NBA in Europe still a fantasy

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:46 PM ET

LONDON, England — Deron Williams likes the idea of an NBA team in Europe, he just doesn’t know how it would work.

Jay Triano isn’t betting against it, but like Williams, his question is how do you make it workable?

There’s no question the two games here at the O2 Arena are being staged in part to figure out how feasible David Stern’s idea of global NBA would be.

“I think it would be good,” Williams said picking his words carefully. “I don’t know how it would happen. It would be tough for a team (from Europe) to go over (to North America) and play 41 games. It’s interesting, definitely intriguing — figuring out ‘how’ would be the bigger deal.”

The assumption is that only a European division would make sense. It wouldn’t work with just one or two teams.

“I think the way things are these days, anything could work,” Triano said. “I don’t know how much of a benefit or hindrance it would be for teams coming over here or for a team here going across to play games but I guess that’s one of the reasons it’s being experimented with right now.”

AVERY'S WORLD TOUR

New Jersey head coach Avery Johnson and his Nets are doing something no team has done in the history of the NBA this season and that’s play games on three different continents.

The pre-season began with trips to China and Russia and now they’re in London after playing 29 home games back in Jersey. That’s Asia, Europe and North America for the geographically challenged.

“We are a global team,” Johnson said, “and I don’t think this is the last time. (New owner Mikhail) Prokhorov has added that new dynamic to our franchise and it was great to go to Russia, spend some time with him, give back to the Russian community. Go to China, play two pre-season games and give back to that community and now here we are back in London with pretty much the same game plan. So this is where the NBA is, it’s nothing to complain about. David Stern had this vision a long time ago and now to see it happening is great for our fans, especially abroad.”

It’s certainly filled out Johnson’s photo album which now includes team pictures in front of the Kremlin, the Great Wall (Beijing) and Buckingham Palace.


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