NBA boss Silver: Still not a regular NBA game in Berlin



NBA Commissioner Adam Silver promises in Berlin no regular NBA games. Photo: Lukas Schulze

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver promises in Berlin no regular NBA games. Photo: Lukas Schulze

Berlin - The North American professional basketball league NBA has dampened the hopes of the German fans for an early regular season game in Berlin.

"There are no concrete plans", the new league commissioner Adam Silver said before the Test match between Alba Berlin and the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. In January, the League for a competitive game between the New York Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks to London returns. "I hope that we will eventually play such games in European cities," said Silver.

Long-term simulations of his predecessor David Stern of an expansion to Europe gave the 52-year-old initially also a rejection. "I do not think any city would be currently ready for an NBA team," said Silver. "I do not know how far we are away, it's also about the overall economic situation, and it seems to me the perfect time now to think about an extension."

Despite criticism from the League, among others, Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner, Silver gave a commitment to further shutdowns of NBA professionals for tournaments with their national teams. "I believe that national competitions are very important for the growth of the game and the personal development of the players. We have no plans to deter players, "said the NBA's CEO.

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