Yeah I agree with that. The NBA season is extremely taxing. I look at Boris Diaw and Tony Parker who played for France and won the Euro championships, in between two trips to the Finals with the Spurs, and I'm guessing they went 21 months without much of a break. It's crazy. I understand if the likes of Bogut and Mills might not want to risk playing in a qualifying tourny that the Aussies would win comfortably without them.
But, it's undeniable that their presence or lack thereof would have a big effect on the popularity of the Boomers games here. Loads of people follow NBA, much more than NBL. No one even mentions European competition. So those guys are a far, far bigger drawcard than the likes of Newley, Martin, Gibson, Broekhoff etc. The basketball die hards (me) will go anyway but the casual basketball fans need the NBA guys to get them interested.