Thursday, 17 September 2015

STERLING DAVIS: "We're in it to win it"

This is the Glasgow Rocks BIG BBL PREVIEW!

It was an interesting season last year with yet another final defeat and an impressive league season spearheaded by GB co-captain Kieron Achara.

With solid additions the Rocks under Sterling Davis who exudes consistency north of the border.

Speaking ahead of the new season Davis was keen to point out that finals are not enough.

He said: "It's the second year in a row we've been in a final, but our aim is to win a trophy, I want to win a trophy.

"We're not ready just yet (speaking yesterday) but we've got a few days just to finish off some things and we'll be good to go.

"We've bought in a few new players and they all look good in training, we're looking forward to gameday."

Davis is also expecting another unpredictable season across the league with a number of teams on the up.

He continued: "The [LONDON] Lions were one of the favourites last season and it took them a lot longer to get going and made it to the finals, so it'd difficult to predict.

"There's been a lot of coaching changes across the league but many of the coaches that have come in have managed in the BBL before so I don't think they'll find it difficult."

For tickets to see the Rocks in action visit:

And you can follow the Rocks on Twitter: @rocksglasgow

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

CARDELL McFARLAND: 'We've been going at each other and really battling'

Last season saw the Bristol Flyers make their bow in the BBL playing exciting basketball with a relatively young squad.

The team reached the semi-finals of the BBL Cup and reached the play-offs in a season that would prove the league was right in promoting them into the top division.

Coach Andreas Kapoulas picked up coach of the season as well as being only one of three coaches to win coach of the month outside of Newcastle.

The new season is just around the corner and Kapoulas has recruited some top talent both Internationally and nationally including American Point Guard Cardell McFarland.

McFarland says he is impressed with what he has seen so far.

He said: "I'm expecting a successful season, I think we're coming along pretty good - I like what we're doing in preseason and the players that we have.

"It's a long summer, so when you start to practice it gets fun! Practice should always be harder than the game.

"We've been going at each other and really battling each other."

McFarland is also helping his addition will help the team progress.

"We're hoping to continue to build from last year- first season in the league and they made the play-offs.

"You want to build on that and eventually win a championship.

"I know if the team does well I can be a reason for that - if the team does well I will do well."

Bristol Flyers start their season at home to Surrey Scorchers on 19th September, for ticket news visit:

You can also follow them on Twitter: @BristolFlyers

Keep an eye on the Hub as our #BIGBBLPreview continues!

Monday, 7 September 2015

How the Bristol Bisons came to be

Guest blog post by Angela Loughlin:

In 2012 2 girls met at a Wheelchair Basketball Club they made a good friendship and became close, after a few months one girl left and they lost contact for a while, more months past and they started talking through Facebook again they arranged a meet in 2013 December 
Jade and Chrissy the 2 girls met up before Xmas with their parents going along, they talked laughed and joked and dreamed of a Club of they're own after time slipped by that night they left and went home jades mum Angela sat and thought that night about the girls and they're dream and decided to go to work on creating the dream for these girls - within 2weeks Bristol Bisons was transformed from paper to reality in February 2014 Bristol Bisons Wheelchair Basketball Club was ready to start on March 8th 2014 we held our first Session which included Jade, Chrissy and Amber jades sister just 3 players within 19 months our dream has become larger than life we have 2 Division 4 Teams and a Women's Team being entered into this seasons league games. From the start we self funded I spoke to British Wheelchair Basketball and loaned chairs for us to be able to take sessions each week, I secured a venue for us at Hengrove Leisure Centre and we grew to where we are now.
we still self fund through our committee who each pay a percentage of the court hire/venue fee and we desperately need funding for our own chairs as we share our chairs with Bath University but we are still holding sessions each week with a satellite club due to start with Bridge learning campus a a School local to us in October this year. We have done several events and just keep getting bigger,
We have 24+ players now and are very proud of our achievements so far our need is funding for chairs and hall hire.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

The Poll

Who will top the BBL ladder at the end of the season

Newcastle Eagles
Leicester Riders
Cheshire Phoenix
Sheffield Sharks
London Lions
Manchester Giants
Leeds Force
Surrey Scorchers
Glasgow Rocks
Bristol Flyers
Plymouth Raiders
Worcester Wolves
Poll Maker

NBA season preview

As the basketball world prepares for the start of the NBA season in late October, we look ahead to what fans across the world can expect from the 2015-2016 season. The anticipation has been steadily rising throughout the year, with a number of multimillion dollar free agent signings and a dramatic shift in coaching positions, it is a guarantee that teams will have a fresh new look in expectation of the new season.

One of the major talking points of the 2015-2016 season is the return of Kevin Durant to the NBA. Having won the league’s MVP award, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s star had a disastrous season last year after being blighted with three foot injuries in six months.

OKC were clearly missing their star player as they failed to make the playoffs for the first time since Durant’s second NBA season. So what are fans expecting from Durant as he makes his return? Many have taken to Twitter to predict the NBA awards for next season with Durant set to be crowned MVP once again, but whether the OKC star can reclaim his title is another reason to follow the NBA season this year.

Fans of NBA merchandising will also be excited to see a change in jerseys on court this season as the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and the Philadelphia 76ers unveiled their new uniforms back in June.

This is alongside the news that Adidas announced their departure from the NBA after 11 years, the end of their contract in 2017 allows Adidas to concentrate on sponsorships with individual players. The company has already cemented multimillion dollar deals with four NBA draft picks, including James Harden and Andrew Wiggins.

