Former NBL star player Tommy Greer has a coveted position as the General Manager of the NBL’s newest franchise; he just doesn’t know the precise location of where he will hang his hat.
Throw a dart at a map of the country and you would be hard-pressed to miss the mark. Melbourne is considered the frontrunner, but Tasmania, Perth and Sydney have been mentioned.
“I’m thrilled be joining the new franchise during this very exciting time for the NBL as it goes from strength to strength in Australia and New Zealand,” Greer said for a story from the AAP. “I’m looking forward to working with Romie and building a great club.”
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Greer is well qualified. He counts 227 games, the captainship of the Melbourne Tigers and championship titles from 2006 and 2008. He has been working front offices as an NBL general manager of major events and programs. He was instrumental in gaining opportunities for NBL teams to play against NBA clubs, something that will showcase the talent of the domestic clubs.
“Tommy has done a lot of the groundwork for the new franchise and is the logical fit for the role of General Manager as they now get down to business and build the new team,” NBL CEO Jeremy Loeliger said.
Greer was instrumental in getting the NBL to grant a new franchise to owner Romie Chaudhari, who had an inside track for his experience as co-owner of English Premier League club Swansea City.
NBL owner Larry Kestelman has expressed a preference for Victoria, but the crowded sports landscape with regard to training and match-day facilities in and around Melbourne is a concern that cannot be ignored.
Could they not curtain off a section of MCG and hold practice and games there?
Until a location is finalized, it would seem difficult to do much in the way of concrete action in setting up Chaudhari’s new club, but with the drive to have the new club in action in the 2019/20 season, a start has to be made.