United Baller’s 2014/15 Finals hopes officially over

The United Baller’s finals hopes are now over with a massive loss to the Cairns Taipans tonight, the side was already under pressure with Adelaide defeating New Zealand earlier in the week forcing the equation that United must win all four of their games with Adelaide losing all three of theirs for United to make the finals.

United’s bosses, coaches and players are no doubt relieved that their torturous season is over, from the arrival of United on May 20 2014 they’ve seen the departure of many Tigers fans, the loss of Chris Anstey after one regular season game, slow buildup of crowds, a solid finals spot slip slide away, D-Mac becoming more furious with every loss, United Ballers losing to the bottom teams that all but crippled their season, players criticizing others in the newspapers and now knocked out of finals contention.

While there are still three regular season games for the United Ballers to play, there is no doubt that plans for the 2015/16 season are now underway, many suspect D-Mac will not be the 2015/16 coach and the future of the imports is questionable, this season has proven that the throwing around of millions of dollars doesn’t guarantee success particularly when loyalty and harmony are missing from the team both on the court and in the stands.

Many Tigers fans are celebrating tonight for the Tigers made the 2013/14 finals season without sacrificing so much for a boost in finances but it must be said there is a tinge of sadness for many of the players and staff who are great members of the Tigers family are at United and do not deserve to be front row witnesses to such an imploding end to United’s season.

The defiant Tigers fans will be cheering on the Tigers BigV team in their upcoming BigV season this year and hope the side makes the finals to prove that the Tigers and not United are Melbourne.

Who are Melbourne? Melbourne Tigers are Melbourne!.

Gone

Hawks pop United Ballers with their talons

Melbourne United Ballers traveled to WIN Entertainment Centre to take on the Wollongong Hawks, the game was expected to be a walk in the park for the Melbourne United Ballers as Wollongong lost their past seven games and have only won three games for the season before tonight.

Wollongong threw out the script with a 28 to 15 point opening quarter and from then on the game was theirs after extending their lead to 16 points at half time before hammering in 29 points to 18 in the third to establish a comfortable 27 point lead at three quarter time.

United Ballers got their act together in the last quarter to start charging down Wollongong but Wollongong steadied in the closing minutes allowing the team to win their fourth game of the season 93 to 82 to the delight of the home crowd and defiant Melbourne Tigers fans.

United Ballers are now hoping the Perth Wildcats late season collapse continues in order for the side to make the finals should Adelaide hold serve and stay that vital win ahead of United Ballers but with Melbourne United Ballers losing to the two bottom teams in the competition in a row getting past Perth or Adelaide is no sure bet.

What will United wear?

Heritage Round for the NBL is here and all eyes on are Melbourne United on what they’ll wear when they appear at The Cage to take on Townsville next week.

Will they be wearing Melbourne Tigers gear? SE Melbourne Magic? Nunawading Spectres? North Melbourne Giants? Frankston Bears?  St Kilda? Any of the other Melbourne and Geelong area teams?.

If the Tigers jersey is chosen it will no doubt make unhappy Tigers fans even unhappier considering the Tigers history was booted in favor of United Ballers and the game it is at the Tigers former home turf.

If they pick other teams those fans would be unhappy because they didn’t like the Tigers and lastly if they chose a state jersey then people will be reminded by United Ballers statement that the United Ballers aren’t trying to grab the whole state for themselves.

United Ballers will later on be having a Foundation Round, since Melbourne United Ballers have said the Tigers and United Ballers are the same team, the below should serve as a reminder that Foundation for Melbourne was 1984 and not 2014.

1984 Tigers

United Ballers win but crowds still under 6000 people

Melbourne United Ballers swept the round with overtime wins against Wollongong and Sydney but the team still hasn’t been able to crack 6000 fans at either Hisense Arena or Margaret Court Arena.

Melbourne United Ballers had 5768 people attend the game against the New Zealand Breakers the previous round but only had 5,377 people attend the highly anticipated game against the Kings, it is believed that crowd numbers were down due to the late withdrawal of Sydney star Josh Childress or that Melbourne residents were just more into getting their shopping done.

Fans and general watchers of the game are still reporting that Melbourne United Ballers games are still lacking atmosphere as well as reporting that the music is still annoying with one attendee reporting that despite the game going into overtime they couldn’t wait to leave.

There is no doubt that Melbourne Tigers, South Dragons and/or South East Melbourne Magic fans and officials are taking down notes on what is considered weaknesses in Melbourne United Ballers promoting and entertainment in order to ensure their games have the best possible entertainment and fan satisfaction levels.

Ballers win, that’s right the Melbourne United Ballers

Crowds returned to watch Basketball at Hisense Arena for the first time since Melbourne United’s disastrous performance against the Cairns Taipans one week ago, The crowd who turned up for the Melbourne United vs New Zealand Breakers game were treated to a video which shows all the past Victorian teams before the Melbourne logo appears which will no doubt upset fans of past (and hopefully soon to be current again) teams who do not want their history being used by the Melbourne United Ballers in any self promotional way, reaction to this video was mostly quiet except a huge roar erupted around the Arena when it was the Melbourne Tigers turn to be ‘honoured’.

Melbourne United were then introduced onto the court at Margaret Court Arena as the Melbourne United Ballers which will no doubt win the team ‘Worst Team Name’ in any awards ceremony that has it as a category although people can now say that the team name matches the name of the mascot for example the Tigers had Tigerman and the Magic had Magic Man etc, Melbourne had a sizable crowd at the game although most of the crowd sat at the sides and not at the scoring ends of the court, depending on their season this will probably be rectified with greater attendance but it may be some time before the Ballers threaten Perth’s crowd sizes and before then a new Melbourne team should be in the competition, the downsides reported were that entertainment during breaks needs further work while also reporting that the crowd wasn’t into the game to the point that they were appearing bored with one spectator being seen sleeping during the game.

In the game itself, the Melbourne United Ballers made the most of their opportunities as their shots hit the mark often while New Zealand’s went all over the place except where it was supposed to be which was the net, The win for the Ballers did not bring many Melbourne Tigers fans joy even if they want to be happy that Melbourne won it is hard to do so and will be for a long time but it the win will do Darryl McDonald’s chances good to coach the Ballers next season if his style of coaching brings continued results.