Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 11:10 am  |  12 responses

Mark Cuban Says it’s Impossible to Have an NBA Team in Europe

One of the great successes in a 30-year career as NBA Commissioner, is David Stern’s expansion of the game into global markets. There’s a limit, though, according to Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban. Stern’s dream of having an NBA team in Europe is just that – a dream. Per the Dallas Morning News:

Mark Cuban touched on that possibility before Wednesday’s game. And until somebody actually invents a teleporter, it’s not likely to happen, Cuban said.

But that doesn’t mean the NBA’s presence overseas isn’t going to grow.

“I could see us licensing and maybe playing a World Cup with winners from overseas to try to replace the Olympics,” he said. “Just like hockey’s looking at it right now. But unless they bring back the Concordes and they change the schedule to give us a little more time, it’s going to be really difficult for teams to travel back and forth. It’s tough just doing one game, much less a whole schedule.”

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  • Michel Simmons

    Forget expanding out there, bring the Seattle the Super Sonics back.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it would be a travel disaster

  • LLC#12

    As an NBA fan in Europe, I wouldn’t want to see an NBA franchise here.

  • JML-G

    imho only city in Europe that could have NBA team is London, since their national championship is beyond awful.. the rest major cities got solid championships on their own. i believe NBA should be expanding in places where major basketball doesnt occure like that..

    so make that London, Brasil, Las Vegas, Seattle, maybe Argentina or Mexico…

  • timshel

    Looks like Cuban is trying to get fined one more time before Stern retires.

  • Spru

    International, Bring back the Concorde

  • Max

    Well yeah, what else does the N stand for?

  • Ugh

    Explain to me what ‘World Champions’ are, then? Oh, and where the Raptors play?

  • Max

    Its shouldn’t be called World Champions.
    And yea ofcourse Toronto but whatever.
    If there would come a team to europe it shouldn’t be callen NBA anymore.

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  • b

    this isnt totally the most obvious thing ever….do people really think there could be a team in europe?

  • Ti Brown

    A European division is certainly interesting. Playoff schedule would be tough but I think the NBA promotes change with the best of them. 2 cents.