His support for the game is both an act of civic philanthropy and an investment. Watching people threading necklaces with red coral, he would collect the tiny leftover fragments and make little bracelets to sell on the pier over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Bret Harris, who authored the book Boom! You might as well have come from the moon. But I felt I had to do something. Lemanis argues the NBL has rapidly become one of the world's toughest competitions.
For his 50th slot deur last year, Kestelman flew 35 people to the sun-kissed Italian coastal village of Amalfi. His default restaurant is Rockpool at Crown Casino. Jono Searle Gaze, who now coaches the Sydney Kings, says one of the most important but intangible things Kestelman has brought to the game is his ability to promote it.
The man seems happy in the moment… until he notices something amiss. Before he begins, he wants me to understand some context: In this analogy, he says, rugby union is fillet mignon, rugby league is pork chops. It is the perfect place to hear his rags-to-Rolexes tale although as far as watches go, Kestelman prefers the rose gold Audemars Piguet on his wrist today.
He offers freely his view that basketball can become the number-one sport in Australia.
In the new millennium, interest continued to wane. After that he spent more time each season in a courtside corporate box, with his son and cousin and friends, cheering alley-oops and reverse lay-ups.
It's not the Mercedes — it's the Commodore. Whenever a new venture needs services such as IT support, accounting work, HR, web design or publicity including the NBLKestelman calls on that family of companies. Reigning champions Perth at least came close to selling out its 13,seat stadium for every match, while Melbourne United is back playing games at Hisense Arena.
But he disappointed his parents as a student, at times barely passing. But it's good noise, good trust. Andrew Gaze, Australia's greatest basketball player, was shocked when the identity of the outfit he had played for from to was stripped away.
He says he named the leviathan ship Vegas because everyone's reaction to that shimmering desert city is a smile. On level 12 is the NBL.
Kestelman is barefoot with the top three buttons of his shirt undone. Andrew Gaze, basketball legend and Sydney Kings coach The answer is his son, Justin, 23, who began playing at eight and is now the marketing manager of the NBL.
I can see the trajectory," he says. The size of the workforce, not including club staff or players, has quadrupled to over For me that's a sore topic. One floor down, on level 15, sits the office of Acquire BPO, a "business process outsourcer" a call centre with staff in the Philippinesalong with its subsidiary Shore Solutions, and a rendered graphics company called Animation1.
His mother found work in the laboratory of the Red Cross blood bank.
That's how he sees the game, incidentally — as showbiz, akin to a concert experience. Aussie rules is presumably a meat pie, soccer a lamb roast and cricket a snag in bread. It's better than shovelling shit or cleaning toilets, but it's not easy… It's hard work. There's a neat parallel to be made with soccer, an international sport that has annexed huge territory in the Australian sporting landscape by harnessing its grassroots.
An entire bay of empty seats. Larry Kestelman is on a mission to turn the National Basketball League into a going concern.
Lemanis played for the South East Melbourne Magic during the magical s, but he now characterises that era as the "so-called" heyday of the sport. Apparently a ticketing snafu is responsible for the empty seats.