It’s funny how everybody wants the state of Canadian basketball to change, but very few people are willing to support a group of individuals who want to contribute to that change. Starting a basketball magazine is a very hard task that includes many frustrations and disappointments. It requires you to have a lot of patience.
The most annoying thing is pitching the idea to the individuals in the corporate world and those already established basketball organizations around the country. They listen to your words and acknowledge your ideas; however they don’t truly see the vision or the impact that this magazine will have within the Canadian basketball community. Instead they choose to ignore the concept.
I truly understand that just because I have a great idea doesn’t mean that others should take me seriously. Many individuals have excellent ideas that don’t formulate into anything. But the thought of a Canadian basketball magazine is innovative, different and unique. We are talking about a market that is untapped and needed in Canada, where the demand for basketball is at an all-time high. A magazine can help raise the awareness of our game and influence our athletes into staying at home and playing in our own leagues, which can only increase the quality and popularity of the sport in Canada. There are plenty of benefits and many reasons why corporate companies and basketball fans around our great nation should support this magazine. I feel that almost everybody already knows these benefits and reasons, why else would Canada Basketball, the governing body of Canadian basketball, be talking about improving the state of basketball in Canada?
Welcome to the first and historic issue of BBM. It’s been a long time in the making and a lot of hard work has been put into this issue. Nevertheless, it’s all worth it. On the cover of this premiere issue we have the unbeatable Carleton University Ravens. The Ravens are possibly the second biggest thing in Canadian basketball right now; we all know that Steve Nash takes the crown.
The mighty Ravens have won back-to-back Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships and are currently on a 72 game winning streak in CIS conference play and playoffs. David Smart, head coach of the Ravens has done a tremendous job turning around what was once an average basketball program. Despite his success, many have criticized his recruiting methods and at times his coaching style, but one thing we must understand is that Smart knows how to win games. Oops, I meant to say BIG games! How does back-to-back-to-back CIS Champs sound?