Earlier this year
Should the NZNBL become NBL1 NZ
With kiwi up and comers like Jack Salt signing with the league, and players like Max Darling and Tom Vodanovich returning across the ditch in the off season, should the NBL work towards officially legitimising the NZNBL as a development league for the NBL in the mould of an NBL1 comp? I know there would be issues with sponsorships and NZ corporate ownerships, so let's assume this would need to be a long term plan by both parties (which hopefully would mean expanding to a Welly or South Island NBL team). I also appreciate that New Zealanders love their league and may see it as an insult to become a feeder competition, but it seems to be functioning that way regardless. My argument to that would be that since the NBL has set its focus on becoming a legitimate pathway to the NBA the league has gone from strength to strength. Sometimes admitting you're number two is number one. Would love to hear what the punters reckon.