BallinEurope and WhyNotMe talk Neptune, Demons, and Downey

Emmett Ryan (BallinEurope) and Puff Summers (WhyNotMe Hoops) offer their thoughts on Neptune leaving the league and Roy Downey’s decision to play for local rivals, C&S Demons. Also, Ryan and Summers highlight Ireland’s recent success in China versus Russia while Ryan shares his excitement for the upcoming Hibernia initiative, which will see Ireland competing on the European stage.
Photo: Brendan Moran

Neptune withdrawal raises serious questions

Today’s Irish Examiner carries an article detailing a statement from Neptune club chairman Paul Barrett, which reads as follows:

Neptune Basketball Club had entered this year’s Premier League campaign and had committed to the association and the other teams. A lot of work had taken place behind the scenes by our club executive to allow this to happen.

However, with all the off court work done, things changed for the worst this week when Roy Downey decided his future was with Blue Demons BC.

This forced the club executive to revisit the decision to enter the Premier League.

NBA London 2015 Announced

It’s coming back! The NBA will return to London this season with the Orlando Magic coming to London to play a regular-season game against the Toronto Raptors at The O2 on Jan. 14, 2016 as part of NBA Global Games 2015-16, this will mark the league’s sixth regular-season game in London.

International Basketball – Irish Men v China – Full Game Video

The MPL Irish Select team return home from China today after a week that has hopefully began to pave the way for a return to senior international basketball in Ireland. Ireland lost to Italy on day 1 before an inspired 70-69 victory over the Russian squad on day 2. On day 3 they went up against the hosts and by far strongest team in the tournament. It was always going to be an impossible task to get a win versus China but it was an important stepping stone for basketball in this country.

You can check out fill game highlights below:

100 Reasons You Know You Are an Irish Baller (Part 2, 26-50)

Here is part 2 of our run-down of the top 100 reasons how you know if you are an Irish Basketball player! If you have any to add please hit us up in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat! If you missed part 1 of our list you can check it out by clicking here.

26. You get hyped watching an Irish international team beat Russia on a Saturday afternoon! (Sorry, had to throw it in there, COYBIG!)

100 Reasons You Know You’re an Irish Basketball Player When… (Part 1)

Check out out part one of our list of how to know when you are an Irish basketball player and let us know if you have any others that might feature in parts 2 to 4! Shout out to Hoopsfix.com and their list of things that make you know when you are a British basketball player which I think originally started on the old streetball.co.uk message boards? 

1. You miss basketball not being on RTE purely because of Timmy McCarthy’s Commentary. ( Timmy Soundboard ) Boom Shack-a-lack-a!

NBA Draft: who will your team take?

The NBA draft awaits us this Thursday with seemingly one of the deepest drafts in recent memory awaiting us.

The Minnesota Timberwolves seem likely to select Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall.  The Wolves have apparently made former 1st overall pick Anthony Bennett available for trade. The other candidate for 1st overall is Duke big man Jahlil Okafor, with other big names including Latvian seven-footer Kristaps Prozingis, Ohio State’s rangy point guard D’Angelo Russell and Barcelona’s Croatian swingman Mario Hezonja.