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David Stern doesn't rule out expansion to Seattle, Las Vegas

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08:20 AM ET 07.20 | When the topic of expansion came up after the Board of Governors held a press conference to announce rule changes for the upcoming season, Adam Silver, who will take over the job for David Stern in February, shut it down very quickly. "We're not focused on expansion at the moment," Silver said. "No predictions in Las Vegas today from me." Stern, however, wasn't afraid to leave the door open for franchises to be added at some point in the future. And Las Vegas and Seattle were the cities at the top of his list. Given the interest and the legwork done by Seattle, it makes sense that the league would consider the city closely. But Las Vegas -- a bit sketchier, for a variety of reasons -- has never been thought of as a legitimate, long-term home for the NBA until now. "Given sort of all of the references that you see about Las Vegas and sin city, we have always believed that gambling is a very legal business regulated carefully here in Nevada, that this is a huge entertainment destination and this is a place that we should embrace," Stern said. "In addition to the USA Basketball and Las Vegas summer league and the All-Star Game, you didn't include the fact that shortly after I became Commissioner, Kareem broke the record for the most points right here at the Thomas & Mack Center, and I was here for the celebration because the Jazz were playing ten games here that season. "So I think Las Vegas is in the NBA history books; and with the discussions now, it seems that there is an arena that is getting closer to moving ahead after years and years of discussions. And that should make it interesting as well."

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July 20, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Stern..........Be Gone..................

July 20, 2013  09:05 AM ET

Talking Out Of Both Sides Of Your Mouth, Bro?

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July 20, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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expansion is NOT a good thing for the league-there isn't enough talent to support 2 more squadsif they want to move teams- whatever....but don't expand

Agreed..............If they expand Czar Stern will want to add more playoff teams............They already have way too many............

July 20, 2013  11:33 AM ET
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expansion is NOT a good thing for the league-there isn't enough talent to support 2 more squads

if they want to move teams- whatever....but don't expand

Agreed. He should move the Celtics to Seattle so Pimpy and Epoch can explain how/why the Green Machine still do or don't have 17 titles...

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July 20, 2013  11:53 AM ET
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There's too many teams in the league now. Talent is too watered down amongst the teams.Contract rather than expand.

Just like Fan Nation..............






Contract and eliminate all the dupe altars and their would be 40% less posters on FN...

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July 20, 2013  12:07 PM ET
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Just like Fan Nation..............






Contract and eliminate all the dupe altars and their would be 40% less posters on FN...

But there will only be one Mick and I want to be him when I grow up...

July 20, 2013  12:27 PM ET
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Just like Fan Nation..............Contract and eliminate all the dupe altars and their would be 40% less posters on FN...

The onion has multiple layers. Kill one and the next one makes you cry!

July 20, 2013  01:05 PM ET
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There's too many teams in the league now. Talent is too watered down amongst the teams.Contract rather than expand.

talent is NOT watered down- if anything talent is at an all time height

think of the pool of talent that hte NBA drew from years ago and the pool that they draw from now

think of the advancement of college programs and coaching, the advancements in scouting, the advancements in the international game


when in the 70's they might have drew from a player pool of a say 30-40 million American males, now they draw probably 60-70 American males of the proper ageand perhaps 70-80 million international players of the proper age--- probably more

the talent pool has extended in crazy ways

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July 20, 2013  09:47 PM ET

Gosh enough with this camera-hogger already! I thought he was quitting, just go away dude.

The NBA can SOOOOO use a new face and new ideas.

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July 21, 2013  04:17 AM ET

Las Vegas Craps, or Crappers

July 21, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Welcome to Nevada, one of the no income tax states.

 
July 21, 2013  09:41 AM ET

Las Vegas is still recovering from the real estate and financial crisis, but I think the people who have money are mostly back on their feet and spending money. A team in Las Vegas could probably sell around 10,000 season tickets since they aren't competing with any other pro teams. UNLV would hate it the most, but if they partner up on an arena, maybe it would be a win-win. I'm sure the casino hosts would love to be able to hand floor seats to high rollers when big-time stars are in town, or just when somebody's favorite team happens to be playing. This probably happens before 2020.

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