You say that it is far superiour League etc...which is true...and that we don't come close to competing...well...perhaps also true..BUT..how are we ever going to get close if we, and yes the media too, don't start putting the NBL as our priority.
How do you think European players are doing so well and the Argentinians became world champions ??...the Euroleages have improved a great deal over the last 10 years to create a higher standard that was able to produce players at the top of their game internationaly.
There is no reason why YOU the consumer can make that choice before you decide to buy an NBA or NBL merchandise etc.., have some foresight in thinking that ok..it's not the best yet,(think of it like when you are at the supermarket and you should buy Australian made not the imported product) but it will be great in the future. Also what it means to Australian basketball if all you are doing is making the NBA your priority and not the other way around.If this mentality continues, and we don't have faith in the future of what the NBL could be, and support it more, then it would be a shame for the game here.
There are over 70 internationals playing in the NBA. Australia doesn't have one player. That is zero! It is difficult to believe that anything in the NBL is better then the NBA. When you really think about it we are not doing all that well are we?
Well the NBL needs more local support as in attending matches and support from consumers etc, so don't have the mentality "oh it's crap , think I'll follow the NBA instead"
better to think ", what potential, the NBL has, just in this season, signed Philips as major sponsor, Virgin and now Nike. It's not the best it's been but I can see it's improving and will be happening in future.(apart from our own club ticketing,marketing issues that need to be sorted etc which are not the NBL's fault)