NBA All-Star Game overseas? Maybe down the road

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a press conference before NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Air Canada Centre on February 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.

TORONTO - Sunday marked the first the time the NBA All-Star Game was played outside of the United States. The top players in the world had their showcase at the Air Canada Center.

One would assume the next step is to take the All-Star Game overseas. However, logistically, that would be more difficult than it seems even though the all-star break has been expanded from four to eight days.

"There's a ripple effect in terms of the number of days we take off on the rest of the schedule," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday.

Right now, teams play an 82-game schedule in roughly 162 days. The amount of days decreased when the additional time was added for the all-star break.


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"If we travel overseas for all-star, given our experience with largely preseason games, but some regular-season games in Europe as well, players will need additional time to readjust their sleep patterns and to get re-acclimated when they come back to the states."

Having an All-Star Game overseas would put additional pressure on the schedule. The league will continue to talk to the National Basketball Players Association about the length of the preseason and regular season.

"So having an All-Star Game [overseas] has to be part of those larger discussions," Silver said. "It's something we'd love to do one day. It's not going to happen in the next two, three, four years. But I think down the road, it could be a really exciting element for the NBA.

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