NBA commissioner Adam Silver has not ruled out the possibility of league franchises and international teams, including EuroLeague sides, competing in an official mid-season tournament in the future.
Silver appeared before the media on Saturday during the NBA All-Star Game, one which is being held this weekend in Salt Lake City. Asked whether it would be possible to plan some kind of competition or tournament between NBA franchises and international teams, Silver recalled the experience of the McDonald’s Championship that took place in the 1980s and 1990s.
“We’ve talked about an in-season tournament to create some additional excitement during the regular season,” Silver told the press conference.
“It may be that at some point, there’s an in-season tournament, but it includes clubs from outside the NBA. So those are all ideas we’ll continue to look at.
“Over the years, we’ve had some different tournaments where NBA clubs have played European clubs. I’m sure you recall we had the McDonald’s Championship many years ago. It’s something we’ll continue to look at.
“I think it’s a question of creating the best possible competition. Part of the issue is our cycle of our season versus the EuroLeague.”
Silver commented in this regard that it would not make sense for the NBA Finals champions to play another tournament in the summer after a long season.
“I don’t think it’s realistic that a team, for example, would finish the Finals, after what we’ve all talked about is a very long season, and then go yet play in another tournament,” Silver added.
“And then, because of player movement in this league, it’s a different team the following fall, and they’re not conditioned yet.
“They haven’t had an opportunity to gel with the team, and then they would enter it directly into competition.”