KUALA LUMPUR: The inaugural MPL D-League will focus on basketball development rather than the entertainment value similar to the Asean Basketball League.
Basketball has seen a surge of interest in recent times and the D-League is a follow-up to the Malaysia Pro League (MPL) which was introduced last year.
“The D-League is not built for entertainment but it’s for the progress of basketball,” said MPL general manager Ken Yap at the launch of the league yesterday.
“We’re looking to have participating teams adopt schools in their areas in order to develop basketball and also to build up a fanbase as well.
“I believe most teams are committed to the cause because almost every team have several Under-23 players, which is a good start.”
D-League commissioner Sim Sin Heng said the league will be a good platform for aspiring players and inexperienced coaches to be introduced to a higher level.
“The goal is to build a bigger selection pool for both the MPL and the national team,” said Sin Heng.
Nine teams – NS Matrix, Red Baron, KL Dragons, Melaka 96ers, Seven Star, Farmco Knight, Verve Club, PRG Warriors and New Ampang Youth Club (NAYC) – will compete in the league which kicks off from May 6-July 8.