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  1. Thanks for the kind words. It's been a while since I've updated this largely due to lack of interest from people around here, but I'm glad you find it interesting. I have a huge passion for writing/storytelling, (to the point that I was doing English a year above my actual year in high school) and I always put 100% into the writing for this. As for the template, I would really love to go to a 3D/Vector style, but most of the ones that I've seen cost money and I'm not interested in spending loads of money on what is a spare time/hobby thing. I have all the Adobe stuff, Inkscape,, etc. Thing is, HoopBall is played by many nations all of which have completely different ethnic backgrounds, so even if your country Lisander didn't have it's small Japanese community, it'd still be more than welcome to join in on the HoopBall World Championship. I shall see to posting the last part of the season in the coming days.
  2. It's been a while again, so it's time for another 10 weeks of the AHBA 2013 Season. I've been semi on track, creating uniforms and logos for the second expansion team, and beginning to rebrand/rework some teams for 2014. I still find myself wanting this to make a bit more of an impact than it does, considering the effort I put into this. Anyways, on to Weeks 11 - 20. AHBA Season Results: Weeks 11 - 20 Standings after Week 20 Honnaro's below average start hasn't helped their season at all, but at least the last 10 weeks were better. In that time the Flight went 4 - 6 (2 - 3 home, 2 - 3 away) for a record of 5 - 15 in 20 weeks. The 4 wins came in Week 13 (Raiders), 14 (Magic), 16 (Lions) and 19. Week 19's win was interesting in that it continued the Queens losing streak, and the fact that they won by 10 points is also interesting. The expectation was that their new offseason additions would help them continue their relatively good play last season into this season, but we've seen mostly the opposite. No one in particular is to blame, but the team doesn't seem to fit well together. Madoka Grant has been her usual self, playing excellent defence once again this season. 2nd overall pick Alice Watts has also been solid but doesn't look to be contributing as much as she possibly can, pushing her largely out of the RotY picture. Their offence really hasn't clicked at all this season, with a -99 PD being a big indicator of their struggles offensively. This team is still built to be competitive later rather than now, and if they do end up staying in last, they will at least end up with the 3rd pick next season, which can be used to draft yet more young talent. Expect Honnaro's younger players to start receiving more minutes as the season winds down. The Raiders once again find themselves down near the bottom of the league, even after 20 weeks. Their offseason losses have severely impacted the team's ability to win games, particularly away from home (2 - 8 away, 4 - 6 home in 20 weeks). The last ten weeks have seen the Raiders go 3 - 7 (2 - 3 home, 1 - 4 away) once again, repeating their last ten weeks. Their wins came in Week 11 (Flight), 18 (Flight) and 20 (Lightning), with another shock win against the Lightning the only real highlight in what was once again a disappointing ten weeks for the team. Bench O4 Caitlin Nakayama looks to be a possible contender for Sixth Woman of the Year, making good use of her high minutes off the bench, averaging just under 7 rebounds and 7 points a game. Last year seems to be a fluke, much like 2010 seems to be 3 years on. The Raiders are under-performing to an extent this season, and with two new expansion teams joining next season, they don't have as much chance to build through the draft. This year's draft picks Nijino Kurokawa, Tsuguka Murphy and Lily Shah have all been solid this season and will likely see more minutes as the season continues. Next season should give a good indication if it is time for the Raiders to blow it all up and focus on the future. Jarran's last 10 weeks have seen them drop down to 6th in the standings, closer to where they were expected to finish. However, 2 wins separate 3rd from 6th currently, and with a good final 11 weeks, they could be a dark horse to make the Conference Finals. Week 11 - 20 gave the Jaguars 3 wins and 7 losses (1 - 3 home, 2 - 4 away), with the wins coming in Week 14 (Raiders), 17 (Flight) and 18 (Queens). Their win against the Queens was not only a surprise but was also the start of a 3 game losing streak for the Queens. Rookies Ella Hino and Hanaka Hope