The Sydney Kings have long been regarded as one of the glamour clubs of the National Basketball League (NBL). Adopting the LA Lakers colours of purple and gold, the original iteration of the Kings was formed in 1987 as an amalgamation of former Sydney NBL clubs the Weststars and the Supersonics. After finally experiencing sustained success during the early 2000’s, the Kings NBL license was terminated in 2008 after the owner was unable to pay player salaries. The iconic franchise was eventually relaunched for the 2010-11 season. Following the demolition of the Sydney Entertainment Centre at Darling Harbour, the club moved west to Olympic Park and now call Qudos Bank Arena home.
The Adelaide 36ers entered Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) in 1982, making them one of the oldest clubs in the league. They were formed as a composite, united club for South Australia to supersede two previous NBL franchises, the Forestville Eagles and the West Adelaide Bearcats. The 36ers nickname recognises the proclamation of the South Australian government in 1836; since then they’ve won four championships, with the most recent being in 2002.
As Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) continues its renaissance, five teams have confirmed pre-season match ups in North America against the best the NBA can offer.
In a first for the state of South Australia, the National Rugby League (NRL) has this week confirmed State of Origin rugby league will be played at the Adelaide Oval in 2020.
The WIN Entertainment Centre (WEC) is located in the heart of Wollongong. It was opened in 1998 and has a capacity of approximately 6,000 for basketball. The Centre hosts numerous events and concerts in addition to basketball and sits in a picturesque location directly across from Wollongong’s City Beach.