Name: Paul Force
Paul started playing and following basketball at the age of 12. He started following the Sixers teams of the early 90's that featured Mark Davis, Butch Hays and Scott Ninnis. Soon after, he started following the NBA and for some reason decided to become a Utah Jazz fan (perhaps the only one in Australia). He played and coached basketball at social, school and district level and could perhaps best be described as a "streak shooter" (read: hit a couple of threes every few games).
In his early 20's, Paul became a season ticket holder for the 36ers, right at the beginning of the golden run when Phil Smyth took the helm and led some of the best NBL teams the league has seen. His love of watching the game live led to him taking three trips to the US in the late 90's, catching some NBA games and the chance to see legends such as David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Patrick Ewing, Latrell Sprewell, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett, Scottie Pippen......lots of great players and great games at world famous venues. He also took in some great matches back at home, featuring touring teams such as a Magic Johnson Legends Team, Athletes In Action, The Arizona Wildcats, Harlem Globetrotters and US Dream Team.
In 2004 he moved to Melbourne for 6 years and was gutted to be unable to attend Sixers home games anymore. This turned out to largely be a blessing, as the team missed the playoffs in many of those seasons and trotted out some pretty average teams. In 2010, he moved back to Adelaide and has been a season ticket holder since.
Early into the 2011-2012 season, he decided to start this blog, aimed at providing game previews, reviews, analysis and comment. The aim of the blog is to be objective and impartial. He aims to provide insight, opinion, statistical analysis and comments based on years of watching and playing the game. He values being honest and fair and to praise the good games and performances and point out the reasons he sees behind poor performances and losses. While he'd love to "let loose" at times, the goal is that he could look players and coaches in the face and stand behind what he writes.
He is married with four kids and has passed on the basketball bug to his eldest son. This will likely lead to him getting back into coaching in the near future and perhaps even making another failed playing comeback as a tragic 43 year old with a bad knee.