Greats unload over new Tassie team name

NBL greats have questioned the league’s looming decision to name the new Tasmanian team the Jack Jumpers for the state’s return to the competition in the 2021-2022 season.

Chris Anstey and Andrew Bogut hit out via Twitter after it emerged on Wednesday that Jack Jumpers, a species of venomous ant native to Australia and most frequently found in Tasmania, had fended off the popular choice of Tridents.

It’s understood the NBL will make a formal announcement on Thursday, concluding a month-long search after naming five finalists.

Tridents was expected to receive the final nod after picking up plenty of support from the Tasmanian basketball community, but it appears that Jack Jumpers will be the last name standing.

This decision has been met with shock, led by three-time NBL champion Chris Anstey, who took to Twitter to vent his frustration.

“The NBL takes a great step back into Tasmania, then calls them the Jack Jumpers?,” Anstey said.

“My goodness.”

The @NBL takes a great step back into Tasmania, then calls them the Jack Jumpers? My goodness 🤦🏻‍♂️

Bogut also chimed in after seeing Anstey’s tweet.

“Joking yeah?,” Bogut said.

“Good one. Got me good.”

Joking yeah? Good one. Got me good

Fans also expressed their displeasure with Jack Jumpers winning out as the name for the new Tasmanian team.

One fan said: “So a national league finally sets up a team in Tasmania, then they call them the “Jack Jumpers. Wow. Could not be a worse name.”

While most basketball fans don’t agree with Jack Jumpers, the name did receive some support from one fan.

“It‘s pretty appropriate – those Jack Jumpers are tough, tenacious little buggers that pack a punch. I remember them well from my years in Hobart.”

The Tridents were ruled outSource:Supplied

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