Outgoing National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner David Stern said that the NBA is eyeing the Philippines as an important part of its globalization program.
“The Philippines is a very important part of the NBA. It’s very important that we have here already a juniors NBA as well, this is good for our development program,” said Stern, who will be retiring in February after serving 30 years as NBA commissioner.
Stern also said that they are also considering Indonesia and Thailand as other potential markets for the NBA.
The 71-year-old Stern, who will be replaced by Adam Silver said that he is looking at the possibility of having a division in the NBA composed of teams from Europe or Asia.
“There is no timetable yet about a regular NBA game in Manila. But we hope we can get back here in the future,” said Stern.
The NBA currently has in its employ 84 foreign players from Canada, Puerto Rico, Virgin Island, Serbia, Nigeria, Macedonia, China and Iran.