Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Canadian League Puts Faith in Magley

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Canadian League Puts Faith in Magley

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The players were just minutes into the drill when Dave Magley stepped in Saturday to stop it. The former boys' basketball coach at Bradenton Christian was spending much of his 34th wedding anniversary here, at Sarasota's Impact Basketball Academy.

Magley's wife, Evelyn, sat outside, having assisted in the registration of the 26 players who, at that moment, weren't impressing her husband. Not wise. Dave Magley was the one man whose attention they needed to steal.

"I want to see the best you got," Magley told them. "Don't go through the motions. You're playing for a job. The guy who busts his butt and does it is going to get paid money."

Next week the former Mr. Indiana Basketball, All-American Kansas Jayhawk and NBA player, father of D.J. and Daniel, returns to Canada. Then it's on to Dallas, back to Canada, Flint, Mich., Calgary, Montreal, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Buffalo, maybe Las Vegas, then New York City.

The commissioner of the National Basketball League of Canada has places to go, but, more importantly, players to see. That's what brought Magley to Impact, one of the venues for 20 one-day NBL Canada tryout camps in the United States and Canada.

Commissioner Magley. He can't say he expected the title.

"It's a logical step, but I never considered it," he said. "It gives me the chance to do everything I've ever done. Never had a chance to combine basketball business and basketball."

NBL Canada recently completed its fifth season. Three Canadian teams that formerly played in the USA's Premier Basketball League left to form their own league. NBL Canada now features eight clubs, all located east of Windsor, Ontario.

An ex-Panther player and Canadian, Jameson Tipping, helped get Magley involved. His dad, James Tipping, started a basketball academy in Ontario in 2012 and wanted Magley to come help.

While Magley was there, NBL Canada held a tryout at the facility. The league's CEO at the time asked Magley if he wanted to buy a team. "I don't have 300 pennies, let alone $300,000," he said.

But the elder Tipping agreed to buy a team, if Magley served as its GM and head coach. And for two seasons, the club, the Brampton A's, performed fairly well. …

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