View Full Version : Stern says 100% sure there will be a European NBA division within 20 yrs

01-04-2013, 03:41 AM
Very interesting, I think it will happen. You will have east coast teams go over for a week or two to play them, and they will do the same to North America. Some think it will never happen though. Thoughts?

Stern is expected to stay on as a consultant with the league in some role specifically to grow the game around the globe.

With all that, it should come as no surprise that when David Stern was on ESPN radio with Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Rusillo and was asked if there would be an NBA team in Europe in the next 20 years he was glowing.

“I think so. 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.”

This has been Stern’s passion, we will see if Silver has the same passion for it. Of course, what really will determine this is if the NBA owners can make more money by having them.

As Stern himself has said before, the only way this works logistically is to have a European division of the NBA, likely made up of existing franchises (big names such as FC Barcelona, CSKA Moscow and the like). You would need five teams, ones which would play each other and come over to the states, plus get visits from some NBA teams. And even then, the logistics are tricky. To say the least.

I think the second part of Stern’s answer becomes the more likely outcome — you have NBA affiliated leagues around the globe. Maybe the Spanish ABC league (the second best league on the planet) or other top leagues in Europe reach an affiliation deal. An NBA league in China seems a logical fit in a few years. But they would remain their own leagues with their own schedules and the like.

Even then… oh, we all know it comes down to if it makes the owners money. If that can be figured out they will find a way to make the logistics of anything work.

01-04-2013, 03:49 AM
Oh God. More ****ed up garbage coming to the NBA!

Just let it go. If the players are good enough, teams will draft them. No need to start another division full of floppers and big men who only know how to shoot from the outside

Lakers + Giants
01-04-2013, 03:54 AM
Traveling is gonna be a *****. . .

01-04-2013, 03:55 AM
That's a horrible idea that will ruin the NBA. Teams traveling back and forth from North America to Europe. Top players in our league going to play for some Euro team that has the cap space to pay them more because they are desperate for a superstar. What a freakin mess that would be with crazy time zone differences. Stern's a jackazz!!!

01-04-2013, 03:57 AM
^always wanted to use that smily. Thanks for the opportunity Stern.

01-04-2013, 03:58 AM
I'll stop watching the NBA if this happens.

Monta is beast
01-04-2013, 04:00 AM
Money hungry, don't care about the fans.

01-04-2013, 04:09 AM

01-04-2013, 04:12 AM
Stern forgot to say "sike" after that comment!

01-04-2013, 04:24 AM
Im not against it.

John Walls Era
01-04-2013, 04:33 AM
Im fine with that if they make 82 games to like 56 or even less.

01-04-2013, 04:42 AM
Im fine with that if they make 82 games to like 56 or even less.


01-04-2013, 04:46 AM
Players gonna be pissed when they get traded to some ****** *** EURO team and have to move their family out of the country. That's BS! They have their own damn league. This guys a joke.

01-04-2013, 04:48 AM
I don't get what's wrong with it. I'd love it, and I'm sure the players would love to go to Europe. Just as a disclaimer Euro girls watch out when Kobe and the Lakers are in town...