Coaches look back at rise of Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova

Roy Ward 7:02 PM   From modest beginnings in Victoria's junior basketball system, Andrew Bogut and Matthew Dellavedova will this week play in the NBA finals.

How Boomers can finally end medal drought

Paul Suttor dinkus Double Dribble Hoops Heaven Sutts

Paul Suttor   This has been said/written/hypothesised before previous doomed trips to the big events but next year's Games of the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro will be the Boomers' best chance to finally secure a medal at a major tournament.

How Dellavedova bounced back from draft day disappointment

Matthew Dellavedova in action for St Mary's during his college days.

Jon Tuxworth 10:08 PM   ¬†Adam Caporn bristles when the Cleveland Cavaliers guard is branded "dirty" by some American experts.

Bogut defends Dellavedova from criticism

Matthew Dellavedova

12:31 PM   Andrew Bogut has defended fellow Australian, and soon-to-be NBA finals foe, Matthew Dellavedova from claims the guard is a dirty player.

LeBron: 'I'm a guy who believes in unfinished business'

Title No.3 in sight: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James.

Michael Lee 6:11 PM   LeBron James' decision to play in the region that raised him was more personal, more purposeful the second time around.

Rapidly changing culture has Bucks thinking big

Bucking the trend: Jason Kidd

Jeff Zillgitt 1:39 PM   The Bucks did not inspire. Few cared if they won or lost, made the playoffs or didn't make the playoffs. The franchise needed a reboot, and they got it from new owners.

Curry is "way up" but aiming higher for Warriors

Coming out on top: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.

Michael Lee   Steph Curry and the Warriors are way up - Western Conference champions after their series-clinching 104-90 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday - but not in a place that they didn't expect.

WNBL to move to best-of-three grand finals

Ecstasy: Townsville Fire celebrate their WNBL title in March.

The WNBL will move to a best-of-three grand final series next season, but won't be following a recommendation to move to winter.

Bulls dump coach Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau.

Tom Thibodeau was fired as coach of the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, unable to bring playoff success despite five winning campaigns with the NBA club.

Canberra Capitals endorse keeping WNBL in summer

Bibby in action against Adelaide last season.

Jon Tuxworth   The Canberra Capitals have endorsed the WNBL's decision to reject a call to move the league to winter.

Worth the wait: a first look at Golden State v Cleveland

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.

Benjamin Hoffman   With the conference finals wrapping up quickly, the NBA finds itself in an awkward situation: There will be a record seven days between post-season basketball games.

Club bosses see brighter future under Kestelman

Invested: Entrepreneur Larry Kestelman.

Roy Ward   Key NBL figures believe Melbourne businessman Larry Kestelman's move to take a controlling stake in the league will give it a chance to become a successful product.

Aussie v Aussie in NBA finals

Golden State's Andrew Bogut with teammate Draymond Green.

The Golden State Warriors have knocked the Houston Rockets out of the NBA playoffs to set up a championship series match-up with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Larry Kestelman puts $6 million into NBL, aims for new TV deal and major sponsor

Champions: The NZ Breakers celebrate after winning the NBL Grand Final series in March.

Roy Ward   Melbourne United owner Larry Kestelman is now the NBL's executive director and wants to "reignite the passion" in NBL basketball.

Dellavedova's Cavs into NBA finals

Matthew Dellavedova holds the trophy after the Cavaliers defeated the Hawks to make it to the NBA finals.

Australian point guard Matthew Dellavedova and his Cleveland Cavaliers will play for their success-starved city's maiden NBA title after sweeping the Atlanta Hawks.

Dellavedova inspires US rap song

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova

Matthew Dellavedova's infamy has reached bizarre new levels in the US. As the American media continues to debate whether the scrappy point guard from country Victoria is a dirty player or not, a rap tribute song has been produced titled Hustle Like Delly.

Howard in trouble over Bogut elbow?

Dwight Howard, of the Houston Rockets, shoots against Andrew Bogut, of the Golden State Warriors, in game four of the Western Conference finals.

The Houston Rockets have staved off elimination from the Western Conference finals with a dominant win over Golden State Warriors, but a Dwight Howard forearm at Andrew Bogut's head will be investigated.

LeBron dismisses Dellavedova's bad rap

Scrapping for the ball: Matthew Dellavedova competes with Atlanta Hawks duo Jeff Teague and Kent Bazemore for possession.

Jeff Zillgitt   The Atlanta Hawks gave measured responses about Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova in the aftermath of a gutty, hard-fought and disheartening loss to the Cavaliers.

LeBron drives Cavs to overtime win

LeBron James

LeBron James was the hero and Australian teammate Matthew Dellavedova was a villain in some eyes as the Cleveland Cavaliers claimed a commanding 3-0 over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals.

Australian becomes American sport's new villain

Matthew Dellavedova.

Australia's Matthew Dellavedova has become American sport's new villain as the Cleveland Cavaliers took a 3-0 lead in their NBA Eastern Conference Finals series against the Atlanta Hawks.