will be seeing more minutes later into the season if Jarran doesn't make it close to the Playoffs, but haven't had the opportunity to showcase their talents, meaning both are unlikely candidates for RotY. Playing behind two experienced players in Abby Takase and Hisa Howarth (who both have had career seasons) respectively can only help them to grow as players later. The team's positive PD (36) is better than that of the two more experienced teams a win ahead, showing how the right veteran presence can make a world of difference to a young team... After the last being Northern Conference Champions the last 3 seasons, the loss of Sanako Shinohara and few other players has expectedly hurt the Heat, pushing them into fighting for the second spot in the Northern Conference. Going 5 - 5 once again in the last 10 weeks (2 - 4 home, 3 - 1 away), the Heat find themselves floating at .500 for once again, only behind the Lions on PD. Their wins came in Week 12 (Raiders), 15 (Jaguars), 18 (Lions), 19 (Raiders) and 20 (Flight). No wins (other than the win against the Lions, who are also 10 - 10) came against teams better than them record wise in the last 10 weeks, which shows just how average the Heat's season has been. Abby Mitchell has more than noticed this, putting up MVP type numbers to try drag the Heat into the playoffs. Kiko Price has also finally fit in to the Heat's offence, which has been redesigned slightly over the past few weeks to lessen the load on Price. Gracie Bird has also improved this season and is showing signs of being a future star for the Heat. To make it to the playoffs, the Heat just need to jump the 3rd place Magic (who are only a win ahead) to take the second spot in the Northern Conference Finals for the chance to become 4 time Northern Conference Champions. The question is, is this team hungry enough to make the push? Tied with the Heat at 10 - 10 after 20 weeks, and currently holding on to the second spot in the Southern Conference Finals is the Rondelle Lions. The Lions last ten weeks have had similar results to the team they are tied with, going 5 - 5 (2 - 4 home, 3 - 1). Their wins came in Week 11 (Heat), 13 (Jaguars), 14 (Queens), 17 (Raiders) and 20 (Jaguars). The win against the Queens marks their first win against their sister team this season, making for an interesting playoff series should the Lions make it. Other than the win against the Queens (and the Heat, also 10 - 10) all their wins came against teams lower than them in the standings. This poses many questions come playoff time, especially if they are to be facing an extremely strong Queens team. Another issue is the Queens inability to win at home, which has continued from the first 10 weeks. As for the Lions' Rookie, Grace Ishihara, her play off the bench has been pretty solid, and she plays well alongside bench O1 Lydia Fry, which is good news for the Lions' offence off the bench. The big question for the Lions is can they maintain their spot at second in the South? One of this year's surprise teams has been the Asuka Magic. Their first 10 weeks weren't great, but they have taken advantage of two straight average 10 week performances from both the Heat and Lions to pick up third, and second place in the Northern Conference, going 7 - 3 (3 - 2 home, 4 - 1 away) in the last 10 weeks. They sit only a game ahead of the two teams behind them, meaning they could easily lose third to either team in the final 11 weeks. Their 7 wins came in Week 11 (Lightning), 12 (Jaguars), 15 (Lions), 16 (Raiders), 17 (Heat), 19 (Jaguars) and 20 (Queens). Their two wins against the teams above them in the standings were impressive wins for the Magic, more so their close win against the Queens. The Magic's smart choices in free agency have proved fruitful for them, with Molly Powell becoming an excellent go to player off the bench. Rookie Namiko Tagami has been an excellent starter and looks to be the obvious choice for Rookie of the Year, averaging 11pts and 8 rebounds on the season. If the Magic can hold on to third, or even just stay ahead of the Heat, we may see a matchup in the Northern Conference Finals that doesn't include the Heat for the first time ever... Second by only one game and having a very impressive season is the Chibihasa Lightning. This team is light-years ahead of the first Lightning team we saw in 2010, indicated by the fact that this years' Lightning have double the wins the '10 Lightning did in 10 less games. The last 10 games have also been kind to the Lightning, finishing 7 - 3 (3 - 1 home, 4 - 2 away). This