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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 20: Josh Powell of Sydney looks on during the round three NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Sydney Kings at the North Shore Events Centre on October 20, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) Featured News / December 4th, 2016

Taming the inner beast

For as long as he can remember, Josh Powell has never been the type of guy to back down. Whether it was on the football field, basketball court or in the schoolyard, Powell always found it hard to turn the

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27:  Rob Beveridge, head coach of the Hawks celebrates with players after winning the round eight NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Illawarra Hawks at the Perth Arena on November 27, 2016 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images) Featured News / December 1st, 2016

The support network behind the man

As the Illawarra Hawks celebrated its first win in Perth for 11 years on Sunday, it served as an emotional farewell to Perth for Rob Beveridge and his family with them about to be reunited in Wollongong. Beveridge along with

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27:  Rotnei Clarke of the Hawks shoots free throws during the round eight NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Illawarra Hawks at the Perth Arena on November 27, 2016 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images) Featured News / November 30th, 2016

Can’t stop the Rot

If there’s one thing Rotnei Clarke can count on it is knowing his Illawarra Hawks teammates and coaches are firmly in his corner. That unwavering support helped the 2014 NBL MVP soldier through one of the toughest periods of his

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 12:  Andrew Gaze, Head Coach of the Sydney Kings gestures during the round six NBL match between Melbourne United and the Sydney Kings at Hisense Arena on November 12, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) Featured News / November 28th, 2016

Star Gazing

There is an aura about Andrew Gaze. It’s an aura that has nothing to do with star-power or celebrity. What’s special about Gaze is that he’s the genuine article. What you see is one hundred percent what you get. All

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 21:  Kevin White of the Hawks drives to the basket against Angus Brandt of the Wildcats during the round three NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Illawarra Hawks at Perth Arena on October 21, 2016 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images) Featured News / November 27th, 2016

Tough Love

Most professional athletes have at least one indelible moment or memory that helped shape who they are. Illawarra Hawks guard Kevin White was playing for the under 18 Manly team when his epiphany arrived in the form of a few

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 11: Rob Loe of the Breakers runs out during the players introduction during the round six NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Cairns Taipans at Vector Arena on November 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) Featured News / November 25th, 2016

Crunching the numbers

When NBL legend Ken Cole walked past the commentary area at the Australian Basketball Challenge two months ago, he aired a familiar perspective. “Put those stats away!” Cole snapped, repulsed by the piles of box scores on hand for the

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Aleks Maric of the Kings of the Kings looks to pass the ball during the round seven NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Sydney Kings at Perth Arena on November 17, 2016 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images) Featured News / November 24th, 2016

When the going gets tough

When Aleks Maric first met with Sydney Kings boss Jeff Van Groningen and coach Andrew Gaze to discuss the prospects of signing with the club, he gave them a sales pitch they couldn’t refuse. The words come easy to Maric

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 06: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been converted to black and white.) Corey Webster of New Zealand competes against Torrey Craig of Brisbane during the round five NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Brisbane Bullets at Vector Arena on November 6, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) Featured News / November 23rd, 2016

Summing up NBL 16/17’s first trimester

There’s no doubt this is one of the most exciting NBL seasons we’ve seen in recent history. It is also one of the closest with no easy wins and not much separating second through seventh place right now. It’s been

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 19:  Anthony Petrie of the Brisbane Bullets makes a shot on basket over Majok Deng of the Adelaide 36ers during the round seven NBL match between the Adelaide 36ers and the Brisbane Bullets at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on November 19, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images) Featured News / November 23rd, 2016

Ball is life but Family comes first

The pull of family was a major factor in Anthony Petrie joining the Brisbane Bullets this season but Saturday’s return to Adelaide was special for four more reasons than just the win he helped spearhead against his old club. Petrie

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 18: David Stockton of the Breakers scores against Rotnei Clarke of the Hawks during the round seven NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Illawarra Hawks at North Shore Events Centre on November 18, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) Featured News / November 20th, 2016

A game of two halves

Illawarra Hawks coach Rob Beveridge saw encouraging second half signs in Friday’s loss to the New Zealand Breakers but he can’t excuse the poor start and it’s his starters under the pump the most in Sunday’s return clash at WIN