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Hoot
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Great article Q&A with LK

http://www.espn.com.au/espn/story/_/id/18689040/q-australian-nbl-executive-director-larry-kestelman

Sorry if this is re-post. But great insight.

I love this line:

"It's mum and dad with their kids and they cheer like hell and they jump up and down and the music is pumping and we are in actual fact what a lot of sports try to pretend to be now. Everybody is trying to go back to a shorter format, more entertainment value, faster and higher scoring.

Sports like cricket, netball all of them are trying to come up with a way to be basketball and it's in our DNA to be that, we just have to make sure that we keep on doing it right."

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Anonymous
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13:20 16 Feb 17

Reply #625618

re: Great article Q&A with LK

Thanks for posting. Nice read


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Anonymous
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13:43 16 Feb 17

Reply #625623

re: Great article Q&A with LK

Good to see him acknowledge the inconsistency of the refs. It the one area of the league I think is really letting it down at the moment.


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KET
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14:14 16 Feb 17

Reply #625629

re: Great article Q&A with LK

Great Q&A, LK does inspire confidence.


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Anonymous
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15:31 16 Feb 17

Reply #625653

re: Great article Q&A with LK

Thanks James McKern for the nice piece.


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Thunder Jam
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15:43 16 Feb 17

Reply #625655

re: Great article Q&A with LK

Mostly corporate mumbo jumbo to me.
Comparing part time v full time players to refs is apples and oranges. Refs don't need a skill set,they just need eyes and a unbiased brain!
He's happy to arsehole the Crocs but wants the Manila Magic in our league.

Considering this year's champion could come from Cairns or the Gong, I would be embracing a Hobart,Wellington or Canberra before a second Melbourne team!


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Anonymous
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16:01 16 Feb 17

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re: Great article Q&A with LK

No offense, but nobody gives a shit what teams you would embrace.

Introducing a new team will be done because it is feasible to do so in the area. Hence the interest in the areas stated in the article. Townsville demonstrated there was no support for a team there, otherwise there would be a team there.

Referee's need a hell of a lot more than eyes and a brain to be great referees. What a stupid comment.


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Anonymous
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16:05 16 Feb 17

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re: Great article Q&A with LK

They need to be full time to be able to concentrate mroe on their role. Juggling two jobs with the travel commitments added on result in low quality performances. The logic is low in this one (Thunder Jam).


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Isaac
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17:05 16 Feb 17

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re: Great article Q&A with LK

He's happy to arsehole the Crocs but wants the Manila Magic in our league.
Townsville arseholed the Crocs themselves for the most part.


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Vic Wildcat
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18:02 16 Feb 17

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re: Great article Q&A with LK

We should all be thank full he stepped up, we may not have a league anymore with how it was tracking.

In my opinion he is a legend


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Dazz
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18:56 16 Feb 17

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re: Great article Q&A with LK

He's happy to arsehole the Crocs but wants the Manila Magic in our league.

Considering this year's champion could come from Cairns or the Gong, I would be embracing a Hobart,Wellington or Canberra before a second Melbourne team!
I was extremely sad to see the Crocs go, but at the end of the day you need a combination of bums on seats, and deep pockets when these are tough. Unfortunately they had neither.

Cats are self-sufficient, thanks to a wonderful new stadium and massive crowds. But they only got where they are today thanks to the largess of the owners. Dr Jack carried the team through the Challenge Stadium era.

So sure, I'd love to see Newcastle, Canberra, and Hobart back, but SOMEBODY needs to provide the backing.

And at the same time, if Squizzy McDuck wants to put up $10M for a team in Wellington, the league should consider it seriously.

I'm not sold on the viability of Manila, purely because of the cost of travel.


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KET
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22:38 16 Feb 17

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re: Great article Q&A with LK

That's true - regional market + nobody going to games + limited sponsorship + no owner with deep pockets = trouble. Which is a real shame, I liked Townsville particularly during their Ian Stacker early 000's days when the Crocodiles and 36ers had some good matchups


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Anonymous
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22:47 16 Feb 17

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re: Great article Q&A with LK

Dazz you just talk so much shit. Jack paying over the odds for Perth to survive is arguably fantastic and illegal. LKG owns the Bullets and the Untied. Sow hat do you want? LKG expansion of the NBL from abroad? WTF? Will Cairns be there next season? Hawks? So much smack about where the NBL is going but with Asian teams in the NBL will be lost. Perhaps the ANBL. Asian Basket National League.


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koberulz
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01:23 17 Feb 17

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re: Great article Q&A with LK

Jack paying over the odds for Perth to survive is arguably fantastic and illegal.
Do go on.


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