As is the ancient tradition during a major lockout, secondary basketball leagues have officially begun to lob their fresh tendrils into the NBA talent pool. Smelling blood in the water, the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL) issued a plushy press release encouraging any NBA players in need of some hoops-action to hop over to the other side of the border.
The president of the National Basketball League of Canada would like to invite locked out NBA players to come to Canada and continue professional play, should the NBA season not start as many are predicting.
"What a great opportunity for NBA players," says Andre Levingston. "NBL Canada can provide them with highly competitive play in professional arenas with great fan bases, while still being relatively close to home."
According to the press release, one of the primary selling points for NBA athletes looking to jump ship was the fact that four players within the NBL have played in the Association. Those esteemed four: Toree Morris, Erick Barkley, Kirk Snyder, and "sniper shooting guard" Desmond Ferguson. That's right, when Toree Morris and Desmond "Sniper" Ferguson are your big guns, you might not have the strongest leg to stand up.
Though, you can't blame Levingston for trying. With all the talk of players taking their talents to Spain or China if the lockout drags out as it is expected to, who's to say some wouldn't want to move up north and stay closer to home.
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