Aussie NBL players will have to “get better” according to Andrew Gaze

Aussie NBL players will have to “get better” according to Andrew Gaze


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There are some big changes coming for the NBL, with the league set to announce a plethora of new salary cap rules set to be included in 2016/17 which will drastically change the landscape of the league.

 

Proposed Changes

  1. Three imports will be allowed per team
  2. Up to four marquee player roster spots available to Australian-Born players.
  3. One Asian born player allowed to play as a local
  4. 11 roster spots per team (adding one development player to each team’s away game roster’s).

 

Whilst some in the Australian basketball community are concerned about what three imports might mean from an Aussie talent development standpoint, home-grown hoops icon Andrew Gaze see’s only positive things in the ruling:

 

“I think any time we have the opportunity to put better talent on the floor, and make the product better, we have a good situation.” Gaze stated on his recent interview on the AussieHoopla podcast.

 

Gaze feels that a lot of people “jump at shadows,” when it comes to the import rulings, because the Australian talent in the league is of a standard that means that many clubs choose not to use both of their import spots.

 

To the assumption that the import rules might cause a squeeze on jobs for Australian positions, Andrew offers one piece of advice “get better!”

 

“When I came through, and started playing with the Melbourne Tigers at fifteen, sixteen, we had four imports. We were in a competitive situation and we didn’t get opportunities to play by default”

“If you want to play here, you have to get better. You have to train harder”  Gaze said.

 

Andrew supports what is considered by NBL followers as an extreme view on the subject.

 

“I am anti-restrictions, full stop!”

 

With the salary cap changes, and expectations that the points system will be abolished, the NBL is certainly heading in that direction as it realises itself as first and foremost a spectacle, rather than a development pathway or the primary incubator of Australian talent.

 

Gaze is currently coaching the Melbourne Tigers SEABL team, he discusses his thoughts on if the Tigers will ever see a return to the NBL. Andrew explicitly tells us about his feelings on the re-branding of the Melbourne Tigers to the Melbourne United two years on and what this return means to him.

 

The podcast also discusses the comments made by NBA podcaster Bill Simmons about Ben Simmons and whether he holds a grudge against Basketball Australia for not being picked for the Boomers squad in 2014.

 

When Andrew finds out he was also mentioned by Bill Simmons in his interview with Andrew Bogut we ask Drewey if he is amazed by the level of popularity he still holds internationally due to his role in the 1989 NCAA championship.

 

Our no holds bar approach is applied when we uncover whether Gaze believes that Ben Simmons deserves to play in the 2016 Olympic team and whether Andrew feels the Melbourne Tigers underachieved by only winning two titles during his playing career.

 

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If you’d like to get in contact with Andrew Gaze you can do so via Twitter @andrewgaze10 and Instagram @andrewgaze10.

 

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