Whilst in London for the latest edition of the NBA Global Games series, league Commissioner Adam Silver flagged the possibility of a pre-season game being brought to Australia.
Silver believes it is a case of when and not if the NBA will bring a game to Australian shores.
“Yes I could see us returning for a pre-season game,” Silver said before the Indiana Pacers took on Denver Nuggets at London’s O2 Arena.
“It’s a fantastic market and it’s a market our players enjoy travelling to.
“Obviously it’s a bit of distance from the United States but we go to China for the pre-season so I think it’s just a question of working out the appropriate business arrangement, but it’s something we are looking to do.”
It is a progression in commitment to bringing a game to Australian shores. Last May, NBA Asia managing director Scott Levy talked down the prospects of Australia getting any NBA action.
Silver also committed to expanding the NBA’s presence in the Middle East, going as far as sparking an idea that a regular season match could be taken to the region.
“We have an enormous following in the Middle East but we’re not doing enough,” Silver said.
“In fact we used the few days we were here in London for several meetings with Middle Eastern authorities, whether they be sports bureaus, broadcasters or other interested parties.
“Whether those things (we do) be junior NBA to hosting games, it’s an area of the world where we should be doing more.”