It’s Like the N.B.A., Minus the Money, Fame and Fans

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National Basketball League of Canada lead scorer Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats takes part in practice drills with teammates at the local YMCA. The talent, spirit and camaraderie of the Saint John Mill Rats is palpable despite the fact that
National Basketball League of Canada lead scorer Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats takes part in practice drills with teammates at the local YMCA. The talent, spirit and camaraderie of the Saint John Mill Rats is palpable despite the fact that the newly founded professional basketball league is underfunded and features inadequate salary caps and spotty attendance.
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Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats shares a light moment with teammates Ricky Volcy, Denny McDonald and Anthony Stover as they practice at the local YMCA.
Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats shares a light moment with teammates Ricky Volcy, Denny McDonald and Anthony Stover as they practice at the local YMCA.
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National Basketball League of Canada lead scorer Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats warms up.
National Basketball League of Canada lead scorer Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats warms up.
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Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats returns home after practice.
Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats returns home after practice.
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National Basketball League of Canada lead scorer Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats holds his eight-month-old son Jacari after returning home from a practice at the local YMCA.
National Basketball League of Canada lead scorer Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats holds his eight-month-old son Jacari after returning home from a practice at the local YMCA.
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National Basketball League of Canada lead scorer Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats boards a bus as he and his teammates journey over seven hours in snowy conditions to play a game in Halifax. They returned home at 5AM that day yet the talent, s
National Basketball League of Canada lead scorer Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats boards a bus as he and his teammates journey over seven hours in snowy conditions to play a game in Halifax. They returned home at 5AM that day yet the talent, spirit and camaraderie of the team is palpable despite the team's inadequate salary cap and spotty attendance.
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National Basketball League of Canada lead scorer Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats journeys over seven hours with his team on a bus to play a game in Halifax. They arrived back home at 5AM that day yet the talent, spirit and camaraderie of the
National Basketball League of Canada lead scorer Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats journeys over seven hours with his team on a bus to play a game in Halifax. They arrived back home at 5AM that day yet the talent, spirit and camaraderie of the team is palpable despite the team's inadequate salary cap and spotty attendance.
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National Basketball League of Canada power forward Gabe Freeman of the Saint John Mill Rats boards a school bus after the team's bus broke down on a seven hour journey in snowy conditions on the way to play a game in Halifax. The team went on to win the g
National Basketball League of Canada power forward Gabe Freeman of the Saint John Mill Rats boards a school bus after the team's bus broke down on a seven hour journey in snowy conditions on the way to play a game in Halifax. The team went on to win the game despite the tiring journey and having limited time to warm-up because of the incident. Michelle Siu for The New York Times
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National Basketball League of Canada centre Ricky Volcy of the Saint John Mill Rats cheers during a game against the Halifax Hurricanes.
National Basketball League of Canada centre Ricky Volcy of the Saint John Mill Rats cheers during a game against the Halifax Hurricanes.
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There are an abundance of empty seats as Anthony Stover of the Saint John Mill Rats shoots a free throw against the Halifax Hurricanes yet the talent, spirit and camaraderie of the team is palpable. The newly founded National Basketball League of Canada i
There are an abundance of empty seats as Anthony Stover of the Saint John Mill Rats shoots a free throw against the Halifax Hurricanes yet the talent, spirit and camaraderie of the team is palpable. The newly founded National Basketball League of Canada is underfunded and features inadequate salary caps and spotty attendance.
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Many of the teammates of the Saint John Mill Rats' including forward Johnny Mayhane wrap their knees with ice after winning a game against the Halifax Hurricanes. The talent, spirit and camaraderie of the Saint John Mill Rats is palpable despite the fact
Many of the teammates of the Saint John Mill Rats' including forward Johnny Mayhane wrap their knees with ice after winning a game against the Halifax Hurricanes. The talent, spirit and camaraderie of the Saint John Mill Rats is palpable despite the fact that the newly founded National Basketball League of Canada is underfunded and features inadequate salary caps and spotty attendance.
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National Basketball League of Canada lead scorer Anthony Anderson (left) and power forward Gabe Freeman (right) of the Saint John Mill Rats share a moment in the locker room after winning a game against the Halifax Hurricanes.
National Basketball League of Canada lead scorer Anthony Anderson (left) and power forward Gabe Freeman (right) of the Saint John Mill Rats share a moment in the locker room after winning a game against the Halifax Hurricanes.
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