May 12th, 2013 by Dusty Rychart
Since leaving the Cairns Taipans after the 2012-13 season I have moved to the Brisbane Capitals of the QBL. Opening up the season last night in a 40 point win vs Toowoomba was a good sign of things to come for this young group. The style of game suits the old run and gun Phil Smyth days at Adelaide. I must admit it gets harder and harder every year to keep up but I’m slowly getting into the shape I need to be.
The QBl is a 16 game season plus finals games so it isn’t a long season at all. That’s good news for the body but it will go quick as ever season does. I’m enjoying not having to be on the road for days at a time and most road trips are an hour away. I like our group and hopefully we find that chemistry that will give us success.
On another note: It’s difficult to see the NBL in the state it’s in. I really thought the league turned the corner after the 2010 season when it moved to 40 min games and FIBA rules. The league was so competitive from 1-8 it made for some really good games making it exciting all the way to the end of the season not knowing who would get into the playoffs. Basketball has been good to me and it’s a great sport to play. It’s a shame that it takes such a back seat to all the other codes in Australia. The days of the deep pocket owners are gone and more teams are headed towards community ownership model. I know the community ownership model works since I was apart of it in Cairns. I believe that you have to get out and reach the youth to be able to give them something to look up to and be the role models required to be high level athletes. The negative about community ownership is that you can’t retain the high talented and skilled players needed to make the league compete. When I first arrived in the early 2000′s most of the Boomer’s players were in the league and now you only have 2. Clubs need to be able to spend the money required to get guys such as Ingles, Newely, Jawaii interested in coming back. This may be unachievable now but for the league to compete with NRL,AFL we need the best Aussie’s in it. Money Talks! and I know money doesn’t grow on trees either. I just hope one day the top talent will return and give the Basketball community the top product possible. Just my 2 cents.
People are always asking if I am done playing NBL. A player never wants to give up on a dream they have had since they were a little boy but with the injuries I’ve had the past 2 seasons it gets very frustrating being on the sidelines and not being a piece of the puzzle that helps win games. I always said that I never want to hold on too long and be that guy that everyone wishes would retire because he’s making a fool of himself out there. I still think when healthy I can contribute at a high level. If nothing comes up worth seriously considering I have to move on. The crossroads that I am at is I don’t really know what I want to do for a career after basketball. I have my MBA/Finance and am really passionate about trading bonds/futures/currencies and would love to make that full time but it’s hard work and very few make it. I have the same desire and dreams about trading as I did about basketball when I was younger. I know how hard it was to get a chance and prove myself as a player and I have no doubt it will be the same in whatever career path i choose.