Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 at 9:00 am  |  33 responses

David Stern Has Big Plans for China

by Marcel Mutoni

David Stern has seen how popular Team USA is in China, how they’re mobbed wherever they go, and naturally, dollar signs began dancing in his head. The commish, in a pow-wow with the press, said the NBA is looking to expand into the Far East by sponsoring their own league in Yao’s country.

No timetable for this expansion was explicitly given, but Stern foresees teams in something like 8-12 arenas throughout China.

More from the AP:

“That would be a separate league that would be NBA-affiliated or NBA-sponsored, but it would be independent,” Stern said.

“And it would just sign players. For a very long time to come it would be at a lower scale than the NBA. But as the sport develops in China, and as more players around the world recognize the opportunities of playing in China, we see that league growing and strengthening.”

Stern also added that the NBA is exploring its options in the hoops hotbed that is India.

Next stop: The moon.

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  • Z

    Quite frankly, Marcel, I was expecting more perspective from a fellow Canadian. How’s the moon the next stop from China and India. That’s like the third of the world pop right there. It’s only right that Stern wants to get in on those markets.

  • Kevin K

    david stern needs to worry about the officiating, players leaving for europe, and preventing another sonics situation in the nba before he worry about anywhere else…

  • Clockwork

    China? Yes. India? Hell no. If it ain’t about cricket, we’re not listening. Anyway, Indians are small, so unless you want to see teams filled exclusively with undersized point guards, I don’t think that’s the way to go.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Bomb the sh*t out of it!

  • Mendel

    yea, yea , yea Just hot air aboard the Bejing train right now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Sorry, I got the wrong old powerful white guy. That’s my bad.

  • USA 4 LIFE

    I hate china

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    1.3 billion chinese hate you

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    that commentwas just rude

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    India? yea right

  • Miguel Ferreira

    Everyone agrees that the moon is definetely where the comish’s ideas should be put cause it is as far as possible from us

  • Captain America

    Stern’s ego holds no bounds.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Clockwork, the Chinese weren’t playing basketball 50 years ago either. It doesn’t take a whole lot to get a country interested in a sport. I know a LOT of Indian people who can’t stand the fact that India is only good at cricket. And there are a LOT of athletic people in India who simply don’t have access to a proper diet and training facilities to become athletic enough to compete at a high level. At the rate India’s economy is growing it won’t be too long before that changes. Investing in India is a very smart move. And by the way, Chinese people are on average smaller than Indian people.

  • Mendel

    That would be giving a real meaning to Bollywood

  • 15AM

    first question off the top of my head: what does the ‘n’ in nba stand for?

  • maio

    You don’t want to piss the Chinese off. I heard that if they all jumped at the same time the earth would get thrown out of it’s orbit. Ánd you don’t want that. That’s quite a leverage for blackmail – “don’t make us jumpy!”

  • maio

    So yeah give them whatever league they want. As long as they remain seated.

  • rikson

    And after that, maybe he could fight the Klingones for supremacy in the galaxy… just thinkin

  • http://indianz.com R3Z

    HaHa India have a team, will they be called the
    “HOLY COWS” with the team colors being piss yellow and dookie brown.
    Indian Country is already getting a NBA team, thanks Seattle!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Outstanding. That post by R3Z provides SlamOnline it’s recommended allowance of ignorance for the rest of the year.

  • http://indianz.com R3Z

    Truth hurts! Sorry 4 What? India’s people hate being confused with native americans and think of it as an insult. I don’t mind being called ignorant, product of my environment. Won’t be my last post this year so Enjoy the rest of them. OKAY!!!!YEAH!!!!!!!!

  • niQ

    i think it was russell peters who said.. sports? i’ll do your taxes. hahhaha

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics/ Moose

    the commish needs to set his priorites straight-keep the great players in the nba instead of setting up a new league that could possibly compete with the nba in later years. and where would they get the money to set this up?

  • LA Huey

    So CNBA? Beijing cops NYK’s theme, Shanghai gets LAL’s theme…I think I’ve seen this before. Seriously, this is a little too ambitious at this point.

  • The Promise

    Next, they will be on mars, checkin out the top alien prospects.

  • KB24(4)2ndMVP

    They should have a league in Spain, which is the best talent after the U.S.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    lmao @ Money.

  • majic

    Investing in india isn’t stupid at all, its the second largest growing economy in the world. theres billions of people they could put together a decent few squads. Any1 that doesnt think they could is an ignorant nut. Its true the chinese have only been playing ball for 50 yrs and with time india would be up there. Its only a matter of time before investment in india is sustained and it aint going to be just the nba

  • Jesse G

    This is the problem with David Stern in my opinion….He cares way more about money than the actual game and the joke the nba is becoming. He really needs to worry about the internal problems in the league first before starting these water downed leagues.

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  • majic

    i agree it should be to our neighbours first though im just putting it out there that india from a financial standpoint is right up there next to china and if the nba is really up for international expansion i dont see why it shouldnt be an option. SLAM did a feature a few yrs back on Sri Lanka and basketball fever in that country and it was quite clear from that piece that the nba and basketball could do very well in south asia.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    I’m totally against the actual NBA expanding though. I’m for the NBA investing in other countries to develop infrastructure and maybe set up developmental leagues or whatever. But the NBA already has too many teams as it is.

  • tom

    all about the money, the one and only reason. otherwise you would consider other countries/ regions to expand, like europe….