Earlier this year
On this day 40 years ago, the NBL tipped off
On this day the 24th February in 1979 the first season of the best sports league in the world tipped off. Happy 40th NBL.
The first day featured the following matchups:
Glenelg Tigers 68-65 City of Sydney Astronauts
Brisbane Bullets 70-77 Canberra Cannons
Newcastle Falcons 62-78 Nunawading Spectres
Illawarra Hawks 91-88 St. Kilda Saints
I'm surprised the league haven't promoted this at all.
Also congratulations to Illawarra for being in the league continuously since the beginning, although if you're old school you know that they played in the NSW state league prior to this so predate the NBL.
Here's to another 40 years!