Fixing the NBL
Watching old game tapes, from 1994. And the league was so much better then. There were more stars, not just imports... but Aussies too. Guys like Leon Trimmingham who would never be in the league as it is today, Lenard Copeland in his prime... Ricky Grace.. then Aussies like Keough, Gaze, Vlahov. What has happened to this once great league?
Teams use to average into the 110's, imports were genuinely thrilling to watch... there was a 'smoothness' to the game. I wish I hadve been old enough in 1994 to follow it properly.
What exactly happened? did the Australian public lose faith when we failed to medal in 2000? Was it the change in season? Emergence of AFL? Miss-management? I am watching a game Sydney vs Perth.. 1994, and I am hearing commentators say "this games more for basketball purist, not alot to cheer about"... thinking "Your kidding me?" 49-53 at half time Leon Trimmingham just beasting all over the court... and your telling me back then this wasnt considered a great game? in todays NBL it would have been the game of the season.
The way it was presented too, was big time... It doesnt really look too many paces off NBA at all. When did the NBL lose faith in itself? when did it become the league run by conservative old wankers under the watchfull gaze of a feminazi self congratulator?
It is hard to come to terms with the fact that I am watching the same league here!
We need to go 'back to the future' a bit here, there is a 3 year plan being installed... but what does it entail? Is the league going to be full of tiresome Perth Wildcats style suffocation games where it becomes a task to sit through it, or will the game be officiated in a manner that allows offense to entertain? (then theres the fine line of will it disrupt players being ready internationally.. a whole nother debate.. although when the NBL was most entertaining the Boomers were at there best)
What is going to happen about this import deal too? WAdelaide 36ers are salivating about Gary Erving... He would have been your average run of the mill import back then. I would prefer we don't have to poach players from slovakia as imports.
I know this all wont be fixed next season, but this 3 year deal needs consider what we have already done that worked and revisit some of it. Marketing and Media would be one issue... HELLO KRISTINA! HELLO!!!!