Exum shows flashes of brilliance in NBA

Peter Mitchell 6:31 PM   Dante Exum has proved the doubters wrong with some flashes of brilliance in his NBA debut for the Utah Jazz.

NBA season predictions: Spurs have fight to defend crown

Champion five times over: Tim Duncan collects his ring at San Antonio's championship ceremony before their season opener against Dallas.

12:50 PM   San Antonio have never gone back to back after their four previous titles. They face a two-way battle for the championship with Cleveland and Chicago the main contenders. Fairfax Media has prised its hoops experts away from their NBA League Pass long enough to make their 15 for '15 predictions.

Bendigo steals march on Dandenong before rebound

Roy Ward 10:12 PM   Much like a farmer moving his assets to higher ground, Bendigo Spirit scored an important 97-75 win over Dandenong Rangers.

Opals superstar Penny Taylor comes home to Dandenong Rangers

Dandenong Rangers' newest star Penny Taylor.

Roy Ward   Dandenong Rangers have signed a second WNBA superstar with Penny Taylor to return to WNBL.

Gaze says Childress ban 'light', but Wagstaff content

Basketball royalty: Andrew Gaze.

Rebekah Ison, Lee Gaskin   Andrew Gaze fears the "light" ban handed to Josh Childress could harm Australian basketball.

Spurs edge Mavs to open title defence

Winning start: San Antonio's Tim Duncan battles with Dallas centre Tyson Chandler.

The San Antonio Spurs raised their championship banner then elevated their game when it mattered to edge the Dallas Mavericks 101-100 in a season-opening win.

Lakers fall to Rockets, lose Randle to injury in opener

Shattering debut: Julius Randle goes up for a shot against Dwight Howard.

Mike Bresnahan   The present-day Los Angeles Lakers weren't looking so great against the Houston Rockets, and then fate messed with their future. Rookie Julius Randle suffered a broken tibia in his right leg and was carted off on a stretcher after a collision with two Rockets players in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 108-90 loss.

Exum's mate to keep him calm ahead of NBA season debut

Showtime: Dante Exum is ready to step onto the court for his NBA debut with Utah Jazz.

Roy Ward   Dante Exum's NBA rookie season begins on Thursday.

Ex-NBA star's high profile 'helped at tribunal'

Josh Childress.

Matt Murnane   Australian basketball greats Shane Heal and Andrew Gaze have suggested the NBL's tribunal may have given former NBA star Josh Childress special treatment because of his high profile.

Spurs start NBA title defence with win

Tony Parker celebrates the Spurs' win.

Australians Patty Mills and Aron Baynes joined teammates in receiving their championship rings before the Spurs began their NBA title defence with a 101-100 win over Dallas.

Childress cops one-game suspension, Twitter abuse

Josh Childress

Adrian Proszenko   Josh Childress will deactivate his Twitter account and take an indefinite break from social media after the Sydney Kings import copped racial abuse following his ugly forearm on Perth opponent Jesse Wagstaff.

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NBA rosters teem with internationals

"I'm not surprised there's more and more international players entering the NBA, and I'm pretty sure it's going to grow over the years": Dante Exum

Jeff Zillgitt   For the first time in NBA history, more than 100 international players - 101 total and nearly 23% of the league - are on opening-day rosters, and for the first time Canada has more international players than any other country.

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10 questions that will define 2014-15 NBA season

New challenge: Lebron James will need to adjust to the Cavs' playing style.

Kofie Yeboah   Can the new Big Three of James, Love and Kyrie Irving come together quickly enough to rise to the top in the East?

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Childress faces racist abuse on Twitter

Josh Childress

Roy Ward   Former NBA veteran Josh Childress has revealed he faced a stream of racist abuse on Twitter after he was reported during an NBL game last Friday night.

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New NBA season has much Australian promise

NBA championship winner Patty Mills, wants to inspire Australia's indigenous basketballers.

Peter Mitchell   There are now plenty of Aussies flying the flag in the NBA, but who's best-placed to win the title?

Denver Nuggets shake it off in Taylor Swift parody video

From the Nuggets' Shake It Off parody video

On the eve of the NBA season, one team has decided to prepare in a different way.

Bulls have edge over Cavaliers

Unquestionable talent: Bulls guard Derrick Rose.

Paul Zalunardo   The NBA loves handing out awards. If they had one for most improved division, the Eastern Conference's central division would be paying $1.30 right now.

A lot of trash, not much treasure in Atlantic

Struggle street: New York's Iman Shumpert does his best against Toronto in the pre-season.

Paul Zalunardo   Welcome to the Atlantic, the worst division in basketball. One so bad Toronto are clear favourites. The Celtics don't want to win, Philly really don't want to win and the Knicks can't win. Brooklyn are trying but won't live up to the hype.

NBA's Utah eyeing Aussie Ingles

Joe Ingles.

Brock Motum's loss appears like it will be Australian teammate Joe Ingles' gain.

Exit strategies: How 10 teams replaced their LeBron

A Cavalier again: LeBron James.

Ira Winderman   Cliche all you want about the team game, but the NBA, at its highest level, very much can be a singular equation, one player making all the difference. So what comes next when the superstar leaves the team behind?