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

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.

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.

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

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

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

NBA spur has Maric riding high for London

Aleks Maric.

Jon Pierik Aleks Maric has even more reason to help the Boomers to their their first Olympic medal.

Ingles angling for spot in starting line-up

Focused: Joe Ingles can't wait for the London Olympics.

Jon Pierik Joe Ingles is ready for some bigger challenges, writes Jon Pierik.