Adam Silver: If NBA came to Europe it would be with whole division

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The NBA is in London tonight as the New York Knicks take on the Milwaukee Bucks and as is customary when the NBA Global Game Series is in town questions often turn to the potential of a franchise in the UK itself.

Speaking in the pre-game press conference, Commissioner Adam Silver made it clear that, while the NBA is still developing the idea, should it ever come to fruition then he feels it would mean an entire European division rather than an individual franchise across the pond.

"It will be easier logistically for them [the NFL] to pull it off. It would be difficult for us to have one team in Europe. We'd have to put both feet down. That would mean having four franchises in Europe. ... We're not there yet."

Mentioning the potential of an entire European division will certainly excite fans not just in London but in the likes of basketball crazy Spain and France.

"If we were going to put franchises or a franchise, consider doing that in Europe...we would need to have multiple franchises here for scheduling purposes.

"I don't think it's realistic that you could put one team here. If we were to come to Europe we'd need to do it with a division as opposed to a single team."

The motivation behind such a move makes logistical sense too. The idea being that teams would not, as is currently the case with the NBA Global Game regular-season fixture, face extended trips to Europe for just one game.

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With concerns previously of jet lag for the players, extended swings in the continent for teams would also eradicate this.

Just how long away any realistic plans for the expansion could be made remain anyone's guess however with Silver coy on the issue.

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