Adam Silver Hopes to See G League Team in Mexico by Next Season
The NBA and commissioner Adam Silver are pushing for a G League team in Mexico.
As the game continues to grow in popularity south of the border, the Orlando Magic will do their part in helping the NBA with international expansion. The Magic will give up two of their home games to play against the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz down in Mexico.
“It’s an enormous contribution the Orlando Magic are making by giving up two home dates to play here,’’ Silver said. “To play more games out of market, that would require us to step back and maybe re-think the schedule a little bit. As we grow in popularity outside of the United States and Canada, it creates opportunities to do unique types of games. We’ve talked about mid-season tournaments and we’ve talked about doing additional things with our preseasons.
“So, it’s a balancing act for the league office and these are regular-season games and they’re very important, especially when it comes to April and one game may mean making the playoffs or not,’’ Silver added. “We have to make sure that (travelling abroad) is not too big of a disruption on their bodies and on the schedule. But we will continue to look at other opportunities in Mexico.’’
Ironically enough, the Chicago Bulls have been labeled as one of the two most popular teams, along with the Los Angeles Lakers, in Mexico according to a recent study.
Although the NBA continues to emphasize the Latin America market, Silver thinks the next step is to grant Mexico a G League team. The plan could come together as early as next year too. The hope is for some sort of deal to come in place in the coming weeks.
The team would subsequently be the G League’s 31st team and will not have any affiliation to any NBA club.