I've just re-read the "London Calling" suite. It was memory lane and glorious. Just reading the blogs brought back happy feelings of better times, but also your horribly accurate predictions about the future- 2012 onward.
I'm glad I was there, and it was great to be reminded of that glorious summer. And just how we all desperately wanted to believe that the GB public would finally (finally) start to understand what we happy band of 'bevvers - and frankly most of the rest of the world - love about basketball.
Optimism eh? Overrated.
Actually, I think it's kinda cool that just saying "Actually I like basketball" gets you odd looks, and that we're outside mainstream UK sports. And certainly whaaaay cooler than supporting some dreary old kickball team 300 miles from home. Having met many fans, I'm wondering if actually, we prefer it being 'our' backwater, where we have access to the players, the coaches, and 'our' teams. I'm not sure, despite all the rhetoric, that many BBL supporters have ever wanted it to really become popular. We wouldn't be mysterious and different if 20,000 started turning up at BBL games.
But anyway, many thanks Hersey. Here's to the next and subsequent anniversaries.
Cheers Jim. The celebrations continue daveballblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/the-party-continues/ The lack of any real Olympic legacy breaks my heart. Lions got a shiny new venue, but it's hard to think of anything else. I know what you mean about basketball being a niche sport but there's large chunks of the country without a club that actually promotes the game as a spectator sport. 11 pro clubs is shocking, really, if we got it up to 20 or so it would be some kind of progress.