I threw the last post together in haste as soon as I read the press release from the Rainmen but there are some more thoughts about what exactly this announcement means after the jump:
– Choosing leave now instead of after the play offs means two main things: no play offs, and no all-star game. I feel bad that Crookshank won’t be able to go dunk on people at the all-star game, and that Quebec will have on less team there for the play offs. I think Quebec are a class act frachise and have a good relationship with Halifax. However, I am sure that not having a 2:00pm weekday game with out of town teams as part of a triple header is not going to hurt the Kebs financially.
– Time for a logo change! No more mysterious cloud man dunking an ABA ball.
– The D-League is still a definate dream and we have no idea how close the Rainmen are to this goal. As fans I think we should brace ourselves for the PBL/CBA/Some merger of the two. I just feel like thisD-League thing is possible, but still unlikely. The $1 Million expansion fee combined with higher costs, crazy travel and the stamp of approval from the NBA mean that a lot of things will need to fall into place to make this work.
– Who do the Rainmen become affiliated with if they get into the D-League? It doesn’t have to be geographically close, but for marketing and logistics reasons one would hope that it is. Maine and New Hampshire have definately shown interest in the Celtics affiliation, Toronto wants to put their affiliate in Ontario (and have even talked about owning the team), David Stern has mentioned putting a team in Harlem as the D-League affiliate of the Knicks, Atlanta will have a team in the suburbs as the Hawks affiliate in a few years. So it is safe to say that all three of those teams are out of the running – leaving such eastern powers as the 76ers, The Nets (Vince Carter!!!!! I’d slit my wrists if he had anything to do with Halifax), Wizards, and good team Detroit. Detroit is probably the best bet given reasonable proximity (though not actually anywhere close to Halifax) and Livingston being from Michigan. Ironically, the only way that Halifax would be viable would be if NY, Ontario, Atlanta and New England all got teams in order to make travel more realistic.
– Hell will freeze over if Rick Lewis is a head coach in the D-League. I want Halifax to lure Will Voigt up here.
– Is Halifax striking out on its own without Vermont, Quebec and Manchester? We know that Manchester have been openly talking D-League since before their season started so I don’t see it as a betrayal of those teams. Vermont’s loyalty to the league and its below regulation court may have been limiting the options available to the Heaves.
– Not knowing what league the team is in for next year means that ticket packages can’t go on sale yet. Let’s see how the Rainmen manage to make cash flow over the summer without being able to sell ticket packages.
– As much as the ABA stinks there are some teams I will regret not seeing play next year. Vermont and their fans are the class of minor league basketball, Quebec played Halifax hard every game and featured some former CIS guys, Manchester were perfect villains, and Atlanta turned out to be a good team and a great organization. Oh well.