Years ago

An improved all star game!

Put a team of NBL All-stars against an nba team. The nba team can get a good preseason game in and the nbl will almost be able to guarantee 10000 plus at the game! Have it just before the nbl season starts so it is in prime nba preseason time. Obviously there wouldn't be a dunk comp or three point shoot out but the game itself would become an Australian basketball calendar highlight for certain!

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Years ago

Good luck organising that one. Might have a chance against a College team maybe.

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Nice thought but seriously the NBA wants nothing more than making money, no NBA team will travel 20 hours for nothing which is what the NBL can offer.
In a perfect world we would be 5 hrs away like London to the US, have 50 million people in the country and sell out the Telstra dome with the roof open and have 60,000 people attending the game.

Then the NBA would notice

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Years ago

i thought this, picture the lakers comeing to sydney, it would be huge

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Years ago

An NBA preseason game in December?

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Years ago

That's not an NBL All-Star game, but an exhibition game. NBL All-Star game is about the NBL. BA would be trying to organize NBA tours, etc. They've mentioned it as a goal before.

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Years ago

Do Basketball Australia think the public are stupid??
How can we take the NBL all star game and Basketball Australia seriously when Jason Caddee gets put into the South team as an injury replacement. This is only the case obviously as the cheapest way to go seeing Jason already lives in Adelaide.
There would be at least 5 players I would have before Jason but of course that would mean basketball australia would have to pay for extra flights for them!!
Just another example that Basketball Australia is run by work experience kids who treat the public like they are idiots!!
And did I hear correctly that the dunk comp is not even being televised??? The only thing a non basketball fan would be interested in watching and get some exposure for our sport and its not even on TV!!!

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Years ago

And you think the Dunk comp not being televised is the NBL/BA's fault??? I bet you all the tea in China that channel 10 have given them a strict 2 hour window.

You have to realise Basketball is still the 5th sport in the Australian sporting landscape....If we are lucky. We have been lucky to even get free to air coverage at all.

The fact the game is being covered is a win for NBL/BA.

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Years ago

An NBA team won't come to play here in a tour game for many years, if ever again. Basketball Australia don't have the money to afford to bring out a team from America with that kind of credential. Best option is for a middle of the road college team.

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Years ago

I don't know why it is so impossible, why is Australia any different to Europe? But more travel but it's a new market and I would be quite confident and selling out rod laver with a good nba team coming over! Who wouldn't want to watch them play, especially against our own leagues best.

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Years ago

Baller, there is no money in basketball here! A half decent player in the NBA gets paid the equivalent of the entire salary cap of the accumulation of every NBL team.

European teams are far stronger than the teams on offer in the NBL and at least some of them can make it half competitive against NBA teams.

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Years ago

Baller#3: why would they come all this way to expose themselves to a market of 20 odd million people when they can go to China?

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Years ago

'462, they managed to get Jamar Wilson out to replace Henry.

BALLER#3, are you trolling? Basketball is not a primary sport here. It's barely televised. The budgets are comparably meagre. We have a population of 20-25 million. Europe's population is 700+ million and that's a far, far greater potential audience to grow. There are also many European players in the NBA. Australia has one bench kid currently playing.

And China is even bigger again, plus basketball is exceptionally popular there right now.

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Perhaps if the Bobcats came that would be a fair game!

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Years ago

36ers vs Bobcats (coached by Mike Dunlap) would be a nice touch. Highly doubtful though, but it would be one exhibition game where I'd place a bet on the Adelaide Arena not having an empty seat (or the Entertainment Centre IF they wanted a slightly bigger crowd).

If an NBA team or teams ever did come to Australia for a game, exhibition, pre-season or an actual NBA season game, you can almost guarantee it would be played at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, no one else would get a look in, not even Perth or Melbourne (though if the NCAA Final Four stadium model was followed a game at Etihad Stadium wouldn't be out of the question, but could even an NBA game attract that many people?)

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