Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Michael Scott is the Chief Executive of
High Performance Sport New Zealand,
they're a Government body who funds
our national sports teams and sports
The former Chief executive Alex
Baumann once said Basketball had
to present it's case better if our National
teams wanted funding.
Basketball is currently 26th of 32 sports
that they currently fund.
May I present the case for Basketball to
My case is High Performance sport are
the ones that need to change, not the
second most popular sport on earth.
Basketball has been a sport where NZ
has done far far better on the world stage,
than we should've been allowed.
By Funding our National Men and Women
and our age group national teams, you will
create a situation where young people will take
notice and get invovled in a sport that can lift
them out of poverty.
A child from Aranui or South Auckland would
normally not have the chance to go to an NCAA
D1 college, the sport of Basketball gives them this
It's not just a college education, players can then
go anywhere on the Planet and play, and take that
experience back to New Zealand and young people,
which will benefit the whole country.
Our National teams need this funding to bring the
best players back from overseas for not only world
cups and Olympics, but qualifying series.
Basketball is in a unique position, where a high
percentage of our best players are overseas, for
them not to be available because of funding is a crime.
Your criteria seems to be to give to sports that
we may medal in, even though these sports are
not taken seriously by most countries.
I would put to you, when you give Millions to
Equestrian, the percentage of people that benefit
is extremely small, when you give Millions to
Basketball thousands of people benefit, because
of the size of the sport.
So you would really have to ask yourself, what's
more important, Once every four years watching
a Lawn Bowler win a Gold Medal at the Commenwealth
Games, or Watching Tera Reed bang threes from way down
town at the Olympics and watching Finn Delany dunking
on the Big European Nations.
I know what I think is more important.
Show us the money.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Yes, yes it is.
My very first Basketball game I attended was in 1983, I
hopped on my little Raleigh 20 and biked to the
game, and fell in love with the sport.
Little did I know that New Zealand also would end
up loving the sport. The following few years, our
little arenas would be packed out for every game,
those with season tickets (like myself) were lucky,
the Canterbury Rams would end up virtually selling
out every game over a three year period.
The imports were the stars, Clyde the Glide Huntly
shooting from the outside, the big men like Ben
Antony, Willie Burton, players like Ronnie Joyner
Kenny Perkins, Kerry Bogani, Kenny McFadden,
wowed the crowds, as fans couldn't contain their
Our own Kiwi players soon became stars, John
and Stan Hill, Dutchie Radermakers, Bert
Knops and the great Gilbert Gordon.
Then the TV coverage started to happen, highlight
packages on a Sunday sports show, Live coverage
of the final, kiwis started to notice Basketball.
Then the Rugby loving Media of New Zealand got
worried, there were negative articles about the sport,
saying the sport was just hype, hell Joseph Romanos
even started to make up stories, for example, he
wrote that import Lloyd Daniels left his team, but
barely a week back in the states he was murdered.
Well Joesph, he had quite the come back since he
ended up in the NBA the following year.
So there was a media backlash, less TV coverage,
then SKY TV came to New Zealand, the internet
took off and people got their Basketball fix from
watching the NBA.
The crowds got smaller, and the league kinda stagnated.
The Tall Blacks making the semi finals of the Basketball
world cup, gave the game a big boost, but once again the Rugby media
started to go negative.
It got to the surreal stage, The Tall Blacks caused the biggest
upset in International Basketball History by beating Serbia
at the 2004 Olympics, but our media when ranking sports
achievements that year, put that below A ranfurly shield
The NZBreakers entered the Australian league and had a
tough few years, all the while the New Zealand NBL seemed
to be the red headed child of New Zealand sport.
NZBreakers started winning, people started following them,
Steve Adams Gets drafted, young Kiwi men and women start
getting scholarships to NCAA D1 schools, and this has
been the small start of the resurgence of our own Professional
league, and this time, I think there is no going back.
The NewZealand Basketball league doesn't have to rely on
the likes of Brendan Telfer or Andrew Saville, we have our
own Basket Journos, we have social media, which probably
has played the biggest part in making this year, the best year
for the New Zealand Basketball League since the might of
the Canterbury Rams beat the Saints in 1986.
It will grow and grow, because Basketball people will be in
control of it, and not outsiders. I think in five years time, it
will be not only be back to its heyday of all those decades ago
but will increase in size.
I have supported this sport since 1983, I'm so lucky to have
a niece who plays NCAA D1, she's my all time favourite player
no one else comes close.
I have lived and breath this sport, for me its a 24/7 thing
I have watched literally thousands of games , from Primary/
Middle/High school in New Zealand and the USA, to AAU in
the USA, to D1 college men's and women's in the states, to the
NBA, to International Basketball, to the Euro League. To our
very own Women's league, and I'm 100% sure that Women's
Basketball is the next big thing for NZ sport and rightfully so.
The lifeblood of Basketball in New Zealand, and what started
my love of the sport was the New Zealand Basketball league,
it just fills my heart that it's started to be noticed again, and
as long as it's basketball people being the Journalists, as long
as the fans keep active on social media, not only will the
league not go away, but it will just keep getting bigger and
One last thing...
GO THE GIANTS AND THE RAMS!!!!