant and he was offered the job as the clubs player/coach, which he accepted. He was sacked from his job at the Dragons during his second season at the club, after multiple poor performances. Heal was signed in May 2008 as a player for the formed Gold Coast Blaze. Heal retired the second and last time, on 14 February 2009, playing the last of his 440 NBL matches for the Gold Coast Blaze and finished on a winning note, the Blaze completing a three-game winning streak despite an otherwise modest season. 2nd on three-pointers made 2nd on assists 4th on free-throw percentage 7th on points scored 7th on field goals made 7th on free-throws made 8th on steals 6th on turnovers First in assists per game in 1990 First in assists per game in 2002 Third in most points in a game Third in most assists in a game Second and third in most three-pointers made in a game He held an Australian Institute of Sport basketball scholarship from 1987 to 1988.
On 3 March 2006, it was reported in Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper that Heal was considering coming out of retirement to captain the South Dragons, a new Melbourne-based NBL franchise to enter the league in the 2006/07 season. He signed with the team on 6 April as the Dragons' inaugural captain. On 23 October 2006, Dragons coach Mark Price resigned his position after the Dragons lost their first five NBL championship season games, citing family reasons. Price was replaced by Heal, appointed as player and interim coach for the remainder of the season. After multiple successful performances, his contract was extended to the end of the 2008/2009 season. However, on 1 February 2008, Heal was sacked from his job as player/coach at the Dragons after a poor season left the club struggling at the bottom of the table and himself battling fitness issues. On 24 February 2012, Shane Heal became the coach of the Sydney Kings after former coach Ian Robilliard stood down. Robilliard took the post of Sydney Kings CEO after Stephen Dunn's departure as Executive Director.
Dunn had been fulfilling the role of Executive Director in an unpaid capacity for nine months to assist the club. Heal began his Sydney Kings coaching career with a 71-69 win against the Townsville Crocodiles on 26 February 2012. On 10 October 2013, Heal was named in the Sydney Kings 25th Anniversary Team. On 4 February 2014, Heal was named the Coach of the Month for January. On 21 March 2014, Heal announced that he would not be re-applying for the Sydney Kings' head coaching job for the 2014–15 season, his announcement was made following the Kings' loss to the Wollongong Hawks, ending the Kings' hopes of making the 2013–14 playoffs. On 5 February 2014, Heal signed with the Wellington Saints to be the club's head coach for the 2014 New Zealand NBL season. After guiding the Saints to the 2014 championship, he announced on November 27, 2014 that he would not be returning to the club in 2015. In March 2015, Heal was named the head coach of South East Queensland Stars; the club left the league after just one season.
Heal coached the Sutherland Sharks Waratah Championship League women's team in 2018. The team fell 90-70 to Norths to finish as runners-up. Heal has decided to coach the sharks women’s championship team for 2019; the team contains Australian Emu, Shyla Heal and his eldest daughter, Ashleigh Heal. Profile at Basketball-Reference.com NBL stats
The Perth Wildcats are an Australian professional basketball team based in Perth, Western Australia. The Wildcats compete in the National Basketball League and play their home games at RAC Arena, known colloquially as "The Jungle", their sister team, the Perth Lynx, play in the Women's National Basketball League. After three years of strong lobbying to the NBL, the creation of a national basketball team in Perth occurred in 1982; the Westate Wildcats were played out of the 800-seat Perry Lakes Basketball Stadium. Interest in basketball grew throughout the community and in 1984 the Westate Wildcats became the Perth Wildcats; the Wildcats have gone on to become the highest-drawing and most successful team in the league, having won NBL championships in 1990, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019, placing the team four ahead of Melbourne United, who has five championships. Since 1987, the Wildcats have made 33-straight post-season appearances, an accomplishment matched by no other professional sports team in Australia.
The Wildcats are the city's only major professional basketball team and are one of Western Australia's major summer sport teams, along with the Perth Scorchers, the Western Warriors and Perth Glory. Wildcats players are active members of the Perth community, with the off-court structures aimed at making the players better people so that they could become better players cited as the biggest key to success. There are personal qualities demanded from owner Jack Bendat down through every rank of the organisation, being a proactive part of community work through its InspiRED program, is pivotal; the public support for the Wildcats has been deemed remarkable the way fans have bought into the brand to create the "Red Army". The Wildcats' sturdy culture has long been built on a history of winning. In 2009, after being on the brink of bankruptcy, Jack Bendat and then-chief executive officer Nick Marvin transformed the franchise, focusing on being family-friendly and engaging with children in Western Australia.
