Two months ago
Pre-Season Blitz NBL Cup.
Just read in the Corey Webster thread that Breakers are ready to go, imports and all, 3 months out from the season.
During that time they will learn, train, play pre-season games against other teams and fit in a trip to USA, Asia, or Europe (my suggestion, earlier last week) and take part in the pre-season Blitz. We also have WC qualifiers as our season is kicking off and the NBL cup early in the shortened 2022 season.
If all teams were as well prepared as the Breakers, pre-season Blitz games could be re-vamped into the NBL Cup, all teams at full strength, results now matter, but generally unknown to the public and even to each other (apart from scouting, of course).
Could look like this:
Say, a month of learning/training, 2 weeks of NBL Cup (instead of Blitz), a month to 6 weeks (remember quarantines etc) for OS trips, WC qualifiers and preparation for season-proper, season opens.
Every year, we all look forward to the season and the Blitz as it's season opener. Too often, we complain that they are meaningless, and that teams are understrength, lacking their imports, and generally a bit blah.
Could this sort of pre-season schedule generate meaning and genuine interest in pre-season activities?