Chris Anstey hopes Andrew Demetriou turns to basketball

On a day Basketball Australia said its chief executive was leaving, and the AFL confirmed the date of Andrew Demetriou’s departure, Melbourne Tigers coach Chris Anstey had this hope for his sport.

“Hey Andrew Demitriou [sic], any coincidence that AFL announces Gillan [sic] the day BA CEO opens up? We’ll teach you the sport, you teach us to run it,” Anstey tweeted.

That’s unlikely to happen for several reasons, not the least being Demetriou has a no-compete clause for a year.

Former NSW premier Kristina Keneally on Wednesday quit as boss of BA so she can spend more time with her teenage children. She became chairwoman of Basketball Australia in 2011 and was made CEO in August, 2012.

Keneally had been given a leave of absence from January 1 to June 30 for a reason not made public.

”I would have loved to have continued in the role, but the reality is that the demands of the job – particularly the travel demands – are not compatible with my changed family circumstances,” she said. “It is with much sadness that I resign, but at a personal level, this is the right decision.”

As BA begins a search for a new chief, NBL Players Association chief Jacob Holmes has taken aim at the league’s player value points system. Clubs must adhere to a maximum number of 70 points, released this week, and a salary cap.

“We have a system that is not allowing us to retain players in our league. It’s also affecting players’ lives,” Holmes said.

“The players are worried about the impact it’s having on the viability of the league. The NBLPA has expressed alarm over the latest points rankings, which sees four of the eight teams over the points limit, meaning the careers and livelihoods of players have been placed in jeopardy.”

The four teams now having to juggle their roster are defending champion Perth, runner-up Adelaide, New Zealand and the Tigers.

“The NBLPA has hardened its resolve to bring an end to the system which unjustly interferes with players’ careers and undermines the interests of key stakeholders at a time when the NBL is administering bold expansion plans and a marketing restructuring of the league,” Holmes said.

The Tigers, meanwhile, have given playmaker Nate Tomlinson a two-year contract extension and forward Lucas Walker a one-year deal.

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