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From the Hills District to the Dallas Mavericks: Josh Green’s NBA draft success was a lifetime in the making


A young man sits on his couch dressed in a light blue suit, surrounded by family and friends in the US state of Arizona, an Australian flag hanging on the wall.

The camera remains focused on him as music booms and the announcer’s voice pipes up.

In the split-screen, NBA commissioner Adam Silver strides to the lectern, in a TV studio on the other side of the country.

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He pauses, then come the words the family on the couch has been waiting for: “With the 18th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks select Josh Green from Sydney, Australia.”

Green stands slowly, adjusts his crumpled suit and hugs his mother, then his brother and then his father, as a Mavericks cap is produced by his young sister.

Former Sydneysider Josh Green has made it to basketball’s big time.

Green’s “starstruck moment”, as he described it afterwards, marks the end of a long journey for him and his family, who relocated from Western Sydney to the USA in 2014 — but it all could have been very different if he had followed his childhood goal of becoming an AFL player.

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Julianne Stanton (right) said that Josh Green (second from left) was an exceptional athlete.(Supplied: Hills Hornets)

Julianne Stanton was Green’s basketball coach during his two years at The King’s School in Parramatta and also when he played for his local team, the Hills Hornets. She said he was always a superb all-round athlete.

“He was the sort of kid that could have had a future in any sport,” Stanton said.

“He never talked himself up, he was always very humble and was always a good teammate for those around him. He lifted others by his example.”

Stanton said despite Green’s clear AFL talent, growing up in a basketball family (both his parents played at a high level, with his father Delmas working as a professional coach) meant he was never far from a basketball court.

The next step

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Josh Green’s journey has taken him from Sydney to the United States.(Supplied: Impact Basketball)

After his family moved to the US when his father pursued a work opportunity, Green decided it was time to focus on basketball.

He shone at Mountain Ridge High School, in Arizona, before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida, a high performance sports school.

It was there that Green led IMG to a national championship victory and was named MVP of the championship game.

By this stage the young shooting guard was starting to turn heads, with various US sports websites rating him as an NBA prospect.

He was offered opportunities to play college basketball across the country, but ended up accepting an offer at the University of Arizona, close to his family.

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Josh Green played college basketball for the Arizona State Wildcats.(Arizona Athletics: Mike Christy)

Despite battling pre-season injury, his freshman year at the Wildcats was a success at both ends of the court, averaging 12 points and 4.6 rebounds a game.

As the season concluded and as COVID-19 set in across the United States, Green took a punt and declared himself ready for the 2020 NBA draft.

In June he headed to work with experienced trainer Joe Abunassar at Impact Basketball for a pre-draft training program.

But what would normally be a six-week program at the Las Vegas facility, turned into a near six-month marathon due to the delayed draft.

Abunassar, who has trained NBA champions like Kevin Garnett and Kyle Lowry, got to know Green both on and off the court.

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Joe Abunassar (left) said Josh Green was an “elite athlete”.(Supplied: Impact Basketball)

He describes him as an “elite athlete”, different in his style of play to other Australians in the NBA, like Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum and Ben Simmons.

“He’s six foot five-and-a-half tall (1.97 metres), but he has a six-foot, 11-inch (2.11m) wingspan. Why that is important in the NBA is that, defensively, if he’s got his arms out he’s going to be much more difficult to get around,” Abunassar said.

“What I would say about Josh is that he covers ground on the basketball court, unbelievably, better or as good as anyone I’ve ever seen.”

Abunassar expects Green to mainly feature in a defensive role at the Dallas Mavericks initially, when the season begins on December 22, in part because the team is well covered in the scoring department with Slovenian Luka Donkic and Latvian Kristaps Porzingis.

He hopes that, in time, Green will get more of a chance to show his attacking side too.

“Josh is very explosive and powerful,” Abunassar said.

“We can train that to some extent, but some of that is just in his genes.”

Keeping it physical

Josh Green slams a basketball through a hoop with one hand
Josh Green averaged 12 points per game for Arizona.(Arizona Athletics: Mike Christy)

Green’s college coach at Arizona, Sean Miller, also thinks that the 20-year-old’s style of play is well suited to the NBA, perhaps thanks to his junior football days.

“He just has a natural way of being very physical,” Miller said.

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“That may stem from growing up in Australia and playing different sports or a different type of sport, but he has no problem being physical.

Green himself says he wants to bring a hard-working, competitive approach to his first season at the Mavericks.

He also wants to learn as much as he can from the older players and plans to “bring it, every day, on the defensive end”.

But when quizzed straight after the draft about his pathway from Australia to the NBA, Green seemed to draw a bit of a blank.

Maybe he’s still trying to come to terms with how far he has come, from those days playing at the Hills Hornets.

“For me to be in this situation now, I don’t even know how to put it,” he said.

“It’s crazy, unrealistic, it’s crazy. Words can’t describe it.”



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Pennant Hills: Truck crashes into house


A truck has veered into a house in Sydney’s north west.

Emergency crews arrived just after 11am to find the truck embedded in the front of the house in Pennant Hills, causing significant structural damage.

Fire and Rescue NSW placed an exclusion zone around the house as a precaution, pending an engineer’s inspection.

NSW Ambulance attended but no injuries have been reported.

NSW Police are investigating the cause of the incident.



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Police officer investigated after forceful arrest of Aboriginal teen in Surry Hills


A NSW Police officer has been placed on restricted duties pending an investigation, after a video of a forceful arrest of a teenager in Sydney went viral on Monday.

In the video, a group of teenagers in a park nearby their Surry Hills home appear to be arguing with the officer, accusing him of swearing.

