Speaking during his annual All-Star weekend press conference on Saturday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver appeared to leave the door open for an All-Star event in Europe at some point in the future.
With this year's event in Toronto, Canada marking the first time All-Star weekend has taken place outside of the United States, the question of taking the mid-season event outside of North America were put to the commissioner:
"We haven’t crossed an ocean yet to play an All-Star Game, but who knows what the future holds for the NBA,” said Silver, via Sports Illustrated.
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Later in the press conference, Silver added that the length of break needed to facilitate an international All-Star weekend is one of the likely issues but admitted he is "always talking about" the possibility.
"Having an All-Star Game internationally...is something we’d love to do one day,” responded the commissioner to a question on the subject.
“It’s not going to happen in the next two, three, four years, but I think down the road it could be a really exciting element for the NBA."
"It’s logistically more difficult than it may seem because there’s a ripple effect in terms of the number of days we take off on the rest of the schedule.”
The NBA have, of course, held regular-season games in London for the past six seasons and their worldwide 'Global Games' series has been viewed as a huge success for the league.
Silver did rule out taking the All-Star game to Asia in the future due to travel constraints, leaving Europe as perhaps the outstanding candidate should the event be taken abroad in the years to come.