Fantasy Basketball: Beyond the Glory – Would You Really Walk 500 Miles?

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A little refresher on my background, before getting into the meat of this post. I was a frequent flier to the blog for vital information on all every day sports. A couple of years back, our fearless leader, Son, was looking for a few good writers. That is when Beyond the Glory was born, and three years later, it lives on. As a major Will Ferrell fan, the title of my dime is a play on the movie Blades of Glory, a true underdog story… if I’ve ever seen one. A play on words, as most of the players I write about are under-owned, under-valued or, sometimes, straight up overlooked in almost all fantasy leagues and formats. In other words, you’ll need to search well beyond the first ten names on the waiver wire to find the guys I like to target. In the past, I have more often than not focused on a single player per article, but this year I may dabble in a little bit of a different approach. I’ll be talking about three players per week; suggested pickups for 10-team, 12-team and 15-team or deeper, leagues. If that’s not living Beyond the Glory, I don’t know what is. As for the preseason content, I will be focusing on one player per week who could be a steal later in drafts, so stay tuned for some league winning content from now until opening night. 

SIGNET ANNOUNCED AS NEW MAJOR PARTNER OF THE AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS

The Signet logo will be seen in the thick of the action on the Boomers shorts against USA Basketball this week and at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in September.

Matt Henry, General Manager of Marketing & Sales for Signet, said: “Signet is excited to support the team through the World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Boomers don’t skip leg day, so we didn’t want to skip supporting their legs either with our brand on the official shorts.”

Signet isn’t just throwing a logo on the pant-leg of Australia’s best ballers though. Signet ambassadors, ‘Jingles’ Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz) and Matthew Dellavedova ‘Delly’ (Cleveland Cavs) will take fans behind the scenes of the Boomers with unique content, published by Signet, giving Aussies a glimpse of what it takes to prepare and perform against the world’s best at the FIBA World Cup and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

From training sessions to down time and all the way to game time, Signet will give fans unprecedented access to ‘Delly’, ‘Jingles’ and the Boomers.

Basketball Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Jerril Rechter said: “We welcome Signet to Basketball Australia at such an exciting time for the Boomers. Thanks to the support of passionate companies such as Signet, our teams are able to compete at the highest level.”

Signet CEO, Jack Winson said “We’re all about helping Australia compete. Our customers are everyday Aussies and businesses who might be underdogs within their industry but are looking to become over-achievers. The Boomers are just that too, underdogs from humble beginnings that are taking it to the world’s best with the expectation of nothing less than the top result. Signet is more than proud to join forces with the Australian Boomers and support them on their quest to Gold.”

About Signet:

From humble beginnings in 1968, Signet – Australia’s leading Packaging, Warehouse & Safety Supplies provider, is now one of the top 100 private companies in Queensland with distribution centres in every Australian state, proudly remaining a national, Australian-owned family business. Signet has evolved to become both an Australian manufacturer of products, as well as a supplier. The company has national contracts with some of Australia’s largest logistics companies, including Toll, Ceva, TNT and DB Schenker, and many of Australia’s leading brands, such as Woolworths, Metcash, LUSH, Ronald McDonald House, Merlo Coffee & EB Games.

In addition to distributing leading industrial brands, such as 3M, tesa and Kimberly Clark, Signet also sells an exclusive range of Signet’s Own products and manufactures industrial and HACCP accredited stretch films and plastics, marking paints, inks and aerosols, labels and signs in Australia.

Signet’s main aim is to help Aussie businesses compete. We do this by providing businesses of all kinds with exceptional quality products (over 5,500 to choose from), at value-driven prices, combined with good old-fashioned personal customer service….and we do it fast! (orders despatched to customers same-day if ordered before 3pm).

To find out more about signet, visit: signet.net.au/about-signet

About Basketball Australia:

Basketball Australia (BA) is the governing and controlling body for the sport of basketball in Australia and is located in Wantirna South, Victoria. BA runs the Chemist Warehouse WNBL Championship, NWBL and WNWBL as well as 18 national teams and national junior championships. Basketball is an Olympic and Paralympic sport and shares one of the highest international profiles, with over 1.1 million people currently playing basketball in Australia.

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Preview: Team (USA) Celtics vs. Australia

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Friendships, bonds, and good vibes surround this 2-game exhibition series against the Boomers Down Under.

