It was Mailer who wrote of Muhammad Ali’s pursuit of n’golo. Applied to the Rumble in the Jungle participant, the Congolese word for ‘force’ was a chase for ego, status and strength.

Australia's Andrew Bogut takes on NBA superstar Shaq

In Mailer’s words ‘It is not the n’golo you have, but the n’golo you are denied that excites the harshest hysterias of the soul.’

As a basketball disciple and universal sporting fan, I hope Basketball Australia has taken on the n’golo creed in its revamp of the National Basketball League.

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  • Jack says:

    05:33pm | 23/07/09

    Why do people keep thinking the A-League shutting down for a season worked? Brisbane Roar, Adelaide United and Central Coast Mariners have been or are up the creek without a financial paddle and are needing or have needed hand-outs to survive . (Socceroo success is what drives interest in the… Read more »

  • IJK says:

    04:16pm | 23/07/09

    I fear basketball will always be a sport that appeals only to a hardcore minority of Australians. Despite years of expert marketing and years of our youth being exposed to American culture (and, therefore, basketball), the game has died a messy death here. I’m not a fan, but I don’t… Read more »


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