Europe likely to land NBA All-Star Game before Asia: Silver

Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:36pm EST
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By Frank Pingue

TORONTO (Reuters) - The NBA is considering bringing its All-Star Weekend overseas and Europe would be the likely host over Asia given the shorter amount of travel involved for players, Commissioner Adam Silver said on Saturday.

With Toronto currently hosting the league's first All-Star Weekend outside of the United States, Silver acknowledged that finding ways to bring its midseason showcase overseas was being discussed.

"We're always talking about it," Silver said during a news conference. "It's logistically more difficult than it may seem because there's a ripple effect in terms of the number of days we take off on the rest of the schedule."

The NBA currently plays its 82-game regular season schedule in about 162 days and has recently made strides in reducing the number of times a team plays on consecutive days or a more gruelling stretch of four games in five nights.

But Silver said the league was talking to the NBA Players Association about the length of the season, which ends in June, and the pre-season.

"If we travel overseas for All-Star ... players will need additional time to adjust their sleep patterns and to get re-acclimated when they come back to the States," said Silver.

"So the problem is if we leave the country for All-Star, it puts pressure on the rest of the schedule.

"It's something we'd love to do one day. It's not going to happen in the next two, three, four years, but I think down the road it could be a really exciting element for the NBA."   Continued...

Feb 13, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media during the NBA All Star Saturday Night at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports