Ex-NBL Player Tommy Greer Hits Out At League's Player Points System
Retired National Basketball League player Tommy Greer "has hit out at the NBL’s player points system and thrown his support behind the NBL Players' Association’s push for its abolition," according to Roy Ward of THE AGE. The former Melbourne Tigers captain, who retired from the NBL last month, wrote a column on downtownball.net on Saturday "calling the points system a 'restraint of trade' and accusing the NBL of 'punking' its players by making decisions without player consultation." He said that some NBL-caliber players "were being kept out of the league due to the points system." Greer wrote, "The points system is counterproductive to the objectives of the NBL and, to be honest, is having a negative impact on its best Australian talent, clubs and the league as a whole." NBL management "has decided to keep the points system next season but has added a loyalty bonus of two points for players with five years or more at one club and four points for 10 years at one club while the overall number of points in the league has dropped from last season." NBL CEO Fraser Neill "has also introduced a marquee player rule and said he would consider alternative ideas to the points system" (THE AGE, 5/5).