HSH: Nothing ever got built by complaining
Hoop fans, I just wanted to say, can we all give complaints about High Stakes Hoops a rest? What purpose does it serve?
Like many of you, I tuned in to see an empty stadium for the start of the first match. But then I thought, who am I to care that there aren't a lot of bums on seats at 11:30am on a weekday? No surprises there, but its not costing me anything.
So I put that aside and you know what? I enjoyed TWO good games of basketball (Monarchs v Cyclones and Fleet v Rush) in one day. I got to see some old faces and a bunch of new talent, some of whom may well be in NBL uniforms next season. Timeouts and breaks between quarters were minimised, so the game flowed nicely, instead of being interrupted every few minutes. The 4 point power plays were a good innovation and have already turned at least one game.
So I wish people would stop complaining long enough to realise that JVG and co have actually bothered to bring us 5 days of wall to wall basketball on high def TV! Lets be positive about this event so that we might get something bigger and better in years to come. Maybe the NBL can get involved in future and someone can build on this idea, turning it into an international tournament involving club teams from Asia?
Leave the outsiders to criticise. If the faithful are complaining about the event, then why would anyone outside basketball give it a go? As people who love hoops, we should all be encouraging guys like JVG to keep investing their time and effort in our game.
If you support basketball people who try to make good things happen for the sport, I encourage you to add your comments to this thread. Lets show the High Stakes Hoops organisers that people appreciate their efforts and that we want more of it!
p.s. - I am not part of the High Stakes Hoops group and have never met any of them. This is just coming from a fan who enjoyed seeing some good basketball today and wants more!