David Stern Thinks The NBA Will Have European Teams Within 20 Years
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.