OKC Thunder centre Steven Adams has emerged from coronavirus lockdown on the farm.
The South Island powers fell to Taranaki Mountainairs and Manawatu Jets respectively.
Injured centre Ron Elvidge scored the series winning try playing with a damaged color bone.
But their victory was marred by a third-quarter clash that saw their captain suspended.
And two of the greatest footballers of all time led their countries to World Cup glory.
Otago join Taranaki Mountain Airs as unbeaten after two outings.
The Mountain Airs eased to a dominant win over Nelson Giants in the opening game.
General manager Justin Nelson calls the deal with the American sports giant a "triumph" for basketball in New Zealand.
General manager Justin Nelson hopes to announce the ground-breaking deal on Tuesday.
After all the hype, LaMelo Ball won't be buying the Illawarra Hawks.
Earl Bamber showed his prowess with a stellar drive in the iconic race.
Newshub revisits winners and losers from basketball's innovative answer to COVID-19.
New Zealand's best-available basketball talent is scattered over seven teams.
Can a revamp save the hoops showpiece from COVID-19 extinction?
The 84-player draft takes place on Thursday night.
The two NRL clubs produced the lowest scoring match in 14 years.
Sharpshooter Corey Webster and fellow Breakers have chosen to sit out the national competition.
Giapo Grazioli owns one of Auckland's premier desert restaurants - and he can ball too.
The NBA legend said he and his Jordan Brand would distribute the money over 10 years.
The season will get underway on August 1 (NZ time).