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Perth Wildcats captain Damian Martin says the talent on show in the NBL is the best hes seen and it will take something special to win back-to-back championships.The NBL has been bolstered by an influx of homegrown and international talent this season and interest in the league has also been boosted by the long-awaited return of the Brisbane Bullets.The increase from two to three imports for each club has helped raise the quality of rosters around the league, meaning the Wildcats face a stern challenge to defend their title.Martin has been part of the NBL since 2008 and hes never seen it this strong.Its my 10th season in the NBL and its by far the strongest the league has been as a whole, Martin said.The calibre weve brought in this year has been incredible.The Wildcats have introduced two new imports - Jaron Johnson and Jameel McKay.They join fellow American Casey Prather on a talented Wildcats list.Perth have won an NBL record seven crowns. But they havent gone back-to-back since the Ricky Grace-powered teams of 1990 and 1991.Its motivating to try to achieve that, Martin said.Its been a great seven years Ive been here but that one thing we havent been able to eclipse is the Ricky Grace era when they were able to go back-to-back.If we could do that this season, it would be special.The loss of star centre Nate Jawai to Cairns is a big blow to the Wildcats.Jawai was a 143kg powerhouse who dominated the paint. By comparison, 206cm McKay weighs in at 96kg. Martin said the change in personnel meant the Wildcats would attempt to become a faster-paced team.The Wildcats begin their title defence away to Brisbane on October 6.Star Bullets recruit Cameron Bairstow (shoulder) is under an injury cloud but former Wildcats import Jermaine Beal will line up against his old side in whats shaping up as a grudge match.I did see him in Brisbane. 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Some of Dennis Byrds former New York Jets teammates believe he may have suffered from CTE, and at least two of them have suggested to his widow that she donate his brain to the Boston University clinic that studies the brain disease.Byrd, 50, was killed Saturday in a two-car collision about 30 miles outside Tulsa, Oklahoma. His football career ended in 1992, when he was temporarily paralyzed due to a broken neck.For years, Byrds former teammates had expressed concern about his behavior. He became detached from his closest friends on the team, not returning calls or messages. They also became aware of strife in his personal life.We were talking to (his wife) Angie, and we think it would be a good idea to have his brain donated, former teammate Marvin Washington said Monday in a phone interview. To me, it seems like a classic case of CTE, with the mood swings and behavioral issues.That wasnt the Dennis I know and loved; it was the disease he had. Im just trying to connect the dots. If you look back at Dave Duerson and Junior Seau, those were good guys, too, but they were human on and off the field.Another former teammate, Jeff Lageman, also suspected CTE.Its entered my mind because of how detached he became, Lageman said by phone. But I also know that was Dennis anyway. Even in the early years, he isolated a little. Later on, he definitely got to the farther end of it.Is (CTE) possible? Yeah, maybe its possible, he added. But I dont know.Byrds wife, Angela, couldnt be reached for comment.Drafted in 1989, Byrd played the defensive line for three-plus seasons in the NFL. On Nov. 29, 1992, he collided with teammate Scott Mersereau while trying to sack Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Dave Krieg.Byrd suffered significant damage to his upper spine, but he regained the ability to walk -- albeit with a pronounced limp -- and he became an inspirational story. After a few years in the limelight -- he was a motivational speaker and a color analyst for CBS -- he retreated to a quiet life in his native Oklahoma.Aside from an emotional speech to the Jets on the eve of a playoff win in January 2011, and an appearance at MetLife Stadium in 2012 to have his number retired, Byrd lost touch with the organization.ddddddddddddTeammates expressed frustration over the years because they couldnt reach him. The frustration turned to concern.I dont want to take away from who Dennis Byrd was -- he was a light, he was good energy -- but players go through things, said Washington, who played 11 years and plans to donate his brain to research. Whatever struggles he was going through, Id like to connect the dots.On Saturday, Byrd was pronounced dead at the scene due to massive injuries. A 17-year-old from Claremore, Oklahoma, was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer northbound on Oklahoma 88 and veered into the oncoming lane, striking the Hummer H2 driven by Byrd, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.Byrd was accompanied by his 12-year-old, Zach, who underwent surgery to repair a broken leg, according to family friends. Despite their detachment from Byrd, his former teammates were overcome with shock and sadness upon hearing the news.The best way to describe Dennis is, if he could come back and talk to one person, hed want to talk to that 17-year-old, Lageman said. Hed tell (the other drive) that hes not angry and that, Hey, its OK. Thats the greatest statement anyone could say about Dennis.His first concern would be his son, his second would be his family, making sure theyre OK. His next concern would be for that young person. That tells you what type of person he was.Washington added, If it comes out that he had CTE, why? Why? He was such a good person. ... To die this way, after what happened in 1992, he didnt deserve this. He deserved a full life. Its not for me to question it, but Im questioning it. Dennis was one of the good guys. To be taken like that, it actually pisses me off. Its sad and its frustrating and Im angry.The Jets are formulating plans to honor Byrds memory during the home game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. ' ' '

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