NBA's Silver Bullish On Mexico, Mentions Possible G League Team
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Thursday said that he "wants more games to be played in Latin America" in the coming years, according to Eric Gomez of ESPN.com. Silver, in attendance for Magic-Bulls at the 22,300-seat Arena Ciudad de Mexico, was complimentary of the building and said that he "hoped other, similar venues would pop up in other parts of the Americas." He added that games in Mexico City "feel like 'a regular NBA game'" held in the U.S. or Canada. Outside of Mexico, the NBA has "never held a regular-season game in Latin America." Silver said that venues similar to Arena Ciudad de Mexico "would have to be completed elsewhere in order to provide fans with an experience consistent with the league's ideals." Despite an earlier announcement Thursday regarding a new TV contract with Televisa, "no mention was made about holding games in Mexico City beyond this season." However, Silver was "optimistic about the possibility." He said, "We're committed to come back to Mexico for many years to come." He also noted talks between league and the city's government have been "very positive" (ESPN.com, 12/14). Silver prior to Thursday's game appeared on WSCR-AM with Bulls play-by-play man Chuck Swirsky, and said the league has been asked about putting a team in Mexico City, but "we're not ready to do that yet." He said down the road, that is "something we clearly will continue to look at." Silver said putting a G League team there would be a "great next step," and would give the league the "opportunity to understand how the altitude is going to effect the players, what it would be like for players to live in Mexico City" (WSCR-AM, 12/13).