Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.

Basketball

Andrew Bogut backs Dante Exum being NBA's man of mystery

Jon Pierik Andrew Bogut has praised Dante Exum's strategic tactic of being the mystery man of the NBA draft.

Basketball

United name change a gamble for 'elitist' Melbourne Tigers: Bogut

Melbourne Tigers

Jon Pierik Andrew Bogut says it won't take long to judge whether the controversial name change made by the 'elitist' Melbourne Tigers 'will be a huge success or a huge flop'.

Basketball

Push for a second Melbourne NBL club gathers pace

Basketball.

Jon Pierik A push for a second Melbourne franchise in the National Basketball League has gathered pace, with a prospective ownership group moving into its second phase of development.

Cricket

Kevin Pietersen opens up about Ashes disaster, praises Michael Clarke

Kevin Pietersen on the field during Surrey's Twenty20 match against Essex at The Oval on Friday.

Jon Pierik A banished Kevin Pietersen says he is relieved to no longer be part of an unpleasant English dressing room, has called for back-to-back Ashes series to be scrapped and praised Michael Clarke’s...

Motor Sport

Daniel Ricciardo can become world champion, says Alan Jones

Daniel Ricciardo.

Jon Pierik Australian Formula One champion Alan Jones believes Daniel Ricciardo has all the tools to become a world champion within three years after celebrating his maiden victory, in a crash-marred Canadian...

Basketball

Bogut's injury could sink his Warriors

Andrew Bogut (left) will miss the start of the NBA play-offs.

Jon Pierik Andrew Bogut is hurt and, according to former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy, it could be the difference between elimination and survival for his Golden State Warriors, when the NBA play-offs begin on...

Basketball

Miami Heat player speculation underpins intriguing play-off series

LeBron James (centre) is key to Miami's hopes of winning the title.

Jon Pierik The late, great Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly always said his favourite time of the basketball year was the play-offs.

Cricket

James Sutherland confident cricket World Cup will be a huge success

James Sutherland.

Jon Pierik Cricket Australia chief is confident next year's World Cup will not be ambushed by the rise of Twenty20.

Motorsport

Daniel Ricciardo can finish the season as a top three driver, says formula one legend Alan Jones

Daniel Ricciardo

Jon Pierik Australian formula one legend Alan Jones says Daniel Ricciardo has the talent to finish the year as one of the top three drivers.

Basketball

NBL calls for second Melbourne club

Generic basketball

Jon Pierik The National Basketball League is officially seeking a second club, with the new team to be based in Melbourne's south-east.

Basketball

Pacers, Thunder, Warriors on the ropes

Pacers' Paul George

Jon Pierik Don't look now, but the best team in the eastern conference through the NBA regular season, and a western conference power many had tipped to win it all, are in a deep play-off hole.

Chris Anstey hopes Andrew Demetriou turns to basketball

Outgoing AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.

Jon Pierik On a day Basketball Australia said its chief executive was leaving, and the AFL confirmed the date of Andrew Demetriou's departure, Melbourne Tigers coach Chris Anstey had this hope for his sport.

Basketball

Ex-Boomers coach Brett Brown takes on NBA's 76ers

Boomers coach Brett Brown

Jon Pierik Former Australian Olympic basketball coach Brett Brown has agreed to be the head coach of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.

Basketball

ABC gives more dunk for its buck

Lauren Jackson.

Jon Pierik Basketball Australia to announce expanded broadcasting rights agreement with ABC.

Basketball

The NBL is advertising for a Tasmanian franchise

Basketball generic.

Jon Pierik Push is part of a bold plan to have a 16-team competition within five years.

Basketball

Menora Foods to sponsor WNBL

Jon Pierik Weeks after a call on big business to back women's sport, the WNBL has become a beneficiary.

Soccer

A-League TV ratings hit for six

The television build-up to an A-League match between Brisbane Roar and the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium, Newcastle.

Jon Pierik and Michael Lynch Media strategist claims there are ''worrying dynamics'' in recent weeks, with numbers of viewers slipping.

Basketball

Melbourne Tigers coach Chris Anstey fined for referee abuse, post-match criticism

Chris Anstey.

Jon Pierik Chris Anstey hopeful honesty will help generate greater support for NBL.

Basketball

Canberra teen Dante Exum is tipped to be a top-four NBA draftee

Dante Exum.

Jon Pierik Top NBA draft prospect will decide by February whether to nominate for premier competition.

Basketball

Dante Exum urged to accept NBA draft 'Tattslotto' win

Dante Exum.

Jon Pierik As Dante Exum prepares to make a decision on his basketball future, former NBA top pick Andrew Bogut has suggested the "smart" decision would be for him to turn professional next season.

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