For the past five seasons, I’ve worked behind the scenes with the National Basketball League of Canada as their league statistician and director of player clearances. It’s a fun job and I enjoy it very much. Heck, when you can get league coverage in the New York Times, that’s not too shabby…
And yes, there have been plenty of Albany-based talent within the NBL – Tommy Mitchell (Siena) played there, as did Marvin Phillips (Albany Patroons) and Gabe Freeman (Albany Patroons – currently with the Saint John Mill Rats). Head coaches in the NBL? Micheal Ray Richardson (Albany Patroons) did three seasons as head coach with the London Lightning, winning two titles. And you’ve probably heard of NBA players like Mark Strickland and Bill Jones and Cliff Levingston and Jaren Jackson – they’ve all coached in the NBL as well. Oh yeah, and I have to make sure TU blogger Stephanie Snyder is aware of any players from Marshall in the league – Hey Steph, Tirrell Baines just signed with the Moncton Miracles!
Okay, that’s taken care of.
Now I want to share this fun thing with you.
The NBL currently airs a 30-minute weekly wrap-up show, featuring top games, top plays, and player interviews. Hosted by Mitchell Kobe Kay and Brett Hedges, the NBL Canada Live This Week video podcast is a fun wrapup of the events going on with the league.
Here’s an example of the show. Among the fun recaps in this broadcast is a showcase of what was essentially the league’s Game of the Week – “Clash at the Coliseum III,” in which the Windsor Express dominated the London Lightning in the third-ever match played at a packed house at the Caesars Windsor casino.
Oh yeah, you want to see this video show.
Allow me to grant your wish.
And oh yeah, the show also contains my weekly “Chuck Miller’s NBL Canada Cool Stat of the Week,” it’s about 23 minutes into the clip. What can I say? In my heart, I’m a stat rat, and basketball stats are my cheese.
Anyways, check this podcast out. It’s great basketball, it’s competitive basketball, and it’s fun basketball.
You can’t ask for much more than that.