From a zero-tolerance swearing policy to always making eye contact and acknowledging supporters, players have a 350-hour community engagement obligation, 200 hours above what the collective bargaining agreement requires. In 2009, instead of doing 20 school visits per year, the Wildcats started doing 100; this increased to 200 school visits in 2010, the year after it rose again to 220. Under Marvin, the philosophy was: the more engaged the Wildcats were with the West Australian community, the more fans they accumulated; as a result, they are the most successful franchise in NBL history and one of the most competitive professional sporting teams in the world, with crowds at Perth Arena the best and unmatched in the NBL. The Wildcats have enjoyed large home crowds since moving into Perth Arena in 2012, resulting in arguably the greatest home-court advantage in the NBL. In January 2017, the Wildcats became the first NBL franchise to break the 10,000-member barrier; as a result of their large fan base, known as the "Red Army", the Wildcats have set numerous record sell-out crowds at Perth Arena.
A record crowd of 13,559 watched the Adelaide 36ers knock off the Wildcats 106–102 on 16 January 2015. A capacity crowd of 13,611 attended Game 3 of the 2017 Grand Final series on 5 March 2017, matching the Wildcats' highest-attendance record. A capacity crowd of 13,611 attended the Wildcats vs Melbourne United match on 12 January 2018, marking the seventh time topping 13,000 at Perth Arena in 2017–18; the Wildcats went on to record the highest attendance for a team during an NBL season with 183,689 fans attending their home games during the 2017–18 regular season. Since 2012, the team has been forced on an extended road trip for much of December due to Perth's annual hosting of the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena in early January; when the Wildcats have won the NBL title, the team's victory celebration and ceremony has been held in the City of Perth at Forrest Place. In 1979, the National Basketball League in Australia was formed, it took another three years of lobbying by the Perth basketball community, led by personalities like Gordon Ellis, before a team in Western Australia became a reality.
Formed in 1982 as the Westate Wildcats, the Wildcats became the first, so far only, Western Australian team to compete in the NBL. The team was coached by Henry Daigle and captained by Mike Ellis, they played out of Perry Lakes Basketball Stadium, they struggled finishing 10th with a 10 -- 16 win/loss record. Gordon Ellis took over as coach in 1983, but a 6–16 record ensued, with the Wildcats finishing well out of the finals race in 13th position. In 1984, the team was renamed the Perth Wildcats, but with coach Lynn Massey at the helm, the Wildcats finished on the bottom of the ladder with only three wins—an all-time low for the team. A fourth coach in Jay Brehmer came into the team for the 1985 season. Brehmer and imports Dan Clausen and Roland Brooks looked to lead the Wildcats to a finals berth for the first time, but they narrowly missed out on the post-season with a 13–13 record and an eighth-place finish; the Wildcats suffered a major setback in 1986 with the loss of the high-scoring Roland Brooks, after he suffered a season-ending injury just 10 games into the season.
Without their star import, the Wildcats struggled to be competitive as they finished the season in 12th place with an 8–18 record. Many changes occurred in 1987. Most the team moved from the small confines of Perry Lakes Stadium to what
John Peter Rillie is an Australian basketball player and coach. Rillie captained the Townsville Crocodiles in the NBL but his contracted was not renewed. In his first season in the NBL, Rillie won Rookie of the Year honours playing for the Brisbane Bullets, he is known for his long range shooting. He has played for Gonzaga University in the United States and with AEK Athens BC in Greece. Prior to the 2006/07 NBL season, Rillie has played 368 NBL games and holds career averages of 16.6 points, 3.8 assists and 6.2 rebounds a game. John Rillie has now become an avid basketball blogger with his blog "Jr, On Fire" and he hosts a weekly NBL podcast called "The OT". On 18 February 2009, Rillie hit ten three-pointers in the Crocs' 103-96 win over the Perth Wildcats in Perth in their elimination quarter-final. Rillie ended up with three rebounds, he holds the record for the points scored by an Australian, with 45 points. Rillie was an assistant coach at Boise State University in Boise, from 2011 to 2017.
On 16 May 2017, it was announced that Rillie was hired as an assistant coach for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's basketball team