NBL teams waiting for round one schedule

Melissa Woods
·2-min read

As teams await news of round one NBL rescheduling, South East Melbourne Phoenix boss Tommy Greer says winning the title this season will be an achievement above any other year.

The Phoenix as well as the New Zealand Breakers were relocated to Hobart last week, while the Sydney Kings and Hawks have been just inside the NSW border in Albury since Boxing Day due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

The NBL is looking at moving the Kings and Hawks to Queensland or possibly also to Tasmania.

The teams are unsure of where their round one games will be and who they will be against due to various border restrictions that has left the NBL scrambling to make new arrangements ahead of the season opener, which was due to be Melbourne United hosting the Phoenix in Bendigo on Sunday.

The Kings are due to play the Perth Wildcats in a grand final rematch in Perth on January 15 but with Western Australia shutting its borders to both NSW and Victoria that round one fixture is almost certain to be rescheduled.

With some teams likely to be on the road for a long stint at the start of the season or playing games in quick succession, Greer said it would be a huge challenge.

"I think that's inevitable and there's definitely going to be some teams who will have to swallow some pretty tough pills in terms of the schedule and that's just the way it is," Greer told radio startion RSN.

"The way we're looking at it is that you can lean on that and use it as an excuse and say poor me but we're electing to go about it differently.

"The team that comes away with the championship this year, it will be the toughest championship that's ever been won in the NBL.

"We're preparing ourselves that it's going to be a tough one and we don't want to lean on any excuses."

Greer described the situation as "day by day", and hoped to have an update from the NBL within the next 48 hours.