This makes absolutely no sense. None whatsoever. I’m all for David Stern’s attempts at globalizing his league, but to disrupt the regular season with games in London (again) isn’t necessary.
London just had their dose of the NBA. It was called the Olympics. Preseason is fine, but having teams travel across the pond does more harm than good. Teams are thrown out of their rhythm and will take a while to get back. And is there a market for the NBA in London anyway? Enough to where it warrants this annually?
But, of course, this doesn’t just take place int he NBA. Other leagues have done the same thing.
Former NBA champions the Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks will play the third regular season game in London when they meet at the 02 Arena in January.
Three-times champions Detroit and twice winners New York will follow the two London clashes in March 2011 between the Toronto Raptors and the New Jersey Nets, also played at the 02 which hosted the Olympic final in August.
“London was the epicenter of global sports this summer, and the Olympics were a tremendous showcase for basketball,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement on Thursday.