comes once again mostly due to the Lightning's incredible offence. Shinohara and Gibbons are still putting up faintly ridiculous numbers (still around 45ppg between the two of them), and the rest of the offence only adds fuel to the fire. Bench O1 Elizabeth Onodera is continuing her excellent play too, showing she is also a candidate for Sixth Woman of the Year. Yuiri Bull also looks to be a great player in the future, who despite being on a team deal, could still draw considerable interest in the offseason. Chibi's Rookies have also been solid this year, like most years. Their 7 wins came in Week 12 (Lions), 13 (Raiders), 14 (Heat), 15 (Flight), 16 (Jaguars), 18 (Magic) and 19 (Lions). If the Lightning continue their offensive barrage for the final 11 weeks, we may see the first Northern Conference team in first place at the end of the season... After their dominant first third of the season, the Queens finished the second set of 10 weeks with 6 wins and 4 losses (5 - 0 Home, 1 - 4 away). This Queens team continues to dominate at home, now sitting at 9 - 0 at home on the season. They have only lost 1 game in Air Asaca this season, in an away game against their sister team the Lions. On the road the Queens haven't been quite as dominant and after the last ten weeks, no longer hold the best record on the road. This doesn't seem to be much of a concern however, considering their current position in first overall. The Queens bench continues to show why they are the best in the league, with Gaudenzia Dironi leading the team in assists off the bench. The defence doesn't seem to drop off much when the bench comes on, which is just another sign of the Queens' talent. Their 6 wins came in Week 11 (Jaguars), 12 (Flight), 13 (Magic), 15 (Raiders), 16 (Heat) and 17 (Lightning). Their Week 17 win over the Lightning may be the only reason the Queens hold first place, after an atrocious final 3 weeks where they lost every game. Rookie Amelie Wallace has been pretty good as part of the Queens bench, and may end up as a starting caliber player by next season. If the Queens can have a strong final 11 weeks, they have a chance at becoming the first team to win back to back championships... Other News: "Today a press conference was held by the Kinori Bay team's ownership to unveil their branding. The Sail have only two main colours (Bay Blue & Sail White), and it seems that the earlier leaked logos were indeed for an expansion team. No uniforms were unveiled, this supposedly due to the fact that SB is making slight changes to the template. This would also suggest that more teams other than Asuka will be unveiling new uniforms next season. The presented logos are shown below." -, May 31, 2013 Kinori Bay Sail: Main: Secondary: "As the expansion draft looms over teams once again, the struggle of figuring out who to save is a topic once again, especially as the 2011 Rookies are set to be restricted free agents in the offseason. Whilst some teams are sure they have players locked up, other teams may decide to dangle their restricted rookies if the teams feel as if they can't afford or are unwilling to resign them. The number of protected players has not been confirmed, but is likely to be similar, if not the same as in 2012." -, June 5, 2013. "After the announcement of the All Star Game in March, many people are beginning to guess at where it will be held. It was leaked last month that a Northern Conference team would be hosting. Chibihasa's ownership has also come out and said through Chirp that they aren't hosting, leaving Asuka, Hikaru, Honnaro and now Kinori Bay (who are unlikely to host) as possible locations for the inaugural weekend." - Asaca Hoops, Issue 39, June 2013 So that's all for now, but next time something is posted here, it will likely be the last 11 weeks of the 2013 season and the second expansion team's branding...
  3. Its better than it was, but still looks a bit generic font wise. It is better though.
  4. First off, neither of the two teams have much character. They are both pretty much just standard fonts slapped on a jersey. The dots idea for Brooklyn is cool, and if you bought in more of the subway colours as accents and/or subway lines as side stripes then it would look pretty good. Finding a font that's more related to Brooklyn would help too. Lastly, make sure you make your dots proper circles. Most of them have come out as ovals, which ruins the idea a bit.
  5. While I quite like your new basketball, I'm not sure why you got rid of the windows. They're a cool nod to New York's buildings.
