1. The disingenuous bj-league (nobody can be involved in meetings for a merger with a real interest in it, when nonstop expansion takes place for more than a decade. It's all just lip service and wasted time.).
2. The disinterested NBL (aka the old JBL, old Super League, etc. has stalled and stalled for decades to embrace progress to get rid of corporate team mind-set/business/operations or to make even a half-attempt at showing respect for the bj-league's existence). *What if the Japanese soccer leaders, who ran the old corporate league did the same thing? The J.League would still be nothing but an idea*
3. The powerless JBA (Ex-Prime Minister Aso-san should have had the clout to get things done...but didn't. Fukatsu-san got nothing done and went away with a big bang last week -- he quit -- and now Maruo-san is a puppet of the NBL, until proven otherwise).
The damage that a FIBA ban will have on Japan basketball cannot be overstated. And this isn't just for national teams' developments), but also domestically and overseas - including for potential investors and business sponsors and media that will find 15 other things more important to focus on and write/broadcast on, instead of the two squabbling leagues.