Nuggets part of new Auckland-based NBL

Working out . . . Aspiring Nugget Darcy Knox trains at the Edgar Centre yesterday.PHOTO: GERARD O...
Working out . . . Aspiring Nugget Darcy Knox trains at the Edgar Centre yesterday.PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN
In the end it was an easy decision for the Otago Nuggets to get back into the National League.

The NBL announced yesterday plans for a seven team national league, which will be staged in Auckland, starting on June 23.

It will be the first time the Nuggets have played in the league since 2014 and one year earlier than planned.

Who is in the Nuggets team and when games will be played is yet to be finalised, but it will include some local players.

Teams will play up to three nights a week for six weeks, with maximum squads of 10 players and two emergency players. The draw has yet to be finalised.

Nuggets spokeswoman Angela Ruske said the league approached the Nuggets about getting into the competition and made it very affordable to be involved, so it was easy to go ahead.

She said the cost was significantly less than what it would have been to enter a full national league.

Players and coaching staff would be in Auckland for the duration of the tournament. But what the Nuggets team looks like is still up in the air.

There is to be a draft for the league which is being worked on. It is believed the top 14 players in the league will be farmed out and teams will not be allowed more than two of those players.

Nuggets uniforms have been ordered and should arrive before the season starts.

The league will have a new rule for tied games. The first team to score seven points in overtime will be declared the winner.

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