Lucas Walker says he is feeling comfortable in his new NBL home as he enters preparation mode for a return to his home state for next week's NBL Blitz.
Walker, a member of Australia's 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medal winning team, last week signed with the Sydney Kings after spending the previous season with Cairns Taipans, saying he was "loving" his new working environment.
One of his stops during the Blitz will be in Devonport when the Kings battle new club South East Melbourne Phoenix, with the 34-year-old joining fellow Tasmanian Adam Gibson in hoping a successful Blitz is sending a strong message about how viable a Tasmanian side would be.
A Tasmanian side would also be very important for the sport's pathway in the state, he said.
"It is cool for the whole league to go down there and play a bunch of games as a lot of people wouldn't have the opportunity to see an NBL game and it's great to be able to expose them to the level of talent that the national league has in person than just on TV, and it would be great to see Tasmania get its own team,'' he said.
"How it works with other teams around the league you have development players on your team who are usually young guys and then they have other young guys who are training players.
"So having a NBL program they can be part of and practice with day in and day out, the young kids down there in Tassie don't have the luxury of having that development all year round.
"Being around guys who are much better than you can obviously accelerate that development process and can help you get to the next level faster.
"As a 16 or 17 year old I think it would have really benefited me to be able to train against men, but that being said I didn't spend much time in Tassie after that as I was off to the AIS and then off to college, but for those that didn't have that opportunity, it would be the perfect situation to have an NBL team in your home state."
Walker played for the North-West Thunder and Wynyard in 2003, saying his time on the Coast was key to helping him get to the AIS.
The Kings versus Phoenix game will start at 7.30pm.
The night before at Ulverstone, the Brisbane Bullets will host the NBL All Stars at 6pm and the Cairns Taipans will play the Adelaide 36ers at 8pm.
At the Silverdome on September 21, there will be Blitz contests between Cairns Taipans and the NBL1 All-Stars at 5.30pm and Adelaide 36ers and the Brisbane Bullets at 7pm.
Tickets are still available for the Blitz. For details visit www.nbl.com.au/blitz
The NBL has also confirmed it would be conducting 21 school visits during the Blitz, with eight schools in the north, eight schools in the south and five schools on the North-West Coast.
Players from Adelaide 36ers, Brisbane Bullets, Cairns Taipans and NBL1 All-Stars will take part in an event in the Brisbane Street on September 20 from 3.30pm-5pm.