That's unheard of.
Can we agree as a general proposition that Covid has changed things in a way that's unheard of?
Let’s be real here, the reason Melbourne has so much time in Melbourne was Covid and NBL Cup.
Re Covid that’s just how it pans out. There’s very little respect for the logistical nature of having to be so agile and dealing with borders etc. As Victoria hits issues, it absolutely does not surprise me that Sydney will house the two Vic teams. It makes a lot of sense.
Things could have very well panned out of Vic had issues through the year instead of NSW over chrissy/New Years that the Sydney teams would spend a lot of time at home and have a few extra "home games". And that’s also completely fine; you do what you need to in a Covid world to keep things chugging along in an effective and efficient manner.
NBL Cup may have been an idea to be savvy and innovative, it may have been protection for if Covid spiralled, it may have been an opportunity to get gov money, it may have been all three. I’m perfectly content at all three reasons and to be frank I was happy with NBL trying it. Reality is, it’s designed on a single city hub basis, so that’s Victoria, that’s fine. If it was Sydney that would have been fine to.
As a 36ers fan in no way did I feel screwed by the scenario of playing Melbourne and Phoenix a few extra times in Victoria. NZ took the biggest hit but we didn’t get complaints because it’s understood the realities of Covid. I’m really happy the NBL has been able to play out to the extent it has with limited interference all things considered.