I am not a big basketball fan of the NBL at all, although my son told me about this website as he plays district basketbal. Anyway, in regards to Mahers 500th game and the thought of swapping the venue, to me that just seems totally absurb. Don't get me wrong great player, great person, great ambassedor for the sport. As with Andrew Gaze, an absolute champion and credit to the game.
But to think that they swapped a venue (I'm assuming we are talking interstate as well) to honour this milestone raises many questions IMO. Of course you want to see these players honoured infront of their homecrowd and fans, but the notion of swapping a venue is a little extreme. This would never happen in other elite sports surely, such as the AFL. I believe the opposing side would be at a very unfair advantage. What if it had been a make or break game for the sixers when they swapped venues for Andrew Gaze? Do they really want to fly to Melbourne to play against a pumped up Tigers team and plenty of screaming fans who want to do it for Gaze?
As I said, it is a fair show of respect for such players and maybe there are finacial incentitives for teams to swap venues for such reasons in a competition that does not generate much revenue from my understanding. Maybe I'm being a little harsh or do not fully understand how the competition operates, but I could never imagine the Crows wanting to travel to Skilled Stadium to honour an Ablett milestone game. A player's 500th game or any other milestone game should be honoured as such, or as pot luck whether it be at home or away, I just feel it's manipulating the game by changing the venue. If the sixers want to honour Maher, then they will give it their all be at home or away and fans will get on board in whatever way they can.