Sources with knowledge of the situation suggest that the NBL are set to announce a new & exciting partnership with the NBA. The opportunity will consist of the NBL staging an exposure camp for potential imports in Las Vegas during the 2014 NBA Summer League. It is understood that every NBL team will attend the camp, sending along their coaches along with two players each. This is an exciting step forward for the NBL in establishing closer ties with the NBA & shows just how far the league has come under the new administration.
NBL Canada’s London Lighting have hired former NBA player Michael Ray Richardson as the teams first-ever Head Coach. Ray Richardson was drafted fourth-overall by the New York Knicks in the 1978 NBA Draft and was touted as the next Walt Frazier. The Boston Celtics drafted Larry Bird two spots after him with the #6 pick. In only his second-year with the Knicks Ray Richardson became the first player to lead the NBA in both assists (10.1) and steals (3.2) setting Knicks franchise records in both categories. Ray Richardson played 8 years in the NBA mostly with the Knicks, a short stint with the Golden State Warrior and 1983 and eventually becoming an Eastern Conference All-Star in 1984.