NSW Police said in a statement the officers had been patrolling Ward Park in Surry Hills when they talked to the group of teenagers. They allege one of the male teenagers, 17, threatened the officer, saying “I’ll crack you in the f**king jaw, bro,” before being arrested and taken to Surry Hills Police Station.

The teen was then taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for observation before being released pending further inquiries by police, according to the statement from NSW Police.

However, the circumstances surrounding the arrest are now the subject of an investigation by the Professional Standards Command.

The officer involved, who was seen tripping the teen during the arrest, has been placed on restricted duties pending an investigation of the circumstances of the arrest.

“Senior officers have met with the community and local elders and will keep them appraised throughout the process,” NSW Police said.

During the arrest the boy lies on the ground he can be heard making a high-pitched squeal. The boy’s mates can be heard yelling, with one saying, “You just slammed him on his face”.

A family member of the boy took to social media overnight, claiming the police had arrested the teen “for no reason at all”.

“This is so wrong on so many levels,” the family member said. “I am that pissed off with what has happened.

“(He) was with friends in a park not even 100m from his home in Surry Hills, doing nothing just being boys hanging out with each other when police arrest him for no reason at all.”

The family member said the boy had been taken to hospital with multiple injuries.

The teen’s sister Ali Mongta-Finn told the ABC’s triple j Hack program on Tuesday he was distraught after the incident, and his teeth were damaged.

“When he came back home later that night, he was shaken up,” she said. “He was very sore this morning and he was distraught.

“Teenagers, they’re lippy, but you don’t just abuse children because they’re lippy.” The teenager’s parents and other relatives will speak about the incident at a press conference at the NSW Parliament on Wednesday.

“We’re all aware of incidents that have taken place in the United States over the past week and we’re aware of the sensitivities around what’s occurring overseas,” Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing told reporters on Tuesday.

“Am I concerned about what I’m seeing in the footage? Absolutely. But I’m equally concerned about others who may use the footage to inflame it and turn it into something it’s not.”

The person who posted the Surry Hills video on Facebook said the teenager sustained cuts and grazes to his knee and a bruised shoulder, as well as chipped teeth, before being transferred to hospital.

Redfern Legal Centre has referred the matter to the independent police watchdog.

— with AAP



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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville sprays kids with bleach


The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville has admitted she’s a bit of a clean freak when it comes to keeping her house germ-free amid the coronavirus.

The 47-year-old reality star was discussing her health and hygiene habits with actress Becca Tobin on her Unfiltered podcast on Friday when she confessed to a potentially dangerous habit she’s taken up in quarantine.

“I don’t really care. I ingest so many different pills,” Glanville said while the two were discussing chemicals found in various cleaning products. “I spray bleach on my children … because you can’t buy rubbing alcohol anywhere so I diluted some bleach and water and everyone gets a little spray spray.”

Glanville later clarified her comments on Twitter. She claimed that she was “exaggerating” in the podcast and added: “I don’t spray their faces I spray the bottom of their shoes!!!!”

Glanville’s surprising revelation comes weeks after President Trump ignited a media firestorm for indirectly suggesting that household disinfectants, like bleach, could be used as a treatment for the novel coronavirus.

Trump insisted he was being “sarcastic” but his comments prompted the makers of Lysol to release a statement warning against the improper use of disinfectant products.

“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route),” the Reckitt Benckiser Group said. “As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.”

In the podcast, Glanville said she had just moved out of a home that had a mould issue. She hinted that the experience may have caused her to become obsessed with various cleaning supplies as she “might have an addiction to fabric softener”.

“I have the softest towels and I smell like a baby and they’re so good,” she said.

The former full-time cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills shares sons Mason, 16, and Jake, 13, with her ex-husband, Eddie Cibrian. Glanville revealed she and Cibrian don’t exactly see eye-to-eye when it comes to co-parenting in quarantine.

“I told them they could skip school,” she told Tobin of her two boys. “Their dad’s a d**k and he told me, ‘Why are they missing classes at your house?’ I said, ‘Because I don’t want their eyes to get hurt from the blue screen time.’”

“I’m like the fun, crazy one and he’s like the boring one that makes sure they do their homework. I’m like, ‘That’s on you. Nobody made sure I did mine. I do everything else for them. I’m not doing their homework for them too.’ Plus, I can’t,” she said with a laugh.

Despite her ability to lay down the law at home, Glanville aired her frustrations about the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March when she ran out of toilet paper.

“My household is officially out of toilet paper,” the 47-year-old tweeted.

The mother of two shared she went out to “five markets” but had no luck.

“There is none,” said the Los Angeles TV personality. “Stop hoarding.”

This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission



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Adelaide Hills fire downgraded several blazes continue to burn


A bushfire blackening Adelaide Hills has been downgraded to the lowest warning level as firefighters work around the clock to extinguish the blaze.

An advice warning has been issued today for Cudlee Creek, Castambul, Chain of Ponds, Charleston, Cudlee Creek, Gumeracha, Harrogate, Inglewood, Kenton Valley, Lobethal, Millbrook, Mount Beevor, Mount Torrens, Paracombe, Tungkillo and Woodside.

“At this time there is no threat to life or property and firefighters are attending this fire,” a police warning states.

Thermal imaging equipment had been used to identify hotspots, while large trees burned and flare-ups occurred on the fire ground.

About 25,000 hectares have already been scorched in the blaze.

One person has died, 84 homes have been destroyed and hundreds of other buildings claimed in the fires.

A heatwave bringing severe to extreme conditions will start moving towards the Australian east coast today, affecting the northern parts of South Australia.

Adelaide will be spared with a top of 33C forecast before soaring to 39C tomorrow.



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