Perth Wildcats will kick off their NBL attempt with three types of goals in a delicious opening round in which they attack the two teams that they beat in the big final at the RAC Arena in the same weekend.
The NBL today released the first five rounds of their late season, with 39 games played in the first 37 days.
Wildcats fans can watch their team play both Sydney and their big 2019 final opponent Melbourne at the RAC Arena that same weekend.
The fight against the kings will take place on Friday the 15th. January, while they face United just two days later.
The NBL operates on a rolling device throughout the season to combat changes to COVID-19. Melbourne game venues have yet to be determined, although New Zealand is also based in Victoria as the league awaits announcements at Australian Open tennis.
But games across Australia are played in front of fans. The league plans for the regular season to end in May and is considering moving all teams to one state for a mid-season hub.
« The capacities at the venues vary depending on the location. However, the aim is to play as many games as possible in front of as many fans as possible, as the restrictions will be relaxed further in the coming months, « said NBL commissioner Jeremy Loeliger.
« We are currently in talks with the Victorian government, but prefer the first three games of the season at the John Cain Arena (formerly Melbourne Arena). .
“However, we need to be flexible in our planning and it can change due to border controls and health advice. For example, games in Adelaide are currently scheduled on the basis that the border restrictions will be lifted. ”
The season starts on 10. January in Melbourne with a clash between United and South East Melbourne. Several games are played during the week. However, all of the Wildcats’ home games are scheduled for either Friday or Sunday.
Perth won the championship last season under bizarre circumstances after Sydney announced it would end the best of five series after three games due to the growing COVID-19 crisis.
The Wildcats led this series 2-1, the next game was to be played in Perth and the NBL thought the title deserved.
Both Perth and Sydney will look very different in round one. Legendary Wildcats captain Damian Martin has retired, striker Nick Kay plays in Europe and the grand final MVP Terrico White was a victim of the league that has dropped to two imports.
Kings stars Andrew Bogut and Kevin Lisch have also retired, and both coach Will Weaver and excitement machine Jae’Sean Tate have signed with the Houston Rockets for the NBA.
NBL owner Larry Kestelman was thrilled that the league had managed to plan its season in front of fans across the country as COVID-19 caused trouble for all sports.
“Given the challenges of 2020, this is a fantastic result to be able to play in front of fans all over Australia again. We now look forward to enjoying world-class basketball and great entertainment in the months ahead, ”he said.
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