It is never too late for a sport to become a social reference in a great country. Is what is happening with him basketball in australia, which in just two decades has gone from being a secondary sport in media attention and practitioners, to becoming a symbol of Aussie identity and its passion for competition. Australian football, cricket or tennis clearly dominated basketball, but basketball has only grown and the rise of stars with resonance in the NBA, as well as good investments by state institutions, have led to a boom in this sport.
The pioneer who led the way was Andrew GazeA player who stepped into the NBA in the 1990s with two teams (Washington Bullets and San Antonio Spurs), he elevated domestic competition to a higher level, the NBL, and became a mass phenomenon for his enormous charisma. At the mercy of his exploits grew a generation of players who have long amazed the world and whose commitment to the team has been remarkable. The bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro 2016 and the meritorious semifinals in the past Mundobasket fall short to measure the impact of the Patty Mills, Joe Ingles or Matthew Dellavedova, who came to share space with David Andersen, one of the first Australians to be very important in European basketball.
Prolics in centers of good hands and enormous defensive capacity, Andrew Bogut and Aaron Baynes they prolonged the protagonism aussie in a NBA who has seen how players from the southern island continue to land, such as Jonah Bolden, Cameron Bairstow, Ryan Broekhoff or Isaac Humphries. To make matters worse, the fact that league stars like Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons Born in Australia and maintaining deep ties with this country, it has made the NBA set its sights on the NBL, a competition that can become a test bench for young people who want to reach the NBA and where there is a lot of offensive talent.
An ideal ecosystem in which to develop; Sharing language, without great demands regarding media pressure and with the opportunity of not having to squeeze in defense. More and more will be looking for this route, as much as the NBA has found its bet in the team of stars of the future that will compete in the G-League, but the presence of LaMelo Ball this season and the acquisition of an Australian team (Illawara Hawks) may be the necessary boost for basketball in this country, with growth margin still in terms of the quarry and logistical structure of a team.
The team project consisting of young rookies competing against G-League teams can break the model and end NCAA.
The talent is there, as evidenced by the continual emergence of interesting players, including Dante Exum, but greater integration at the institutional level, campaigns that increase social interest in sport and investments are necessary to continue regulating a inexhaustible factory of basketball players. Australia has hatched in terms of basketball performance but still has room for growth.