NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has named Australia as a location being looked at to host an NBA pre-season game in the not too distant future.
With an ever-growing Australian contingent in the NBA – including No.1 draft picks Andrew Bogut and Ben Simmons – Silver believes it is a case of when and not if the NBA will bring a game down under.
Silver gave the response when quizzed by the media on the global expansion of the world’s most famous basketball league before the NBA Global Game series in London.
London’s O2 Arena played host to a regular-season game between the Denver Nuggets and the Indiana Pacers last Friday and Silver was asked if the NBA would return to London and was also quizzed about additional possible markets for future NBA and pre-season fixtures.
“They do a fantastic job in Australia and Serbia creating top notch payers and we’re not doing enough,” Silver said.
“An NBA pre-season game could be played in Australia or Serbia as early as this year, it’s just a question of working out the appropriate business arrangement, but it’s something we are looking to do,” Silver added.
Australia has a proportionally large number of players – a total of eight – plying their trades with NBA franchises, with established stars like Matthew Dellavedova, Andrew Bogut and Patty Mills recently being joined by Thon Maker and 2016 number one draft pick Ben Simmons.