NBA commissioner David Stern doesn’t see Manila hosting a regular season game in the future even with the successful staging of the NBA Global Games on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
In a press conference held just an hour before the preseason game between the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers in Manila, Stern said a regular season game in Manila is not being considered as of the moment due to logistical issues.
“I wouldn’t be that hopeful,” said Stern, when a reporter asked if Filipino fans should be hopeful that a regular season game will be held soon in Manila. “Regular season games are hard; they are much more expensive.”
What Stern can offer, however, is more preseason games after 10 cities hosted preseason games this year including in Manila where the Rockets and the Pacers are playing.
“I like the use of the word 'friendly' as I see in football around the world. Friendlies work well with us,” said Stern.
With Stern downplaying the possibility, a reporter asked if an All-Star Game is a possibility.
Stern replied by saying, “Maybe it’s a good idea.”
“It’s a new idea maybe. That is why we have to have change in leadership. I think that my successor will have the ability to consider,” said Stern.
Stern, however, said the option is still far-fetched since a lot of NBA cities are looking to host the All-Star festivities while also considering other aspects.
“It’s interesting that there are so many NBA cities who are lining up for the All-Star Game. And it’s hard to say no to them,” said Stern.
“It will require a different configuration where the teams play until Thursday night, go to the All-Star, then go back on a Tuesday. In international, you will require a different configuration,” said Stern.