Adam Silver leaves door open for international All-Star event 'across an ocean'

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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.

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 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.

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