Do you believe this will ever happen? I don't know how there is a possibility of ever making this happen. Just imagine the traveling and all the other dilemas there will be. Also the scheduling will be very tough to deal with under the circumstances..
What are your thoughts on David Stern's ambition? And do you believe this would help the NBA or deteriorate it?
They need some kind of professional training center there first. I'm tired of seeing all these skinny a$$ European guys EVERY year.
How do you put teams in the markets with potential basketball fans? For example, say Barcelona, Madrid, Athens, Istanbul. These cities already have Euroleague teams that play in the best arenas Europe has to offer (outside of London), for the most part. Those clubs, Barca, Real Madrid, Pana, OAK, Efes, etc. aren't just basketball clubs, they're sports clubs and they have a huge base of soccer fans who are diehard, and they also to lesser extent are there to support their basketball squads. How would the NBA be able to get those basketball fans to switch allegiances from those contending Euroleague teams to what would most likely be expansion level teams struggling to survive in the NBA?
London could work, maybe Paris. No major Euroleague presence, but a lot of the other major markets already have their basketball fans staked to their allegiances.
The arenas........ Somehow take the best NBA ready ones out from under the Euroleague teams hands? Get investors to build additional arenas, willing to bet ANOTHER basketball team in each of those cities will out draw the local EL team, and not just out draw, but put close to 20,000 in the seats for a 41 game home schedule. And that 20,000 fans for 41 games are going to be willing to also pay NBA prices to see those games.
David Stern is starry eyed about the betterment of the NBA, not so much as it relates to the game itself.
Why not talk about eventually creating a Champions League style world championship between the NBA and Euroleague? It's clearly the more natural and logical progression of the global game, but doesn't make "dollars" for the NBA.
I dont know if it would work, but instead of new franchises, why doesnt the nba try to absorb teams like barcelona into it. Then the fan base would already be there. Also It would suck for players if they got traded from the brooklyn nets(an average NBA team in a popular place for players to Paris. Paris might be cool for a year or 2 but still it is different from the United States and taxes are way higher. Then there is the logistical stuff that goes with playing a game in atlanta then having an over night flight to paris, getting there at 3 in the afternoon local time, then playing a game the next day. That wont be very fun for players.
I like te champions idea but how would te format go? Cause I'm prett sure any NBA team would beat most euro teams.
Let's remember that Stern is talking about a hypothetical situation 20 years in the future.
What does basketball look like in 20 years?
Think about how many foreign players of any significance played in the NBA in 92'-93', and how good (or bad if you will) European teams were in 92-93. The talent is growing, and it's coming from all over the place worldwide.
Now lets fast forward to 2033.
Maybe sometime between now and then one of the richest sports franchises in the world, like Barca or Real Madrid might be willing to invest big time money into their basketball side. Keep the top talent from Europe/Africa "in town". Could certainly create a situation where a Champions League style competition is extremely interesting to basketball fans on both sides of the pond.
Maybe sometime between now and then the Euro becomes even more valuable compared to the US dollar than it was a few years ago.
There's lots of possibilities, but I don't think the NBA in Europe is the most likely or realistic.
Lov ur idea about the champions league! it would be awesome to see the Champions out of other leagues play against the NBA Champs... In Latin America they do this tournament and it is very entertaining, but as you say. Stern is all about the benjamins $
not for sure... Remember in Europe they play a totally different brand of basketball. There are many very good Euro Teams that could be any NBA team on any given day...
How do NBA expansion team level franchises compete against this...
Note...it's not even a Euroleague team. NBA players might well wet themselves.
I think that what would work better is if we let the game expand more throughout the world. Let the fan bases become stronger, let competition become better, let training and investment grow. But do not let the nba dominate the entire world. Instead have it organized the football way. How there are different leagues like La Liga, Barclays, Pro League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1. The nba would be one of those leagues. With its respective playoffs but then that there be another set of playoffs which would be like the premier league, where the best teams in the world play each other for the ultimate cup. I know that this will take a long time because of how there are only 3-4 european clubs that can actually hold head to an NBA team. But judging by how the game is growing around the world, I really value this dream as one that can be realized in the future.
The travel would be too much. Not going to happen. The players would never allow it.