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Adam Silver on NBA European expansion possibilities

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says there is a lot of work to be done before any European expansion can be considered.

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NBA expansion into Europe is a long way from becoming a reality, according to commissioner Adam Silver.

The NBA will play its fifth regular-season game in London on Thursday when the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks square off at the O2 Arena.

And, while conceding the European market was an attractive prospect, Silver insisted there were no immediate plans to expand.

"It is something we ultimately want to do, but a lot of work needs to be done, Silver told the BBC. "It is on our list as something that we continue to explore, but we do not want to get ahead of ourselves it is something we continue to study.

"There is an opportunity to bring NBA basketball to Europe on a permanent basis."

Silver also discussed growth potential in other parts of the world, including China and India.

"We are far, far from maximum capacity in China, even though we believe we are the number one sport there," he said. "We are seeing sporting barriers come down, the world is becoming smaller because of technology and media we are in a global market."

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