David Stern may be on the way out soon but the NBA commissioner has some big ideas still. He has always wanted a European branch of the league and he thinks that the league will sustain a European branch within 20 years.
”I think so,” Stern said when asked if he sees a team in Europe at some point. “I think multiple NBA international teams. Twenty years from now? For sure. In Europe. No place else. In other places I think you’ll see the NBA name on leagues and other places with marketing and basketball support, but not part of the NBA as we now know it.”
Man, I do not like this idea. It seems like there are some major issues. If you had these teams playing teams that reside stateside, it would cause a bunch of travel problems. There would be so many teams that would end up jetlagged. That is not a good look going forward.
If they decide to establish a six to 10 team conference in Europe and have them play for their own title and then play the NBA winner, that sounds a bit better. However, there are a lot of issues with that as well. Travel is still going to be an issue no matter which way you slice it.
Maybe it is a good thing that Stern is leaving. This issue seems like something that will keep popping up. That is not going to be a good thing. Worry about more pressing issues here instead of in Europe.