NBL boss give thumbs up to Coffs
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
COMMISSIONER of the NBL, Rick Burton, rated the 2006 Virgin Blue NBL Blitz an unqualified success and says that the professionalism shown by staff and the smooth running of the entire tournament was a credit to the people of Coffs Harbour.
"I thought it went so well and Judy Smith and Steve Smith did a fantastic job of putting the event on," Burton said after the Brisbane Bullets won the final 53-39 over the Melbourne Tigers.
"There were so many other people like Ben Payne as well but I think the people of Coffs Harbour can be really proud of the community members that they have, that worked so hard to bring this event here.
"To have every NBL player, every coach, every owner and the entire NBL board here, the economic value to Coffs Harbour would have to have been pretty significant.
"I think we came in and we put on clinics and we composed ourselves and presented ourselves in a way that I hope was a fitting way for us to be guests in this great city."
Magnanimously quick to point out the benefits to Coffs Harbour, Burton needed to be coaxed into explaining the benefits to the NBL.
When he did though, he was full of excitement.
"It gives us a chance where we get to take the game out to markets where we don't normally play games," he explained.
"It's exciting for me to have us come and be this close to the fans and have so many young people be able to come up and talk to the players and get autographs and things like that.
"It's great for the NBL and I think West Sydney's going to be playing a game here, so I think this sets the table for them coming back later in the year, so to that end I'm very pleased with how it all went."
Bring on the West Sydney Razorbacks and Townsville Crocodiles clash at Sportz Central on January 10.