Earlier this year
The player points cap is holding us back
Hi everyone i am new to this site but a long time NBL fan. Its great to read some other opinions in earlier posts about what the league should be doing to improve the game in australia. Advertisements, tv coverage, officiating etc are all valid points. But in my opinion, its the player points cap which is really preventing the league from reaching its potential. It achieves nothing but provide mediocrity. A salary cap is enough to create parity in the competition. And the fact that someone at HQ makes the decision on what each player rating should be means it can easily be manipulated. There is no incentive for an import to become a naturalized player because they will still have a 10 point rating. Lets face it, its the americans which really bring the show time to this league so the more we have playing here then the more people are interested in going the games. Reading the Cal Bruton interview when he went to perth in 87 as a player/coach. He brought james crawford and tiny pinder with him and a short time later recruited ricky grace. These guys created so much excitement and interest and the crowds and tv coverage were a flow on effect. Then ultimately the wildcats success and popularity that came from having these great players in the one team is a legacy that still remains. Imagine if a period like that happened now at a team that hasn't tasted much success or needs bigger crowds. It is something that the NBL really needs right now to capitalise on some renewed interest and i get the feeling that the league is on the edge of potentially booming or just being forgotten again. Unfortunately improving the standard of basketball here cannot happen now because there is a focus on it being an 'australian' league. Where is the razzamatazz? Dont get me wrong, i love the aussie players too but our best players play over seas anyway so we aren't stifling home grown talent. We should be making it easier for imports to stay a long time in this league like they did years ago. Its these guys that improve the standard of the competition then in turn great players want to come here and play their whole careers here like leroy loggins, robert rose etc did. Imagine if cedric jackson, johnny flynn or mike dunigan played 10-15 years in this league. They would.. if the standard were better.