Earlier this year
In Place Of Next Stars?
The Next Stars scheme looked like it would/might go gang-busters but really, we got a great ride with Lamelo and a lot of controversy here over eligibilities, who got whom, who got no-one, etc.
What if the NBL was to offer stud Australians, playing overseas, anywhere, $100,00 up front plus whatever the clubs are willing to bid over.
That would go a long way towards making the money even (here v Europe or Gleague etc), surely that would bring back some. And as the NS program is year after year, and the league is up for that initial 100G, why not make it on-going for the Aussies we've repatriated. Maybe reduce it year by year. But please, if this was adopted, we would not be chasing one-and-dones but professional studs who would be happy to play at home earning similar money.
I am thinking that I would rather watch Landale, Motum, Deng, Maker, 20 or 30 others Ausies in NBL teams' colours than waiting for the next Lamelo.
The arguement against may be that we lose that NBA/USA connection and the hype that went with Lamelo BUT, on the other hand, we may get more draft and stash types like DiDi and nothing wrong with that.
Remember, too, that as the NBA are now targeting those same guys that we hope to lure here, the numbers and the quality of those NSs choosing the NBL will drop. No more Lamelos, damn!