Hoops on TV this week

NBA (all on ESPN unless otherwise noted)

In honour of the launch of The Courtside Collective Martin Luther King Jnr Day, the NBA is staging 11 games on Monday. More importantly, two of them tip-off before midnight Irish time. Even more importantly, one of them is a rare Clipper game that doesn’t start at 3.30am.


6pm: Chicago Bulls v Memphis Grizzlies
8:30pm: New Jersey Nets v Los Angeles Clippers
1am:  Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics
3.30am: Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers


6am: NBA Action


9.30pm: NBA Tonight (ESPN America)


4:45pm: NBA Action
5:15pm (As Live): Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

NCAA (all games on ESPN America)
Note: All these games seem to be repeated ad nauseum, so chances are there’s probably one on as you read this.

Monday (technically Tuesday, but for our intents and purposes games played in the wee hours will be classified under the previous night)

12am: Syracuse v Cincinnati
2am Texas A&M v Kansas


3.30pm (As Live): North Carolina A&T v Coppin State
8pm: College Basketball Live
12am: Michigan v Purdue
2am: Kentucky v Georgia


12am: Villanova at Louisville
2am: Duke at Maryland


12am: North Carolina State v North Carolina


12am: Iona at Fairfield
2am: Boston University at Stony Brook



Bringing down the house

Last Wednesday, I made the trip across town to St Malachy’s College Belfast hoping to see a battle between Belfast Star and Kilkeel Knights. The last time these two teams met, Belfast Star’s depleted squad couldn’t handle the strong Lithuanian side and Kilkeel came out on top, with a convincing win (87-70).

I arrived 15 minutes late for tip-off… or so I thought. I had no idea what was going on as I entered the gym; both teams were just shooting around (casually) at their respective ends of the court. Upon first glance, it appeared the game was just delayed (for whatever reason) but when I figured it out, it was clear there was no game being played in the historic St Malachy’s gym.

Here’s why:

As it turned out, during the warm-up one of the Kilkeel players (prefers to remain anonymous – probably) was dunking it a little too hard. Apparently, this isn’t the first time the Malachy’s rim’s have been attacked. Rumour has it, Matthew Jackson (currently playing in Liverpool for John Moore’s University) has brought down the basket. To be honest, I didn’t even realise he could dunk it.

St Malachy's Broken Rim

All joking aside, I do hope that St Malachy’s are able to get the hoop fixed ASAP. It’s not particularly helpful for the St Malachy’s players who are preparing for Cup Finals at the end of the month.

On a more positive note, it is great to see that Belfast Star are able to find the funnier side of what was a disappointing incident. Not exactly sure who controls the Facebook for Belfast Star but this is classic (albeit, a little unrealistic – nothing personal, C.J.)

Status update the night of the 'attack'

Bieber Fever (or not)

So, I’m really a not a huge fan of Justin Bieber (I swear) but when I saw this video, I gained a little more respect for the teenage superstar. As for Shaq, he opens up the competition by putting a small wager down, “I’ll let you take my jet anywhere…”. How great would it have been, if Beebs had of replied,

“Mate, forget your private jet, I’ve a horse outside…”

Nice crossover. Lefty jump-shot. And, more importantly, he scored the game-winner on Shaq. Hard to argue with that.

What do you think? Could Bieber beat Paul Dick in a one-on-one? I’d imagine it’d be a close game; I wonder what the odds would be.

Point guard: the best of…

As a basketball player growing up, I always loved shooting the ball (who doesn’t?). I used to spend my entire lunch break on the bottom playground of Lagan College Belfast (my alma mater) shooting around and playing pick-up basketball with friends. Those were the good ol’ days – I’m turning 25 this year, and I think I’m having a pre-mature mid-life crisis. It wasn’t until I left school that my love for shooting was surpassed by another skill; passing.

PG's have to see the floor

Have you ever seen Steve Nash throw a no-look pass; driving into the key with the sole intention of drawing the defence and dishing it off to a slashing teammate? Or, have you witnessed Jason Kidd orchestrate a fast-break like he was the conductor of a world-class symphony? Or, maybe you’ve seen Ciaran McVeigh thread-the-needle on a pass like he was an award-winning mathematician; working out every angle while calculating the velocity and distance of the type of pass needed in a split second?

If you have no idea what I am talking about, check out the top 10 from my favourite PG in the world: Steve Nash.

Over the course of the next few months, I will be interviewing some of the best point guard’s in Northern Ireland, as chosen by the team at The Courtside Collective. We will be focusing on PG’s from throughout the province and across the different leagues, including (but not limited to) U13 Girls, U16 Boys (inc. the development league), the Women’s League, Men’s Premier League and even some of the legends of Northern Ireland playmakers.

Who do you think should feature in The Courtside Collective’s best PG’s? What would you like us to ask them? We welcome any and all your suggestions (even if they are ridiculous). Use comment section below or click here to contact our team directly.