A full-strength Ajax will be tough to prevent securing a third consecutive title.
The Southland Sharks notched a couple of pre-season wins against the Otago Nuggets at the Edgar Centre at the weekend.
A former All Black and NBA player are among the names linked to a new Queenstown professional basketball franchise.
A new National Basketball League team in the South has been met with positivity from one of its neighbours.
Queenstown will have a new sports team but those behind the plan for a professional basketball franchise remain in the background for now.
Queenstown will officially be the second expansion team to join the National Basketball League in 2024, joining the Bay of Plenty Stingrays.