  6. I finally decided to start the 2013 Season! I've recently been busying myself with my Xbox, other NBA concepts and Automation. I have also been planning some things for 2014 as well... February 28th, 2013 - Air Asaca Arena, Rondelle, Ocella Press Release: AHBA Commissioner Karen Raito & AHBA Deputy Commissioner Freya Faulkner "It is with great pleasure that Freya and I can announce that the AHBA 2013 season has now officially begun. Opening week will bring us some interesting games, with tonight marking the first game, with the Rondelle Lions up against the Asuka Magic here at Air Asaca, which Freya I will be courtside for. Friday brings game two, with the 2012 AHBA Champions, the Rondelle Queens facing off against the Turrif Raiders, also here at Air Asaca Arena. Freya and I will also be here for the banner raising and presentation of the Championship Rings." "On Saturday, Karen and I will be at the Syncamore Insurance Arena to see the Jarran Jaguars take on the three time Northern Conference Champions, the Hikaru Heat. Sunday will see the Honnaro Flight taking on the Chibihasa Lightning at Honnaro Arena. Karen and I are looking forward to all of the games this week and to find out what the rest of the season season will bring." AHBA Season Results: Weeks 1 - 10: Standings after Week 10: Disappointing is the only way to describe the start of the Flight's season. 1 - 9 (0 - 5 home, 1 - 4 away) in the first 10 weeks is not very encouraging. When asked about what was going on behind the scenes in Honnaro in Week 8, both captain (and 2012 RotY) Brooke Douglas and new signing Madoka Grant had little to say. Douglas however offered that "there's lots of new faces this year, so we need some time to gel." The one game they did win was against the struggling Lions in Week 2, where Grant's knowledge of her former team's offence helped her to record a Flight and AHBA record 11 steals. Douglas also picked up 3 steals in a gritty defensive effort. In Week 3's 3 point loss, new O5 Tilly Pritchard pulled down 13 rebounds along with 23 points (1/2 from 3), narrowly missing the game tying 3 in the dying seconds of the game. A concern for the Flight is their current inability to score consistently, with only 2 offensive players averaging over 10 points. Their inability to win at home is another issue that will need to be addressed soon. It seems that last seasons return to the playoffs may have been a fluke for the Raiders. Gutted of quite a few of their better players in the offseason, the Raiders should be looking to go into full rebuild mode sooner rather than later. 3 - 7 (2 - 3 home, 1 - 4 away) in the first 10 weeks matches Chibihasa's start last season, but the Raiders don't look to be bouncing back anytime soon. Their wins came in Week 4, 6 and 7, against the Flight, Lightning and Jaguars. The surprise win came against the Lightning where O3 Yukaho Daijou put up a career high 25 points, and captain (D2) Samantha Tokuta had 3 steals and 3 blocks in a close win at home. The defense the team was known for is seemingly gone this season, largely due to the players they lost in the offseason, but there also seems to be a lack of effort on the defensive end. 1st round draft pick D5 Nijino Kurokawa has been solid, as have the 3 other rookies the Raiders have this season. After a relatively strong start to the season, the Magic find themselves in a familiar position near the bottom of the standings, sitting at 4 - 6 ( 1 - 4 home, 3 - 2 away) after the first 10 weeks. Off season signing Molly Powell has been quite efficient off the bench, adding an edge that the Magic's bench lacked last season. Their four wins came in Week 1, 2, 7 and 9, with their first win against the Lions being mostly overshadowed by Lions D5 Abby Dunn's injury late in the first quarter. Despite this, the Magic put up a solid effort against a Lions team that looked lost defensively. The other 3 wins came against the two teams below them in the standings, Turrif and Honnaro, so it's obvious that whilst they aren't the best team in the league, they have the tools to become a potential playoffs team. The positive PD is an interesting note, being the only team below 3rd with a positive PD, suggesting that they have soundly beaten the few teams they've won against. The Heat find themselves in an interesting situation, having lost another of their stars in free agency. O3 Kiko Price, who was acquired through the Shinohara sign and trade, hasn't been bad but is struggling to fill the role Shinohara had on the team. Heat captain Abby Mitchell seems to understand this better than most in Hikaru saying after a practice when asked about Price: "She's come in from Chibihasa where she wasn't overly relied on and is now being asked to be the second option, which is obviously a tough thing to get your head around." The Heat are treading water at 5 - 5 (4 - 1 home, 1 - 4 away) and don't seem to be overly concerned about it. They know they can make it back to the playoffs. Despite the lax nature now, they definitely look to be gearing up for the next 21 weeks. Their five wins came in Week 3, 5, 6, 8 and ten, but not once did they beat a team ahead of them in the standings. Their negative PD isn't a particularly convincing sign that they will improve, but they had exactly the same record at the start of last year, and finished 1st in the Northern Conference. The Lions frankly haven't had one of the most ideal starts to 2013. They finish 5 - 5 (2 - 3 home, 3 - 2 away) after losing D5 Abby Dunn on opening night to an ankle sprain