Gaze officially a legend, Daniels scores draft invite
Legend: Andrew Gaze.Credit:Photo archive
Andrew Gaze was an Australian basketball legend before he finished his playing career. But now Basketball Australia has made it official.
BA announced on Thursday that Gaze would become the sixth person elevated to Legend status in its Hall of Fame where he joins father Lindsay Gaze, Michele Timms, Alistair Ramsay, Betty Watson and John Raschke.
The five-time Olympian and seven-time NBL MVP will be officially elevated at BA’s Hall of Fame function on July 1 which will be held at John Cain Arena before the Boomers play Japan in a FIBA World Cup qualifier.
“I am beyond honoured to be elevated to Legend status,” Gaze said.
“To follow in my father’s footsteps is a dream I never dared to imagine. I am eternally indebted and grateful for the opportunities the game has provided me and my family.”
“I am acutely aware that the recognition I have received would not be possible without the support and guidance of my teammates and coaches.
“Thanks to the awards committee for their support. I am humbled that the selection committee feel I am worthy to sit alongside some of the great contributors of the game.”
Mavs trade for Wood
Dallas Mavericks aren’t satisfied with their Western Conference finals appearance this season and have attempted to make a big upgrade at the centre position.
The Mavericks reportedly agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets on Thursday afternoon which will see centre Christian Wood head to the Mavs in return for Boban Marjanovic, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss and the No.26 pick in the 2022 draft.
Wood will instantly give superstar Luka Doncic a big man who can score from inside and outside along with being a strong rebounder.
But the question remains whether Wood can play with the consistency and focus the Mavericks will need next season if they want to become a serious contender.
Daniels, Dieng invited to the draft
A few months ago Australian star Dyson Daniels was predicted to fall out of the top 15 picks in the NBA draft, which takes place Friday June 24 (AEST) in New York.
But Daniels has done so well in his pre-draft workouts that multiple mock drafts having him going to Portland with pick seven.
The Bendigo-raised playmaker has been invited to the draft and the green room which is reserved for players the league are confident will be among the high first-round selections.
Bleacher Report said Daniels has worked out for all the teams who pick between fourth and 11th and described teams as believing Daniels was a “can’t lose” selection.
The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie had Daniels going to Washington at pick 10 in his latest mock draft.
Ousmane Dieng, a French international who was an NBL Next Star player New Zealand Breakers this past NBL season, has had to work hard for teams after an injury-interrupted season.
But he has also been invited to the draft and some experts predict him joining Melbourne’s Josh Giddey at the Oklahoma City Thunder at pick 12.
Perth’s Luke Travers and NZ Breakers guard Hugo Besson are both seen as possible second-round picks.
Travers worked out with Indiana on Thursday and told that Pacers media that his shooting has made strides in his seven-week pre-draft stint in the US.
Beveridge lucky to be alive after fall
Rob Beveridge fulfilled a life-long dream in January when he coached the Australian Boomers during a FIBA World Cup qualifying window.
But he is currently recovering with his family in Wollongong after falling six metres off his roof.
Beveridge was coaching Southland Sharks in New Zealand but came home to attend a family event and contracted COVID-19.
While in isolation at home, Beveridge said he became restless and decided to clean out his gutters.
But he lost his balance and fell, breaking six ribs and his shoulder blade in three places.
Beveridge sent a letter to Southland fans to explain his situation and he still hopes he can recover in time to rejoin the team for the end of the NZ NBL season.
“I am in a world of pain, but I have come to realise just how lucky I am,” Beveridge wrote.
”I was the talk of the hospital (not just because of my personality and looks) and was continuously told during my stay that any fall greater than three metres is often fatal.
“To have fallen from twice that height and to be here to write this to you today does put things into perspective.”
″My recovery process will be painful and slow, but I am fighting hard to get back to New Zealand as soon as I can and finish what we have started this season.”
Garbin trades Perth for Hungary
WNBL grand finalist Perth Lynx will need a new captain with Darcee Garbin announcing she will be playing with DVTK-Hun-Therm in Hungary this season.
Garbin has played her whole career in the WNBL but the Opals squad member is now testing out her talents in a new environment.
She said playing in Europe had been a goal for several years but she expected to be back playing in the WNBL in the future.
“This isn’t goodbye, it’s see you later,” Garbin said on the Lynx website.
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