The NBL’s business connections with some of the NBA’s biggest stars has continued, with Milwaukee Bucks two-time All-Star Khris Middleton joining the ownership group of the Brisbane Bullets.
Middleton will link with an already impressive ownership group led by the Bullets’ majority owner and ex-NBA player Kevin Martin and the recently added Chicago Bulls forward Thad Young.
The NBL now has a strong contingent of former and current NBA players in ownership positions, such as Dante Exum (Phoenix), John Wall (Phoenix), Victor Oladipo (Breakers) and Zach Randolph (Phoenix).
Milwaukee Bucks two-time All-Star Khris Middleton has joined the Brisbane Bullets’ ownership group. Picture: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Martin isn’t surprised that the NBL is attracting investors of Middleton’s calibre.
“Someone of Khris’s stature investing in the Brisbane Bullets organisation represents the ongoing, unprecedented rise of the NBL,” said Martin, who played 736 NBA games for Sacramento, Houston, Oklahoma City, Minnesota and San Antonio.
“It has quickly become the second-best basketball league in the world.
“Khris and the rest of the sports world are quickly realising the quality of the league.”
Since making his professional debut in 2012, Middleton has cemented his status as one of basketball’s top sharpshooters.
A playmaker and veteran leader for Milwaukee, he is known for making an impact on both ends of the court.
Martin is excited about the chance to work with Middleton.
“Khris has thousands of opportunities to invest money into different sectors, so we are excited to have him as part of our team,” he said.
“Though he has 10 more years in the NBA to play, with this opportunity he will be able to be a part of a professional basketball ownership journey in one of the most coveted places in the world.”
Khris Middleton playing for the US against Canada at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney in 2019. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins.Source:AAP
Middleton couldn’t be happier about the opportunity to be part of the Bullets organisation heading into the future, revealing he fell in love with Australia’s enthusiasm for basketball during Team USA’s trip Down Under prior to the 2019 World Cup in China.
“I‘m thrilled to be announcing I’m joining the ownership group of the Bullets,” Middleton said.
“I travelled to Australia with Team USA and saw first-hand the passion for basketball that Australians have.
“The game is constantly evolving; especially on a global scale, and the Bullets are a team that has incredible potential for growth both on and off the court.”
Bullets CEO Peter McLennan is also thrilled to welcome Middleton to the club’s ownership group.
“This is just another step into securing the long-term successful future for the Brisbane Bullets,” McLennan said.
“For another respected NBA player such as Khris to choose to invest in the Bullets shows that we are building something special here at the organisation, and having his ability and contact network to work with is a real positive.
“Khris is still at the top of his game and I know Kevin and Khris have been discussing what opportunities are ahead for the club. It’s great to hear he is excited about being a part of that journey.
“We’re building a solid foundation here at the club and all of our stakeholders, including our corporate partners, members and fans should truly be looking forward to what is ahead for the Brisbane Bullets.”
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