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.

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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 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.

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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 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 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.

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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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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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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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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New coach talks up Boomers' chances

Excited: New Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis (right) with the Breakers' Will Hudson after the NBL grand final.

Jon Pierik Andrej Lemanis believes he has a squad that can achieve something "special".

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Lemanis to lead Boomers

Jon Pierik While Andrej Lemanis initially had tears at his farewell press conference as coach of the New Zealand Breakers on Wednesday, it was quickly down to business for Australia's new national coach.

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Gaze gets international gong

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Jon Pierik Australian basketball great Andrew Gaze will be inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame.

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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.

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New coach Anstey vows Tigers will challenge

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Jon Pierik Rookie Melbourne Tigers coach Chris Anstey has vowed the club will be a legitimate challenger for the National Basketball League championship next season as he attempts to help usher it out of a...