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Silver Bullish On Future Of Basketball In Mexico City

The NBA is discussing putting a G League team in Mexico City as a next step.

December 14, 2018 - 2:02 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bulls fell 97-91 to the Magic in Mexico City on Thursday night in a contest that was part of the league's Global Games initiative. 

If NBA commissioner Adam Silver has his way, there will continue to be experimentation with and study of making Mexico City a more permanent home for the league.

Thursday marked the 27th NBA game played in Mexico, with No. 28 coming when the Magic play again at the Arena Ciudad de México against the Jazz on Saturday.

"It continues to create enormous opportunity for the NBA," Silver said in an interview with Bulls play-by-play man Chuck Swirsky of the interest of Mexicans and the Hispanic community in basketball. "We've been asked about putting a team here. I'd say we're not ready to do that yet. I think down the road that's something we clearly will continue to look at. In the meantime, in the last day here I've had several meetings, a continuation of a discussion about putting a G League team here. I think that would be a great next step. I think if we could have a G League team here in Mexico City, it would give us an opportunity to understand if the altitude is going to affect the players, what it would be like for players to live in Mexico City, whether there would be issues with going through customs and just generally how receptive the country would be for more NBA basketball and the league.

"I will though that all indications are that things are very positive." 

Listen to Swirsky's full interview below with Silver.