I need glimmers of hope in this COVID-19 darkness.
And since Canada seems to have gotten its act together in terms of testing and treatment (a helluva more than the US has, amirite?), the teams of the National Basketball League of Canada will commence their 2020-21 season in December.
Here’s the league’s press release.
The National Basketball League of Canada announces return to play in late December for tenth milestone season.
After being forced to cancel the 2019-20 season at the mid-way point for health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s longest standing professional basketball league officially announces its return to play in December 2020.
“The National Basketball League of Canada is excited to return for its 10th season and proud to contribute to the re-build of our communities through the game of basketball,” said Deputy Commissioner Audley Stephenson “We will continue to follow the direction of government and public health agencies to ensure the safety of our fans, players, teams and league personnel associated with our game.”
Further details about NBL Canada’s tenth milestone season to be released at a later date.
This is super news. The NBL is one of the top independent basketball circuits out there, and the quality of play is truly top-notch.
And you know how at the start of each season, there’s one team that can use the motto of “repeat what won us the championship last year” and the rest of the teams use the mantra of “this is next year, no more waiting until next year”?
Well, this year ALL the teams have something to prove. They missed out on a fantastic opportunity for an exciting postseason due to COVID-19, but this year, they’re not going to let that opportunity slip away, no way, no how.
And I cannot wait for the season to start. Will the Moncton Magic pick up their second championship? Will the London Lightning try to add a ring for their other hand, seeing as the first hand is full of jewelry? Can the Windsor Express earn their third title? Can the Halifax Hurricanes claim their second? Will the Island Storm get their first banner in ten years of play? How about championships for the Sudbury Five or the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans?
Trust me, there are a ton of storylines, both team-wise and player-wise. Many players were reaching lifetime marks, career totals and league records before COVID-19 pulled the plug on everything. Now’s a chance to recapture that drive.
This will be good. I can not wait.
Hell, start the season tomorrow. That’s how much I can not wait. 😀
FTC NOTE: I have been employed by the National Basketball League of Canada as a league statistician and director of player clearances. The above post is my own and was not paid for nor requested by the NBL.