NBL clubs South East Melbourne Phoenix and New Zealand Breakers will temporarily move to Hobart on Friday after another COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria.
The Breakers had moved to Victoria in preparation for the season, but they will now be moving to Hobart along with the Phoenix to make sure they aren’t stranded.
The Sydney Kings and Hawks recently moved to the border town of Albury, New South Wales, but they too are being relocated due to the deteriorating situation.
The Kings play on 15. January in Perth against the Perth Wildcats.
But with WA closing its borders for both NSW and Victoria, this game will almost certainly be postponed along with a host of other players.
« Given the current situation in Melbourne, we have decided that it is advisable for both clubs (Phoenix and Breakers) to move to Hobart and they will be housed and trained there under strict COVID protocols, » said NBL commissioner Jeremy Loeliger:
« This will give us time to evaluate and work through the next steps required as we prepare for the upcoming NBL season.
« We hope that the current restrictions and resulting border closings will be relaxed as soon as possible, but we need to be flexible in our approach and continue to be guided by advice from the relevant state health authorities. «
The NBL had planned to start from 20. February to host a hub in Melbourne for a month-long blitz of 36 games, but that’s now in jeopardy.
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