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Veteran basketballer David Andersen sets sights on Rio Olympics

David Andersen.

Roy Ward Australian basketballer David Andersen believes a self-imposed playing hiatus has added years to his career.

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Olympics spurs on Mills in NBA mission

Patty Mills

Chris Dutton He missed out on Olympic Games bling but Patrick Mills and the San Antonio Spurs are on a mission to ''achieve greatness'' and believe they have the firepower to win an NBA championship ring.

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Drug tests just a fact of life at Olympics, says Opals' Jackson

01 June 2012, News, Journalist Samantha Lane  Canberra Times PHOTO by JAY CRONAN. Australian Basketballer Lauren Jackson rests up with her parents Maree and Gary Jackson in Tuross.

Paul Mulvey Nine days before the London Olympics open, every one of Australia's 410 athletes have already been drug tested at least once, more than half have been done twice and 30 per cent have had three tests.

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Opals star Taylor out of the Olympics

Penny Taylor.

Roy Ward Opals star Penny Taylor is out of the London Olympics.

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Wilson a chance for Olympics as Penny drops out

27th  FEBRUARY 2012 -SPORT -STORY JON TUXWORTH - THE CANBERRA TIMES- PHOTO BY MELISSA ADAMS.
Canberra Capitals presentation night at Hotel Realm, Barton. Canberra Capitals player, Carly Wilson.

Jon Tuxworth It's not the fashion any player wants their Olympic hopes to be enhanced.

Boomers lose Bogut for Olympics

Andrew Bogut in NBA action

Roy Ward Australian NBA star Andrew Bogut has officially withdrawn from the Boomers' London Olympic campaign.

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Mills, Jackson named for Olympics

Patty Mills

Patty Mills and Lauren Jackson spearhead the Australian men's and women's basketball teams for the London Olympics named today.

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Clocking off is set to keep Jackson fresh for Olympics

01 June 2012, News, Journalist Samantha Lane  Canberra Times PHOTO by JAY CRONAN. Australian Basketballer Lauren Jackson rests up with her parents Maree and Gary Jackson in Tuross.

Guy Hand Lauren Jackson's minutes will be strictly monitored ahead of the Olympic Games as she again underlined her importance to the Opals' gold medal cause on her return from injury.

New Opals coach Graf eyes Olympics gold

New Opals head coach Carrie Graf says superstars Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor will be at their peak for the 2012 London Olympics.

Boomers' Olympics draw tough: Goorjian

Adam Cooper Boomers coach Brian Goorjian believes Australia are in the tougher pool of the Olympic basketball tournament, despite avoiding the United States and Spain.

Money and Olympics key to NBA in London

Chris Lehourites NBA commissioner David Stern is counting on the 2012 London Olympics to give the basketball league a foothold in Britain.

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Luc Longley backs Aussie Boomers to shine without Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut

Warm welcome: Patty Mills and Aron Baynes were overwhelmed by the reception they received from the locals at Mills' ancestral home in the Torres Straight Islands.

Jon Tuxworth Australian basketball great Luc Longley has backed Andrew Bogut's decision to bypass the World Cup, adamant he will be motivated by a desire to get healthy and finish his NBA career on a strong note.

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Australian basketball riding NBA wave

NBA conquered: Patty Mills celebrates during San Antonio's championship win over Miami.

Roy Ward Let's get it right – Australian basketball is not going through a golden age. It’s simply enjoying the spoils of its own evolution.

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Utah Jazz give Dante Exum green light to play for Australia at World Cup

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Dante Exum.

Jon Tuxworth NBA draftee Dante Exum has been given the nod to play for Australia at the World Cup in Spain. 

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NBA champion Patty Mills backs the Boomers to shine at FIBA World Cup

Patty Mills speaks to the media on Tuesday.

Roy Ward Patty Mills and Aron Baynes see a bright future for the Boomers at the World Cup despite Mills' absence.

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Boomers stars deserve better backing, says Luc Longley

Patty Mills will start an Australian tour with the NBA trophy on Wednesday.

Jon Tuxworth Australian Boomers great Luc Longley says the squad has more international stars than the Socceroos.

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Patty Mills brings a taste of NBA home

Back home: Patty Mills (right) and Aron Baynes  on Tuesday.

Roy Ward Patty Mills has the NBA championship trophy with him for a tour of Australia.

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LeBron James a very big stroke of luck for Cleveland Cavaliers rookie coach David Blatt

Dream job: David Blatt will have an improved roster at Cleveland in his rookie season.

Jeff Zillgitt Two months ago, David Blatt was on top of the world when led undermanned Maccabi Tel Aviv to stunning upsets over CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid for the Euroleague championship.

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With his Euro trip over, David Barlow aims for the NBL title

Back in town: David Barlow will play for Melbourne United.

Roy Ward Five years in Europe have given David Barlow a lifetime of memories, both good and bad.

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Cleveland Cavaliers set to hire Israeli coach Blatt

David Blatt

A month after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague championship, David Blatt agreed to a four-year deal to become head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, according to a person with...