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NBL Canada players struggle to balance job, family demands

Playing professional basketball sounds like a dream job, but what many don’t realize is the commitment required and the demands of balancing both the action on the court and family. The struggles between the two often prove challenging, forcing players to ultimately decide between the two.

The highest-paid NBA stars make more in one quarter — yes, that’s 12 minutes — than many NBLC players will make this year by working two jobs.

Players in the Canadian professional basketball circuit earn an average of $3,000 a month from November into April in a league whose teams operate with a $150,000 salary cap. Most will try to pad their income by landing another gig in a spring-summer league once the NBLC season ends.

That makes it tough to fly their family in for a visit or get home themselves if there’s a rare break in their schedule.

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