There will undoubtedly be a great deal of drama in the 2015-2016 season, how will DeAndre Jordan’s first trip to Dallas fare after the July moratorium? Will LaMarcus Aldridge live up to expectations at five time NBA champions San Antonio Spurs? Whatever happens it is almost a guarantee there will be something to suit all fans.

So that’s it, the entire basketball world is on the edge of their seat for another thrilling season and all that’s left now is to watch, follow, tweet and show your support for your chosen team.

By Amanda Manders

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Countdown From 5

Five days. Only five days left from the beginning of the Eurobasket 2015 which the defending champion France will be hosting in the city of Lille.

The group stage will take place in four different European countries, one for each group (France, Croatia, Germany and Latvia) from the 5th to the 11th of September and the final stage of the championship will be in Lille from the 12th to the 20th of September.

With all preparation games finished and teams getting ready for the real competition, only five days seems like ages without basketballSo let’s take a look back and seehow the preparation games could affect the tournament.

Coaches and players are always talking about how important is having a good preparation and repeating that preparation is key for a success in the championshipAvoid injuries, improve the chemistry of the team…but does that mean the better results you get in your preparation games the better you will finish the championship? It’s obvious that the answer is not necessarily but it gives you a clue of the potential winners and in my opinion I would bet (and I would not be the only one…) that the champion is going to be one of the top-five teams in preparation. To make sure our bet is awinner, let´s take a look at the top-five teams and their chances according to the preparation games played. Let´s countdown from five!

5.- Greece: Balance (7-2)
They may not have the best team of their history but who is not afraid of Greece? Maybe they have not been in the top spots in the last few years but who is brave enough to take them out of the bet? Not me…specially this year with Giannis  Antetokounmpo, Kostas Papanikolaou and Kosta Koufos playing important minutes in the NBA and the tireless Vassilis Spanoulis.

4.- France: Balance (8-2)
The defending champion from 2013 is the team with more NBA talent in all Eurobasket with six plus some former NBA players. I would highlight three that in my opinion can make the difference: Nico Batum, Nando de Colo and of course Tony Parker. All the pieces are together to repeat 2013 success this year as they host the championship. 

3.- Serbia: Balance (9-1)
After a bad tournament in Eurobasket 2013 they won the silver medal in the World Championship in 2014 and they want to keep it along the same lines. With Milos Teodosic as their leader, this year all eyes are on the 2015 Euroleague MVP Nemanja Bjelica. He has just signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves after his incredibleseason. This has to be his tournament. Special mention toone of my favourites too, Bogdan Bogdanovic.

2.- Spain: Balance (7-0)
A team full of injuries, some new young players and a name in capital letters. PAU GASOL. There are two different teams when he is on the court and when he is not. The aspirations of Spain in this tournament depend on him. Other players that must step up are Nikola Mirotic coming from a great rookie season in the Chicago Bulls and there are high expectations for Sergi Llull as well after being MVP of the Euroleague Final. I am expecting a huge tournament from Rudy Fernandez.

1.- Croatia: Balance (9-0)
One of the most talented teams. Always a contender but never winning anything. With Ante Tomic and Bojan Bogdanovic leading the way and with two of the most talented young players of the tournament Mario Hezonja and Dario Saric It has to be this year for Croatia.

Analysed the top-five teams from the preparation games and their most important players, we don´t need to forget that all these teams left their opponents under 70 points.
Coaches say that defense win tournaments so I feel pretty confident about my bet. Maybe I was brave forgettingteams like Italy, Lithuania or Russia. Will they be real contenders? 
Keep the countdown...

Friday, 28 August 2015


(This is a guest blog from David Wooldridge who will be commentating on the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships)
I know people say don’t have regrets, but one of the biggest regrets in my career so far, was missing the boat on the London 2012 hype. The time when it seems from looking at other people’s careers, there were LOADS of presenting, announcing and commentary opportunities.
Well luckily for me I’ll be having my ‘2012 moment’ soon. As somehow I’ve been selected as part of the commentary team for the upcoming European Wheelchair Basketball Championships, which acts as a qualifier for the Rio 2016 Paralympics, so yeah A BIG DEAL.
Euro Logo
This huge event also happens to be where I spend most of my Friday nights between September & April, “The University of Worcester Areennnnaaaaa!” Which makes it a little bit more special for me, as it’s in my home town and in a venue I owe a lot of my career to.
I may not be living out 10 year old me’s dream of being the 2nd ever wrestling Olympic gold medalist, (Coming for you Kurt Angle). But this is the closest I’ll ever be to it! And more importantly this event will make up for my, “Pfftt its only the Olympics” attitude back in 2012.
It’s kind of a weird ‘Disney-ish’ full circle of my career so far too. Commentating on a EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP in the same venue where I first stepped out to announce and… well did a terrible job to be frank.
Uni ArenaWhilst I’m still ‘breaking the glass ceiling’ in TV & Radio presenting, I really feel that in the sports announcing & commentary world I’m starting to make a name for myself, (He says before messing up at the event). Which I completely owe to basketball in general and to the fantastic athletes, of which I’m allowed to be part of their ‘show’, their the ones delivering and giving me something to do!
Unfortunately I won’t be commentating on this event as much as I would like to, due to other ‘bits & bobs’ (Might tell you about them soon…), but I’m just happy to be a part of the whole shaa-bang to be honest!Team GB
Ooo by the way, guess what I’m REALLY looking forward to? I’ve looked at my announcing schedule, I’ve got a Team GB game to commentate! *Air Fist Pump *
So here’s hoping I don’t let Great Britain down, or our paralympians. And that I can commentate them to victory, onward to Rio 2016!
Lets also hope our European counterparts can understand my Farmer-Brummie-Southern accent too…