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OPINION: Surely the BBL is a no brainer?

A statement by Basketball England has shocked the sport to it's core with the revelation that the current professional league the BBL could be stripped of that right as a review takes place.
Basketball England said: "A licence review committee has been set up to consider all options including but not limited to a competitive tender process and negotiation with the existing licensee of the professional basketball league, with a view to renewing existing arrangements."

Add onto the fact we've seen a MASSIVE drop in participation and we've got a bit of a crisis on our hands.

It seems bad news and basketball go hand in hand recently with the funding removal (although kind of in a better place), men's Eurobasket qualification failure and now this!
But what therefore are the options for Basketball England?
Well to be frank they seem quite limited; while the NBA mentioned potentially setting up a European league while they were over here earlier in January, it doesn'…

The First Show

On the 13th January The UK Basketball Hub became the ONLY TV show in Britain on Sports Tonight Live (Freeview HD 244)

Covering a range of topics, we invited 3 guests onto the show and also had a phone call from GB co-captain Kieron Achara.

Our guests this week were: Evelyn Adebayo (Barking Abbey), Luke Hatfield (Bouncy Orange Ball) and Vince Macaulay (London Lions).

It was a busy week in British basketball with the BBL Cup and WBBL Trophy being contested the previous Sunday and NBA London taking place on the Thursday - so a lot to talk about!

See below highlights of the show: - A full preview of NBA London as the Knicks take on the Bucks at The O2 arena!

 Our guests talk about the British game with a look at London Lions season and Evelyn talks Barking Abbey!

Our guests talk WBBL Trophy and BBL Cup final and we hear from Kieron Achara!

Full Bucks NBA London Preview

The Bucks are coming to The O2 Arena in top form away from their home court with an 11-10 record at the time of writing.

In contrast they face a depleted Knicks team who could be without the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.

This week The UK Basketball Hub caught up with Charles Gardner from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, here's what a regular follower and writer for the Bucks had to say.

"The Bucks have been playing really well, surprisingly well given last season they had the worst record in the league!

"They're a young team and this will be a fun event for them to play in London.

"They use the full team, they don't have a superstar like Carmelo, but they really work as a team and they've bought into Coach Kidd's system and when everybody players, everyone is happy."

The Bucks currently sit in the play-off positions in the Eastern Conference of the NBA, but what chance for them to stay there?

He continued: "I asked Jas…

NBA London 2015 Preview

The NBA is coming to town - it's Christmas come early (or late) as two of the franchises travel to The O2 Arena in London for the yearly global regular season clash.

This year sees 2013 Global Games winners the New York Knicks face Jason Kidd's Milwaukee Bucks - the second year in a row Kidd will guide a team to London following his 2014 triumph with the Nets.

At the start of the 2014/15 season you'd have been given a few confused looks if you said the Bucks will be certs to beat the Knicks, but it seems that way following a strong start to the season by the Bucks and a season of despair for the Knicks thus far.

Last night (4th Jan) The Bucks picked up their fourth road win in a row at Madison Square Garden, as the Knicks picked up their 31st loss of the season.

The Bucks are looking strong for a play-off spot with the team flying high in sixth in the East with the Knicks only just avoiding bottom spot ahead of the 76ers.

The Knicks, boast Carmelo Anthony; the 2013 London…

Bucks beat the Knicks ahead of NBA London

Last night the New York Knicks faced off against the Milwaukee Bucks for the last time before their NBA Global Games London 2015 showdown on January 15th. The Bucks ran out eventual 95-82 winners with point guard Brandon Knight top scoring for the visiting team with 17 points. Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds and said of the upcoming game in London: 
“This will be the first time I will travel outside of America to play with my NBA team so it is very exciting for me.  "We have many fans outside of America, especially in Europe, and it will be nice to play in front of them.” Antetokounmpo, who was picked 15th in the 2013 NBA Draft, also spoke about his plans for London:  “For sure I will visit the city and the main sites.  "We have five or so days on the ground so it will be nice to visit things and experience places I have never been before.  "I am sure we will find the time after practice to do things together as a team.” In terms of his …