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Exclusive: Paul Pierce sees London franchise as his legacy

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Aged 36, Paul Pierce may be nearing the end of his playing career.

And after 16 years at the top he is hoping to leave a lasting legacy which stretches beyond his accomplishments on the court.

‘The Truth’ and his Brooklyn Nets teammates have travelled to London this week to play against the Atlanta Hawks in this years NBA Global Game.

And the Boston Celtics legend believes that one day these type of trips could eventually lead to a NBA franchise being established in the city:

“Basketball has become very popular here in London and that’s why you see games over here as much as you’ve seen over the last four or five years,” he told GiveMeSport.

“I’ve done a lot of things in this game.I’ve played a number of years and you never know there may be a team here in London.

“So hopefully I can say that I played here and helped lead the march to helping bring a team here.”

His coach, Jason Kidd, also had his say on the potential for an NBA team outside of North America:

“Yeah, you can never say never.

“When we talk about sports here in England the are very knowledgeable so I think at some point you will see one here.”

It remains to be seen whether logistics, and indeed demand, will ever allow this to become a reality but if the Global Games continue to grow in popularity who knows.

What do you think? Would an NBA franchise in London work?

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