After pouring his heart and soul into the Halifax Rainmen over the last six years, Andre Levingston says he needs more help.
As the franchise’s owner prepares for another season- particularly the demands of piecing together a competitive National Basketball League of Canada club- he’s looking for increased corporate support in the city.
“I’ve shown my commitment to the city of Halifax,” said Levingston. “I’d like to see more pride. I’d like to see more people involved who are proud of our product.”
Levingston says he’s not content to engineer a team to merely compete. He wants to win. But winning costs money and finding passionate investors with a long-term vision for a Halifax based professional hoops franchise has proven challenging.
“This is a huge financial undertaking. We’re going on seven years. Naturally we want to continue raising the bar. We want to deliver year after year.”
In the meantime, the process of piecing together another Rainmen roster starts now. Over the next week Levingston says he’ll decide whether to resign coach Rob Spon. In between a heavy schedule of recruiting, Levingston has the NBL draft on Aug. 19 to prepare for.
He knows he has a lot of work to do in rejigging a team that missed the playoffs last season. Improved shooting and defence are a few of Levingston’s priorities.
He’ll be looking to resign a few old faces in Quinnel Brown, Joey Haywood and Akeem Wright.
Levingston will be counting on a little help with it all.
“We want to do things better every year and that takes commitment and investment.”