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

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.

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

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.

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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Basketball

Menora Foods to sponsor WNBL

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

Basketball

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.

Cricket

Night Tests in three years if Nine gets its way

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Jon Pierik As cricket bids to extend its reach, a senior Channel Nine official says night Test cricket could become a reality within three years.

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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

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".

Basketball

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.

Basketball

To go gold, Opals must walk the walk, says Joyce the voice

Brendan Joyce.

Jon Pierik New Opals coach says there was too much talk of winning a gold medal before London Olympics, declaring it is time for the team to 'walk the walk'.

Cricket

Nine uncertain over deal

Jeff Browne.

Jon Pierik Channel Nine uncertain if it will match Ten's $500 million bid to poach cricket rights.

Basketball

Gaze gets international gong

Andrew Gaze.

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

Basketball

Star duo get by with little help from new friend

Jon Pierik Patty Mills and Aron Baynes have enough excitement just being part of the San Antonio Spurs' run to the National Basketball Association finals - but there has been an added bonus.

Basketball

Boomers mix with Beatle

Patty Mills.

Jon Pierik Patty Mills and Aron Baynes have enough excitement just being part of the San Antonio Spurs' run to the NBA finals - but there has been an added bonus.

Basketball

Tigers add two pieces to puzzle

Chris Goulding

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.