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

Push for a second Melbourne NBL club gathers pace

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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.

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NBL calls for second Melbourne club

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

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The NBL is advertising for a Tasmanian franchise

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

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NBL players call for big changes

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Jon Pierik National Basketball League players have expressed fears the competition is at the crossroads, declaring it is time to consider scrapping the player rankings system, lifting the salary cap and moving...

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NBL looks to go it alone

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Jon Pierik The National Basketball League could soon break away from Basketball Australia and be run by its own group of business leaders.

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Gaze predicts bright future for new-look NBL

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Jon Pierik Australian great says financial security and expansion must be on top of the agenda of the new National Basketball League.

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NBL season in danger of being scrapped

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Jon Pierik Clubs need to prove they have the finances to orchestrate a de-merger or fall back.

Camouflage fails to cover NBL funding

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Jon Pierik Bid for a second Melbourne team in National Basketball League is over.

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NBL to bring back the All Stars

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Jon Pierik The rebuilding of basketball continues apace with the reinstatement of the All-Star game.

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

Dante Exum playing for Lake Ginninderra College in 2013.

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

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

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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'.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tigers add two pieces to puzzle

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Jon Pierik Determined to again become a basketball force, the Melbourne Tigers yesterday secured two men they hope will play a key role in this resurrection, but it has come at the cost of import Ron Dorsey.

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Pre-season to decide Tigers leadership

Melbourne Tigers have signed a new point guard.

Jon Pierik Finally with a fit roster on the floor, Melbourne Tigers coach Chris Anstey now has two key issues to deal with when the NBL’s pre-season tournament tips off on Thursday.

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WNBL has plan to top the nation

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Jon Pierik Basketball Australia chief executive Kristina Keneally wants the Women's National Basketball League to be the country's premier women's sporting competition.

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How basketball can rebound

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Jon Pierik The NBL is at a crossroads, and tough decisions must be made.

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Gaze calls for shift to winter season

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Jon Pierik Andrew Gaze says said there's merit in the season running from March to October.