Hungry Jack's NBL
HardBall Podcast: Episode 2
This week on the #HardBall Podcast, Tommy Greer and Liam Santamaria recap all the major story-lines from NBL Round 4. The boys discuss the arrival of NBA veteran Al Harrington, Chris Goulding’s 16-point quarter and debate whether Perth @ Melbourne or Cairns @ Adelaide was the game of the round. The boys also discuss the controversial non-call on Jermaine Beal’s attempted game-winner, ask whether the New Zealand Breakers are flying under the radar and celebrate the gutsy shot knocked down by Cairns Taipans import Markel Starks. Cairns Taipans import Markel Starks was under intense pressure heading into Round 3. After a disappointing loss in New Zealand, the point guard responded with a Ladbroke’s Player of the Game performance against Jerome Randle and the Adelaide 36ers, dropping 27 points and knocking down the clutch game-winner. Starks speaks on the #HardBall Podcast about settling into the NBL, filling the shoes of Scottie Wilbekin, and the Taipans’ championship credentials. He also discusses the differences between playing in the NBL and playing in Europe and touches on the plan for taking on former league MVP Kevin Lisch in Round 5. There’s little time to relax and with Round 5 of #HardBall tipping off this Wednesday, the boys preview the seven games ahead. Perth and Townsville do battle twice in Round 5 – can reigning MVP Brian Conklin shake of the shackles? Cairns and Illawarra are both one win away from a .500 record and each play only once – against each other. Who can grab that crucial win? New Zealand take on Adelaide and Melbourne – how will Corey Webster fare against Boomers guards Adam Gibson and Chris Goulding? Can Al Harrington lead the Sydney Kings to victory over either Melbourne or Adelaide? We break it all down.