David Stern has hinted of a possible contraction of the NBA in the future, meaning that a team or teams might be going bye-bye.â†µ
And what better way to back up that supposedly money-saving venture? Why, with expansion to Europe, of course.â†µ
According to this story on ESPN.com, Stern envisions an entire NBA division comprised of European teams in the next decade or so.â†µ
"I think we'll have a division and I think the Heat will play in Boston one night and then they'll go to Paris and spend a couple days on the Champs-Elysses shopping and relaxing," Stern said. "And then they'll go and play five teams. And when they finish that, they'll play them again. Then they'll come home, having had a nice trip to Europe and they'll be finished with their European obligations."â†µ
Alrighty then. Nothing says "save money" like back-and-forth European travel.