If you are on the fence, and aren’t sure if you want to go to the Australian Boomers game in August, here are five reasons why you should purchase tickets, right this second.
- Australia is going through a resurgence of some sort at the moment. We have our largest number of basketballers playing in the NBA at this point in time. 13 Australians are spread throughout eleven different teams in the league. Andrew Bogut (Golden State Warriors), Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Aron Baynes (Boston Celtics), Matthew Dellavedova and Deng Adel (Cleveland Cavaliers), Dante Exum and Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz), Thon Maker (Detroit Pistons), Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden (Philadelphia 76ers), Ryan Broekhoff (Dallas Mavericks), Mitch Creek (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Isaac Humphries (Atlanta Hawks). On the other side of the coin, locally, the NBL is coming off its strongest year in the history of the league, with their highest television and crowd attendance numbers. Of the seventeen-man squad that was announced by Basketball Australia, nine of them play in the NBA. NBL stars, David Blanchfield, Chris Goulding and Nathan Sobey all have been named, and will be important members.
- The USA National Basketball team is by far the strongest team in the world. They are littered with NBA All-stars who will most definitely put on a show for fans. Some of the world’s best basketballers will be travelling to Australia to play. From Kyrie Irving, to Anthony Davis, to Stephen Curry, this will be most Australian’s only opportunity to see these stars play in the flesh. These athletes have been at the pinnacle of their sport for the past few years and are some of the biggest names in all sport, worldwide. For them to be playing in Melbourne, and for any NBA fan to not have to travel to the US to watch them, is a massive coup for Australian NBA fans.
- Ben Simmons is one of the crowning jewels of Australian Basketball, and he lives up to his nickname, “The Fresh Prince.” This is a very fair nickname for the strongest prospect to come out of Australia. He was named the Rookie of the Year last season in the NBA and was named as an Eastern Conference All-Star this season. Simmons is a unbelievable talent and one of the best young players in the entire of the NBA, and he happens to be Australian. The last time he played for Australia was as a 17-year-old in 2013, and it has been a long six years since he pulled on the green and gold jersey. Simmons going up against some of his rivals in the NBA will also be an tantalising prospect, as they are all banding together on the US team, and he will be playing with his fellow Australians.
- The USA National team has had a rich and illustrious history spanning back fifty years in basketball, as they are by far the strongest basketballing nation in the world. They have won five World Champs gold medals, and fifteen Olympic gold medals. Including every Olympics gold since 1992 (minus 2004). The last time the US National team played in Australia was in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics, and who knows when this team will get the opportunity to travel to Australia again.
- The fifth and final reason to head to this game is the crowd! This is the first time Marvel Stadium (Docklands) is hosting two basketball games. It has a capacity of 53,000 seats, and this will only be amplified as seats on the actual ground will be available too (See Above Photo). This is one of the largest crowds for basketball game, ever. NBA Arenas have an average capacity of 20,000 seats, the largest being only 22,000 people, this means that sharing an event with such a large crowd, is something new for basketball, and an event that would not want to be missed. Whether it be sitting courtside, or sitting way up in the third tier of the stadium, purchasing a ticket is a must for any basketball fan living in Australia.
Boomers squad: Deng Adel, Aron Baynes, Todd Blanchfield, Andrew Bogut, Jonah Bolden, Mitch Creek, Matthew Dellavedova, Cameron Gliddon, Chris Goulding, Joe Ingles, Nicholas Kay, Jock Landale, Mitch McCarron, Patty Mills, Brock Motum, Ben Simmons, Nathan Sobey.
USA Squad: Yet to be announced.