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Basketball was first introduced to Nova Scotia as early as 1895 but in the past thirty years the popularity of the sport has really taken off The high concentration of universities in the province the tradition and esteem of the high school programs and the continued support from a large and knowledgeable basketball community have made the game a staple of Nova Scotia life culminating with the capital city of Halifax becoming known as the basketball capital of Canada When you talk about basketball in the Maritimes you can break it down into different levels of competition There are the club systems throughout the province the regional and provincial teams then high school basketball then you have to look at intercollegiate basketball and finally pro basketball that was here for a short period of time Another way of looking at how the sport has come along in the past thirty years is by focusing on the people who have been an integral part in its development People such as Bob Douglas Mickey Fox Ritchie Spears Brian Heaney Steve Konchalski and Bill Robinson who through different roles have made and continue to make an impact on basketball in this province Others who will not be discussed as much but whose role was just as important are those who laid the groundwork for all of the aforementioned People such as Stu Aberdeen who created a legacy at Acadia University and in the process developed some of the best coaches this province has ever seen Others like Al Yarr Terry Symonds and Frank Baldwin whose tremendous efforts at the minor high school university and national levels earned him the name Mr Basketball The foundation that was set by these people has allowed basketball to flourish in Nova Scotia on every level In the 1970s basketball in Nova Scotia was starting to gain popularity and in the minor system the community YMCA and the Halifax Martyrs started basketball programs
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