for 6 weeks. Without Dunn, the Lions looked very lost on defence, and seemingly had no energy. When Dunn returned in Week 8, suddenly everything had clicked into gear, winning all three of their last three games. Second year D5 Sophie Yoshizawa did a decent job in place of Dunn, but won't be troubling Dunn for her starting role any time soon. Aside from their three straight wins in Week 8, 9 and 10, their wins came in Week 3 and 4 against Turrif and Hikaru. If the Lions hadn't lost Dunn for 6 weeks, they would easily be ahead of the Jaguars. Expect to see the Lions challenging the Queens in the Southern Conference Finals later this year, despite the sluggish start. Third brings us for the second time in two seasons, one of the 2012 Expansion teams outperforming their low expectations in the first 10 weeks. Sitting a game ahead of the Lions at 6 - 4 (4 - 2 home, 2 - 2 away) the Jaguars are surprising all with their relatively good play. Captain O5 Gracie Warren has continued to show the promise she showed in her rookie season leading the Jaguars offence, along with major help from off season signing O2 Summer Smith. Both seem to compliment each other well, which has been a huge catalyst for the Jags' early season success. Their wins came in Week 1, 3, 5, 6, 9 and 10. Many wins came against the teams that struggled in the first 10 weeks, but the Jags did pull out a win against the Lightning, and lost narrowly lost to the Queens in Week 4. Despite their current winning ways, many still expect the Jaguars to finish closer to the bottom of the league, though this start bodes very well for the future. At 7 - 3 (5 - 0 home, 2 - 3 away), the Lightning find themselves leading the Northern Conference, and sitting 2nd overall. There was little doubt that the addition of Sanako Shinohara to the Lightning's offensive power would make the Lightning the new Northern Conference favourites. Losing only three games over the past 10 weeks is an impressive feat for a team that 3 years ago was almost the laughing stock of the league. Everyone expected that the addition of Shinohara would lower Gibbons' crazy offensive output this year (29.4ppg last season), but by quite a lot more than what has occurred. The two have been on fire, averaging close to 45 ppg (19.3 (Shinohara) and 26.4 (Gibbons) ppg) between the two of them. This output makes it seem as if not many other people score for the Lightning, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Most of their wins have been great team efforts, and Shinohara & Gibbons output is just a side effect of what is a well run offence. The Lightning seem to be the closest to besting the Queens, even beating them in the Week 10. Look for more ridiculous numbers from both Gibbons and Shinohara throughout the season and likely well into the playoffs, should the Lightning's stellar play continue for the whole season. Dominant would be the best way to describe the first 10 weeks of the Queens title defence. Losing just one game on the road in Week 10 against the Lightning (who the Queens will likely meet in the finals should they both make it), the Queens have been cruising through the early season. Win after win after win kept coming week after week after week, it seemed no team could truly match the might of the Queens. While they did lose some players in the offseason, the Queens did an excellent job filling those holes, and making their team even better. Their bench looks to be close to being, if not the best in the league, and players like Showpony (Dironi), Sarah Akimoto and Naruha Yano put in astounding efforts showing why. Their starting lineup is also as solid as ever, and a large amount of this year's team won the Championship last year. The way the Queens season looks to be going, we may have a new record for wins in a season, and our first back to back champion... Other News: March 19th, 2013 - Rondelle, Ocella Press Release: AHBA Deputy Commissioner Freya Faulkner "I am here today to announce that two new teams will be joining the AHBA, starting play in the 2014 season. The first of two teams will be playing in Kinori Bay, joining the Northern Conference. The ownership group expects to be able to present the branding for their team in the coming weeks. The second team has yet to be decided, but will be playing in either Haurn Island or Osyth, joining the Southern Conference. A decision should be made also in the coming weeks. I am also happy to announce that, starting in 2014, there will be an annual All Star Weekend. Fans will be encouraged to vote for their favourite players to make the All Star Game. More details will be announced nearer to next year." "All is well in Chibi! Multiple players have said they are enjoying having the duo of Suzuka and Sanako around, with plenty noticing the effect of having two hard working women in the locker room, particularly Coach Kazu; "Suzuka and Sanako are such hard workers, always trying to better themselves and each other, and that seems to have rubbed off on everyone. We look like we're ready to fight in the playoffs."" - Bolts from Deep, a Lightning HB Nation Blog, March 31, 2013 "There are a few rumors around the web that the Magic may be changing up their uniforms next season. No word yet what those changes might be, but not much is expected. Other teams may also be making changes, but there has been nothing substantial on that front." -, April 16, 2013 That is all for now. Where do you think the second expansion team will end up? Can the Queens continue their dominance? How is your team going?
