#By TENAJH SWEETING
#Tribune Sports Reporter
#THE New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) regular season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, November 11.
#The league’s opening night will be hosted at the Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium which is expected to be one of the facilities utilised for a few of the games this season.
#Ricardo Smith, newly-elected NPBA president, is optimistic about the start of the regular season, especially the league’s opening night.
#He said the planning committee is putting together something special for the season opener.
#“I want people to get a feel of what it is like at the Superbowl or an All-Star showdown to show them the kind of emphasis and efforts that are put into those kinds of events,” Smith said.
#The preparations for the NPBA officials involve finding different venues for games to be played.
#According to Smith, some games throughout the season will get underway at Kendal GL Isaacs along with the DW Davis Gymnasium.
#However, the main home for the NPBA games remains the AF Adderley Gymnasium but there are some setbacks.
#“We do have one challenge with AF Adderley, that is after the government league championships it has been shut down for roof and floor renovations,” the president said.
#The facility’s repairs were inevitable as the Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association (BGDBA) playoff games were interrupted at different intervals due to water leaking through the roof.
#The officials are presently awaiting more information on whether repairs will interfere with the start of the NPBA regular season.
#Despite the setback, Smith promises the NPBA fans that the season is going to be great.
#“I think that this is going to be a spectacular season. We are going to have a very exciting season. You are going to see basketball played at a very high level and we are going to make sure that we bring along the things that help to enhance the sport and get people to support it,” he said.
#The NPBA president also addressed working along with the new executives since this summer’s elections.
#“When you have a new team it is a matter of trying to get everybody to blend, second thing is you had a previous administration that did things a particular way and you now have to bring people along,” he said.
#The process is ongoing for the NPBA officials as they find ways to successfully execute their plans for this upcoming basketball season.