In the spotlight...‘Bookie’ Nesbitt NBA-style Basketball League to host All-Star Weekend

by: Andrew Coakley, Sports Editor

The Derek “Bookie” Nesbitt NBA style Basketball league has been successful thus far, and as the league heads into the play-off round, they will face another test with its first annual All-Star Weekend.
The event is set for this weekend at the YMCA gymnasium.
Under the theme, “bridging the gap in basketball,” according to League Director, Terry Wildgoose, the event is designed to give the younger players a better idea of who some of the former players of the game in Grand Bahama really are. 
“A lot of the kids today play the game of basketball, but many of them have no idea on whose shoulders they stand,” said Wildgoose. “We’re hoping that with this tournament, it would give them a close and personal encounter with these former players, that’s why we’re having the legends game. 
“It will bring together a number of the former stars of the game. It will give the younger players a chance to really see why these guys became great.”
The All-Star weekend will feature a celebrity game, a legend’s game, a slam dunk contest, a three-point shooting contest, and an NBA style All-Star Game (male and female).
Action begins on Friday at 6 p.m. with the ladies’ three-point contest, followed by the male three-point contest. 
The slam dunk contest will begin at 8 p.m., followed by the Legends Game, which will be the feature game of the night.
On Saturday, action will begin with the ladies all stars at 6 p.m., followed by the Shooting Stars, the Celebrity Game and the male all stars game will be the feature game for Saturday night.
The new basketball league was designed to give players an opportunity to play in an NBA style environment, one where players were drafted and where players can be traded following the season.
According to Director of Activities at the YMCA, Terry Wildgoose, the league is one that will put to the test everything these guys brag about while playing pick-up games in the gym or on the outside courts.
“We wanted to give these guys a chance to not just talk it, but to play the game and let people really see how good they claim to be,” said Wildgoose in an interview with The Freeport News.
“We want these players to be involved in more constructive games and not just games where they bicker and argue all the time.
“We do not want to take away from the Commercial league, because we would like to see it stay the way it is now.  We want the Commercial League to be totally separate from this new league.”
Wildgoose is hoping to see the league grow biggr and stronger with each passing season and it is his hope that it would provide an avenue for many of the young ball players to enhance their skill and display their skill on a regular basis.

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