  7. While yeah, personally I agree "The Land" isn't the greatest thing to be putting on a jersey, it does work as a City Edition wordmark. I was going to later mess around with other wordmarks though, I just wanted to get the concept out. The yellow is a much better option in my eyes, and its actually a team colour unlike grey. As for the "Cleveland" and "Cavaliers" on the shorts stripes, my original intention was to keep them there, but I kinda forgot to add them on in my kinda rush to get these out. I'm not sure if it would look better with or without them tbh.
  8. I'm finally finished the Cavs concept! As a Cavs fan, I've always loved the yellow alternates that we had during the adidas era. I'm not a huge fan of the grey City uniforms, but they are okay. I've warmed to the "The Land" wordmark enough for it to stay with the rest of the City uniforms elements. All this really is, is a recolour of their current city jerseys, with less colours.
  9. Thanks! Making concepts allows us to do things that may not actually be possible. I do recall reading something about that, which is why the original Adidas ones didn't feature it iirc. I agree, the colour combo is one of my favourites, and would really inject the Nets with some colour. Black and White, whilst quite clean looking, gets stale after a while.
  10. After procrastinating on fixing the jerseys once more, and making a different idea, here's 3 more versions of the concept: This is just a fix of the kerning between the L and Y once again, so nothing too drastic here. These two are my take on the Dodgers baseball jersey style. A version of the Dodgers "Brooklyn" Script replaces the regular wordmark, with the current Dodgers number font, which correct me if I'm wrong is similar, if not the same as what was used whilst they were in Brooklyn. The B in the Diamond logo (a 1910's Dodgers logo slightly recoloured) replaces the full Brooklyn New York Roundel on the waistband. Brooklyn Script is from here, and the Diamond B logo is[url=]here[/url], though it seems it may actually be from the mothership. I made both a grey and blue version just for comparisons sake. The Cavs jersey is coming, but numbers are proving to be annoying, as I don't have a font to help with that. Copies off images haven't quite been the quality I'd like...
  11. With the cursive wordmark and block numbers? Keep the ABA Nets trim? I'd definitely do something based on the blue or grey ones here, mainly because I'm not a huge fan of the whole red numbers thing: Likely with grey instead of white (I love the blue on grey look). Fair enough, I did think it was still a little far away.
  12. I typed a downloaded font into Inkscape and converted that to a png. I have two Nets fonts, so I'll try both, see if it makes any difference. If not I'll just manually adjust it.
  13. Ah yeah I'm not sure why that has done that actually. I'll fix that a bit later.
  14. Hi all! Aside from keeping my fictional sport HoopBall running and interesting, I do occasionally have some ideas for other concepts, and this is where I will show them. I recently came across RG3's Nike NBA Template, and decided to make a concept that the Nets/Nike could use as a City alternate. I remember reading here that one set of jerseys would change each season, so why not pick up something that has already been done and looked great IMO. I personally loved the Nets "Brooklyn Blue" Dodgers alternates during the Adidas era, and considering that both the Nets alts this season are black/grey, the colourway deserves to make a comeback to break up all the dark colours. The colourway makes sense as a City alt, considering the original jerseys were meant as a homage to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Along with the colours, I used a monochrome ABA Nets style side striping. The Nets use a version of it on their Statement set currently, so this concept would fit well alongside. The rest of it speaks for itself really. C&C is welcomed. Up next there's a tweak I'd like to make to the Cavs' City jersey, whenever I get to it.