David Stern's dream of having NBA teams in Europe may be approaching faster than any of us realize.
First, it was NBA teams traveling across the Atlantic for part of their training camps. Now, the process is starting to flow in both directions.
Here's an excerpt from an article posted on http://lakers.com about the Lakers hosting Spanish League powerhouse FC Barcelona in a preseason game at Staples Center:
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Euroleague Basketball have announced that three Euroleague teams will compete in five NBA preseason games from October 10-21, 2008.
The five games, which are part of the Euroleague American Tour, will be played by 2008 Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow (Russia), FC Barcelona (Spain) and Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania). The teams may face up to five NBA opponents including the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Orlando Magic, the Toronto Raptors and possibly the Los Angeles Clippers.
“These games continue our collaboration with Euroleague Basketball, as we work together to grow the game of basketball on a global basis,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern.