Childress and Thornton ready to strike up winning combination

Tom Decent 5:16 PM   Sydney Kings import Josh Childress has returned to Australia with some good news which can only help him in his bid to bring an NBL title to the Harbour City.

NBL, Fox strike TV deal to reach lost fans

Winning play: NBA players will get far greater exposure.

Roy Ward 9:16 PM   he NBL believes it will regain many lost fans after signing a new broadcast deal with Fox Sports to show every game live next season.

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NBL inks five-year deal with Fox Sports

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Adrian Warren   The National Basketball league has signed a five-year deal with pay-tv provider Fox Sports to show every NBL game live.

Heat's Andersen not sweating tax

Marked man: Chris Andersen.

Ira Winderman   With the Miami Heat at risk of having to pay the league's "repeater" tax, which increases such payments to the NBA, the team could alleviate some of that penalty by moving the $5 million on the final year of Chris Andersen's contract.

Just six weeks out from the season, the Canberra Capitals don't have a team

Canberra Capitals recruit Kathleen Macleod is in doubt for the WNBL season.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf has conceded recruit Kathleen MacLeod is no certainty to play this season.

Michael Jordan's 'Space Jam' jersey up for auction

Yours ... for a price: Michael Jordan rocks the famous Tune Squad singlet in the 1996 cult classic.

Danielle Rendina   While the world waits for confirmation of Cleveland Cavaliers' main man LeBron James' involvement in the Space Jam sequel, here is a little something that will get fans dribbling.

Kobe and Shaq make up on podcast

Opponents: Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in 2005.

Broderick Turner   More than a decade after a feud between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led to the breakup of one of the NBA's most dynamic duos, the two shared stories about their bickering Lakers days and why it all fell apart.

NBA star dwarfed by world's tallest man

Made to look small: Oklahoma City Thunder centre Enes Kanter.

Jamie Marcuson   It must be hard to be over two metres tall and still be classified as short. But that is exactly what happened to Oklahoma City Thunder's NBA star Enes Kanter this week as he stood toe-to-toe with the world's tallest man.

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76ers' Noel rebuilding his jump shot in Rhode Island

Delayed start: Philadelphia forward Nerlens Noel played his rookie season this year after sitting out the 2013-14 campaign.

Keith Pompey   Nerlens Noel came into the league with amazing defensive skills and unparalleled athleticism but in the subsequent two years, critics have voiced concerns about his ability as a power forward and are wondering whether he's just a phenomenal shot blocker who struggles to shoot.

Soon Whiteside's game has to do the talking

Powerful: Hassan Whiteside.

Ira Winderman   Make no mistake, the upcoming season is a referendum for Hassan Whiteside. A referendum about his value on the 2016 free-agent market. A referendum about where the big-muscle big-man game stands in today's NBA.

Once again, Rose uncomfortable under intense scrutiny

Under scrutiny: Bulls guard Derrick Rose.

K.C. Johnson   On April 28, 2012, Derrick Rose stood as the NBA's reigning most valuable player, the youngest in league history. A woman, known only as "Jane Doe", has alleged in a civil suit that Rose and two friends took part in drugging and gang-raping her in August 2013.

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Canberra Capitals depth even thinner after Belgian signing's withdrawal

Ann Waters, right, has reneged on her Capitals deal.

Jon Tuxworth   Capitals coach Carrie Graf has admitted the shock withdrawal of key recruit Anne Wauters has made them "vulnerable".

Wildcats add 'Outback Shaq' to list

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Roy Ward   Boomers centre Nate Jawai will return to the NBL this season after signing with Perth Wildcats.

Queenslander's bid to make NBA champs better

Lachlan Penfold during his time at the Roosters.

Beth Newman   The Golden State Warriors have recruited an Queenslander for a simple mission - to help make the best team in the world better.

Chicago Bulls star accused of rape

NBA Chicago Bulls' basketball player Derrick Rose with fans in China.

Patrick M. O'Connell   ​Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a former girlfriend in Los Angeles - a charge Rose quickly denied through a spokeswoman.

36ers sign Ebi Ere for NBL season

Sixers recruit: Ebi Ere during his stint with the Melbourne Tigers in 2009.

The Adelaide 36ers have signed experienced guard Ebi Ere as NBL club's second import.

Kings recruit Thornton feels at home with Childress

Welcome: Sydney Kings coach Damien Cotter overlooks guard Marcus Thornton's first training session.

Tom Decent   Sydney Kings' newest signing Marcus Thornton has arrived in Australia and is living in Josh Childress' apartment, even though he has never met the former NBA star.

Inequity between male and female coverage 'diabolical' says BA boss

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Jon Tuxworth   Basketball Australia boss Anthony Moore has described the inequity between male and female sport coverage as "diabolical" admitting "a lot's got to go right" to secure a new television broadcast partner for the Women's National Basketball League.

Ogilvy starts well for Hawks

New recruit: AJ Ogilvy drives for the Hawks against University of California.

Tim Keeble   Pre-season isn't the time for rash predictions, but the Illawarra Hawks might have a new sheriff in town.

Kings sign Tall Blacks swingman Prewster

Kings recruit: Dion Prewster.

Marc Hinton   Tall Blacks swingman Dion Prewster has been snapped up by the Sydney Kings to complete their roster for the coming NBL season.

'Born Ready' Stephenson eager for a career rebirth

Sting in the tale: Lance Stephenson wants to take his game to a new level with the Hornets.

Ben Bolch   The doubters have been so pervasive that LA Clippers recruit Lance Stephenson mentioned them in a rap song this summer: "All of the haters, I don't pay attention. Player, listen: I'm trying to tell you I'm different. I'm on a mission."

Melbourne United making strong start with recruits, defence

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Roy Ward   New recruits Stephen Holt and Todd Blanchfield have impressed in their first few preseason games for Melbourne United.

Young Australian ‘tired’ but shows his NBA credentials

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Roy Ward   The fatigue from five games in eight days caught up with Ben Simmons and his Louisiana State University Tigers on Saturday night as they lost to Melbourne United.