Every year when the NBA plays a regular season game or three in Europe, the tired topic comes up: When will the NBA have a team — or a division — in Europe? My guess is probably about the time the Barclays Premiere League has few teams in the United States.
But the All-Star Game? That I could see.
So can Commissioner Adam Silver, who told Marc Berman of the New York Post in a Q&A he could see it happening. Eventually.
“There are no plans in the drawer yet, but it’s something that as the NBA continues to grow around the world I’m sure we’ll look at it down the road. Right now, because of the scheduling issues and the additional time that would be required to move the game outside of the U.S. or Canada it’s not realistic right now. But as we look to grow the league, there are so many great cities outside the United States that would love to host a game. It’s something we’d look at.”
Next year the All-Star Game moves to another country — Canada. Toronto to be exact. Which isn’t exactly Europe. The next city after that is expected to be announced soon but well could be somewhere like Charlotte.
But down the line, say 2020, an All-Star Game at the O2 Center in London? I wouldn’t be shocked.
It’s far, far more likely than putting teams there.