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Mickell Gladness joins CPA Australia NBL All Australian side

American blocking machine Mickell Gladness will join the CPA Australia NBL All Australian side today in China to provide some additional height and defensive play in the 3-game series against the Chinese National Team. Gladness, while obviously not “Australian”, played in the NBL with the Townsville Crocodiles and will be making the most of the opportunity in China to once again demonstrate his ability to NBL coaches and list managers watching the series back home on Fox Sports. Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said the inclusion was only finalised recently in response to the size and physicality of the final Chinese Team announced a few days ago. “Mickell is an incredible defensive player and obviously well known for his shot blocking. He will add a further dimension to the side that was previously left wanting because of a number of our key bigs fulfilling commitments overseas.” Gladness had stints in the NBA at Miami and Golden State before playing in the D-League in the US. A well-publicised shot blocker he is famous for the NCAA record he set when he logged 16 blocks against Texas Southern on February 24, 2007. Gladness will add a strong defensive presence to the CPA Australia NBL All Australian side with his six foot 11 frame also able to enhance the team’s offence. “Obviously he didn’t attend the team training camp in Melbourne earlier this week so he will come in and play a very specific role at certain times,” Lemanis said. The three-game series will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS to audiences back in Australia. The games in Nanning, Guangzhou and Beijing will be played from Friday 6 May – Tuesday 10 May, and broadcast live at 9:30pm EST across the country. In a major coup for Australian basketball, the games will also be televised on China’s national sports channel CCTV5 – with an audience reach of approximately 1.2 billion people. FOX SPORTS presenter Matt Russell and NBL icon Steve Carfino will form the commentary team. Game One: Friday 6 May, 9:30pm EST FOX SPORTS 503 Game Two: Sunday 8 May, 9:30pm EST FOX SPORTS 501 Game Three: Tuesday 10 May, 9:30pm EST FOX SPORTS 503  
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