With only a handful of days to go before the start of the World Cup, four current Celtics and one former Celtic meet up in a rare trip to the Southern Hemisphere. Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and a recovering Marcus Smart will square off against former Celtic Aron Baynes at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on August 22nd and 24th for a two-game series. Team USA will then travel to Sydney on August 26th to face Canada in the final exhibition game before heading to China for the tournament.

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Former Celtics big man Aron Baynes and Jaylen Brown.

Aron Baynes will be sight for sore eyes suiting up in the green and gold of Australia and has stressed that this crop of Team USA players remain hungry and want to succeed. Baynes spoke early this week in an interview with ESPN, specifically of Jayson Tatum:

“He’s so talented – even from the first day I played with him when he was a rookie in his first preseason, you could see how talented he was offensively and he also wants to work on the defensive end which isn’t common in the NBA – some guys live on that offensive talent but he wants to develop his all-round game.”

Baynes also noted that playing with both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum for the past few years, he recognized that they are both “extremely thirsty to go out and improve their game.”

Recent free agent acquisition Kemba Walker has firmly established himself as the primary ball handler in the starting five for Team USA and Marcus Smart is still recovering in time for World Cup competition. Boston fans will be looking for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to continue to show that consistent aggression as they did against Spain and take advantage of their athleticism to attack the paint and create off the dribble.

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Jayson Tatum extends to dunk in a Team USA practise in Melbourne prior to the August 22nd exhibition game.

With Baynes showering his former teammates with praise, Jayson Tatum also spoke out publicly to laud the man Celtics fans know as “All of Australia” and how excited he is to play against him.

The strong relationships between. the two squads don’t stop at the Celtics though. The connections spread far and wide including Team USA Coach Gregg Popovich being a great admirer of his PG Patty Mills by publicly recognising his indigenous heritage and culture. Team USA’s respect will no doubt extend to the court also, as Coach Pop will be very aware of Patty Mills’ prowess to score on and off the ball.

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Team USA’s Coach Popovich and Australian starting PG Patrick Mills

A pair of teammates from Utah, Joe Ingles and Donovan Mitchell will face off against one another for the first time outside of practice and as both squads have been decimated by late withdrawals, this duo will feature heavily in China. Scoring guard Donovan Mitchell joined the Jazz in the summer of 2017 just as Joe Ingles said goodbye to friend and free agent Gordon Hayward whom opted to part ways and join Boston.

Team USA’s Harrison Barnes and Boomer Andrew Bogut are long time close friends and were former roommates on the Golden State Warriors between 2012-2016 before Barnes departed to the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent. Bogut has been a stalwart performer on the international stage for Australia and tallied 10 points and 13 rebounds against Canada last Friday night in Perth before resting for the second game.

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Australian C Andrew Bogut, Team USA Asst Coach Steve Kerr and Team USA SF Harrison Barnes share a laugh prior to the 2015 finals Series.

With the mass media outlet recycling stories centered around the players that are absent from these respective squads in the lead up, one can’t help but focus on the intertwined narratives of the brilliant players and coaches who made themselves available and are brought together via competition on the international stage. With Team USA now down to 13 men, it appears certain that all four Celtics will now make the final team of twelve.

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Team USA & Australian assistant coaches Steve Kerr and Luc Longley played together on one of the greatest NBA teams of all time from 1994-1998.

As the global popularity of the NBA reaches new heights and with a bevy of Celtics star players gracing the court, we will likely see a ton of Green on Thursday and we might even hear a few “Let’s go, Celtics!!” chants ring out in the 50,000 seat venue.


Projected Starters

PG – Kemba WalkerPatty Mills

SG – Donovan MitchellMatthew Dellavedova

SF – Khris Middleton Joe Ingles

PF – Jayson TatumJock Landale

C – Brook LopezAron Baynes

Injuries

USA – Marcus Smart (Calf – questionable), P.J. Tucker (Ankle – out, heading home)

Australia – David Barlow (Back – out)

How To Watch

USA Time- 5:30 a.m. EST, 22nd August 2019

USA TV- NBATV, NBA Twitch

Australian Time- 7:30 p.m. AEST, 22nd August 2019

Australian TV- SBS Viceland

Previous Result: Team USA 98 – Australia 88, 11th August 2016, Rio Summer Olympics