NBL considering three imports plus Asian player
Taken from Boti Nagy's Blog:
"THE NBL is considering moving to three imports next season, while additionally adding an Asian player to club rosters.
The Asian player would not be deemed as an import but part of the league's push into Asia.
While the mere suggestion of three imports will have some diehards screaming how much that will impact on the development of Australian players - an argument can be made having only seven Australian-based teams already has hampered that development, and it wouldn't stick - the truth is the NBL is a professional league.
It's further popularity, growth and revenue-creating opportunities may hinge on making decisions some in the basketball-purist sector will find unpalatable and that would be a shame.
But the truth is, the NBL owes almost zero to development and everything to having an attractive alternative entertainment product the masses can embrace.
When the league launched as the NIBL in 1979, it was largely to give teams across Australia tougher competition and to give national selectors the chance to pick from our elite best.
It was from those noble beginnings we have today's league, which, let's be honest, would be no-where if Larry Kestelman hadn't bought in as Executive Director.
In 1979, the league needed import restrictions - even though contrarily that year St Kilda won with the only all-Australian championship-winning team in NBL history - because it was producing players for the Boomers.
But these days, the bulk of the Boomers are playing in the NBA, European leagues and even the NCAA. The handful who qualify through the NBL will in no way be hindered by facing more quality players, even if their passport isn't stamped "Australian".
When the NBL's ideas flow into the public domain, they are sure to incite discussion and some passionate rebuttal.
But anything which helps keep the league going forward has to be given consideration over where the league was when it was going backwards."
What are everyones thoughts on this? Personally I'm all for it the better level of talent the better off the NBL is.